Global Observer

Foreign dispatches from correspondents around the world.


Is Germany's digital angst practical or paranoid?

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


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.


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.