Tag: Spain

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 03:26 UTC

Former IMF director and Spanish minister detained accused of fraud

Magistrates are investigating alleged widespread misuse of company credit cards for personal expenses during Rato's tenure as chairman of bailed-out Bankia.

The former director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Spaniard Rodrigo Rato, has been detained by police in Madrid. Rato, who has also been Economy Minister during Spanish President José María Aznar’s administration, is accused of money laundering and fraud.

Monday, April 6th 2015 - 17:07 UTC

Unlikely Gibraltar talks in 2015: elections in UK, Spain and the Rock

“It is always better to be talking than it might be to be fighting”, said Chief Minister Picardo.

If tripartite talks were restarted between Gibraltar, Spain and UK and agreements reached, as they were under the ‘Cordoba’ experience, these would almost certainly need to take the form of treaties so that Spain can be relied on to stick to them. Nevertheless 2015 is year of elections in UK, Spain and Gibraltar.

Saturday, March 28th 2015 - 11:46 UTC

Gibraltar Deputy Chief Minister lobbies Democrats and Republicans in US Congress

 Dr Garcia recalled Gibraltar has been a close ally of the US for over 200 years which dates back to the US’s first intervention overseas against the Barbary States

Gibraltar Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Joseph Garcia highlighted the long and historic relationship between Gibraltar and the United States during a series of meetings in Washington. In a busy schedule Dr Garcia held meetings at the offices of both Democratic and Republican members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Wednesday, March 25th 2015 - 08:02 UTC

Germany and Spain mourn the loss 150 people in air crash in the French Alps

Germanwings Flight 9525, operated by the low-cost subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, plunged into the mountainside following a rapid descent from cruising altitude

Hundreds turned out in the western German town of Haltern am See to mourn 16 students and two teachers lost in Tuesday’s Germanwings crash in the French Alps. The Airbus A320 crashed en route to Dusseldorf from Barcelona, likely killing all 150 on board, in what would be the worst air accident on French soil in three decades. Spain declared three days of national mourning.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 05:35 UTC

Gibraltar police and customs given additional tobacco stop and search powers

This allows for full implementation of the EC’s recommendation that Gibraltar carry out random checks for contraband tobacco on vehicles travelling to Spain.

Gibraltar police and customs officers have been given additional stop and search powers inside so-called tobacco ‘special zones’. Until now, officers required reasonable suspicion of a tobacco offence before they could stop vehicles and question the occupants.

Saturday, February 21st 2015 - 04:27 UTC

Hammond reiterates in Spain: no talks against the wishes of Gibraltar

Hammond and García-Margallo talked about 'bilateral dialogue', border delays, aviation, but also addressed international pressing issues

The British and Spanish foreign ministers sought to highlight a renewed drive toward an ‘ad hoc’ dialogue on Gibraltar this week, but in doing so drew firm red lines that signaled just how difficult that task will prove. The coordinated message was positive and hinted at the possibility of talks ‘in the near future’ if a format could be agreed. But on core issues, there was no change.

Friday, February 6th 2015 - 23:36 UTC

Anti-austerity Podemos party becomes Spain's second party and political option

Although Rajoy's party came in first place in the opinion poll, its popularity has plunged of late after a series of corruption scandals in their own ranks

Spain’s anti-austerity left-wingers Podemos would come in second, ahead of the Socialist party (PSOE), if general elections were held today, a polling firm declared this week, as the party, barely one year old, continues its surge in popularity.

Wednesday, January 28th 2015 - 07:11 UTC

Spain's 'Podemos' party said relations with Gibraltar should not fall victim to “political opportunism”

Political scientists Pablo Iglesias is the leader of the anti-established parties system, Podemos, very much aligned in the Syriza experience

With the triumph on Sunday in Greece of the Syriza anti austerity party, Spain's version, Podemos under the leadership of Pablo Iglesias, and ahead in the opinion polls for the next national election, celebrated and addressed the issue of Gibraltar saying relations between the Rock and neighboring La Línea should not fall victim to “political opportunism”.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015 - 05:24 UTC

Falklands' invasion in 1982, prevented an 'irreversible' solution for Gibraltar

Ambassador Cuenca recalls that on 3 April the Sintra statement on Gibraltar was to be signed with UK, but on 2 April Argentina invaded the Falklands

Had it not been for the 1982 Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands, and the war that followed, Spain would have achieved through negotiations an 'irreversible solution' to the Gibraltar dispute with Great Britain, revealed Spanish diplomat, scholar and academic Jose Cuenca in his recently launched book, “From Adolfo Suarez to Gorbachev; an ambassador's testimonies and shared secrets”.

Wednesday, January 14th 2015 - 06:39 UTC

Spanish diplomat expert in Gibraltar affairs will head EU Defense Agency

Jorge Domecq headed the Gibraltar Desk in Madrid even during the Tripartite Forum period

Jorge Domecq, the senior Spanish diplomat who headed the Gibraltar desk at the Spanish Foreign Ministry including during the Tripartite Forum period, has been appointed as the next European Defense Agency Chief Executive. This comes as a result of a selection process which started last December.


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