The message from the US presidential campaign

Donald Trump
Donald Trump has led recent Republican polls

American presidential politics do not pause for summer. They are in full roll: an incessant drumbeat of speeches, bites and clips all scrabbling for attention.

For the Republicans, there is an all-important August debate. And for all the candidates, Iowa and its caucuses lie just over the near horizon.

Fresh from European and British politics, it is always interesting to gauge the message from America. What do its potential leaders believe is the zeitgeist?

The media is consumed by the harlequinade of Donald Trump, who inhabits a political rough-house where insults are freely traded. Mexican immigrants are decried as rapists and drug dealers, and he is happy to scrap with John McCain and his record as a prisoner of war.

There is no big idea. Mr Trump has suggested building a fence or part of a fence along the Mexican border. His narrative is his own success story. His pitch amounts to: "Back me because I made oodles of money, and that qualifies me to make America great again."

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Greece debt crisis continues to expose European divisions

  • 17 July 2015
  • From the section Europe
Greece bailout 'package'

When it was done, when the 17 hours of negotiations had dragged out an agreement, French President Francois Hollande said: "We had to preserve French-German relations."

It had to be said, but few believed it. The Greek crisis has exposed a fault line: France and Germany do not share the same vision of Europe.

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Harsh Greece deal leaves European vision tainted

  • 13 July 2015
  • From the section Europe
Greek prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
Alexis Tsipras may face a snap election

Athens has been offered a third bail-out. Bankruptcy, the spectre of a failed state, has been avoided, and Greece will stay inside the euro.

But the deal, hammered out over 17 hours, has left many Greeks humiliated.

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Greece debt crisis: The final showdown

  • 8 July 2015
  • From the section Europe
A Greek flag flutters atop the Acropolis hill in Athens
The outlook is bleak for Greece - and the rest of Europe - unless a debt deal is reached

The Greek road is littered with discarded deadlines. Moments of truth have come and gone.

Headline writers predicting Greece's departure from the euro have been made to look foolish as yet another meeting is scheduled.

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Greece votes 'No' and gambles its future

  • 6 July 2015
  • From the section Europe
Greeks celebrating referendum result
Greek voters have left many questions for eurozone leaders to answer

Greek voters have delivered a defiant response to Europe. Political leaders and heads of government had lined up to warn the Greeks that a "No" vote would be a vote to leave the euro. It did not deter them. Indeed many voters seemed to revel in their resistance.

The European Project is now facing its gravest crisis.

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Greek debt crisis: Tsipras and his Greek gamble

  • 1 July 2015
  • From the section Europe
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Monday, 22 June
Alexis Tsipras became prime minister in January

In making his calculations, the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, should be under no illusions - the rest of the eurozone wants him out.

When he unexpectedly sprung a referendum on his European partners, they were outraged and quickly ended negotiations.

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Greek debt crisis: A country on the brink

  • 28 June 2015
  • From the section Europe
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looks at his watch as he delivers a speech during a parliamentary session in Athens on 28 June 2015
Time is ticking for Greek PM Alexis Tsipras

The eurozone is facing its gravest crisis in its 16-year history. Greece is on the verge of defaulting.

Almost certainly it will fail to repay a loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday. The risk of Greece leaving the eurozone has increased significantly. Both Europe and Greece have entered a period of turbulence with neither side in control of events.

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Greece and Germany and the weight of history

  • 21 June 2015
  • From the section Europe
Greek flag and protesters

In the film The Godfather Michael Corleone is asked about Sicily: "Why is such a beautiful country so violent?"

"History," he replies simply.

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Greek stand-off could slide out of control

  • 3 June 2015
  • From the section Europe
A lottery ticket seller rests at a bus-stop in Athens
Greek lottery: one way to beat austerity in Athens

After four months of brinkmanship, Greece faces days full of risk. A deadline approaches.

On Friday, Athens is due to make a repayment of 300m euros (£218m) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Election 2015: Voters' trust remains elusive

Question Time audience
Were the audience at Question Time convinced?

Rarely has such political energy been expended to such little effect. Or so it seems.

Five and a half weeks of sound bites and fury have signified little.

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