Contributors / Sophie Arie

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Going south

Montpellier is the fastest-growing city in France and for Monocle it ranks as one the best cities for business. It supports new ventures, with many hi-tech companies setting up there, and has an enviable quality of life to…

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After the storm

The wave of revolutions shaking up the world started in Tunisia. What happens after you’ve dislodged your dictator? Also for our series on the Arab spring, see how Malta is coping as Libya collapses (page 30) and how Turkey…

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A better blueprint

Welcome to Monocle’s annual round-up of 20 people who we think deserve a bigger stage. We cover diverse professions from shoe designers to politicians because we believe it’s not only the grand scale that matters, but the…

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Ripping yarn

Harris Tweed is woven in a beautiful setting by workers in their own homes. But all is not as idyllic as it sounds. With the closing of its largest mill, it’s crunch time for the business. The question is, can things be…

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Shelf satisfying

Faced with the recession and competition from retail giants and online sellers, small bookshops have been disappearing fast from our high streets. But there’s one London gem that’s a textbook example of how to buck the…

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Coming home

Thousands of Spaniards lost their citizenship as they fled Spain’s Civil War and Franco. Now Spain is offering its descendents the right to be Spanish. Should other countries who need migrants do more to encourage the…

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Friends in the north

Occupying a strategic post at the tip of North Africa, the Mediterranean capital of Tunisia is a short hop from Sicily. Less well known than its rival Morocco, Tunis is now benefiting from foreign business and finally…

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