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March 2013

Why the world needs the new Germans (and their sweet bear): A Monocle special report on how Europe’s star economy uses business brawn, good design and Gummi Bears to win hearts, minds and tummies.

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Teutonic lights

When we think about 21st-century Europe, we think about Germany. But our picture of the character and global outlook of the country can often be shaped by outdated notions. Here, Monocle crosses the real Germany and disc…

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The hand made tale

In a globalised market flooded with faux-artisan branding, real craftsmen are endangered. But in Kyoto, where tradition rules, a new initiative is refreshing generations-old techniques to bring Japanese craft to a worldwide…

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The ice man

Finland’s icebreakers are crucial for keeping the Baltic Sea navigable and its ports open. Captain Tommy Berg is at the helm of the MSV Fennica. He says keeping the ship on the right course is ultimately a team effort.

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Sweetness and might

Think you’ve got the measure of the Haribo gummy bear? Think again. Behind that loveable face is a company that buys out rivals and takes its competitors to court. And we bet you didn’t know what country he’s from…

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The outsiders

Munich’s reputation rests largely on history, luxury and beer. But for 2013, the Bavarian city is setting a new focus, on public art. It has invited an outside force – artist duo Elmgreen + Dragset – to playfully carry out…

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Asia briefing

We put Burma's president Thein Sein under the sartorial spotlight. We also find out why Taiwan is making more babies and get the latest on the Malaysian elections

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Building sights

BAU is the world’s largest fair for the construction and architecture industries while also being a dream getaway for home handymen. From grand designs to garden sheds, Monocle visits the design world’s most no-nonsense…

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In good faith

A new mosque in the heart of Köln is set to be the largest in Germany, inviting not only the city’s Muslim community but also a renewed sense of religious openness and the odd architecture enthusiast too.

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Observation

Editor in chief Tyler Brûlé looks back over his career in television, print and radio as we celebrate six years of Monocle and new developments for Monocle 24.

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Defence briefing

Germany’s armed forces are experiencing an era of change. Just as they are becoming more active on the world military stage, they’re also facing cuts and restructuring. What type of military emerges in the end is still…

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Rebuilding process

Since Anders Behring Breivik’s atrocious attack in 2011, Utøya has rarely been out of the news. Here, finally, a positive story emerges from the tragedy: meet the Norwegian architectural firm redesigning the island for a…

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Looks good on paper

Who puts the lead in your pencil? Probably a German firm with a history of making fine writing instruments. And it’s a past these players want to highlight as they do battle with those pesky digital gadgets. Meet the stars…

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Seasonal change

The biannual Pitti Uomo menswear show is a highlight of the fashion calendar but its host country isn’t the force it used to be. That necessitates an unfamiliar focus on expansion into foreign markets – and Japan is first…

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