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The Globalist: Thursday 19 January
As Joe Biden uses his final speech as vice-president to warn that Russia will try to interfere in European elections, we ask how concerned Brussels should be. Plus: the search for MH370 officially ends, the potentially fruitless expense of Chinese football and why the arrival of a new president is prompting nostalgia for bygone eras.
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Who is Antonio Tajani?
Monocle’s Milan correspondent, Ivan Carvalho, tells us everything we need to know about the new president of the European Parliament.
History of presidential inaugurations
With less than 72 hours until Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, we look at the history of presidential inaugurations with presidential historian Michael Purdy.
Isabel Hilton and Brian Klaas ask why China has been taking a globalist approach to trade at the Davos summit.
The Trump-Russia report
When a report filled with unsubstantiated allegations of Donald Trump’s relationship with the Russian government began circulating throughout various media outlets, newspapers declined to publish the material – but online publications had no such qualms. We assess the ethics. Plus: the UK’s ‘Radio Times’ is snapped up by a German media company and the designers behind the MinaLima brand discuss the firm’s work.
How can technology improve restaurants?
Consumer futurist Will Higham on how restaurants can benefit from technology.
Today we’re on safari for the architectural outliers known as white elephants: those buildings built with the best of intentions that – through poor conception, spiralling costs or unforeseen circumstances – have fallen from favour and out of use. We also talk to Richard Rogers and the Riba International Prize winners Grafton Architects.
Alain de Botton
De Botton reclaimed the self-help genre in 2004 with ‘How Proust Can Change Your Life’ and has since written a stack of non-fiction books that attempt to philosophically unpick complex subjects. But his first book was a novel and now, 23 years later, he has released the sequel: an unromantic novel called ‘The Course of Love’. He joins Georgina Godwin to discuss the complicated world of relationships.
All about Oscar
How did the Oscars make it to the top of the awards-show heap? We trace the backstory of cinema’s shiniest show and ask whether it’s time to reassess its place in the cinematic calendar. Plus: from Sophia Loren to Giulietta Masina, how Italy stormed the best foreign-language category.
The future of furniture?
We head to Cologne and settle in with the brands launching new, honest and interesting products into the European market at the IMM furniture fair.
Ahmet Altan is one of Turkey’s most significant authors and journalists, assuming roles from reporter to editor in chief. He has written six novels, three of which have been bestsellers in Turkey and won numerous awards. ‘Endgame’, published by Canongate, is his first novel to be translated into English. In this wide-ranging discussion Altan talks about his books, his work as a journalist and media freedom in Turkey.
Belgrade’s Ministry of Space
Fighting the establishment is more than just a figure of speech in the countries that once made up Yugoslavia. As communism gave way to klepto-capitalism, many urban amenities were ransacked for the personal profit of the well-connected. But over the past five years the Ministry of Space – a collective of architects, artists and urbanists – has battled to reclaim public spaces and reconnect citizens with development decisions.