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June 2017

Munich's hub for start-ups a go-go, the fittest HQ in Europe and a case for the staircases.

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Editor's letter

Our editor in chief on what makes a successful travel hub and how cities can help us all go with the flow.

Global

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The opener

For this special mobility edition we see how Istanbul is boosting footfall with a cup of the black stuff, get our game on at airports and investigate transportation by rope in our global news round-up.

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Louder than bombs

US armed forces have a secret weapon: a jazz band that knows how to take a nation by storm.

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Digging deep

Could the world’s longest undersea tunnel linking Japan and South Korea be built by the ‘Moonies’?

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Sounding board

Natalie Brunner credits her connection to her inner circle with amplifying her work at FM4.

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Sign language

If you’ve been to the US, it’s likely that Donald Meeker gave you directions. He’s the graphic designer whose wayfinding systems keep millions of people on track every day.

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Persian party

War left the Turkish city of Van bereft of visitors – but it’s being transformed by Iranians in search of the good life.

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Express delivery

Henry Ford and Interstate highways put paid to the US railway’s glory years but new higher-speed projects could make riding the tracks part of life once more. Well, one day anyway.

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Back to the future

We travel back to a time when there was still hope for Berlin’s new airport and find out why it still hasn’t got off the ground, look ahead to the arrival of driverless cars – and ask whether they’re driving a future that…

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Clouds on the horizon

From its base in Austria’s capital, the International Atomic Energy Agency keeps a weather eye on global nuclear risks. According to its head, Yukiya Amano, the outlook has rarely been stormier.

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Politics briefing

The Oregon governor who's the antithesis of Donald Trump, a ne'er-do-well election line-up in Liberia and overdue renovations at Vienna's Hofburg Palace.

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Diplomacy briefing

Taiwan's representative to the UK on his country's relationship with China, Roma culture in the German capital and the man in the middle of Greek-Turkish spats.

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Defence briefing

Finland goes shopping, Indonesia gets a new frigate, Colombia looks to plug a few post-Farc voids and Singapore finds a new place to park its F15s.

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Cities briefing

Seoul's mayor adds some soul to his city, the Polish government has new-airport aspirations and Canada's largest ferry operator gets set to revitalise its fleet.

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China in his hands?

Xi Jinping may remain popular but with a worsening economy, dangerous pollution levels and a newly unpredictable relationship with the US, how strong is the president’s grip on his country?

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