Theresa May brought a rotten year on herself – did she have to take the rest of the UK with her?

OPINION & ANALYSIS: This is the message to take into 2018: whatever side one might be on the Brexit divide, let’s all admit the complexities, and demand that politicians do the same.

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Lugano: the deliciously Italian flavoured slice of Switzerland

Most travellers are familiar with Switzerland’s German and French speaking capitals, but there is a third, equally intriguing language region that combines traditional Swiss elegance with an unmistakably Mediterranean flair.

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The five best traditional Christmas markets in Europe

Visiting one of Europe’s famed and fabled Christmas markets is a must. Here are what we consider the best of them for pure Yuletide charm and old-time authenticity.

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Budapest: what makes the pearl of the Danube so romantic?

Castles, parks and the Danube: Juliette Massardier discovers the history and charm of Budapest.

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Four hot winter travel getaways for snow, sun, fun and adventure

As much as we love the UK, its winter can break your soul. But you don’t have to fly home to the other side of the globe to escape…

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Puglia: the heel of Italy and region of untold secrets

Puglia, or Apulia, is on the heel of Italy’s boot. Relatively ignored by foreign tourists, the region is full of southern ebullience, tradition and hidden gems.

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CHUCK THIS! La Tomatina: throwing tomatoes and seeing red

For exactly one hour every year the Spanish city of Buñol is a pulpy, tomato flavoured battleground. It’s every person for themselves as chaos ensues for La Tomatina!

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How can Australia’s cities match Europe’s for finding value in their creative vibe?

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Australia is the “lucky country”, so why can’t we have it all – jobs and creativity in all our cities?

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Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls: what happens and how did it come about?

RUNNING OF THE BULLS IN PAMPLONA | Spain’s famous San Fermin festival brings together daredevils and spectators of the world for a week of bull dodging and serious, serious partying. Here’s the what, how, why and when…

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Time for China and Europe to lead, as Trump waves goodbye to the Paris climate deal

OPINION & ANALYSIS: While it is too early to predict how Chinese and European leadership will manifest in practice, in the face of American obstruction they are arguably the world’s best hope, if not its only hope.

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Ireland county intrigues: captivating Cork and gorgeous Galway

The south-west of Ireland offers rolling hills, scenic vistas and wide open spaces, combined with some old-fashioned Irish hospitality. Cork and Galway offer the perfect opportunity for a countryside getaway, with minimum fuss.

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Australia’s involvement in an ‘Anglosphere’ is the delusion of a golden age that never existed

OPINION & ANALYSIS: The weird and wonderful concept of the Anglosphere is gaining a surprising salience in public debates as Britain faces up to its post-Brexit, post-Europe future.

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From wannabe to president: how Emmanuel Macron beat Marine Le Pen to win the French election

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Emmanuel Macron struck out alone to form his own political movement and while much of the froth surrounding the election has focused on his opponent, the enormity of his achievement needs to be acknowledged and cannot be underestimated.

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Glorious Florence: the elegant first lady of Italy

Italy is a jam-packed country full of culture, scenery and gastronomy. If you only have a few days though, Florence offers the country’s best flavours all in one stunning location.

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