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

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

The British Government is back in session, the first exclusively Conservative administration to sit since Tony Blair won the 1997 election and European Union membership is firmly on the agenda. It now transpires, according to the Gibraltar Chronicle and other sources, that Gibraltarians will be allowed a vote in the referendum, which had appeared to be in doubt for a while.

Politically it’s been an interesting week, with the Governor Sir James Dutton standing down early according to Euro Weekly News. Details on exactly why are sparse, but the announcement said it was professional and personal reasons. Meanwhile La Linea 100x100 scored an unexpectedly strong electoral result just outside the Rock, and it believes in cordial relations with Gibraltar.

Also in politics, Gibraltar has tabled a motion asking that it should be represented at the Commonwealth Conference in Malta later this year, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Finally sport, and Gibraltar will play host to Germany next month, confirms The Portugal News. Too many papers are making jokes about Germany giving its best players the week off for us to single any out. Also in football, Gibraltar’s efforts to become part of Fifa were heard last week as we’ve been reporting, confirmed in the Boston Herald. Oddly there hasn’t been a huge announcement since – anyone know what’s keeping Fifa busy..?

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.

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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.