The Rock: An iceberg of dirty money? (Flickr: Karan Jain)
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Weekly round-up: politics, business and news from Gibraltar

The best news articles on Gibraltar this week. 

  1. Gibraltar government slam ‘defamatory’ ABC front cover

Olive Press reports: “The Gibraltar government is suing a Spanish daily national over a front page story which pictured the Rock as an iceberg of dirty money.”

  1. Margallo seeks bilateral ‘ad hoc’ on Gib airport

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel García Margallo has attempted to push discussion on the row Spain started over Gibraltar’s inclusion in EU aviation measures into a first session of so called ‘ad hoc’ talks.”

  1. Professor Daniella Tilbury appointed Vice Chancellor of Gibraltar University

GBC News reports: “Professor Daniella Tilbury has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of the Gibraltar University, and will take up the role officially in August, just before the University’s opening.”

  1. Britannia cruise liner calls into Gibraltar

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “Britannia, the largest cruise ship for the British market, arrived in Gibraltar Tuesday and brought over 3,600 Brits to the Rock in its maiden cruise.”

  1. Gibraltar marina expansion could make way for 10 superyachts

Olive Press reports: “Up to 10 superyachts could be on their way to Ocean Village if expansion plans are given the green light. The £15m Marina Bay project will see a new tree-lined promenade erected between the Sunborn hotel and the airport runway.”

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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.

It feels peculiar to be reporting on the Chinese New Year in a Gibraltar-led section of the website but that’s what we’re doing – earlier this week Gibraltar was awash with colour as the festival was celebrated on the Rock for the first time. The Gibraltar Chronicle says it’s the Year of the Monkey; we’ll save the “they’re not monkeys, they’re Barbary macaques” for another time.

Religion, and GBC reports that by July the Rock will have been without a bishop for two years. This can only mean one of two things – either GBC is clairvoyant about what’s going to happen by July or the church plans really, really far in advance. One thing Gib does have is its first independent co-ed school, already planning for its opening in September.

The chess tournament is over of course but attention is moving to Backgammon, says the Olive Press. It suggests that this will signal a move away from Gib’s image as “Britain in the sun”; we’re not sure Backgammon has the clout to do that, on the one hand, and given the temperatures around the New Statesman’s office we wouldn’t actually mind a bit of sun, since you ask.

On to more traditional sport and here’s a bit of fun – the 2019 Island Games are in need of a logo, says Inside The Games, and there’s a competition on to design it. We would love to report sometime that the winner heard about nit here first!

Also in terms of competition, Gibraltar’s Stock Exchange is now officially the most competitive in Europe, according to ValueWalk. Onward…

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.