Leo Messi gets third FIFA Ballon D’OR

Messi gets his third FIFA Ballon D’OR in a row and thus joins an elite club of footballers. He was presented the trophy by Brazil legend Ronaldo.

Grec Festival Barcelona 2011

The Grec Festival Barcelona 2011 has already got underway and there is a wealth of culture to be enjoyed by everyone from music and dance to theatre and art.

If you haven’t seen Born Barcelona, you haven’t really seen anything at all

The Born district in Barcelona has to be one of the most enchanting of all. If you haven’t been to Born Barcelona you are missing out on a wonderful experience as there is so much to see and do in this trendy part of town.

Barcelona Tourism

Barcelona Tourism has got to be on just about everyone’s agenda when they first set foot in the catalan capital. There are so many things to see and do here the mind boggles.

Things to do in Barcelona Spain

Things to do in Barcelona Spain is a small guide that will get you up and running with the main things to do while you are on holiday in Barcelona whether it’s a few days or a week.

Spanish Wines And Wines From Catalonia

Some information about the labels on Spanish and Catalan wines. From young fruity wines to Crianzas right up to mature Reservas and Cavas.

Soviet apocalypse

“MY MOTHERLAND is the Soviet Union,” reads a sentence written in cursive script in one of the exercise books scattered on the floor of an abandoned school in Pripyat, a Soviet-era ghost town in Ukraine next to the Chernobyl nuclear plant. The town, built for the plant’s workers and their families, was evacuated on the […]

Trading places

FORGET left and right. These days, it is often said, the real dividing line in politics is between open-door liberals and pull-up-the-drawbridge nationalists. Like most grand claims, this one can be overdone. But the pummelling that international trade is taking on both sides of the Atlantic suggests there is something to it. Nigel Farage and […]

EU roaming charge cut enters UK referendum campaign

British PM David Cameron said that the phasing out of charges on cross-border use of mobile phone is a reason to stay in the EU. News from EUobserver

[Opinion] EU fiscal rules, migrants and Belgium’s trick

Belgium has found a way to save on migrant costs and to get more leniency from the EU commission on fiscal targets. Its solution is to cut development aid. News from EUobserver

Mario battles the Wutsparer

THIS week millions of people in the Netherlands celebrated the national holiday by getting up at dawn, staking out a patch of pavement and selling off their junk. The traditional King’s Day flea market gives the Dutch a chance to indulge in their favourite pastime: bargain-hunting. Their eastern neighbours are just as frugal. “Germans love […]

[Investigation] Dieselgate probe timeline: how did we get here?

Key dates in the Volkswagen scandal and the run-up to the European Parliament’s inquiry committee. News from EUobserver