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May 2017

Design and property special. Inside: bright ideas from Barcelona, a Beirut chanteuse and the US's new liberal capital.

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Editor’s letter

Our editor in chief on why developers should be seizing the opportunity to build apartments that people can spread out in.

Global

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The opener

We hear what Toronto is saying but fail to understand London’s buses; we also find Singapore’s robots annoying and marvel at some of Mongolia’s biggest exports in our global news round-up.

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My Waterloo

With Ukraine’s staging of Eurovision in trouble, a Swedish superstar was asked to step in. How could he ever refuse?

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Floats your boat

The strategically key Bosphorus Strait has put Istanbul’s nerdy ship-spotters at the axis of shifting military tides.

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Word has it

Each month we’ll be capturing the signature looks at our favourite trade fairs. This issue the crowd at Art Basel in Hong Kong has something to say.

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Joint effort

An elite club for wealthy nations no more: under the guidance of Angel Gurría and his team, the OECD has broadened its membership and kept pace with a perplexing global economy.

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Sitting pretty

Jasper Morrison has designed hundreds of products with a simple mission to make you feel good. In his favourite Berlin spot he explains why you can never have enough chairs.

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Steppe change

With China and Russia as neighbours, Mongolia’s future rests on pragmatism and smart planning. We look at the forces driving the growth of central Asia’s oasis of democracy.

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Open plan

As the rest of the world closes its doors, Argentina is opening up. Treasury minister Nicolás Dujovne tells us about leaving his country’s protectionist past behind and stepping into a free future.

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Politics briefing

Francis Kéré’s dreams of a new parliament in Ouagadougou, the Polish government’s power grab and a new name in Korean politics.

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Diplomacy briefing

The Japanese diplomats digging up documents to claim territory, what the Vatican and Italy agree to disagree on and Australia’s expansion in Latin America.

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Defence briefing

Who the Thais are buying from and what that says about the region, a game changer in the helicopter industry and is it time for an EU army?

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Cities briefing

A Toronto neighbourhood with lessons for other cities, a bike scheme lacking in pedal power and a fruity solution in Lisbon.

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Small story

As demand grows, city living spaces are getting more compact. But there are opportunities to be had by embracing micro homes.

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