Global Observer

Foreign dispatches from correspondents around the world.


Spain, once a gastronomic leader, sees rise in discount dining

BARCELONA -- Spain, known for leading restaurants such as the shuttered El Bulli, has seen a new type of dining establishment succeed during its recession: the discount dining chain.


How Hong Kong's high rents stifle innovation

HONG KONG -- With shop leases that only global brands can afford, the city's small businesses are driven out, while young entrepreneurs see no room to innovate.


Meet Melbourne's horse listener

MELBOURNE -- Ahead of Australia's biggest horse racing event of the year, we get acquainted with the man they call the 'horse listener.'