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.

Scattered support

THE regional and municipal elections in Spain on May 24th were billed as the latest test of the idealistic new parties that have emerged all across southern Europe in the wake of the euro crisis. Like Greece’s Syriza and Italy’s Five Star Movement, the left-wing Podemos and liberal Ciudadanos parties promised to give a voice […]

Youthful conservatism

Who says the campaign is over? SINCE coming to power in 2007, Poland’s centrist Civic Platform (PO) party has notched up an unbroken string of victories in national elections. Voters unsettled by the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party’s erratic performance in power from 2005 to 2007 apparently deemed it unelectable. That equation changed on […]

EU inks bank secrecy deal with Swiss

The EU and Switzerland inked a landmark deal on Wednesday aimed at clamping down on banking secrecy and preventing EU citizens from hiding undeclared cash in Swiss bank accounts. News from EUobserver

Polish politics shaken after newcomer wins presidential elections

Conservative newcomer Andrzej Duda has won the presidential elections in Poland stunning the political establishment and setting the scene for cliff-hanger general elections later this year. News from EUobserver

And then there were four

SIXTEENTH-CENTURY castles and contemporary Socialists make an odd mix. But Elvira García, mayor of Alaquàs, is bursting with pride as she walks around the structure that dominates the heart of this quiet Spanish town near Valencia. In the castle’s heyday, she marvels, the noblemen who inhabited its upper levels built a passage to the adjoining […]

[Focus] Ireland votes Yes on same-sex marriage

Ireland has voted Yes to same-sex marriage, becoming the first country to enshrine marriage equality in its constitution by popular mandate. News from EUobserver