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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.

1) Hague insists ad hoc talks are the best way forward with Spain (GBC News)
The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has insisted that his proposal for ad hoc talks is the best way forward to allow issues between Gibraltar and Spain to be resolved. Mr Hague was the main witness at a session of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the UK Parliament, where the director for Europe at the Foreign Office, Jill Morris, also provided evidence.

2) Gibraltar top officials on a lobbying and trade promotion tour in Washington (Merco Press)
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and the Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Joseph Garcia completed a hectic agenda of engagements in Washington, meeting congressmen and representatives of the US Department of Commerce to discuss Gibraltar as an area of US national interest.

3) Spanish government threatens Gibraltar bunker supplier with sanctions (Panorama)
It has been confirmed that the Spanish Government has threatened with sanctions a legally-established bunkering company supplying bunkers to shipping in Gibraltar waters. The Spanish are arguing that the company was carrying out activities contrary to a Spanish Royal Decree, and that the waters adjacent to Gibraltar are Spanish.

4) Unite and government strengthen partnership (Gibraltar Chronicle)
Unite the Union held a Joint Integrated Development Programme with the Gibraltar Government in a bid to modernise industrial relations. The event, described by the unions as ‘very successful’, was held in Unite’s training facility in Esher (UK).

5) GFA CEO optimistic about FIFA membership (GBC News)
The Chief Executive Officer of the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA), Dennis Beiso, has told GBC he's guardedly optimistic that Gibraltar will be a member of FIFA by 2016. Speaking on Thursday, GFA President Desmond Reoch said the hurry to have a new national stadium built by September 2016 is so that Gibraltar can use it to play its qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.



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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.