Tag: Spain

Wednesday, April 16th 2014 - 04:49 UTC

Spanish government vessels incursions into Gibraltar waters reach 600

Guardia Civil vessels in Gibraltar territorial waters

Spanish government vessels have unlawfully entered British territorial waters around Gibraltar more than 600 times since the start of 2013, according to official figures. There were 496 incursions in 2013 and 112 in the first three months of 2014, the figures disclosed by Foreign Secretary William Hague revealed.

Thursday, April 10th 2014 - 06:02 UTC

Mas defies Madrid: Catalonia will go ahead with the independence referendum

Mas already has a date for the referendum, November 9

Catalonia President Artur Mas said he would forge ahead with his region's plans to hold a referendum on independence in November after Spain's parliament overwhelmingly rejected the petition. After a seven-hour debate in Madrid, and despite heavy support for the separatist movement in the wealthy northeastern region, 299 lawmakers voted against, 47 voted for and one abstained.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 07:08 UTC

Gibraltar 'close to British hearts', but plenty of room for 'practical dialogue'

Ambassador Manley suggested UK, Spain, Gibraltar and Andalucia dialogue

UK Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley has told a Spanish newspaper that British people hold Gibraltar ‘close to their hearts’ and that delays at the border are politically motivated. He underscored Britain and Gibraltar’s desire to engage in “practical” dialogue toward better cross-border relations that would benefit communities on either side of the frontier fence.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 07:03 UTC

Algeciras mayor highlights 'English occupation' of Gibraltar and the Falklands

Landaluce participated of a twinning ceremony at the city of Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego during the 32nd anniversary of the Falklands war

The mayor of the Spanish town of Algeciras, Jose Ignacio Landaluce flew back this weekend from Argentina, where he had attended a twinning ceremony with Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego that sought to highlight the ‘English occupation’ of Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

Saturday, April 5th 2014 - 00:45 UTC

Despite Gibraltar, Spain and UK enjoy 'excellent relations', says Rajoy

“I hope that this type of incident does not recur in the future on the basis that we have different points of view.”

Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy has declared that the latest incursion into Gibraltar waters, that saw London call in his Ambassador on Tuesday, “can be clarified”, and highlighted that Britain and Spain continue to enjoy “excellent relations.” He hoped such incidents will not be repeated but admitted that Spain and UK have long held opposing positions on the question of Gibraltar.

Monday, March 24th 2014 - 06:52 UTC

Spain mourns the loss of the man who played a key role in the transition to democracy

The former minister Adolfo Suárez and King Juan Carlos

Former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez, who played a key role in Spain's transition to democracy, died in Madrid on Sunday. He was 81. The former premier was hospitalized last Monday with respiratory problems related to Alzheimer's, his family said.

Tuesday, March 4th 2014 - 23:53 UTC

Hague raises UK's concern about illegal Spanish incursions in Gibraltar waters

MP Rosindell brought up the issue in a parliamentary question in Commons

UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, personally raised Britain’s concerns about persistent “illegal” Spanish incursions into British Gibraltar territorial waters, it was revealed. Mr. Hague spoke to Gonzalo de Benito, the Secretary of State at the Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, on February 20 on the margins of an emergency meeting of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

Tuesday, February 18th 2014 - 20:39 UTC

Spain battles Sub-Saharan migrants who managed to break into Melilla

The Spanish city of Melilla lies on the African continent, surrounded by Morocco and the Mediterranean Sea

About 150 sub-Saharan migrants managed to enter Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla on Monday after a group of 250 stormed a barbed-wire border fence, the Spanish Interior Ministry said. Spanish media showed video of those who got over the fence running down the streets of Melilla shouting “Barca, Barca!” as they headed toward a detention centre.

Tuesday, February 11th 2014 - 08:11 UTC

Decolonization of Gibraltar can only be settled by UN decision, argues Spain

Garacía-Margallo ministry sets out Spain's Gibraltar position in detailed answer to Basque MP Jon Iñarritu

Spain believes negotiation with Britain is the only realistic avenue for a resolution of the claim it makes over Gibraltar and its waters and that only by a decision of the United Nations can decolonization of the Rock be settled.

Thursday, February 6th 2014 - 22:28 UTC

Making Spanish workers to queue to access Gibraltar is “curious”

Ambassador Manley said “it’s important that people who have jobs are able to work”

Britain’s ambassador to Spain has expressed concern about continued queues at the border between Gibraltar and Spain. Speaking to reporters during a visit to the Canary Islands, Simon Manley said the queues were “curious” given Spain’s high unemployment and the fact that many Spanish workers were caught up in the delays.


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