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December 2016/January 2017

Go for growth! Fertile ideas to fix your nation, life and playlists. A double issue of opportunities, smart ideas and blossoming businesses to prepare you for the holiday season – and a very fruitful New Year.

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Could it be magic?

In association with The Platinum Card® from American Express Miami’s warm weather and sandy beaches make it an ideal holiday location. But there’s more happening here than merely fun in the sun. The city is packed with…

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The time is now

It’s time to consider the role of the diplomat and the use of wining and dining in soft power. Plus, our Travel Top 50, a tempting gift guide and plenty of potted plants.

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What's next?

From fashion and art to politics, media and governance, Monocle meets eight frontrunners to discuss their successes so far and the fresh challenges for the year ahead.

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Power play

Monocle’s annual Soft Power Survey charts the strengths and weaknesses of national brands and the changing landscape of cultural influence. But how do the hard truths of politics affect nations’ softer sides? Read on to…

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Consuls and carols

Being a diplomat requires you to be proficient at wining and dining guests – and at no time will you be more inundated than the Christmas period. We visit three festive residences – that of the Czech ambassador to the UK…

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Europe briefing

What should be on the UK government’s agenda (Brexit aside) and Austria’s provocative foreign minister.

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One step ahead

The new year brings new opportunities – if you know where to look. With our tips and foresight and a little forward planning you’ll be in prime position to ring in the business changes.

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Work flow

The Netherlands’ fourth-largest city is attracting young entrepreneurs in droves. They come for a slower pace of life and to work in one of Europe’s friendliest and best-connected mini hubs.

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Retail renewal

Storied department store Engelhorn has clothed generations of Mannheim shoppers. Its top-drawer displays are enticing new visitors – and offering them an all-round experience.

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Healthy trade

Bulent Eczacibasi heads the industrial group with a focus on pharmaceuticals that bears his family name – and he’s been creative to maintain success. In London for the Design Biennial, he tells us why patronage is key to…

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Child's play?

Being the head of a toy company is most people’s dream job but keeping up with rapid changes in technology and staying ahead of your rivals is not all fun and games. Monocle visits Japan, Canada and Germany to meet the…

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Hot dates

If you’re the sort of person who likes to mark things in the diary then you’ve fallen on the right few pages: here are the books, programmes, films, albums and exhibitions that should make your 2017 a year to remember. It…

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Life's a pitch

As one of Mexico’s leading advertising directors, Raúl Cardós took a leap into the unknown when he decided to strike out on his own. Luckily his efforts have paid dividends.

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Folio society

When magazine editor Aaron Hicklin opened a bookshop in upstate New York, he wanted to move beyond the usual roster of titles. In the year since he launched, his guest-edited book lists have driven sales and put One Grand…

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Perfect on paper

Now a beacon for the city-state’s art scene, STPI is finally becoming as popular with Singaporeans as it is with international artists.

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A new leaf

Want to spruce up your barren balcony or bare window box? Look no further as we round up the most luscious – and adventurous – botanical offerings for the home, from spiky cactuses to frond-tastic ferns.

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All in the details

New hotel Casa Mãe is a winning combination of Portuguese craftsmanship and exquisitely executed contemporary design. Monocle meets the creative force behind the retreat.

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Design briefing

A bankable typeface for Oslo’s newest creative venue and a book about the Barbican feature in this issue.

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