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Peter Schirmer

Opinion & Analysis

Climate change threat to planet tops verbose World Economic Forum’s 2020 agenda – but goes nowhere

Predictably, this year’s annual Davos gabfest – to which the great, the good and the not-so-good of the world’s politicians, economists, financiers and business leaders jet in for four days of talks and junketing – focused its main theme on climate change and its threat to the planet. And, as in previous years, the World...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Celebration and sadness sees Brexit marred with split opinions

Breaking up is hard to do. More than three years after the EU Referendum vote and a lot of debate in Parliament and on the streets the UK and Gibraltar are set to wave goodbye to the bloc. The countdown is on with just over a week to go. Not everyone is happy – and...

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Mark Sanchez

Opinion & Analysis

50. Negotiating the Wagner ‘problem’

I am a big fan of Richard Wagner’s music. I have CDs of all his operas at home and, in a few weeks from now, I will be travelling to Leipzig to see the four operas of his Der Ring des Nibelungen. My friends, when they learn of my fondness for Wagner’s music, are initially...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Time to say goodbye…

By Aaron Santos There are now less than two weeks before the United Kingdom and Gibraltar leave the European Union and I thought I would take the time to reflect on what has happened over the last three and a half years as well as to comment on what the future might hold. At midnight...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Elsie, the golden voice of Los Romanceros

I have spoken of my musical influences from the past growing up and listening to my parents singing zarzuelas and the music from Radio Gibraltar that would often carry the music and songs of Gibraltarian singers and groups – mainly live performances. There are songs that are constant reminders of my childhood. Bands, groups and...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Never judge a book by its cover, or by its posts on social media

Once upon a time… not in a faraway land… there lived a British Prince and an American actress. The couple had a fairy tale wedding in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. But like all good fairy tales will it have the happy ending they desperately crave? You will have your own views on Harry and...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Hassan Nahon urges CM to ‘tone down nationalistic rhetoric’

Together Gibraltar Leader Marlene Hassan Nahon has called on the Chief Minister to tone down his “Nationalistic rhetoric” as he pursues legal action against VOX. Speaking as part of a New Year’s address, Ms Hassan Nahon said that whilst the VOX statements on Gibraltar are “entirely reprehensible” and deserve a firm response in the courts,...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Fighting cross-border crime

Gibraltar should be proud of its law enforcement agencies. The long-running operation outlined yesterday demonstrates the commitment of the men and women of the Royal Gibraltar Police and its partner agencies to fighting international crime. The work, as was evidenced by this latest year-long investigation, mostly takes place out of sight, and is often fraught...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

It’s concrete and it’s ugly, but it’s our heritage

It’s hard to get excited about concrete. When we think about heritage, it’s easy to let the imagination take flight when picturing Neanderthals in Gorham’s cave, or to marvel at the architecture of the Moorish baths and the Tower of Homage, or the seemingly timeless resilience of the city walls and the Great Siege tunnels....

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Art and artist, defining a nation

The person who sits with us this week never sat at Alice’s table but it is true he sat at my table throughout my life. He was a family member, a teacher, a friend, a mentor. Someone who inspired many generations of Gibraltarians to venture out of their comfort zone, to search and not be...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

‘Robust Opposition without fear or favour’

I wanted to wish you and your families a happy and healthy 2020. This year opens a new decade and brings new challenges for Gibraltar. We enter 2020 knowing with certainty that we are leaving the EU. The re-election of the Conservatives in the UK with a big majority has now put paid to any...

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Eyleen Gomez

Opinion & Analysis

BoE plans tough climate stress tests as Australia’s killer wildfires illuminate schoolgirl’s nightmare fears

The headline-grabbing efforts of Scandinavian schoolgirl Greta Thunberg – who, like some angry teenage Valkyrie, castigated delegates to the climate change conference in Madrid, as well as members of the United Nations General Assembly – which focused public, and media attention on the threat posed by global warning - have been underlined as Australia’s hottest...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Despite differences in style, UK and Gib look to reform civil service

What do Boris Johnson’s controversial adviser Dominic Cummings and the Gibraltar Government’s Chief Secretary Darren Grech have in common? Not much it would seem at first glance. One arrives at No 10 wearing low-slung jeans and trainers the other at No 6 suited and booted. But, away from their distinguishable fashion styles lies a significant...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Spain’s left-wing coalition government is an opportunity for change

After months of political stagnation and a bitter three-day investiture debate, the Spanish parliament yesterday confirmed Pedro Sanchez as the country’s new Prime Minister by a majority of just two votes. The PSOE, which came first in two inconclusive national elections in 2019, had failed until Tuesday to get parliament's support for Mr Sanchez, who...