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.

Coalition of the grudging

IN THE aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks on November 13th, the French framed their response with unambiguous martial resolve. President François Hollande declared that “France is at war”, and that Islamic State (IS) would be “destroyed” without mercy. Images of French fighter planes taking off to bomb IS targets in Syria from the aircraft-carrier […]

EU hopes €3bn will see Turkey halt migrants

EU leaders and Turkey’s PM will, on Sunday, finalise a €3 billion deal to stop migrants coming, in talks held in the shadow of the Turkey-Russia confrontation. News from EUobserver

Icy reception

A winter’s tale MOST teenagers only have to worry about acne, homework and heartache. Kasra, a 17-year-old boy from Afghanistan, faces more weighty problems. During the journey from his homeland to Europe, cutting through the mountains of Iran, Kasra says he “saw death many times” and at least one rape. Even in a transit camp […]

Poland’s ruling party shows true colours

Poland’s newly elected ruling party is showing off its confrontational style by overturning appointments of top judges and stepping up the rhetoric against Russia. News from EUobserver

The fly Dutchman

CONTRARY to popular belief, the most interesting figure in Dutch ethnic relations is not the Islam-bashing politician Geert Wilders. Rather, it is a 34-year-old rapper, comedian and reality-television host named Ali Bouali, better known by his stage name Ali B. In the mid-2000s, after Mr B had a string of hip-hop hits, talk shows began […]

After Paris, drawbridges up?

FOR a Dutchman driving his caravan to the Costa del Sol, the only thing to remind him that he had crossed borders used to be the successive text messages welcoming him to Belgium, France and Spain. That was before this summer’s migrant crisis—and last weekend’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Now the liberty to roam the […]