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Tomorrow's world

From a museum on the move to an Egyptian on a mission, we present the people, organisations and issues set to shape 2017 and beyond.

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The shape of things to come

Yes, they have economic problems and some rocky politics but the old Eastern bloc nations are poised to set the European agenda in 2017. From defence to pinching City of London jobs, the Visegrad Group is shaping up to…

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Ageing gracefully

How to care for an increasingly large ageing population is a question that faces every city. But those that answer it – as the city of Toyama has – by inviting seniors to live and interact in their centres are discovering…

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He's hired

It’s not what we hoped for. We’re not happy about it. But rather than rear up against the nightmare, we need to face our fears. Here’s how to handle the Donald Dilemma.

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Securing the skies

With Donald Trump’s comments about ditching Nato and his ambiguous stance towards Russia stoking fears of being abandoned, the airbase at Ämari has become a crucial site for policing the Baltic states from above.

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Driving forces

As cities become increasingly choked with traffic, new ways of keeping our urban centres moving are being explored and – perhaps surprisingly – the car is still key to the mix. From updates on car-sharing to mini buses, the…

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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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Time to shine?

In recent years Canada has become the envy of liberal nations the world over but the country still has work to do if it is to truly cement its position as a global leader. In this issue we outline all that’s great about the…

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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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Sikh and destroy

An ex-soldier, intelligence gatherer and police detective, Harjit Sajjan hadn’t long been an MP before landing the job as Canada’s minister of national defence. A year into the job, he’s faced some significant challenges…

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City slickers

Canadians are rightly proud of their vibrant metropolises. But how does Toronto, one of its noblest urban hubs, compare to sister city and rival Chicago across the international border? We pitted citizens of both places…

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