The takeover of GM's European brands has historic parallels – and implications for both Europe and the US.
The French group might well manage to turn around General Motors' struggling division, but plants will close, and the UK looks vulnerable.
Uber's 'retreat' from China has led to soul-searching about whether the country is worth it. Don't tell that to Coca-Cola and GM, however, which have found great success in the People's Republic.
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