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: Cold comfort

ALL of Europe rejoiced when the European Space Agency deposited Philae, a probe the size of a kitchen appliance, on the surface of a comet 300m miles (480m km) from the Earth. It was like throwing a dart blindfolded across an ocean and hitting the bullseye. Philae fell silent soon afterwards, but not before dispatching […]

[Opinion] EU watershed on criminal law poses questions for UK

The 1 December shake-up in EU law on criminal and justice issues poses questions for the UK and the future of the European Arrest Warrant. News from EUobserver

[Opinion] Former Israeli law chief urges EU parliament to help recognise Palestine

Recognition of Palestinian statehood is not only just, it also protects the national security interests of both nations. News from EUobserver

Romania’s presidential election: A commonsense victory

AS VICTORY speeches go, it was the least bombastic that Romanians had heard in a long time. “The campaign is over, we made our choice. Now let’s get to work. I am very serious and determined,” said Klaus Iohannis, the liberal mayor of Sibiu, in Transylvania. He is the first Romanian from the country’s ethnic […]

Germany’s economy: The sputtering engine

“THE world cannot afford a European lost decade,” says Jacob Lew, America’s treasury secretary. The latest European figures were uninspiring. In the third quarter the euro zone grew by just 0.6% at an annualised rate. This sluggishness was not primarily due to the countries hit hardest by the crisis—Greece’s economy grew faster than any other […]

EU commission will use LuxLeaks for new cases

EU anti-trust chief Vestager will use “Luxembourg Leaks” as “market information” which may lead to further probes into the duchy’s deals with big firms. News from EUobserver