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.

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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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