Trump faithful undeterred by polls and scandals

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It is the final stretch of a brash, improbable campaign. Donald Trump is rolling through Florida's campaign stops; places like St Augustine, Tampa, Sanford, Tallahassee. It is a state he must win if he is to have a chance of claiming the White House.

His voice is a little weaker but he draws energy from large fired-up crowds who break into chants of "USA! USA!" In St Augustine, people were queuing from 10:00 for a 15:00 speech.

As the Trump team bounces from campaign stop to campaign stop, sweeping along cleared highways escorted by outriders, some advisers accept that crowd sizes don't necessarily translate into votes. And yet they wonder at the 12,000 (their figure) who turned out on Monday night in Tampa for a candidate some have written off.

Whether Trump goes down to defeat, he has built a formidable following. There can be a dangerous edge to the passion of his supporters.

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Image caption America first is a key theme of the Trump campaign

He speaks with the help of a prompter but he rarely sticks to his text. To his supporters his refusal to be scripted, to stick to the customs and niceties of political debate is a mark of his authenticity.

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Europe's phoney war

  • 18 October 2016
  • From the section Europe
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There is an air of unreality hanging over Europe. This week, Theresa May will attend her first EU summit. Headlines will be eked out of the leaders' sound bites as they enter the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels.

But everyone knows that it won't be until next year that the EU and the UK fully engage and negotiate Brexit.

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The turbulence of Brexit

  • 7 October 2016
  • From the section Brexit
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The last week has underlined the basic reality of British politics - Brexit will define Theresa May's premiership.

Almost certainly the prime minister knew that, but this week the currency markets confirmed it. Brexit talk can put the pound under pressure.

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Canada: The different voice

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The anti-establishment caravan rolls on. Donald Trump surges in the polls - he's ahead in the key battleground states of Ohio and Florida. In Germany, the anti-immigration party the AFD hurts Angela Merkel once again - this time in Berlin.

In France, the far right party of Marine Le Pen tops some polls, while support for the socialist President Francois Hollande scarcely reaches double figures, while the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, despite its dubious roots, is enjoying record popularity.

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What has the EU learnt since Brexit?

  • 12 September 2016
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An American politician once advised "you never let a serious crisis go to waste". So has the EU learnt any lessons since the British vote to leave the union?

This is a week to reflect on the state of the union with a speech and debate in Strasbourg and then a summit in Bratislava on its future without the distracting Brits in attendance.

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Brexit: The phoney war

  • 6 September 2016
  • From the section Brexit
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Returning to the UK from North America is to encounter an air of unreality. Britain has embarked on the biggest constitutional change in nearly 50 years - but you wouldn't guess it.

Informed but incredulous Americans ask "you really had no plan?"

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Is the 2016 US election campaign racist?

Media captionDonald Trump to black voters: "What the hell do you have to lose?"

Election time in America usually resonates with boundless optimism, with candidates, in their own way, promising "morning in America", as Ronald Reagan once did.

Not this time. Not in this mean-spirited race. Not when the undercurrent is race in America.

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Hillary Clinton's flaws

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It must be tempting for Hillary Clinton to do little but count down the clock to the election in November. She is so far ahead in the polls and in key battleground states like Virginia and Colorado, her lead is in double digits.

This week she has attended a string of fundraisers, filling her war chest to bombard key states with commercials as the election nears. She has already reserved slots worth $80m (£60.7m).

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Donald Trump's campaign fight-back

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At times it feels that there is a daily political soap full of twists and sub-plots and it is called Donald Trump. There are firings and hirings. Words delivered and then withdrawn or explained away. The politician without regrets tries being sorry.

It can almost be awe-inspiring to watch; the attempted revival of Donald Trump. This was, until very recently, the freewheeling candidate who would not be polished or restrained. That was his badge of authenticity. He had scratched his way to the nomination by not being a politician.

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Diehard supporters still back Donald Trump

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Image caption Donald Trump has a core of supporters who back him come what may.

The mid-western Sun beats down on the barns, the corn and the queue waiting for Donald Trump at the West Bend County Fair Park, north of Milwaukee, in the state of Wisconsin.

These are Trump believers united in their view that something has been lost in America and only their candidate can rediscover it and restore their faith in their country.

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