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: Alone at the top

  ALLEINSCHULD, the belief in “sole guilt” for one if not two world wars, has had an enduring impact on Germany’s public life. It explains why there is little commemoration of war dead, even for this week’s centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. The first Weltkrieg is regarded as the terrifying overture to […]

EU institutions to be probed on whistleblower rules

Several EU institutions are to be probed on their whistlerblower rules but the European Central Bank and the European Investment Bank will escape scrutiny. News from EUobserver

Banking union faces legal challenge in Germany

Germany’s constitutional court is once again to be a testing ground for the eurozone’s reponse to the financial crisis as a group of academics has filed a case arguing that the banking union is illegal. News from EUobserver

Ailing Croatia: A mighty mess

There is a cloud over Dubrovnik THIS month Dubrovnik, Croatia’s picturesque Adriatic port city, has been a favourite destination not only of the habitual cruise-ship tourists but also of foreign dignitaries. Within a few days, Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, senior officials from Russia, China, America and New Zealand and almost every single regional foreign minister […]

[Analysis] EU sanctions on Russia hurt more than it seems

Threats, leaks, innuendoes – the creation of “market uncertainty” on Russia is “a new tool of European and US foreign policy”. News from EUobserver

Italian politics: The ex-Cavaliere is back on his horse

FEW events in Italy’s recent history have had a more crushing effect on morale than the wrecking of the Costa Concordia, an Italian-owned and skippered liner that capsized off the island of Giglio in January 2012. The giant vessel foundered with the loss of 32 lives as Italy, battered by years of economic stagnation even […]