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April 2018

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

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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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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

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

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Politics

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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Defence

Conscription in France, Romania plans a submarine and US troops in South Korea prepare a new look.

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Cities

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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Business

Canada launches a space-age carbon counter and Sweden unveils the world’s first shopping centre selling exclusively upcycled and repurposed items.

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Retail therapy

In this age of online shopping, why is bricks-and-mortar retail still popular and relevant? We assess the challenges specific to three cities – Sydney and gentrification, Madrid and Spain’s power brands, and Osaka with its…

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Spreading the word

Maori Television is breathing life into a threatened language through its indigenous broadcasts. But will naysayers and a tight budget halt the network’s progress?

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