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Soul of the city

Cities have never been so vibrant, vital and on the move. But what is the formula for a perfect neighbourhood? Here we look at some of our favourite urban projects that are transforming their cities – and offer a model for…

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Pride of place

Erratic leadership by national governments emphasises the need for a safe pair of hands at city hall. We meet four mayors winning approval by knowing what makes their cities tick.

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Talk of the town

In the first part of our grand draft to upgrade urban living, we outline the sights, sounds, spaces and street life that should be the starting points for every city neighbourhood.

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Affairs

How the world should deal with China and can US campaigns run without crowds? Plus: Denmark’s happiness museum, five resilient cities, Belarus cosies up to the west and Brazil’s offshore defences.

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Running battles

After 14 years as Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales was forced to resign last November. Now exiled in Argentina, he is rallying supporters and seeking his party’s return to power.

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Power to the people

The recent protests in and around Beirut have dramatically altered the fabric of the city – but the more sustained change is in the mindset of the citizens.

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Diplomacy

Wolfgang Ischinger on why we should talk to adversaries, a small-country play for the UN Security Council and why Japan is opening an embassy in Kosovo.

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Politics

Norway’s young environment minister, US election endorsements and why the UAE is looking to Mars.

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Defence

Why navies are using more drones, Japan’s controversial border force and Australia’s anti-ship missiles.

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Cities

Delhi’s grand avenue gets a makeover and Helsinki’s new chief design officer reveals her plans.

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Balance of power

As foreign goverments and corporations circle Senegal’s newfound energy resources, its stable and progressive capital, Dakar, is learning how to best channel its influence and growth.

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Leading lights

An unlikely coalition government has put Austria on a new path. And even with an illustrious history to maintain, it is moving with the times.

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Politics

Austria’s new “super ministry”, a pledge to protect the Arctic and a newly oil-rich nation holds elections.

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Diplomacy

Austria’s UK ambassador on life after Brexit, rubbish diplomacy in Canada and Libya’s intractable conflict explained.

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Defence

A multi-ethnic memorial in Slovenia, India's new navy and Singapore’s growing air force.

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Cities

Croatia’s Kvarner Bay in the limelight, Buenos Aires’ mayor stands his ground and China’s cities experiment with recycling.

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Power points

The mighty Habsburg empire helped to shape the cities, sights and stories of much of present-day Europe. We map four cross-continental sites where its impact has been felt most keenly, from the splendour of its Iberian…

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Empire strikes back

Georg von Habsburg, son of the last crown prince of Austria-Hungary, still identifies as a Central European. And he believes that his family’s legacy is vital to the region.

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Flexible friends

Change is coming to Central Europe as liberal-leaning mayors challenge their more autocratic-minded national governments. And Budapest’s Gergely Karacsony is looking to Vienna for inspiration.

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