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: The squeezed middle

SURVEY the fractured political landscape of Europe’s bigger countries and some similarities are easy to spot. In Germany, France and Britain right-wing insurgent parties are nipping at the heels of governments, denouncing them as has-beens trafficking in cant and doublespeak. They are riding high in polls and bewitching the media. Their prescriptions vary, but on […]

Bosnia’s elections: Wind of change

IT IS easy to write off Bosnia as a dysfunctional country hobbled by unnecessary layers of government in which nothing works. In fact, despite an unduly complex system of government that was the price of ending the war in 1995, Bosnia works—but badly. The elections held on October 12th will probably not alter that. Yet […]

Serbia’s government: Europe or Russia?

Not the best way to play the game UNDER Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s prime minister, the country is caught between its European ambitions and his autocratic drift. This week’s visit by Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, highlights Serbia’s dilemmas. Its main strategic goal is to join the European Union, yet it is refusing to apply EU sanctions […]

German politics: Sedating, not leading

ABROAD and at home, a rising chorus is criticising Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, for her economic policies. Her foreign detractors are frustrated by Germany’s quasi-fetishistic pursuit of “the black zero”, as Wolfgang Schäuble, her finance minister, calls the budget that he plans for next year—the first since 1969 to aim for balance. At the recent […]

French jihadists: Self-service

A STUDIOUS 15-year-old pupil from the south of France, Adèle enjoyed biology and dreamed of saving lives. But she led a double life. In one Facebook identity she was just a teenaged girl. In the other she was Oum Hawwa, chosen by Allah to help “brothers and sisters” in Syria. Early this year Adèle failed […]

Italy and reform: Renzi revisited

THE Sala Verde (green room) in the prime minister’s official residence, Palazzo Chigi, in Rome has in the past been the scene of three-way talks between the government, the unions and employers that lasted for days. It was to this chamber that Matteo Renzi, the present prime minister, invited representatives of both sides on October […]