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.

Charlemagne: The battle of the scientists

AT THE end of a hard year Europe’s leaders are grappling with familiar problems—how to revive gasping economies, what to do about the Russian menace. But a quieter source of discontent is also bubbling up: Europe’s scientists. The continent of Galileo and Darwin is not about to cast off its glorious heritage. But the boffins […]

Estonia arrests, releases pro-Kremlin Italian journalist

A pro-Kremlin Italian journalist and former MEP arrested in Estonia left the country on Tuesday after having violated an entry ban issued by the ministry of interior. News from EUobserver

Danish politics: Reticent populists

Helle, facing demons at home POPULISM is on a roll in Scandinavia. Norway’s Progress Party has helped to rule the country since its general election in 2013. Next door, the Sweden Democrats increased their representation in parliament with almost 13% of the vote in an election three months ago. Now, if a recent opinion poll […]

Russia and Ukraine: Putin’s people

Watching from below A GOVERNMENT television channel dubbed Vladimir Putin’s latest state of the nation address “A Message from Above”. Dmitry Kiselev, Mr Putin’s chief propagandist, even likened it to speeches by Roosevelt, Churchill and De Gaulle.Mr Putin’s sermon had both messianic and defensive overtones. He called Crimea a sacred place, rather like the Temple […]

Most Europeans back migrant curbs, poll finds

Most Europeans believe that migrant workers from other EU countries have been bad for their country and would like to restrict freedom of movement, a new opinion poll suggests. News from EUobserver

Organised crime in Italy: Mafia in the middle

IN THE crime movie “The Italian Job” Charlie, played by Michael Caine, upsets a mafia boss by trespassing on his turf to steal gold. The plot is entertaining, but absurd: the film is set in Turin in 1969, when organised crime in Italy was confined to the downtrodden south.No longer. On December 10th police arrested […]