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Fashion and retail special. Big interviews: Indonesia’s president, Apple’s retail maven and Germany’s cult fashion brand.

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Easy cell

In partnership with Audi. How far does electric car technology go? Developing ever-efficient batteries with longer ranges and great power is within an engineer’s reach. As lithium-ion technology keeps evolving and charging…

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Box up the best of Japan

Japanese fashion powerhouse United Arrows has been setting trends since it was founded in 1989. Today it has nearly 250 shops around Japan, close to 30 in-house labels such as Beauty & Youth and Camoshita, plus a number of…

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Zürich: an insider’s guide

Our annual Quality of Life Survey has placed Zürich at the top spot twice and in the top five six times. We’ll soon be opening a new bureau, shop and café in the city, so we thought it was time to put together a directory…

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Editor's letter

His thoughts are never far from this pressing topic, so here our editor in chief scrutinises the future of retail and the changing ways in which we shop.

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The opener

We sample a Chinese tipple that’s set for world domination, leave our beach towels at home (more room for flip-flops!) and clear our throats for a spot of yodelling.

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Clean sweep

Works worth millions of dollars are often fragile. When it comes to keeping them spotless, a duster-waving cleaner is what you need.

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Getting schooled

As Brexit drives bankers and their families out of London, Frankfurt’s headmasters and headmistresses are waiting with open arms. Time to take the register?

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In recovery

She plots to defend her nation, then finds solace in front of a Picasso.

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Future thinking

In his foundation, Norman Foster has brought together an enthusiastic team of architects, urbanists and designers who share his energy and passion.

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Jump-start a nation

Paraguay has been blighted by dictatorship, corruption and mismanagement. As the country goes to the polls will any candidate deliver real change? Many believe it’s now or never.

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Diplomacy briefing

How the UK is fostering community policing in Beirut, plus an optimistic outlook from Afghanistan’s ambassador to Norway.

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Politics briefing

A sea change in Portugal, Poland is on reputation watch, former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili eyes a political comeback in Ukraine and we meet Hisyar Ozsoy of the pro-Kurd Peoples’ Democratic party.

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Cities briefing

Negotiating new civic spaces in Tirana, how Amsterdam’s calamitous North-South metro line got back on track, and British artist Stuart Semple takes councils to task over hostile design.

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Plante life

Montréal’s first woman mayor is using the city’s economic upswing to drive socially minded change. But only months into the job she’s found herself in storms of protest – and deep snow.

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Going up

Facing tough times, the world of physical retail is fighting its corner in style. We review the bold formats, inspiring shopfits and savvy blends of heritage and technology keeping the sector’s innovators ahead of the curve…

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Core strength

The world’s biggest brand believes bricks-and-mortar retail is the future – and, used well, can fix our isolation. We sit down with the executive who’s creating new ‘town squares’ where we can all come together and, of…

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