• Mood music

    Mood music

    • June 30, 2018

    Anyone expecting a change in Spain’s Brexit stance toward Gibraltar would have been disappointed by developments in Brussels this week. They should have been looking at Madrid instead. The reference to Gibraltar in the European Council’s conclusions yesterday should not come as a surprise. Having secured the Clause 24 veto from EU partners, Spain was

  • Gibraltar in the European Union: In and Out

    Gibraltar in the European Union: In and Out

    • June 29, 2018

    This is the text of a lecture delivered by Gibraltar’s Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, at the University of Gibraltar on June 29 by Dr Joseph Garcia, Deputy Chief Minister I will be looking at a very topical issue today. I say that because the title of my talk is “Gibraltar and the European

  • #Miscellanea: On men and borders

    #Miscellanea: On men and borders

    • June 16, 2018

    ‘Aquí lo que hay que seh,’ the bearded man half-shouted to his friend on the other side of Cathedral Square, ‘eh cerra la frontera una veh por toah.’ I’m not sure why the fellow came up with this remark, but his words made me think of ‘On the Border: Two Cities, Two Countries, Common Ground’,

  • #Stephen’sNiche: And so it begins

    #Stephen’sNiche: And so it begins

    • June 13, 2018

    The wait is finally over. The most eagerly anticipated global sports event, the quadrennial football fest that is the World Cup, kicks off tomorrow in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. As a pensioner now, it’ll be the first time I can watch every match without having to take annual leave, and I fully intend to: there’s 64

  • Omissions


    • June 12, 2018

    There was a subtle, yet important change in Spain’s address to the UN Committee of 24 in New York yesterday. The shift lay not so much in what was said, but rather what was not. Spanish diplomat Francisca Pedrós, an old hand who has for years handled decolonisation issues at Spain’s Permanent Representation to the

  • #Miscellanea: Surveillance and control

    #Miscellanea: Surveillance and control

    • June 10, 2018

    Whenever I visit Gibraltar on holiday, I like to take a stroll through the Upper Town. It’s the neighbourhood where I grew up in and walking along its sharp-cornered ramps and passages is always a very nostalgic experience for me – almost like taking a dip in a bath brimming with childhood memories. Last time

  • Tick tock

    Tick tock

    • June 2, 2018

    The Brexit clock is ticking and the issues facing Gibraltar remain as urgent today as they were before Mariano Rajoy was removed from office on Friday. Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez and his team now take over from a PP administration that has for months been engaged in delicate discussions with the UK and Gibraltar about

  • Key to Gibraltar’s Brexit lies between red lines

    Key to Gibraltar’s Brexit lies between red lines

    • May 17, 2018

    News that negotiations on Gibraltar’s post-Brexit relationship with Spain had become strained will have come as no surprise to anyone familiar with our affairs. Finding agreement with the Partido Popular on enhanced use of Gibraltar’s airport was never going to be easy. On the face of it, there are two irreconcilable positions. On one side

  • #Miscellanea: Smugglers and Beauty Queens

    #Miscellanea: Smugglers and Beauty Queens

    • May 14, 2018

    Lately, there has been considerable discussion in the local media about beauty pageants and whether we should be giving them the sort of prominence they receive in Gibraltar. I do not wish to contribute directly to this debate, but I have a little anecdote of my own which I’d like to share with the CHRONICLE’s

  • ‘Never again will bilateral deals between UK and Spain be imposed on Gibraltar’ – Bossano

    ‘Never again will bilateral deals between UK and Spain be imposed on Gibraltar’ – Bossano

    • May 10, 2018

    This is the text of a speech delivered by Sir Joe Bossano, the Minister for Economic Development, to the Aannual UN seminar of the Third Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism by Sir Joe Bossano There have been many false dawns, in the expectations of the Kingdom of Spain, the C24, Fourth Committee and General

  • #InPerspective:  Zoning out: toward a sustainable future

    #InPerspective: Zoning out: toward a sustainable future

    • April 28, 2018

    Over the last couple of weeks Gibraltar has been rocked by a community-wide battle over otherwise unassuming parking spaces. And, although the unrelenting gaze of the Gibraltarian public has been momentarily distracted by the affordable housing kerfuffle, tensions continue to simmer. I will use this – no doubt temporary – truce however to reflect, and

  • #Miscellanea: Other Gibraltars

    #Miscellanea: Other Gibraltars

    • April 28, 2018

    What do a farm in the Lake District, a pizzeria in Auckland, a doctor’s clinic in Nice, a pub in central Oxfordshire, a garage in Neuchâtel and a glitzy nightclub in Milan all have in common? The answer is simple – they are all places which I have encountered in my travels and which have


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