• Political noise over Gibraltar hides a complex, nuanced reality

    Political noise over Gibraltar hides a complex, nuanced reality

    • November 23, 2018

    Between now and Sunday, the UK and the EU will almost certainly agree a form of words that will assuage Spain’s bruised pride over Gibraltar and the Withdrawal Agreement. Spain is upset that the draft divorce deal, negotiated over the past year by UK and EU officials and due to be rubber-stamped by the European

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  • Spain will always be Spain

    Spain will always be Spain

    • November 22, 2018

    So much for Spanish goodwill in the Brexit process. Barely a month ago the chief minister, Fabian Picardo, told parliament that he welcomed prime minister Pedro Sánchez’s “positive approach” to the discussions that left to one side the question of Gibraltar’s sovereignty. A beleaguered Theresa May even held up the (supposed) progress over Gibraltar as

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  • Under the draft withdrawal Protocol, Gibraltar’s Brexit position is protected

    Under the draft withdrawal Protocol, Gibraltar’s Brexit position is protected

    • November 15, 2018

    The Gibraltar Protocol contained in the draft UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement respects the UK’s constitutional relationship with Gibraltar. It also makes clear that the agreement is without prejudice to the respective legal positions of the UK and Spain on sovereignty and jurisdiction. As such, if – and it is a big if – Theresa May and

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  • A seminal moment for Gibraltar

    A seminal moment for Gibraltar

    • November 9, 2018

    The runway incident could have led to a collapse in the relationship between the UK and Gibraltar governments and between key organisations whose top priority on the Rock is the protection of this community. Instead, it has led to a strengthening of that relationship, albeit after months of difficult, often strained negotiations. The UK could

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  • The Anatomy of Pain

    The Anatomy of Pain

    • October 21, 2018

    The head is drooping and encased in a vicious tangle of thorns, the trunk emaciated and pierced with tiny feathered barbs, the feet twisted out of shape by fractured metatarsals, the fingers gangrenous and tautly outstretched, as if pleading for a merciful coup de grâce. Of all the paintings I have seen of Christ’s crucifixion,

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  • On the cusp of a deal

    On the cusp of a deal

    • October 16, 2018

    Gibraltar appears poised on the cusp of an agreement that could lay the foundations for a stable, prosperous future outside the European Union – not just for the Rock but for the neighbouring region too. Leaving the EU was not something we wanted, but this is a nimble, resilient community that knew how to pull

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  • #Miscellanea: Old doors

    #Miscellanea: Old doors

    • October 7, 2018

    The Belarusian Noble prize winner Svetlana Alexievich relates a curious story in her book Chernobyl Prayer. She talks about a Ukrainian man called Nikolai who, in the spring of 1988, entered the Chernobyl exclusion zone on a motorbike and rode up to his old house in the abandoned town of Pripyat. On the way there, he

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  • The worst kind of isolation

    The worst kind of isolation

    • September 30, 2018

    This article was first published in print in November, 2017 I received an anonymous letter recently, typed out and addressed to me personally but otherwise unmarked. It was posted to our newsroom in Casemates. The Chronicle has a policy of not publishing anonymous letters. We read them, naturally, but nine out of 10 end up

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  • #Miscellanea: Franco’s bones

    #Miscellanea: Franco’s bones

    • September 29, 2018

    In a tin of keepsakes which I inherited from my grandmother, there is an old photograph of my father standing together with his mum at el Valle de los Caídos. It must have been taken by my grandfather in 1966 or 1967, when the family of three went on a coach tour of Spain. My

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  • On Brexit and Gibraltar, good mood music but much to be done

    On Brexit and Gibraltar, good mood music but much to be done

    • September 17, 2018

    Are we sleepwalking into a Brexit disaster? That was a question put to me by a reasonable, sensible person who follows politics closely and welcomed the optimism shown by the Gibraltar Government in the face of the uncertainty of withdrawal from the European Union, but who nonetheless could not dispel the niggling doubts. He was

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  • The solid ties that bind us

    The solid ties that bind us

    • September 10, 2018

    By Sir Alan Duncan, Minister for Europe & Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office If like me you’re in Gibraltar today, make sure you’re wearing red or white and are ready for a party. Shelve any plans for a quiet drink at a pavement café. Or indeed, any hope of finding a seat anywhere

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  • #Miscellanea: El Conde de Orgaz

    • August 10, 2018

    I arrive in Toledo on the day they are unveiling a statue to Federico Bahamontes, the 1959 Tour de France winner popularly known as the ‘Eagle of Toledo’. Because la Calle Real del Arrabal, the main road connecting the train station with el centro histórico, is thronged with cycling enthusiasts, the bus driver has to

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