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.

[Analysis] Sidelining Varoufakis is Tsipras’ wild card

Isolated in the eurogroup and less popular at home, the Greek finance minister will no longer be in sole command of negotiating with lenders. News from EUobserver

EU unveils private equity fund to invest in African energy

The EU has unveiled plans to partner up with a Paris-based private equity firm to invest in energy companies across Sub-Saharan Africa. News from EUobserver

Absent professor

ALMOST every recent Greek finance minister has been an Athens university economics professor moonlighting as a politician. Yanis Varoufakis is no exception. But unlike his predecessors, Mr Varoufakis has become a global celebrity, to the annoyance of many in Syriza, the leftist party in power. To his critics, Mr Varoufakis’s lifestyle—riding a powerful motorbike, spending […]

France and Russia agree ‘terms’ on warship contract

France and Russia have all-but reached terms on terminating a contract for two warships. News from EUobserver

Firm elder statesman

Not that way, Yanis, suggests Wolfgang (left) AGED 72 and confined to a wheelchair since an assassination attempt 25 years ago, Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s finance minister, has the political energy of a younger man. In Washington this month for the IMF/World Bank meetings, he rushed from one podium to another. Everywhere the question was whether […]

The Finns’ moment

IN 2011 Finland broke a long habit and held an interesting election. The True Finns, a Eurosceptic party led by Timo Soini, a portly rabble-rouser with a fondness for Millwall, a minor London football team, came from nowhere to win 19% of the vote, shaking up Finland’s cosy political consensus and alerting Europe to a […]