Saturday, February 9th 2013 - 08:33 UTC

Spain disappointed with Gibraltar’s Picardo picture next to President Obama

The Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has contacted the US government to express its unease over the recent visit by the Gibraltar Government to Washington, according to reports published in Spain.

The controversial picture: “Gibraltar has scored another goal against us”

Online publication El Confidencial Digital said news of the round of discussions in the US capital had caused upset in Madrid.

Spanish frustration at the visit was compounded by images including a photograph of Chief Minister Fabian Picardo alongside President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

El Confidencial Digital quoted an anonymous Spanish official as saying: “Gibraltar has scored another goal against us”.

The online publication is widely read in Spain, though it is not noted for the accuracy of its reporting and its articles must be treated with caution.


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1 reality check (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 08:51 am Report abuse
Oh for fuck sake grow up, how fucking childish is this behaviour, having your nose put out of joint because a head of state visits another country, what, you want him to clear is itinerary with you do you? Pathetic!
2 Redrow (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 09:26 am Report abuse
Who is that with Picardo?
3 reality check (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 09:55 am Report abuse
I think her name is Michelle.
4 ElaineB (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 10:38 am Report abuse
LOL! Why are the Spanish so scared?
5 ChrisR (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 10:47 am Report abuse
Because the present 'government' of Spain have had some ministers including Rajoy caught with their fingers in the till and want something, anything, to take the spotlight of the press away from the facts.

Just like AR in fact.
6 Anglotino (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 12:12 pm Report abuse
Spain should worry when Artur Mas i Gavarró starts meeting world leaders.

Gibraltar's sovereignty will hardly be an issue after Catalonia declares independence.
7 Pirate Love (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 12:20 pm Report abuse
oh diddums! madrid upset...Boo f*cking Hoo!
Spain has to realize that it is nothing on the world stage very similar to argentina, with all talk no walk!
Instead of being concerned about other peoples issues that do not involve spain maybe just like another spanish speaking country that flouts human rights, they should be concentrating on more pressing issues at home like making its peoples lives less miserable, and leave these smaller nations to live their life without harrassment or aggression from cowards!
8 Britworker (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 12:41 pm Report abuse
Spain is becomming quite pathetic, these Latin countries seem to be all run by childish types with inferiority complexes.
9 DanyBerger (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 02:29 pm Report abuse
Who is this “Gordum Pelotudundum”?

Sorry for my bad welsh I will improve I promise.
10 Troy Tempest (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 03:19 pm Report abuse

Speaking of “childish types”...
11 nigelpwsmith (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 06:09 pm Report abuse
Every time Spain insults Gibraltar or Britain, we should note it down, so that when they come 'cap in hand' to be bailed out of their financial crisis, we refuse and show them the list of their transgressions.

If they think the British are going to idly forget about their warships cruising up and down in our waters as if they own it, then they have another thing coming.

If they think we will forget the delays at the borders, deliberately to inconvenience people visiting the Rock, even if they happen to be Spanish working in Gib, then they have another thing coming.

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo needs to speak with the Foreign Office and get them to promise that Spain will NOT receive ANY aid for their financial crisis from the UK, because they've been aggressive to Gibraltar. The UK foreign office should veto any EU support for Spain, until Spain gives assurances to all other EU states that they will not trespass in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, that they admit that these waters do belong to us and that they ask the EU to remove the Gibraltar section from the Spanish protected wildlife habitat zone.

I cannot wait for Catalonia to declare independence from these morons in Madrid. Then the fireworks will really begin when Spain realises that half their income has disappeared. Then the Catalans can finally spend their money on their people, instead of propping up those fat cat politicians on the bribes in Madrid.
12 ChrisR (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 07:56 pm Report abuse
11 nigelpwsmith

If only that could happen, but we are talking the EU here.
13 reality check (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 09:05 pm Report abuse
Spain telling the Americans what they can and can't do, that's got to go down well in the White House.
14 nigelpwsmith (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 09:24 pm Report abuse
Exactly, it'll go down like a lead balloon with the White House. They certainly do not like anyone telling them what to do and are smart enough to know what's best for America.

The recent decision to allow on-line gaming in New Jersey and other American states has opened the door for Gibraltar based BWIM to generatea nice amount of business.

Best of all, Gibraltar is English speaking, sympathetic to America, has troops fighting the war on terror alongside the USA. No wonder that President Obama had a picture taken with Picardo.

I only wish that the White House would allow US nuclear submarines to visit Gibraltar to re-provision, rather than stopping at Rota in Spain. The US Navy would be very welcome in Gibraltar and have a far better time than in Rota.
15 reality check (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 09:38 pm Report abuse
Well let's see, if they are true to form, they may have made some vieled threats about that facility.
Mind you the yanks might think twice about upsetting them, they like their overseas bases.
16 golfcronie (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 10:23 pm Report abuse
What the hell is wrong with Latins always wanting something that they feel is theirs.
Typical colonial attitude
17 DJ56 (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 12:00 am Report abuse
Pathetic. Meanwhile, nearly 30% of their population are unemployed, most of the government have been caught taking under the counter payments, and the king's son in law is on 8m euros bail pending a fraud investigation. You would think they had bigger things to worry about.
18 nigelpwsmith (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 12:29 am Report abuse
The closer that Spain gets to falling apart, the more distractions the politicians will need to prevent being lynched by the rioters.

There's a political journalist on Sky News who watched as people were forceably evicted from their homes. There is 30% unemployed and the Government doesn't have the money to keep feeding them. There are already suicides every week from people who are desperate.

I doubt that it will be long before there are mass riots in the streets. Far worse than in Greece. The Catalans need to break away quick before they become entangled in Madrid's mess.

Spain will fall apart. As it does, the politicians will take ever more extreme actions to gather the support of the nationalists. They might even consider military action.

Gibraltar needs to be ready, because there might be thousands of refugees trying to escape the breakdown of their country.
19 Troy Tempest (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 02:58 am Report abuse
Argentina & Spain:

Similar ways of
-playing the victim
-distracting the populace
-racislly bullying very small neighbours
-keeping politicians in power
-running an economy
-using propaganda

They would be ideal trade partners. Both have the same culture, both need each other.
Argentina could have great agricultural wealth to share - beef, bio-fuel, lemons.
Spain could have its businesses and more advanced technologies invest money and knowledge to help Argentina extract its huge potential of oil and gas reserves and... oh, darn! There was some trouble about that earlier, wasn't there? Repsol? YPF???

Ok, forget that. :-(
20 DanyBerger (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 04:23 am Report abuse
@Troy Tempest

Sorry Troy but Argentina first producer and exporter of Bio diesel in the world.

Oil plenty and in process to be extracted.
21 Troy Tempest (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 05:13 am Report abuse

Yes, it's all working so well for you - carry on with your winning formula for success.
22 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 11:28 am Report abuse
Gibraltar Government being welcomed in Washington???

Spain doesn't like it?

Big boys rules now....... Deal with it!!
23 Conqueror (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 07:06 pm Report abuse
@20 Whoops
Seems like argieland is only in fourth place. And falling further behind!
24 briton (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 07:22 pm Report abuse
Aparently, spain to is now crying in its very own vomit.
just like CFK,
what a right pair of sickoes they are lol.
25 GFace (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 12:10 am Report abuse
I'm waiting for this one to be entered into “This is Photobomb” (one of the LOL-cat photo caption websites) by the neo-colonialists. And then they will have an even greater fits when the US Republicans flood out their narrative by asking why that “0”bama guy keeps sneaking into pictures of Michelle and her dates!
26 briton (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 12:11 am Report abuse
we wonder if the spannish or the argies,
would bully the Americans.

And would they get away with it..
27 nigelpwsmith (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 10:21 am Report abuse
Spain knows that under successful business rules, Gibraltar is flourishing whilst they are stagnating. The more successful Gibraltar becomes, the closer they come to being able to strike out as an independent nation. Not that Gibraltar needs to anyway at present.

The same is true for the Falkland Islands. As they continue to be prosperous, collecting more revenue than they spend, they appear more able to become independent, apart from the matter of defence. When the oil starts flowing, then this will transform the Falklands, making them capable of increasing the population to match the resources.

It's only natural that Gibraltar should be courted by nations such as the United States. Not just because they speak the same language, but because they are becoming a financial hub. It must stick in the throat of the Spanish that despite their repeated attempts to siege and strangle Gibraltar, the Rock keeps expanding.

On that point, I feel that the Rock should seek to increase their land area. When I first came to the Rock in the 60s, it was much smaller than it is now, but like Monaco, they've found ways to develop the land to squeeze more and more people in. I know that the topography under water does present problems, but this didn't defeat Monaco. Cannot help but feel that Gibraltar can go from strength to strength.

It must stick in Madrid's nationalistic throat that for all their efforts to stifle Gibraltar, every attempt failed. You have to laugh at the Spanish, they are really not that bright. They should be embracing Gibraltar, not trying to be aggressive. It must be the Spanish/Argentine nature to try and bully people.
28 briton (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 05:57 pm Report abuse
well if hong kong can build a new airport by reclaiming parts of the sea,

cannot somehow gibralter do the same .??
29 GFace (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 08:02 pm Report abuse
@27, if you take that idea seriously I'd think you'd have to take into account the implications on offshore boundaries. Monaco has collegial relations with France compared to what exists between Gibraltar and Spain. I suspect taking that in, Gibraltar, both literally and figuratively, have no where to go but “up”.

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