Tag: Spain

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.

Thursday, August 27th 2015 - 04:53 UTC

Spain confident its Gibraltar tough policy is 'bearing fruit' and will continue

“We have taken measures that are bearing fruit and we are going to continue doing so” said García-Margallo.

The Spanish Government’s measures toward Gibraltar are ‘bearing fruit, Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel García-Margallo said in a weekend interview in which he vowed to maintain pressure on the Rock. Although the minister’s tough language on Gibraltar was nothing new, it was the second time within the space of a week that he had spoken out on the Rock.

Wednesday, August 12th 2015 - 08:53 UTC

Gibraltar a ‘fundamental objective' of Spanish foreign policy with ample funds to support it

Spain will push to establish the foundations ”that will allow Spain to recover sovereignty over Gibraltar and the territorial integrity of the State”

Pushing Spain’s claim over the sovereignty of Gibraltar is “a fundamental objective” for Spanish foreign policy, according to budget plans presented by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Madrid this week.

Monday, August 10th 2015 - 06:21 UTC

UK calls 'outrageous' and 'unlawful', Spanish incursions in Gibraltar waters

“It is completely unacceptable and unlawful under the international law of the sea to enter our waters without notifying us”, said minister Swire.

Spain has been accused of an “outrageous” and “unlawful” violation of British sovereignty after boats entered UK waters in Gibraltar on Sunday. Helicopters were also flown over a beach on the British territory as Spanish police chased criminals on the water, a move branded extremely dangerous by the Government of Gibraltar.

Tuesday, August 4th 2015 - 05:27 UTC

Catalonia challenges Madrid: calls elections for September, ahead of Spain's national ballot in November

“We all know these elections will be very different,” Mas said in a televised address after signing the decree to dissolve the region's parliament

The leader of Spain's wealthy Catalonia region President signed a decree on Monday calling parliamentary elections for 27 September, a year earlier than necessary and according to political analysts, a proxy vote on the much debated controversial independence.

Monday, July 27th 2015 - 05:30 UTC

Gibraltar complains about queues at the border with Spain; drop in tourism expenditure

“The effects of these seem to be designed to cause as much disruption as possible,” said Deputy Chief minister Dr Garcia

The Gibraltar Government has included the long queues of last Thursday afternoon at the frontier with Spain in its latest report to the European Union. Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia said the report will be presented “in order to draw attention to the manner in which the Spanish government is implementing the recommendations made by the commission”.

Wednesday, June 24th 2015 - 07:09 UTC

Spain to question Gibraltar’s exclusion from EU tax havens blacklist

Spain treasury minister Cristobal Montoro, said Spain has “more than sufficient reason” to view Gibraltar as a tax haven.

Spain will call on the European Commission to include Gibraltar on the EU blacklist of tax havens published last week, it emerged over the weekend. The list names the 30 top tax havens as identified by EU countries, but Gibraltar is not on it. Only nine of the EU’s 28 members - among them Spain - view the Rock as a harmful jurisdiction for taxation.

Monday, June 15th 2015 - 04:59 UTC

Left-wing coalitions take power in Spain's main cities including Madrid and Barcelona

Former labor law judge Manuela Carmena was sworn in Madrid and anti-eviction campaigner Ada Colau (Pic) became the first woman major in Barcelona

Left-wing coalitions formally took power in four out of five of Spain's biggest cities on Sunday, marking a major political change in municipal politics a month after voters registered their anger at austerity and corruption in local elections.


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