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.

Tart response

No questions, you dirty anti-Slovak IN FEBRUARY Zuzana Hlavkova, then an employee at Slovakia’s foreign ministry, came to believe that inflated contracts tied to the country’s presidency of the European Council were being awarded to firms allied with the governing Smer party. The 26-year-old Ms Hlavkova did something unusual: she reported it to her bosses, […]

Matteo Renzi wants more power to change Italy in a constitutional referendum

Voting with his Fiat A TREMOR of magnitude 4.5 shook central Italy on November 29th, rattling areas that had been devastated by heavier quakes weeks earlier. It was a reminder that there is much to fear in the bel paese: seismic shocks, organised crime and, most urgently, the outcome of a constitutional referendum on December […]

Turkey’s effort to join the EU is on life support

JUST before the Gulf war in 1990 (which he backed despite popular opposition), Turgut Ozal, then president of Turkey, squeezed into an army tank, posed for the cameras and proclaimed: “I am taking the shortcut to the European Community.” A quarter-century later Turkey’s dream of joining the European Union is all but dead. Denouncing the […]

Tired of Syriza, Greece embraces a mainstream party

THE headquarters of New Democracy, a centre-right political party, is in an unexpected part of Athens. The building, surrounded by warehouses, housed a branch of a Japanese technology firm before standing derelict for years. Few other political types are nearby. The rent, at €9,800 ($ 10,400) a month, is a tenth of what the party’s […]

[Investigation] Dieselgate witness contradicts EU commission on test evidence

Missing e-mails, disputed minutes, and heated accusations as the EU parliament’s Dieselgate inquiry prepares to wrap up its work. News from EUobserver

Hungary gives 10-year sentence to Syrian man for border riot

A Syrian-Cypriot man was handed down the harshest prison sentence under Hungary’s laws in connection with the migration crisis for his paricipation in a mass riot last year. News from EUobserver