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Gareth Bale needs to step up and take Cristiano's mantle.
Gareth Bale needs to step up and take Cristiano's mantle. EFE

A LOOK AT LA LIGA

The farewell tour

opinion Rob Palmer

Real Madrid seem to only turn up for the big occasions these days. Is it time for the band to split?

The enormous paintings were commissioned as propaganda by the Soviet regime. francis silva

Socialist realism at the Russian Museum

Antonio Javier López

The display includes works which reflect official propaganda but have a life of their own

Swift justice

Peter Edgerton

Peter Edgerton

We've got a lot to thank Michael W Fitzgerald for, not least giving us all a hearty chuckle over our cornflakes

BRIT BACK

Potatoes!

POLLY RODGER BROWN

Tables of tubers and steel elbows at an annual (polite) bunfight

The wish thief

IGNACIO LILLO

He calmly, effortlessly, with quick, stabbing movements, like an egret fishing in a backwater of the Guadalhorce, picks the loose change out of the water and holds it all, still wet, in his free hand

the euro zone

In with the new

Mark Nayler

Mark Nayler

Rajoy - who has been at the helm of his vilified party for fourteen years and has stood for prime minister five times - is being punished for his handling of the Catalonia crisis, as well as for corruption within the PP

the bigger picture

Is this time different?

JEREMY BLATCH

A historical look at this year’s stellar rise in stocks

'How to be Spanish'... really

ANDREW J. LINN

Surely, given the choice, any sensible person would choose to be a Spaniard, provided it be an authentic one