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

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  1. Gibraltar’s Tradewise Chess Festival named second best in the world (Gibraltar Chronicle)

Stuart Conquest, writing for the Gibraltar Chronicle, has announced that the 2013 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival received top positions in a recent annual poll conducted by the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP), a prestigious body of chess masters, grandmasters, organisers and journalists. The festival has been named ‘Best Open Event of 2013’, for the third consecutive year, and placed second for the ‘Tournament of the Year’ award. To read more about the chess festival see the latest feature from NS Gibraltar click here.


  1. Fabian Picardo meets with Ed Miliband in London (Vox)

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister met with Ed Miliband on Tuesday 13th May during a visit to London. The meeting was also attended by Clare Moody, Labour candidate for the South West and Gibraltar in the upcoming European Parliamentary elections. The meeting covered a range of topics including gaming, financial services and defence.


  1. UK’s youngest MEP visits the Rock (Gibraltar Chronicle)

The Gibraltar Chronicle reports that Joseph Barker, a North West UK Conservative candidate for the upcoming European Elections, has been in Gibraltar since Sunday to see for himself the issues Gibraltarians face, not just at the border but in everyday life.


  1. Opposition challenge government in Schengen debate (Gibraltar Chronicle)

The Gibraltar Chronicle reports that Daniel Feetham, Leader of the oppositional Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD), has given the “short thrift” to Fabian Picardo’s plans for a public consultation on whether or not Gibraltar should seek to be part of Schengen and the Customs Union. The government have responded to the GSD criticism here:


5.“Labor tried to sell you down the river into the Mediterranean” Tories remind Gibraltar (Merco Press)

While on a courtesy visit to Gibraltar, British Conservative MP and party chairman Grant Shapps urged Gibraltarians to vote Conservative in the upcoming European elections with the following sentiment: “Labour did not support you at all, they tried to sell you down the river into the Mediterranean” and ”Liberal Democrats back home want more Europe wherever they can get it”.


  1. UEFA boss’ visit to Gibraltar riles Spain (Times of India)

The Times of India report that the recent visit by UEFA boss Michel Platini to Gibraltar during the finals of Gibraltar’s Rock Cup has “irritated Spain” and that Jose Ignacio Landaluce, mayor of the nearby Spanish city of Algeciras and vice chair of the Spanish parliament's foreign affairs committee, has lashed out against the visit. 


  1. Katie Kramer becomes youngest American to swim the Strait of Gibraltar (Swim Swam)

Katie Kramer, a junior at Marshall University in West Virginia, successfully swam the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday becoming the youngest American woman and the 426th ever to make the crossing. She says: “I found the website for the Strait of Gibraltar Swimming Association… long story short, I wanted “swim from Europe to Africa” on my bucket list.” Click through to read an interview with her.





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