• Spotlight ‘should be on Spain’ in EU aviation debate, Govt says

    Spotlight ‘should be on Spain’ in EU aviation debate, Govt says0

    Spain’s continued opposition to Gibraltar’s inclusion in EU aviation agreements will come under increasing scrutiny in the months ahead against the backdrop of Brexit. Amid reports that Spain could try to block Gibraltar from any post-Brexit aviation deal between the UK and the EU, officials here are keen to highlight that Madrid’s position flies in

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  • Rajoy re-elected as leader of PP

    Rajoy re-elected as leader of PP0

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been re-elected as the leader of the Partido Popular for a fourth term. The 61-year-old ran unopposed and won Saturday night with 95% of the vote at the party congress in Madrid. Sr Rajoy thanked party members, saying “it’s an honour because I have spent all my life in

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  • NATO warning as Russian fleet sails into Strait

    NATO warning as Russian fleet sails into Strait0

    Russian warships heading for Syria could be used to target civilians in the besieged city of Aleppo, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned yesterday as he called on Moscow to implement a lasting ceasefire. The warning came as the Russian task force sailed toward the Strait of Gibraltar, where it was expected to arrive late yesterday

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  • Scribbled in the margins, a clear message to Spain

    Scribbled in the margins, a clear message to Spain0

    As they walked into the UN Fourth Committee session in New York on Tuesday, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and the Gibraltar delegation were expecting a full-frontal diplomatic assault from Spain. For days in the run-up to the meeting, the rightwing Spanish daily ABC, which can be relied on to reflect Madrid’s line, had prepared the

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  • Spain seeks ‘urgent explanations’ over submarine collision

    Spain seeks ‘urgent explanations’ over submarine collision0

    The Spanish Government sought “urgent explanations” from Britain yesterday after a Royal Navy submarine was forced to dock in Gibraltar late Wednesday following a collision with a merchant vessel. In a statement, Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Madrid said it was seeking information from the British embassy regarding the damage sustained by HMS Ambush and

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  • Boris knows Spain’s game on Gibraltar

    Boris knows Spain’s game on Gibraltar0

    When he comes to assess Spain’s current stance on Gibraltar, Boris Johnson, Britain’s new Foreign Secretary, would do well to refresh his memory by looking at his own cuttings file. Back in August of 2013, when Spain tightened the screws and the border ground to a standstill, Mr Johnson, then the mayor of London, penned

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