Tag: Spain

Saturday, October 3rd 2015 - 07:37 UTC

Gibraltar's new governor is a former Royal Marine, who takes office in early 2016

Lieutenant General Davis, 52, born in Herefordshire, will take up his position in early 2016 and will succeed Sir James Dutton

In a press release issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on October 1, it was announced that the new Governor of Gibraltar would be former Royal Marine Lieutenant General Edward (Ed) Davis CB CBE.

Thursday, October 1st 2015 - 08:31 UTC

A homage, ‘Keep calm and carry on’

Traditionally a portent of historic things to come, the fact that the eclipsed moon bore a striking resemblance to the colors in the Catalan flag made it all the more powerfully symbolic.   At any rat

By Alex Salmond (*) - I do not know if Artur Mas, the president of Catalonia, deliberately chose the eclipse of the super-moon as the day on which to hold the most important election in Catalonia’s democratic history.

Monday, September 28th 2015 - 09:58 UTC

Catalonia separatists take control of regional parliament but short of the 50% vote targeted

 “We have a democratic mandate... This gives us enormous legitimacy to go ahead with our plan” for independence, Mas told the rally in Barcelona.

Separatists in Catalonia won control of their regional parliament Sunday in an election that they vowed would set them on the road to independence from Spain. The region's nationalist president Artur Mas declared victory to a cheering crowd of flag-waving supporters after an emotional election that has heightened tensions with Madrid.

Sunday, September 27th 2015 - 13:12 UTC

UK to press Spain to honor law enforcement cooperation in Gibraltar waters

MP Rosindell asked what steps Defence is taking to protect Gibraltar against further armed incursions into Gibraltarian waters by Spanish authorities.

British Government will continue to press Spain to honor the agreement to step up law enforcement cooperation in Gibraltar waters, Philip Dunne Minister of State for Defence has said. Mr Dunne was responding to a written question in the House of Commons from Tory MP Andrew Rosindell.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 08:02 UTC

UK official admits how difficult is 'ad hoc' dialogue with Spain over Gibraltar

Dialogue is more difficult than we thought“, said ambassador Manley. It's not easy in an electoral year in the UK, Spain and Gibraltar, but ”we are trying”

Simon Manley, Britain’s Ambassador to Spain, admitted this week that officials had underestimated how difficult it would be to start an ‘ad hoc’ dialogue with Spain referred to Gibraltar. Mr. Manley was asked about progress towards ad hoc dialogue during a wide-ranging interview with the Spanish newspaper ABC.

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 - 10:11 UTC

Risk of 'corralito' (freeze of bank accounts) if Catalonia secedes from Spain

Linde recalled experiences in Latin American countries and most recently in Greece, where capital controls limited people’s ability to access their own assets.

Bank of Spain governor Luis María Linde on Monday stated that if Catalonia secedes from Spain, there could be a risk of a corralito, the popular term for economic measures that include a freeze on clients’ accounts, with the aim of halting a potential bank run.

Monday, September 7th 2015 - 09:59 UTC

“For a more competitive Europe”

We must reinvigorate negotiations with the big South American trading bloc and look to the dynamic economies of Asia. Now we have a deal with Vietnam

Prime Minister and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wrote an article for the Spanish newspaper Expansión on competiveness.

Monday, August 31st 2015 - 06:52 UTC

Spain 'willing' to improve cross-border law enforcement with Gibraltar

Spain has acknowledged that shots were fired but insists that its officers were acting lawfully in waters considered Spanish by Madrid. (Pic Reuters)

Spain has signaled its “full willingness” to improve cross-border law enforcement cooperation with Gibraltar, according to a press report in Spain. 'El Pais' said Madrid was seeking to defuse the fallout from last Saturday’s incident at sea, during which warning shots were fired by officers of the Servicio de Vigilancia Aduanera (Customs) who tried to board a local pleasure boat in British waters.

Saturday, August 29th 2015 - 05:41 UTC

MP Rosindell: Time for Spain to back off, time for Britain to back up Gibraltar

“The reality Madrid must accept is that Gibraltar is firmly British. It has been for hundreds of years, and the people have no desire to become part of Spain”.

Britain cannot allow Spain to continue to ignore international law and bully Gibraltar, said MP Andrew Rosindell following the latest incursion in Gibraltar waters, this time a Spanish Customs crew that actually fired shots to a British-Gibraltarian fishing cruise.

Thursday, August 27th 2015 - 05:04 UTC

Barcelona targets home rental websites to crack on 'uncontrolled' tourism

Colau wants rental websites to hand over information on the property owners. “Everybody must comply with the same game rules,” Colau told media

Barcelona's new mayor is picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the Catalan capital's charm. Ada Colau is threatening to fine firms like Airbnb and Booking.com if they market apartments from tourists without a number showing that they are on the Catalan tourism register.


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