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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.

Readers actually in Gibraltar will have to forgive the excitement from this hub written in the UK, but the sun is out. Readers in the UK, if this is published when it’s gone away again, will have to forgive us too but you’re used to it…we mention the weather purely because it means it’s the festival season in Gibraltar, and the Olive Press reports that there will be free tickets for kids at the music festival in six weeks’ time or so. Euroweekly highlights this too, but also the Beer Festival. A combination of the two could be fun.

In a more serious vein, there were calls for more Naval assets on the Rock, reported on Forces TV and elsewhere. It sounds as though they could do with some sort of peace keeping presence in the Gib Parliament, with the speaker calling for calm on both sides as they accused each other of one thing and then the accusation was itself ruled an abuse of parliamentary privilege – the Gibraltar Chronicle has the story and will no doubt have more by the time the election happens later this year.

To put the argumentative atmosphere in context, it comes at a time when La Linea on the Spanish side is calling for better relations with the peninsula, according again to the Chronicle; next week we’ll publish a report on the Gibraltarian contribution to local economies and you’ll see just one of the reasons why better relations would be great for everyone.

Finally, for anyone considering Gibraltar as a holiday destination, the Independent in the UK has published the cheery news that the airport has one of the seven scariest runways in the world, surrounded as it is by sea on three sides and with a highway running through it.

Somehow we wish they hadn’t told us that.

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.