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April 2007

All Eyes North: Why Norway is keeping watch on its reserves, resources and Russia. Monocle reports on the ups and downs of being on top of the world.

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Golden girls

To counter dipping audience figures and falling advertising revenues, TV news increasingly offers a diet of soft stories, banal banter and Identikit blondes. Who is to blame, a public unwilling to engage with global affairs…

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G-Force

When it first started rolling into suburban garages and pulling up on gravel country driveways, the term SUV was unknown to fans of the G-Wagen. Twenty-eight years after its launch, the boxy, rugged classic from Austria is…

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Frozen Assets

The world’s third biggest oil producer is also blessed with vast reserves of gas, fresh water and fish. Norway is Europe’s Saudi Arabia: a country so wealthy that despite having a population of just 4.5 million, it is a…

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Dream Team

Newspaper readers love fantasy football, but what about fantasy broadcasting? If money were no object, what would a new, world-beating Scandinavian media organisation look like, who would work for it, what kind of equipment…

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G-force

When it first started rolling into suburban garages and pulling up on gravel country driveways, the term SUV was unknown to fans of the G-Wagen. Twenty-eight years after its launch, the boxy, rugged classic from Austria is…

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Europe Briefing

Swedes take aim at the wolf, Boyko wonder in the Balkans and feeling the heat in Germany. Plus, Letter from Samara, Russia's new boom city.

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Drawn together

The artists, animators and graphic designers Olivier Kuntzel and Florence Deygas met in 1988. Although both are artists in their own right, they collaborate on almost all their projects. They formed their production company…

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High on Drugs

Pharmaceuticals giants Roche and Novartis are both based in Basel, where they turn in billion- euro profits every year. But now their hard-fought commercial struggle is being matched by an architectural rivalry that will…

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Banana Republic

Ecuador used to be a loyal ally of the US, but now its new president Rafael Correa is cutting a very different course and even looking to Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez for political guidance. *Monocle* travelled there to meet the…

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Naked ambition

Politician Albert Rivera believes that Catalan nationalism has gone too far and now threatens to isolate the miracle region fuelled by Barcelona. Crushed by Franco, Catalonia regained partial autonomy in 1979. Last year its…

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Buying Game

To mark the start of a seasonal series, Monocle visited three of its favourite retail outlets to talk to the men who buy their twice yearly line-up of labels for men and women. We start our tour at our editor-in-chief’s top…

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Space to Grow

Bremen has always been an independent, outward-looking city, but that didn’t help it when the port’s traditional shipbuilding trade went into decline. Now the city has reinvented itself as a hi-tech hub. With low rents, a…

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Close-Knit Family

Despite its 223-year history, and rural setting, there is nothing dyed in the wool about British knitwear business John Smedley. This is a company that has thrived on its ability to move with the times – and now it is…

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Icing on the Cake

The Austrian modernist architect Andrea Lenardin Madden might have seemed an odd choice as the design force behind the fast-expanding Sprinkles cupcake empire – not least to herself – but, like one of their sweetest prod…

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Mister Midtown

Tokyo is one of the world’s most competitive commercial property markets but the fierce competition means that projects are finished on time and it is considered vital to get every detail right. The latest offering is…

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