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From Franco to Brexit Britain: the surprising politics of time zones

Changing time zone can improve our health and makes our lives safer. Yet more often the decision is a political one

By Jessica Furseth  

Spain has spent the past 77 years in the wrong time zone. Visitors may find the habit of starting work late and eating dinner after dark to be charming, but the reason Spain left Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to alight its clocks with central Europe’s is pretty sinister: General Franco wanted to show solidarity with Hitler.

Countries change their time zones all the time, and it’s usually for…

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