Fabian Picardo speaking in London last December (Flickr: Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
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Weekly round-up: politics, business and news from Gibraltar

The best news articles on Gibraltar this week. 


  1. Gib chief calls for cooperation with Spain

Euro Weekly News reports: “Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo told a meeting in Madrid this Tuesday morning that dialogue is needed with Spain and said it was ‘incredible that such a lack of cooperation exists between neighbours.’”

  1. Margallo won't visit Gibraltar until it flies Spanish flag

GBC News reports: “The Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel García Margallo, has once again said he won't set foot in Gibraltar unless the Spanish flag flies over the Rock.”

  1. Commonwealth women MPs gather for Gib human rights conference

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “Women MPs from across the Commonwealth are set to gather in Gibraltar for a weekend of discussion with a key theme of the costs to the economy of violence against women and girls. That session will be chaired by local Social Services Minister Samantha Sacramento.”

  1. Gibraltar subject of written question raised in the UK Parliament

GBC News reports: “Gibraltar’s inclusion in EU legislation was the subject of a written question raised in the UK Parliament. Democratic Unionist MP, Jim Shannon, asked the Secretary of State for Transport what steps were being taken to ensure that Gibraltar is not excluded from the ‘EU air safety system’.”

  1. Malta link sets pace for Gib university

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “Plans for the University of Gibraltar took another step into fruition recently following a visit from Minister for Education, Gilbert Licudi, to Malta where he held a series of meetings in connection with the University. The university is due to open this coming September.”

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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.

As we head towards the end of the financial year we find that Europe is still on everybody’s mind. The Gibraltar Chronicle reports on how essential it is to include Gibraltar in any post-Brexit negotiations, no doubt partly motivated by the potential confusion on which the New Statesman Gibraltar hub this week. We’ll have another perspective this coming week – click here on Tuesday to read it.

More positive news came as the Rock moved towards heritage status; we take all credit following our piece on the Neanderthal Caves a few weeks back. There have also been celebrations around international macaque day.

And life goes on elsewhere – the doctor who resigned after an altercation with then Chelsea head honcho Jose Mourinho is a high profile Gibraltarian who might be in court defending her quarter shortly; and fishermen are alarmed at the government’s apparent decision to extend Spanish fishing rights around the Rock.

But Europe remains the biggest thing – and is likely to do so for just under 100 days at least.

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.