Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (R) and his British counterpart Philip Hammond address the press in Vienna, Austria on June 11, 2015. (Photo: Getty)
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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.

Europe is going to be a major issue for the foreseeable future in this space, and we have two stories to share: first, aviation measures are under discussion and the Gibraltar Chronicle reports that the EU is well aware of the positions taken up by Britain and Spain respectively on Gibraltarian airspace. The same paper reports British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond clarifying the position of Gibraltarians in the forthcoming in/out referendum for Britain, which he clarifies mostly by saying it’s already clear. So that’s OK, then.

Outside Europe the economy is still important, leading to meetings between the Gibraltarian Government and Bermuda, reported in Today In Bermuda. Talks appear to have been wide ranging and cordial. The economy won’t have been helped by the recent power outage, reported in the Olive Press; hopefully most residents will have been too asleep to have noticed.

Sport is also on the agenda; at the time of writing (Friday morning) the Gibraltarian footie team is gearing up for its match with Germany and the Online Casino site is predicting a 6-0 win to the Germans. We highlight this purely so that you can have a snigger if it’s wrong and the page gets taken down; if it’s right, then good for them. Sky Sports reports on Gibraltar’s win at darts, at least. The other sporting event on Gib is of course the annual yacht rally to Port Smir, Morocco, on which we reported earlier this week; we’re unbiased about the winners of the various trophies of course but we certainly wish everyone a safe and enjoyable passage and success in raising a lot of cash for the Red Cross, which the event is supporting.

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.