Is Europe on the verge of a popular uprising?

Europe’s ‘crisis after the crisis’ poses uncertainty in 2014 14 Dec 2013   The question was asked by one of Greece’s most respected newspapers as another year of painful austerity drew to a close. If public anger does explode on the streets, wrote Kathimerini, it will not be provoked by politicians or labour unions, but…

Gibraltar: Fury as Spanish officers search British diplomatic bag at border

Foreign Office spokesman described incident as ‘serious infringement’ of diplomatic protocols Heather Saul Tuesday, 26 November 2013 The Foreign Office has  made a formal complaint after a British diplomatic bag was opened and searched by Spanish Guardia Civil officers on the border with Gibraltar. The incident, which occurred on Friday, was described by a Foreign…

Spain colluded in NSA spying on its citizens, Spanish newspaper reports

El Mundo says it has document detailing collaboration between US intelligence agency and foreign countries  Paul Hamilos in Madrid theguardian.com,              Wednesday 30 October 2013 07.41 EDT A man protests against NSA spying outside the foreign ministry in Madrid. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters The widespread surveillance of Spanish citizens by the US National Security Agency, which…

Spain and France’s intelligence agencies carried out collection of phone records and shared them with NSA, agency says

NSA spy row: France and Spain ‘shared phone data’ with US By Raf Sanchez, Peter Foster in Washington 8:35PM GMT 29 Oct 2013 European intelligence agencies and not American spies were responsible for the   mass collection of phone records which sparked outrage in France and Spain,   the US has claimed. General Keith Alexander, the head…

David Cameron vows to continue to defend Gibraltar in the ongoing diplomatic row with Spain over the tiny territory as chief minister warns of “huge escalation” in the standoff

David Cameron vows to defend Gibraltar . Mr Cameron met Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar’s chief minister, in Downing Street on Friday. Photo: LEWIS WHYLD/AFP   By Fiona Govan, Madrid 3:21PM BST 30 Aug 2013 Gibraltar’s chief minister has warned that Spain’s bid to cripple the Rock’s key refuelling industry would amount to a “huge escalation” of the…

Gibraltar chief says no chance of sovereignty talks with Spain / “a snowball’s chance in hell”

The Chief Minister of Gibraltar has said there is not “a snowball’s chance in hell” that Britain would grant Spain talks over the Rock’s sovereignty. By Fiona Govan, Gibraltar 11:51AM BST 22 Aug 2013 A day after Spain’s foreign minister urged Britain to the table to negotiate amid an escalating border dispute, Fabian Picardo absolutely…

Gibraltar: Spain considers joint diplomatic offensive with Argentina over Falkland Islands

Spain is considering forging an anti-British alliance with Argentina, adopting its strategy over the Falklands Islands, as the diplomatic row over Gibraltar intensifies. Drivers wait in line along the road of the Gibraltar International airport to enter to Spain at its border with the British territory of Gibraltar in front of the Rock (rear) in…

Spain vows to defend its Gibraltar interests while British fleet sails in (coincidentally, of course)

Mariano Rajoy says Britain should act with ‘common sense and good judgement’ Oliver Wright, Adam Withnall Friday, 9 August 2013 Spain will take “all legal measures” to protect its interests in its row with Gibraltar, its Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned Britain. In tough remarks, following the failure of diplomatic efforts to defuse the…