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.

Slovenia’s election: A new man for the job

Cerar, from novice to winner IN HIS victory speech Miro Cerar, who is almost certain to be Slovenia’s next prime minister, said his country needed a change of political culture and more “respect for fellow men”. Many Slovenes agree, which is why more than a third voted for Mr Cerar, who formed a party (named […]

Hungary’s foreign policy: Between Brussels and Russia

VIKTOR ORBAN is not used to losing. His right-wing Fidesz party won a two-thirds majority in April’s election, repeating its 2010 triumph. Yet alone (except for Britain’s David Cameron), he refused to back Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission. Hungary voted against Mr Juncker to send a “powerful signal” against “surreptitious” changes […]

Europe’s top jobs: Indecision time

MATTEO RENZI summed it up best. The Italian prime minister suggested that “they just had to send an SMS and we could have saved the cost of the official flight. In any case, it was a nice opportunity to meet and wish Angela Merkel a happy birthday.” Indeed, European Union leaders in Brussels toasted the […]

Air disaster puts spotlight on French warship for Russia

France risks “international ridicule” if it delivers a warship to Russia despite the Malaysian Airlines disaster, but its intentions remain unchanged. News from EUobserver

Italy’s judicial system: Justice denied?

FOR a small firm just breaking into foreign markets, it was a big deal: one of Italy’s cities wanted a new leisure facility. Then political power shifted and the new council scrapped the project, without any compensation for losses running to around €100,000 ($ 140,000). The firm’s bosses turned to their Italian lawyer, who advised […]

Charlemagne: Hail Helvetia

THE euro crisis has recreated a rift between a Germanic north and a Latin south that decades of integration tried to efface. Economists and political scientists puzzle over its persistence. Some point to patterns of industrialisation, of literacy or even of Catholic and Protestant attitudes to sin and redemption. Whatever the roots, the euro has […]