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.

Thousands protest in Brussels against EU-US trade ageement

Protestors gathered in front of an empty EU summit building on Friday to demonstrate against the EU-US free trade pact talks. News from EUobserver

Tusk praised for ‘short, concise’ EU summit

New EU council chief Tusk has broken with the two-day summit tradition, making leaders and journalists happy by wrapping up before midnight. News from EUobserver

France’s reforms: Cycling, but where to?

WHEN François Hollande dumped his prime minister in March 2014, it marked a U-turn for the Socialist president. Out went the politics of envy and punitive taxes. In came talk of lower public spending and encouraging business. Under Manuel Valls, the new prime minister and a voice of Blairite moderation, the language has changed, to […]

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 […]