Donald Trump: The view from Detroit

A Dodge Viper goes through assembly at the Viper Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan Image copyright Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Can Donald Trump make America not just great again, but make it gleam and bring the shine of steel back to the rustbelt?

In the past I have driven through some of the areas so described and its no idle metaphor. There are mile upon mile of oxidised, red metal skeletons, dead factories entombing dead jobs, dead hopes.

But the Interstate 75 road outside Detroit is a reminder that manufacturing industry could just be America's future and not only its past.

Towers and gantries poke up into the skyline, plumes of steam billowing white against a grey sky from dozens of chimneys: little lights, appropriately red and white and blue, blink with brisk industrial efficiency. This is the home of Motown - Motor City - famous for its music and its cars.

Eight years after a heart-stopping crisis for the motor industry Detroit is working again. Some say that is thanks to Obama. Others look to Mr Trump to make it what it once was again.

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The rise of the robots?

  • 28 December 2016
  • From the section Business
Humanoid robots Wakamaru, produced by Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industr Image copyright YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

"Your bones will turn to sand. And upon that sand a new God will walk." Dolores in the latest sci-fi TV blockbuster, Westworld.

It may not quite be that bad. But a wall won't keep them out, a new work permit scheme won't stop their freedom of movement.

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Fascism, the 1930s and the 21st Century

A man takes a picture of the tomb of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini Image copyright TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time ever in this country a neo-Nazi group is to be banned. Using the 2000 Terrorism Act, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "National Action is a racist, antisemitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology, and I will not stand for it."

But why now?

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Could the European Union fall apart?

  • 6 December 2016
  • From the section Europe
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announces his resignation during a press conference at the Palazzo Chigi following the results of the vote for a referendum on constitutional reforms Image copyright ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

It has been a dreadful year for the European Union. It has just got a lot worse. Next year could transform a looming existential threat into a terminal reality. The end of a joint 60-year project to transform the politics of an entire continent is now a distinct possibility.

Some would greet the prospect with glee, others with horror. But few have thought through what it would mean if the pillars came crashing down.

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How will Trump seek to unite the US?

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Mario Cuomo's old saying is so true it is a cliche: "You campaign in poetry, govern in prose." Donald Trump has gone one better: he campaigned in brimstone, he is preparing to govern in bromides.

Some of the old fire is there: he condemned Castro, hours after the old man's death, as a brutal dictator, while US President Barack Obama took refuge in allowing history to make the call. Mr Trump does not wait on history to tell him what he thinks.

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What will Philip Hammond reveal about Theresa May's Brexit plans?

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Image caption The chancellor's first Autumn Statement may reveal the prime minister's real Brexit strategy

You may not have noticed it yet, but next week's Autumn Statement will be a big test of the prime minister's seriousness.

Theresa May is making an extraordinary claim - to be the Western leader who gets the zeitgeist, who has the answers others are too timid to grasp, without being so headstrong that she threatens the whole system of world capitalism.

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What links Trump's victory and Brexit?

Media captionNigel Farage campaigned for Donald Trump

"It'll be Brexit plus plus plus!" said Donald Trump. It was. If Brexit felt like a political earthquake, the election of this populist president was off the seismic scale, the continental plates shifting underneath the country which has defined our modern world.

Obama had that poster - "Hope" in cool colours. Trump paints in brasher, bolder strokes. His triumph is a release of pent-up anger but it is still about that same yearning for a change.

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US election: What happens if Donald Trump loses?

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One man has made this year's US presidential election the most extraordinary ever.

It has been an electric slugfest, democracy at its most vibrant and shameful.

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Turbulent times ahead for the cabinet?

Official portrait of the Cabinet at 10 Downing Street. 2016 Image copyright Zoe Norfolk via Prime Minister's Office

Top marks to Theresa May for pulling off the trick of appearing, for three months at least, briskly self-confident and robustly in charge.

Now it is starting to get difficult.

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Does Hitler's legacy still cast shadow over the world?

  • 21 October 2016
  • From the section Europe
The house of in which Adolf Hitler was born is seen in Braunau am Inn, Austria, on 24 September 2012 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The fate of the building in which Hitler was born in 1889 has long been a contentious issue

A pale lemon building in a pretty Austrian town awaits its fate, victim of evil's long shadow.

The 17th century inn at number 15 Salzburger Vorstadt in the border town of Braunau am Inn is where Hitler was born 127 years ago.

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