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September 2015

Beep, beep! Our survey of stealthy new start-ups and family firms. World exclusive: we talk the banger business and hedgehog funds with Japan's miniature success story — and a host of real characterful companies

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The Kurd way

For the first time in Turkey’s history, a pro-Kurdish party has won a place in the legislature. Peoples’ Democratic party’s leader Selahattin Demirtas expounds on his hopes for the coming years – and the challenges that lie…

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Chivalry isn't dead

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is a 1,000-year-old institution that played a role in the Crusades and issues its own passports. Now it is fighting a very different battle: defending its honour as a paragon of Chr…

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Sunny disposition

Berlin’s new urban lido in the post-industrial RAW-Gelände district is a welcome summer retreat. But it’s not just where the German capital’s 24-hour party people head to cool off: a whole community, young and old, is…

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Classical revival

Greece has recently been grabbing the headlines for all the wrong reasons. But while commentators indulge in unhelpful schadenfreude, we think it is high time to celebrate the things the country still does rather well.

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Passing the gavel

Auctioneering is an exacting blend of salesmanship and performance art. So says Christie’s veteran auctioneer Hugh Edmeades as he brings his years of expertise to training Marlous Jens, a new recruit to the profession.

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Ready for a close-up

As Globo, Brazil’s most powerful broadcaster, celebrates its 50th birthday, there are whispers of it becoming a monopoly. With its coverage of next year’s Olympics high on the agenda, we paid a visit to find out how it…

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News School

Despite challenging times for many newspapers, Austria’s ‘Die Presse’ newspaper has kept faith with the training programme it founded nearly 50 years ago. Today half its staff are alumni and the paper’s investment in talent…

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Revival school

The Savannah College of Art and Design produces graduates full of inspiration and savvy – and the surrounding city feels much the same. Monocle visited for a lesson in considered development.

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Working brief

How do you fit out a new office? We created four fantasy firms and gave four very real architects the task of creating the perfect spaces, from home office to full-steam-ahead operation.

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Older and wiser

Japan has an ageing popluation, which makes innovative nursing home Ebino Ryofuen a welcome presence. That said, a lot of countries would benefit from a little more respect for their elders.

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