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Spain’s Socialists kick off leadership battle

Deeply divided and weakened by the rise of far-left party Podemos, Spain’s Socialists are gearing up for a leadership contest that will see ousted chief Pedro Sanchez attempt a comeback.

After crisis, Spain textiles sector dons new colours

Spain’s textile sector, flush with the glittering success of brands such as Zara, is beginning to recover from a crisis sparked by cut-throat competition from Asia that destroyed a third of its firms in less than a decade.

East German boom town breaks populist, backward stereotypes

With higher unemployment rates than western Germany and support for the anti-immigration AfD party reaching 20 percent, the country’s former communist east has often been associated with economic decline and xenophobia.

Brexit plunges EU fishing into troubled waters

EU fishing fleets are increasingly anxious about their future access to teeming British waters as Britain prepares to trigger the two-year countdown to its exit from the bloc.

Britain prepares to launch Brexit

Britain will take an unprecedented step into the unknown on Wednesday with the first formal move towards leaving the European Union, starting a two-year process that has already divided the country.

Saving Cool Britannia image from Brexit bruise

Brexit challenges Britain’s global image of openness and tolerance, but Cool Britannia has what it takes to avoid being suddenly rebranded as uncool just because it quits the EU, advertising professionals say.

Tech changes allow greater fan engagement in sports

As technology permits greater interactivity with fans, sports clubs and leagues have consulted sometimes far-flung supporters on everything from a team’s name to where games should be played.

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