Diplomacy / Petri Burtsoff
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On Monday, Hungary’s parliament approved Sweden’s bid to join Nato, clearing the final hurdle for the Scandinavian country to become the alliance’s 32nd member. Turkey and Hungary’s lengthy foot-dragging over approving the nation’s membership exposed the extent of Nato’s internal disarray. Now, with the addition of Sweden to the alliance, Nato can finally project an image of unity and strength.Hungary’s decision has been widely applauded in Finland, which joined Nato last spring. As a frontline state in a potential conflict with Russia, Finland continued to call for Sweden’s accession with a particular sense of urgency. You don’t need to be a scholar of military theorist Carl von Clausewitz to understand what Sweden’s Nato membership means for Finland. The Baltic Sea is now flanked on all sides by Nato members, which makes Russian posturing in the region less threatening. Sweden is the perfect place in which to station Nato troops and equipment.
Japan Cabinet Office
Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary with ‘Our Ecology: Toward a Planetary Living’.
3/4: The Craft of Mobility
To “craft” today is to engage with both an art and a science. Just ask designer Lowie Vermeersch.
Featured podcasts and chapters
It was the end of a relationship in London that led Tabitha Lasley to pack her bags, leave her journalism job and move to Aberdeen, Scotland, to pursue a story that she’d been sitting on for years. She grew up on the Wirral in northwest England, a place frequented by the men who worked on oil rigs in the Irish Sea. She initially set out to write an objective view of life on the rig but an encounter with one oil-rig worker in the North Sea set her on a different path. ‘Sea State’ is a captivating memoir that chronicles both her own breakdown and the breakdown of a way of life for the men working in the industry.
Live from St Moritz
To celebrate the best of Nomad, join Monocle’s editorial director, Tyler Brûlé, and guests to explore the dialogue between art, architecture and design. This special edition of the programme is broadcast live from the Hotel Eden in St Moritz.
Munich Security Conference special edition
In this special episode recorded at the Munich Security Conference, Andrew Mueller sits down with the prime minister of Belgium, Alexander de Croo, the prime minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, former CIA director General David Petraeus, Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Ron Prosor, the prime minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, and the prime minister of Bulgaria, Nikolai Denkov.
Foreign Exchange News, ‘Paper’ and Class of Palm Beach
We visit a new café-cum-currency-exchange in London’s Bayswater that also sells magazines. Plus: we speak with the team behind Turkish design studio Sanayi 313’s magazine, ‘Paper’, and explore Palm Beach with the founder of online fashion platform Class of Palm Beach.
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The Continental Shift
The Continental Shift is where our editors bring you three hours of curated music from Europe and beyond, with nu-disco from Oslo, jazzy soul from Stockholm and cutting-edge sounds from London.
Joe Biden meets Congress leaders and Europe’s EV battle
We discuss whether Joe Biden and Congress can avoid a US government shutdown, the latest on North Korea’s nuclear threats and the electric-vehicle race between China’s BYD and France’s Renault. Plus: why France is banning “steak” from non-meat product labels.
Design Doha, The Eames Archives, the Ralph Saltzman Prize
We meet Glenn Adamson, artistic director of Design Doha, and visit The Eames Archives in California. Plus: a reflection on this year’s Ralph Saltzman Prize.
Could Western troops fight in Ukraine?
As Emmanuel Macron says that Western troops could fight in Ukraine, our guests Tessa Szyszkowitz and William Patey assess whether France is trying to become Europe’s military leader. Then: the Taliban releases an Austrian far-right extremist in a deal mediated by Qatar and we speak with Yaroslav Trofimov about his new book ‘Our Enemies Will Vanish’.
Monocle preview: March issue, 2024
Monocle’s latest issue opens the door to the world of property – just in time for Mipim, the industry’s biggest event. We profile the builders and architects out to fix neighbourhoods, revive downtowns and make everyone feel at home. Plus: Poland’s flourishing furniture makers, why parks might be bad for you and how the US is preparing for disaster. Order your copy today, or read online now.
Davos: where are we going?
The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos has brought together political leaders, CEOs and scholars to discuss about how to tackle the world’s most pressing issues and move forward. Monocle Films travels to the Swiss Alpine town to see what 2024 has in store.
Monocle Preview: February issue, 2024
Seeking inspiration for the year ahead? Look no further. The tips in Monocle’s February issue won’t include the played-out aphorisms you’ll find out elsewhere – no green smoothies here. Instead, we present 20 ideas that you can adopt for your business, city or travel plans that are sure to improve your quality of life. From the studio to rebrand your firm to the car to drive and hammam to relax in, all will help you hit your stride in 2024. Order your copy today, or read online now.
Sharp dressing at The Decorum
The Bangkok-based retailer and fashion label has been recognised as the top emerging fashion outpost in Monocle’s inaugural Retail Awards. We meet co-founder and creative director Sirapol Ridhiprasart to talk about dressing The Decorum way. The brand’s silhouettes blend Thai style with classic British footwear, Japanese tailoring and more.
Issue 171 ∙ March 2024
The builders, architects, co-operatives and clever folk out to fix neighbourhoods, revive downtowns and do something great for the places that they call home. + Advice and benchmarks for anyone who wants to be part of their city's story.
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Inch by inch
Fashion is dominated by a few big cities but Hul le Kes’s decision to build its brand in Arnhem has put the Dutch city on the map.
Seoul sur Seine
A Korean ‘hanok’ in the French countryside is a keeper of an artistic legacy and a link between continents.
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Minute & Weekend Editions
Wednesday 28 February 2024
Israel’s elections, Hong Kong’s budget hopes, Nomad art fair and Frieze Los Angeles.
The Bulletin with UBS
We kick off our coverage of the UBS Global Wealth Management Chief Investment Office ‘ElectionWatch’ series. These reports take the US investment temperature in the build-up to November’s presidential election. The edition published earlier this month and authored by our guest, Tom McLoughlin, managing director and head of fixed income and municipal securities for UBS, is titled, ‘Implications of a potential rematch’.