Contributors / Andrew Mueller

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Do we need royal families?

What are the benefits, if any, of having an unelected family reigning over a nation’s people? And is this archaic institution on its way out? Monocle’s panel debates whether monarchies, republics or a happy mixture of the…

Global

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Ensemble cast

Back in 2007, we premiered Style Leaders, a column to decode the politics of power dressing in the global elite. For this special issue we asked its illustrator, a celebrated Norwegian engineer, to help us reprise the…

Global

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Can the Republicans take the centre ground?

Who should lead the Republicans into the next presidential election? Can – and should – they try to regain their old voice of moderation? Or are they now the party of Donald Trump and his supporters? Monocle’s panel debates…

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Should museums heed calls for restitution?

Do the Elgin Marbles belong in the British Museum, where they have been safely housed and displayed for more than 200 years – or are they stolen goods? Monocle’s expert panel discusses the repatriation of art in a time of…

Global

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Should Australia open its borders?

Australia’s pandemic has been marked by robust early success and a restrictive, prolonged isolation that comes from resting on those laurels. Our expert Aussie panel discusses what both reveal about its national character…

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Attaché cases

Whether tasked with Brand Ethiopia awareness in Brazil or South Korean commerce in the UK, there are unsung drivers of diplomacy. We meet them.

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How to be a modern spy

As digital footprints have become easier to follow, the espionage game has changed. We track where it’s heading.

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21. Speaking up

Taiwan offered a masterclass in how to detect the virus and stop it in its tracks. Trouble is that a spat with China and the World Health Organization meant that the lessons were not widely shared. Foreign minister Joseph…

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Better together

Could a co-operative housing estate in Switzerland be the model for a new way of living that can help city dwellers escape sky-high rents and a lack of interaction? We head to Mehr als Wohnen to find out.

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Progressive rock

Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU. With the rest of the UK set on leaving, what does that mean for the diminutive British territory?

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Making tracks

Nothing epitomised the golden age of travel like the Orient Express. But with the venerable service now existing only as an upscale tourist attraction, anyone wanting to savour its classic itinerary has to catch a hotchp…

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It’s all to play for

With World Cup fever sweeping Midori House, we’ve put together a squad of marauding mayoral superstars willing to put in 110 per cent. Ultimately goals win games and, from improving public transport to (two-footed) tackling…

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High minded

Perched above the clouds, tiny San Marino has no airport or railway station but it does have 17 centuries of national history. With its bird’s-eye view of the world, its aloof attitude to foreign affairs is understandable…

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Home sweet home

Considered bland and suburban by most, the Home Counties boast a bubbling undercurrent of creativity. UK band Saint Etienne is now singing their praises

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Between the lines

Matters of national and international security are best left to the professionals. But who are they and where do they get their intelligence? From fact to fiction, we reveal our sources.

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Maple leaf empire

Canada, one of the best-loved nations in the world, exports more than just good will and maple syrup. From peacekeeping troops to submarines and lentils, this vast and varied country makes a mark in the unlikeliest of…

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Brothers in arms

Canada may be seen as the perennial nice guy but its military are ready for a fight. We join them in Ukraine, where they are taking a stand against Russia.

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Image nation

Australia is not short of iconography that speaks of a strong national character and sense of place, be it a no-nonsense ruggedness or the boundless enigma of the outback. Monocle examines these symbolic shorthands and how…

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Crossing the line

Ever since the accidental opening of the Berlin Wall, the need for national fortified borders has been up for debate. Are barbed wire and watchtowers required to keep a country safe – or are our leaders going a step too far…

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