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.

Looking for a home

FINLAND, with its baffling language and culture of reserve, is not an easy place for outsiders to penetrate. For Nura Farah, the breakthrough came via the dissected brains of dead cows. Ms Farah, who arrived with her mother in 1993 as a teenager seeking asylum from Somalia’s civil war, spent eight years dreaming of a […]

[Agenda] Migration tops EU agenda THIS WEEK

The European Commission and member states will assess the consequences and possible solutions to the refugee crisis. News from EUobserver

Security fears prompt fences on EU-Russia border

Russia’s kidnapping of an Estonian security officer has, in part, prompted Estonia and Latvia to build new fences on the Russia border. News from EUobserver

What the classics know

THE Greeks have not had much to laugh about in recent years. Falling incomes, rising unemployment and a pervasive fear of being forced out of the euro foster a gloomy mood. Even the latest news of a third bail-out worth €86 billion ($ 96 billion) feels more like a reprieve than a promising new start. […]

EU markets recover after China’s Black Monday

After four days of market panic wiped 20 percent of the value of the Chinese stock market, European stock markets rallied strongly on Tuesday. News from EUobserver

Back in the USSR

Leyla and Arif Yunus: freedom fighters “MY DEAR Arif, after 36 years of life together we’re in different cells in different prisons. Perhaps you’re unaware, I can bear it all: Terrible physical pain (I’m already coming down with pneumonia from the cold water), pressure from a hardened prisoner and even visits from those jackals in […]