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.

Germany’s economy: The sputtering engine

“THE world cannot afford a European lost decade,” says Jacob Lew, America’s treasury secretary. The latest European figures were uninspiring. In the third quarter the euro zone grew by just 0.6% at an annualised rate. This sluggishness was not primarily due to the countries hit hardest by the crisis—Greece’s economy grew faster than any other […]

EU commission will use LuxLeaks for new cases

EU anti-trust chief Vestager will use “Luxembourg Leaks” as “market information” which may lead to further probes into the duchy’s deals with big firms. News from EUobserver

Supra-national border guard system on EU radar

The EU’s new migration chief, Greek politician Dimitris Avramopoulos, wants to create a European system of border guards. News from EUobserver

Spanish MPs build EU support for Palestine recognition

Spanish MPs have backed a non-binding motion to recognise Palestine, as France prepares for a similar move next week. News from EUobserver

ECB ready to buy government bonds, Draghi signals

ECB chief Draghi has indicated that he is prepared for the bank to buy government bonds to ward off recession and deflation in the eurozone. News from EUobserver

French economists: Toulouse v Paris

IF PHILOSOPHERS in France are national treasures, economists are dreary specimens. But the discipline has some new star dust. One French economist, Jean Tirole, won the Nobel prize for economics. Another, Thomas Piketty, brought in rock-star quality when his book, “Capital”, became a bestseller in English. When the IMF recently listed the world’s 25 best […]