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.

Italy’s budget: Mamma’s boy

ITALY’S prime minister, Matteo Renzi, suffers from a condition so rare it has yet to feature in any medical journal: proclamitis, the compulsive announcement of new policies.On October 19th he declared on a chat show that he was giving mothers a tax break of €80 ($ 101) a month in the first three years of […]

French local government: Slimming down

WHEN Claude Monet lived near the Seine at Argenteuil, he painted white canvas sails and river banks. Today, Argenteuil is part of the suburban sprawl west of Paris, and is more famous for being the most indebted large town in France. A recent report from the Cour des Comptes, the national audit body, told the […]

Poland’s government: Flashes of competence

So far Ms Kopacz is doing well AS A chain-smoking doctor, Ewa Kopacz clearly has a certain appetite for personal risk. In her case, it also seems to exhaust any appetite for risk. But as she prepares to take over as prime minister of Poland, following Donald Tusk’s elevation to the presidency of the European […]

One in five EU banks fail stress tests

One in five EU banks would be unable to cope if another financial crisis hit the bloc, according to the European Central Bank. News from EUobserver

Van Rompuy and Barroso leave EU stage with porcelain plates

Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso said goodbye to EU leaders on Friday after attending their final summit as presidents of the EU council and commission. But the summit was marred by a budget row. News from EUobserver

Charlemagne: Gummed up

IT WAS just like old times. On October 16th, almost five years to the day after Greece’s government triggered the euro crisis by confessing that its budget deficit was twice as big as had previously been reported, yields on Greek ten-year debt rose to 9%, and share prices tumbled. Long-suppressed memories of bail-outs, late-night summits […]