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Doing the Soft Power Shuffle: how to be a winner in 2014. Sometimes all you need to get your way is a good recipe, an open door, charming exports and a way with architecture. A Monocle forecast.

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Brand leaders

We meet CEO of Artek, Mirkku Kullberg, the CEO of Tod’s Group, Diego Della Valle, and Indonesia’s minister of tourism and creative economy, Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, to hear how they're helping put the design industry at the…

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Head for the hills

From fashion and homewares to food and gifts, the white city offers a full complement of attractions for the committed consumer and gourmet alike.

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Class work

Making a workplace an enjoyable, productive environment doesn’t have to involve table football and thinkpods. These industrial spaces have got it right through the simple use of light, good architecture and a commitment to…

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Catching the wave

First published in 1992, ‘The Surfer’s Journal’ is more book than magazine. It’s a handsome, lovingly produced, defiantly old-school title that’s holding out against the incoming tide of digital culture.

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The interview series 2013/4

From Chile to the Philippines, Monocle meets five political heavyweights as they look back over 2013 and forwards to the various challenges of the year ahead.

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The soft parade

Around the world, some countries look beyond military might to exert a more nuanced influence. In our fourth annual soft power survey, we take the pulse of these subtle superpowers and ask if soft can thrive in hard times…

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Laying a paper trail

The CEO of Sweden’s biggest and brightest morning paper insists that there is still a market for her product – for now.

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You're welcome

With a shortage of workers and an ageing population, Germany is turning to migrants to fill the void. Monocle meets the keen Vietnamese students learning German as they prepare for a new career abroad.

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In the blood

With great power comes great responsibility – and when that power comes from taking over a precious family business the responsibility can be daunting. Not for these heirs though, who have embraced the challenge and are…

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Staying power

In 2014 Romanians will have the right to work throughout the EU. Will everyone leave? The locals insist they want to stay and fix their nation.

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Culture Briefing

So 2013 might not officially be over quite yet but it’s beginning to look a bit last year. With a distinctly impatient bent we check out some of the events, ideas and objects that are set to make 2014 (and Christmas) a…

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Oceania Briefing

The tasks that await Australia's new PM, new urban projects for Auckland, why we might be hearing more from Tonga's King Tupou, plus a round-up of elections.

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Evolving skylines

From a train station in Vienna, whose design pays homage to the city’s rich musical history, to a futuristic university building in Düsseldorf, Monocle takes a look at the cutting-edge architectural projects that will…

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Americas Briefing

The to-do list of Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, a look at the region's upcoming elections, new heights in New York and a politician to watch in Brazil.

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Fashion Briefing

Margaret Howell's new London shop, a Q&A with Man 1924's founder and new products and projects to watch.

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Asia Briefing

Japan's agenda for 2014, why New Taipei's mayor could be the saviour of Taiwan's ruling party and how Ho Chi Minh City is reaching for the skies.

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Heritage hero

National icon Gabriel Fagan’s home is a testament to his sensitive approach to vernacular architecture. Meet the man whose buildings celebrate the best of Cape Town’s people and culture as the city marks its title as World…

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As we leave one year behind and head into the next, 10 writers and academics ponder the issues that have pre-occupied us in 2013 and the ones that will crop up in 2014.

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