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A Stone in Spain's ShoeThe Search for a Solution to the Problem of Gibraltar$
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Peter Gold

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780853232094

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317262

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Felipe Opens the Gates

Felipe Opens the Gates

October-December 1982

(p.63) Eight Felipe Opens the Gates
A Stone in Spain's Shoe
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Spain's reopening of the frontier with Gibraltar. On 7 December 1982, Spain's newly elected Prime Minister Felipe Gonzáléz held his first Cabinet meeting followed by a press conference. The Cabinet agreed that on 15 December the frontier with Gibraltar would be opened to visitors on foot on humanitarian grounds. The reopening of the border gates was a major step forward and marked the end of the Franco approach to the Gibraltar issue. Yet the opening of the frontier had only been partial and restrictions had been discriminatory.

Keywords:   Felipe Gonzáléz, border, Spanish Cabinet, Franco approach

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