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Thursday, October 23rd 2014 - 04:38 UTC

Garcia-Margallo 'absolutely convinced' UK voted for Spain to join UN Security Council

”The UK is an ally and partner both at the EU and the Atlantic Alliance, and a country with which we share values, principles and, in many cases, interests.”

Spain’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, said he was “absolutely convinced” that the British Government backed Spain’s bid to join the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member.

Friday, October 17th 2014 - 06:04 UTC

Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Venezuela and Spain join the Security Council

The new members will serve on the Council until 31 December 2016.

In three rounds of voting on Thursday the United Nations General Assembly elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2015.

Tuesday, October 14th 2014 - 16:25 UTC

Madrid's attitude towards Gibraltar could thwart Spain's seat at Security Council

This weekend the UN Security Council will decide which two of Turkey, New Zealand or Spain are admitted. UK has veto power.

Spain’s separate battles to both become a temporary member of the United Nations Security Council and to also force Britain into bilateral negotiations over Gibraltar appear to be on a collision course, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Monday, October 6th 2014 - 18:10 UTC

UK protests incursion of Gibraltar waters by Spanish research vessel

Minister Lidington expressed grave concern and reaffirmed that “the waters around Gibraltar are indisputably British”.

The Foreign Office reacted strongly to the 5 October 2014 serious incursion into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW) by a Spanish state research vessel. In response to the incident, the Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, earlier called Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Gonzalo de Benito to express his grave concern.

Monday, October 6th 2014 - 06:48 UTC

Spanish fighter jets enter Gibraltar air space in “reckless and dangerous” stunt

According to the report the jets thought to be Eurofighter Typhoons, were in Gibraltar airspace and attempts to communicate with them were ignored.

Spanish fighter jets illegally entered UK airspace to fly “across the bows” of a British airliner in a “reckless and dangerous” stunt over Gibraltar, according to a report in the Sunday Express.

Tuesday, September 30th 2014 - 05:04 UTC

Spain constitutional court freezes Catalonia referendum, but plans continue

“I regret it because it's against the law, it's beyond democratic law, divides Catalans, distances them from Europe and the rest of Spain” said Rajoy

Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November, although political forces in the wealthy north-east region forged ahead with a political campaign ahead of their planned vote.

Monday, September 29th 2014 - 08:15 UTC

Spain's constitutional court to decide on Catalonia's referendum announcement

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria warned that no one “was above the national will of the Spanish people”.

Catalonia's president on Saturday formally called a referendum to decide whether Spain's richest region should be independent, defying Madrid which vowed to block the move. Shortly after Artur Mas set the vote for November 9, the Spanish government said the referendum would not take place because it was “unconstitutional”.

Saturday, September 20th 2014 - 08:03 UTC

Gibraltar governor supports deployment of large UK naval vessel to patrol territorial waters

Sir James said deployment of an offshore vessel would strengthen the Royal Navy’s ability to patrol British waters and stay at sea for longer periods of time.

Gibraltar Governor Sir James Dutton has publicly voiced strong support for the deployment of a larger British naval vessel to patrol Gibraltar’s territorial waters.
Sir James, a retired Royal Marine with a distinguished military record, said such a move would send “a really valuable message” in the face of persistent incursions by Spanish state vessels.

Monday, September 15th 2014 - 04:18 UTC

The movements the Scotland independence vote has arousen in Europe

Catalonia is planning a referendum in November which Madrid does not authorize

In Europe's eastern half, the disintegration of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia created many new countries. In Western Europe, however, borders of the old nation states seemed to be carved in stone and although there have been secessionist tendencies, some of them militant, they never seemed to have a shot in reality, according to a Deutsche Welle report from Berlin.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 04:17 UTC

With Scottish eyes and hearts, Catalonians pack the streets of Barcelona

More than half a million Catalans took to the streets dressed in red and yellow, the colors of the Catalan flag and forming a “V” for “vote”

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans packed the streets of Barcelona on Thursday to demand the right to vote on a potential split from Spain, their ambitions boosted by an independence referendum scheduled for next week in Scotland.

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