• Gibraltar, a ‘fundamental objective’ of Spanish foreign policy

    Gibraltar, a ‘fundamental objective’ of Spanish foreign policy

    • April 5, 2018

    Spain’s hopes to recover the sovereignty of Gibraltar are “a fundamental objective” of Spanish foreign policy that Madrid will push at every opportunity in its international relations, the Spanish Government said this week as it set out its spending plans for the forthcoming financial year. In a detailed budget statement published this week, Madrid said

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  • Facebook asks users if they think the social network is good

    Facebook asks users if they think the social network is good

    • April 4, 2018

    Facebook is asking users whether they think it is “good for the world” in a poll sent to an unspecified number of people. The latest poll appears under the heading “We’d like to do better” when users log in. Possible responses range from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree”. Facebook regularly polls users on its service.

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  • Brexit committee split over recommendation to remain in EEA or join EFTA

    Brexit committee split over recommendation to remain in EEA or join EFTA

    • April 4, 2018

    The influential Commons Brexit committee has called on the UK Government to consider negotiating continued membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) or joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) after Brexit. Brexit Secretary David Davis has previously ruled out both options, calling them “in many ways, the worst of all outcomes.” However the cross-party

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  • German prosecutors ask court to extradite Carles Puigdemont to Spain

    German prosecutors ask court to extradite Carles Puigdemont to Spain

    • April 3, 2018

    Prosecutors in Germany are seeking the extradition of former Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain, where he could face trial for his role in organising an independence referendum. Mr Puigdemont was detained in Germany on March 25 as he attempted to drive from Finland to Belgium, where he currently resides. Prosecutors in the northern

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  • Five dead and six missing as migrant boat sinks in Strait

    Five dead and six missing as migrant boat sinks in Strait

    • April 2, 2018

    At least five migrants died and another six are missing after their small boat capsized in rough seas in the Strait of Gibraltar on Sunday, according to Salvamento Marítimo, Spain’s maritime rescue agency. The sole survivor of the tragedy told his Spanish rescuers that as many as 12 people were travelling on the boat, which

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  • Academic vows to fight Spanish extradition attempt

    Academic vows to fight Spanish extradition attempt

    • March 29, 2018

    A former Catalan minister has described charges against her as politically motivated and “a grotesque distortion of the truth” as she embarked on a legal fight to avoid extradition to Spain. Professor Clara Ponsati’s lawyer spoke of her disbelief that she is “being held responsible” by the Spainish authorities for the violence that broke out

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