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

Wednesday, January 28th 2015 - 07:11 UTC
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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”. Read full article


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  • Britworker

    Sounds positive, nice to hear.

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 09:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    “Podemos La Linea believes that good neighborly relations with Gibraltar must be above political opportunism.”

    Obviously, by calling himself a “political scientist” he wants to distance himself from the likes of the existing deadheads presently in power.

    This new party seems to be making inroads with the electorate, I hope they succeed in May.

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 10:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anti-Muppet

    I like this guy, I think Spain needs some none arrogant politicians whom are forward thinking, any fool can see that Gibraltar will never be part of Spain, the fact it is recognised by the EU and has a national football team says it all, no turning back now for the future of Gibraltar, its a nation of its own making. Good luck to them. and Hopefully this guy gets a shout at improving relations.

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 11:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    Spicland is doomed, ageing old and the few young they still have are becoming politicians.

    This guy and Monedero as well as the Podemos gang are a bunch of collage kids that never worked in a private world and have being getting money from Venezuela.

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 11:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anti-Muppet

    @4 Well it doesn't seem to have done them any harm, I've heard more sense from this guy in 2 months than I ever heard come from Spanish politics in 30 years...

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 12:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    “Podemos La Linea advocates for the establishment of cordial neighborly relations with Gibraltar based on mutual trust,” the group said in its statement to the Chronicle. “Podemos La Linea believes that good neighborly relations with Gibraltar must be above political opportunism.”

    That's fine. Now let's hear Podemos say that it has no territorial or sovereignty ambitions on Gibraltar.

    Of course, spanish ambitions aren't unusual. Supported by the treacherous spanish, Napoleon tried to conquer Portugal. But, of course, the spanish were crap. And the French were no match for the British.

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 12:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussiesunshinee

    Is this idot the Tsipras of Greece!! well as I write this the Greek stock exchange
    is falling to pieces. The Greek Bond yields have just spiked to 17%. There is a run on bank deposits.The National Bank Of Greece has lost 30% of its stock value.

    Is this what the Spaniards want for Spain!!!! I hope not..for their sake
    Do not vote for this communist!! Podemos

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 12:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    Nope, he is the Tsipras of Spain

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 01:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    the best thing this guy can do is
    1. to shut up.
    2. to roll up their sleeves and close the gate.

    they will be able to do it sooner than later, when little britain leaves the e.u.
    the question is, who will feed the monkeys llanitos then?

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 01:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    One troll, 3 posts!

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 01:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    PODEMOS is politically, financially and ideologically linked to the PSV, the Chavistas and their ilk in VeneCuba.
    Just so you know. ...

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 02:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Obviously you are not a politician....
    The trick is not to alienate your party from support from ardent nationalists and play it sensibly.
    Once you are in, you can say and do what you like....
    Oh and er..........Doh!!!

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 04:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MagnusMaster

    @12 Exactly. Chavez actually seemed like a reasonable guy on his first electoral campaign, then he got elected...

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 04:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    11 ilsen
    * PSUV

    'scuse typo!

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 05:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @12. Like I'd take advice from something scotch. Probably the most scummy group of things in the world.

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 06:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    No, sorry, you alone merit the title of scum.

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 07:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    How strange that a communist (not always of a breed associated with financial prudency), has the best strategy to help Spanish people get jobs by cooperating with the rock rather than trying to close them down. Whether he is genuine will be seen, but viewing the Gibraltarians as people and stopping unnecessary queuing will assist Spanish people in benefitting from perhaps more jobs and not having to wait all evening to get home. Presumably if Spanish workers have to wait to get home, it will lessen the time available to spend their earnings in Spain.

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 08:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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