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Spain Says Adios to the Siesta (#3051)

Adios to the Siesta: The Spanish tradition of taking a siesta goes back centuries - but now the lengthy post-lunch break is being questioned in the crisis-hit country. The idea now is for staff to work a full afternoon to generate more money for the economy. Industry is eager to cut down on longer, unproductive working hours. For retailers, the idea would be to improve business with tourists by keeping their stores open all day. In those regions where summer temperatures often reach 40 degrees Celsius in the shade, however, early-afternoon shopping is not a priority. At the same time visitors from abroad may be disappointed to see the end of a phenomenon as traditional as the siesta. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: EUROPEAN JOURNAL looks beyond the headlines and sound bites to deliver relevant, unbiased and imaginative reporting on the events shaping the political, economic and cultural landscape of Europe. Each week, teams of journalists, photographers and producers scour the continent in search of stories with impact and meaning for American viewers, while alternating presenters Jim Gibbons and Cathy Smith provide in-depth analysis on this dynamic region.

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