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Global Observer

Foreign dispatches from correspondents around the world.

technology

Is Germany's digital angst practical or paranoid?

In Germany, skepticism of the web runs deep. Is it justified?

technology

Startups cater to a new Parisian passion: running

PARIS -- The French are embracing running as a new form of sightseeing and social congregation, and entrepreneurs are launching businesses to serve these athletes.

food

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.