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31 July 2015
On the bench

As current Uefa president Michel Platini announces he will run to replace Sepp Blatter as the head of Fifa, Steve Bloomfield takes a long look at the man who claims he’s ready and waiting to play the game.

All hail the saviour of world football, the knight in shining armour to lead us out of the dark, (allegedly) corruption-fuelled era of Sepp Blatter. A saviour has risen, promising a new dawn. Michel Platini, one of the…

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Stora Enso x Monocle

Dating back to the 13th century, Scandinavian company Stora Enso is a heritage brand at the cutting edge of the paper industry. Working with foresters to provide paper for some of the world’s most prestigious publishers,…

Film

Waterside Expo: Helsinki

The Helsinki Swimming Stadium, originally earmarked for the 1940 Olympic Games, is a winning attraction in the Finnish capital. An oasis among lush lawns where residents come for relaxation and training – after the compu…

To integrate or to exclude: approaches to sustainable investing are in the spotlight. UBS analysts and experts from around the world share their insights into an area of increasing interest for institutional and individual…

The Philippines' post-Aquino prospects, Nikkei's take on its FT deal, and the tragic story of a trailblazing Taiwanese painter - in this week's Nikkei Asian Review

Article

Customs control

The world (yes, even the bits you know) is odder, quirkier and more downright bizarre than you might imagine. Come with us on a journey to discover where the emperor rules the calendar, Hush-hush Hannah is a star and the…

Article

Like riding a bike

Whether you want to wiggle through traffic or pedal off-piste and tackle rough terrain, your bicycle choice is of the utmost importance. From Italian-inspired city cycles to light-activity models, the two-wheelers of these…

Article

Pole position

Josh Fehnert reporting from Warsaw: With its flourishing food, design and cultural scenes and a growing sense of self-worth, the Polish capital is finally shaking off the spectre of communism and finding that its groove has…

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The Briefing, 972

Friday 31 July

A pacy round-up of the day’s main news stories, anchored from London by a Monocle editor. The show features informed reporting, prescient business analysis and invaluable industry reports covering everything from technology…

Opinion

On the bench

Friday 31 July

As current Uefa president Michel Platini announces he will run to replace Sepp Blatter as the head of Fifa, Steve Bloomfield takes a long look at the man who claims he’s ready and waiting to play the game.

All hail the saviour of world football, the knight in shining armour to lead us out of the dark, (allegedly) corruption-fuelled era of Sepp Blatter. A saviour has risen, promising a new dawn. Michel Platini, one of the…

Radio

The Globalist, 980

Friday 31 July

We discuss politics in Ukraine, urbanism in Sydney, business in Italy, retail in Japan and the future of kimchi. Plus: a review of the morning newspapers and a journey through Alaska.

Radio

The Monocle Arts Review, 110

Friday 31 July

Film critic Anna Smith reviews the must-see films showing in cinemas this weekend: Disney Pixar’s latest venture ‘Inside Out’, a documentary about 93-year-old US fashion-icon Iris Apfel and all-action blockbuster ‘Mission…

Radio

The Monocle Daily, 969

Thursday 30 July

We look at Alexis Tsipras’s attmpts to keep unison in his party post-economic disaster in Greece, ask what the future holds for Rome’s Fiumicino airport and assess pétanque’s chances of becoming an Olympic sport.

Radio

The Urbanist, 198

Thursday 30 July

There’s a set of unspoken rules of conduct that make our cities tick: standing on the right on an escalator, properly tipping in a restaurant and behaving in a certain way on public transport. But how do people manage to…

Radio

Midori House, 957

Thursday 30 July

Monocle’s executive editor Steve Bloomfield is joined by guests Nina Schick and Ivor Gaber to discuss the day’s top stories, from the growing migrant crisis in Europe to China’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Plus: we…

Radio

The Briefing, 971

Thursday 30 July

We discuss the future of Syriza, investigate new clues in the hunt for flight MH370 and focus on pétanque's bid to get Olympic recognition.

Opinion

False promises?

Thursday 30 July

With Turkey’s ongoing engagement in Syria and the coalition against Isis, the “Zero problems with neighbours” prediction made by prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu in 2010 seems severely unfulfilled. Christopher Lord reports…

The trouble with a great one-liner is that, if you say it enough times, it’ll eventually come back to haunt you. That’s a reality that Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu has faced since 2010, when he penned an article…

Radio

The Globalist, 979

Thursday 30 July

We discuss the Turkish president’s visit to China, the state of the Russian rouble and get the business news from Paris. Plus: a review of the morning newspapers and a journey through the South Pacific.

Radio

The Monocle Arts Review, 109

Thursday 30 July

As the long list for the 47th Man Booker International Prize is announced, we review the nominees with Sharmaine Lovegrove and delve into three of the novels on the list: ‘The Year of the Runaways’ by Sunjeev Sahota, ‘The…

Radio

The Monocle Daily, 968

Wednesday 29 July

We ask why Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard has been freed after 30 years in a US jail, learn whether Mullah Omar might really be dead and look ahead to the shortlist for the Venice Film Festival.

Radio

The Entrepreneurs, 198

Wednesday 29 July

The team behind California-based wilderness perfumer Juniper Ridge share their passion for their products. We also investigate the business model and future of car-sharing service DriveNow. Plus: one year after profiling…

Radio

Midori House, 956

Wednesday 29 July

Andrew Tuck is joined by Kathleen Burk and Martin Plaut to discuss the day’s top stories: from a look back at US president Barack Obama’s Africa tour to an analysis of the current conflict between the PKK and Turkey. We…

Radio

The Briefing, 970

Wednesday 29 July

We discuss Turkey’s attacks on the PKK, explore the aftermath of a Finnish politician’s controversial remarks and look at a planned multibillion-dollar facelift for New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Plus: Monocle’s fashion…

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