Ed Miliband on the campaign trail (Flickr: Andrew Skudder)
Show Hide image

Weekly round-up: politics, business and news from Gibraltar

The best news articles on Gibraltar this week. 


  1. Gibraltar leader tells Miliband: 'We are not a tax haven'

Daily Telegraph reports: “Gibraltar's chief minister has hit out at Ed Miliband, accusing him of fuelling Spanish attacks on the territory by wrongly suggesting it was operating as a ‘tax haven’.”

  1. Madrid closes Gibraltar language school as 'only apes don’t speak Spanish'

Daily Telegraph reports: “Spain is to close its Cervantes Institute culture centre in Gibraltar in a new sign of heightened tension between Madrid and the authorities on the Rock.”

  1. Gibraltar appeal to court for Fifa recognition to enter World Cup qualifying

The Guardian reports: “Gibraltar will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in May to fight to join Fifa and enter 2018 World Cup qualifying.”

  1. Govt set to formalise University of Gibraltar in parliament

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “The Gibraltar Government has published a Bill for an Act to establish the University of Gibraltar ‘a beacon of excellence in the academic world’.”

  1. Gibraltar plane evacuated in security alert

BBC News reports: “Gibraltar airport was closed after a security alert on an Easyjet plane due to depart for the UK, police have said. Passengers and crew left the Airbus A319 plane as explosives experts examined a suspect piece of luggage.”

Photo: Getty
Show Hide image

Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.

Gibraltar has a strikingly healthy economy but the UK is undergoing a series of cuts. The Gibraltar Chronicle quotes chief minister Fabian Picardo commenting that military cutbacks won't affect the Rock - local workers not facing compulsory redundancy should be pleased to hear that. Meanwhile the same paper reports on continuing Spanish disquiet over the absence of bilateral talks, although the Olive Press Confirms that at least Spain's ban on Gib hockey teams has gone away. 

Less controversially, Gib has hosted a major event for cancer charities, confirms Euro Weekly, to mark World Cancer Day. It appears to have been a considerable success. Promising in a different way is the country's entry into the UK Cyber Security Challenge, a scheme for schools with tech savvy kids. 

Finally the Chessbase website confirms that for the second year in a row, Hikaru Nakamura has won the championship. It wasn't as easy as last time and bodes well for a close match next year too.

Guy Clapperton is the freelance journalist who edits the New Statesman’s Gibraltar hub. You can also find him in the Guardian, Computer Business Review and Professional Outsourcing which he edits.