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.

Italy’s economy: Renzi redux

MATTEO RENZI’s Italy is a bewildering place. Slogans change; priorities shift; established orthodoxy can be overturned in an instant. The latest change came on September 16th, when the prime minister set out a programme for his government until May 2017. The centrepiece is reform to relax restrictive hiring-and-firing rules in the labour market. This was […]

German politics: There is an Alternative

CALM down. So suggested Angela Merkel, the chancellor and also leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), following the state elections in Thuringia and Brandenburg on September 14th. After all, the CDU gained votes in both states, taking 33.5% in Thuringia, where it came first (as it has done ever since unification in 1990), […]

Charlemagne: Europe’s ring of fire

IT SEEMS safe to assume that Johnny Cash, born in Arkansas in 1932, gave little thought to European foreign policy. Yet one of the Man in Black’s better-known numbers sums up the European Union’s troubles with its neighbours. “Love is a burning thing,” he sang in “Ring of Fire”, a hit in 1963, “and it […]

Anti-Semitism in Germany: Who is the Other now?

FROM President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel to Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders, Germany’s political and religious elite gathered at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on September 14th to protest against anti-Semitism. And no wonder, when recent demonstrations against Israeli military action in Gaza have chanted: “Hamas, Hamas, Juden ab ins Gas” (Hamas, Hamas, Jews […]

Scotland chooses to stay in UK

Voters in Scotland have said No to independence from the UK, but the intense campaigning and record-high turnout are models for separatist movements elsewhere in Europe. News from EUobserver

Turkey’s president: Secularists at bay

Erdogan tries to escape Ataturk’s shadow “A NEW Turkey” was the promise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who became its first elected president on August 10th. No sooner was he sworn in than Mr Erdogan said he would move out of Ataturk’s palace, in Ankara’s secular Cankaya district, into a new state-of-the-art complex on the edge […]