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Madrid Rebels Against EU Drive to Save Energy for Tough Winter

Isabel Diaz Ayuso
Isabel Diaz AyusoPhotographer: Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images

The leader of Spain’s most populous region of Madrid has vowed to keep the lights on at night, justifying her defiance of a government push to save energy by saying the darkness will frighten away tourists.

Isabel Diaz Ayuso, a rising star on the political right and one of the most vocal critics of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, said her administration will not comply with new rules which include extinguishing illuminations at public buildings after 10 p.m.