Tag: Spain

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.

Tuesday, January 6th 2015 - 22:12 UTC

Spain tried to abort US Congress bill in support of Gibraltar's right to self determination

Republican Congressman George Holding, who sponsored the bi-partisan resolution, made public the letter from the Spanish ambassador.

Spain tried to persuade US politicians to drop an initiative calling for the House of Representatives in Washington to formally recognize Gibraltar’s right to self-determination. The plea was contained in a letter from Spain’s ambassador to Washington, Ramon Gil-Casares, to Republican Congressman George Holding, who sponsored the bi-partisan resolution.

Thursday, November 27th 2014 - 06:46 UTC

Gibraltar MEP leader of UK Tories delegation to the European Parliament

A staunch supporter of Gibraltar’s British sovereignty, Mr Fox has been MEP for the South West and Gibraltar since 2009.

Gibraltar MEP Ashley Fox was elected this week leader of the British Conservative delegation in the European Parliament, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Monday, November 10th 2014 - 07:43 UTC

Over two million Catalans vote in the “consultation of citizens” challenging Madrid

“We have earned the right to a referendum,” Mas told cheering supporters. “Once again Catalonia has shown that it wants to rule itself.”

Millions of Catalans voted on Sunday in a symbolic referendum on independence from Spain that supporters hope will propel the issue further despite opposition from Madrid.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 09:16 UTC

Venezuela furious with Rajoy 'interventionism', recalls ambassador 'on consultation'

During a meeting in Madrid with Lopez' wife Lilian Tintori on 22 October, Rajoy said it was necessary to protect freedom of speech and the right to protest

Venezuela recalled its ambassador to Spain to protest “interventionist declarations” made by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the Venezuelan News Agency (AVN) said on Tuesday.


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