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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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On a roll

Despite having 13,000km of rail track, most of Turkey’s exports are transported by road or sea. Now, a freight-train pioneer wants to make the country king of the rails.

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Liquid courage

The struggling region of Oaxaca is tasting economic success with its burgeoning mezcal production. Monocle meets the spirited generation mixing rural tradition and business to create a Mexican brand with bite.

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Predictive texts

A new year, a clean slate, a fresh start; whether it’s shopping, travel or industry, this issue forecasts the best of 2014, and pinpoints the stories and opportunities that matter.

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Show and sell

Collectors may only just be cottoning on but art is thriving in Buenos Aires, São Paulo and Bogotá, and with the help of Art Basel Miami Beach it is reaching new markets.

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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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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 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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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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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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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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