Philip Hammond is standing firm on Gibraltar (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. Hammond reaffirms Tory pledge to Gibraltar

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “A Conservative government will never discuss the future of Gibraltar’s sovereignty against the wishes of its people, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told the House of Commons this week.”

  1. Gibraltar police and customs given additional tobacco stop and search powers

Merco Press reports: “Gibraltar police and customs officers have been given additional stop and search powers inside so-called tobacco ‘special zones’.”

  1. Gibraltar sack manager Allen Bula after internal investigation

BBC reports: “Gibraltar's Football Association has decided to part company with coach Allen Bula with immediate effect.”

  1. Garcia briefs Japanese delegation

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia met yesterday with representatives of the Japan Local Government Centre to speak about political and economic affairs in Gibraltar.”

  1. Gibraltar International Song Festival chooses 14 entries for the Final Gala

GBC News reports: “The Gibraltar International Song Festival will be taking place on Saturday 9th May at 9pm. The event received around 700 entries from all over the world, with 14 reaching the Final Gala at the Tercentary Sports Hall.”

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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.