Contributors / Adam LeBor

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Breaking barriers

Quarter of a century has passed since the Berlin Wall fell. Free of Soviet rule, Central and Eastern Europe have been transformed but democracy in the former Communist countries remains a work in progress.

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Arctic adventure

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has been the president of Iceland for 18 years; in that time he’s witnessed a financial crash and an energy renaissance. Now, in what will be his final term, he is moderating the global clamour for…

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Mittel class

Hungary has become the bête noir of Europe as fears grow that its government has a rather loose grasp of democracy. It shouldn’t be like this. The country has the talent and heritage to sell Brand Magyar to the world.

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Talking heads

From the presidents of Turkey and Colombia to the leader of the Israeli Labor party, Monocle interviews five political leaders from some of the world’s most volatile regions.

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Don't judge

Having issued an arrest warrant for Colonel Gaddafi, will the International Criminal Court ever bring the Libyan leader to justice? Here, prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo responds to critics who say the ICC is ineffectual.

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Power shift

Hungary’s foreign affairs minister discusses the challenges facing his country’s EU presidency, the importance of an increased role for central Europe and his government’s reputation for media bashing.

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Hunting Ratko

Ratko Mladic is one of the world’s most wanted men. Monocle meets those trying to arrest the Bosnian Serb general so the UN can try him for war crimes and genocide. We also look at the damage his fugitive status is doing…

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Portal combat

Warfare in the 21st century is as likely to be fought on computer screens as it is on battlefields. Monocle goes to Estonia to meet the web wizards preventing hackers and ‘cyber-jihadis’ from attacking Nato member states…

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Air Rescue

Twenty years ago, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was a busy place as the Iron Curtain was pulled back. Today, its signals are still focused on Russia as well as Iran and Afghanistan.

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Standard raiser

Israeli-born artist Oscar Bronner set up the daily newspaper Der Standard to fill a gap for non-partisan journalism in Austria – and because he couldn’t find a paper to read. It is now the country’s second best-selling…

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Divided we stand

Its role in Darfur is seen as a failure. It has almost no role in the Middle East. The UN has a colourful history of international diplomacy, but now, as its officials turn on the secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, the confl…

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Cyprus heal

After decades of Greek-Turkish conflict and division, could the island of Cyprus be nearing a reunification settlement? Mehmet Ali Talat, president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognised only by Turkey, is…

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So long, Serbia

On 17 February the Assembly of Kosovo declared independence and the war-torn state became free from Serbian rule. Monocle was there as the people hit the streets. Also, overleaf, Nader Mousafizadeh, former special assistant…

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