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this is bbc news. the headlines: exit polls in germany show angela merkel has been re—elected chancellor for a fourth term. translation: we now have a mandate to resume responsibility, and we are going to do that calmly and hold talks with our partners. is said to have done better than expected with a the far—right, anti—immigrant alternative for germany party is said to have done better than expected with a projected 13 per cent. in a moment we'll be live in berlin, where ros atkins will bring us the very latest analysis of the exit polls and who might make up a future coalition government. jeremy corbyn resists calls from labour members to remain in the eu single market after brexit, saying it could make it harder to protect british workers and invest in industry. the important priority is to ensure that we have tariff free trade access to the european market. half of all our traders with europe. i
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would also say that we need to look very carefully at the terms of any trade relationship. american football stars kneel during their national anthem, protesting against racism in the us. donald trump says they're unpatriotic. the germans are digesting an election result which will reverberate for years to come. angela merkel has led the christian democratic party to be the biggest in this election, but that and it is a big but, this has been a disastrous night for the chancellor. the cdu and csu have lost ground since the last election. let's bring the latest projections we have, the latest exit polls, which show you the cdu and csu projected to get 33%, below where they were polling recent days, and also well below the
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over 41% they got in the last election. the second part of this story is the social democrat party. its worst ever showing in the general election, projected at 21%, and this is yet another european ce ntre—left and this is yet another european centre—left party experiencing great trouble connecting with its electorate. then the third part of the story, right at the bottom of your screen, the alternative for germany, a right—wing nationalist party which sees islam is not belonging in germany, has polled 13%. if you turn that into seats in the bundestag you can see the projections of how it will play out. the cdu and csu have the biggest block but this is where everyone gets the calculator is out because no party has a majority. to get ill coalition, angela merkel will have to do coalition, angela merkel will have todoa coalition, angela merkel will have to do a deal with one or more likely than not two parties and there is a
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lot of interest in the positions of the greens and federal democrats. so an awful lot to die just. here is the latest report from jenny hill. angela merkel knew she'd win this election, but it's not the victory she'd hoped for. exit polls suggest support for her party is now lower than it's ever been under her leadership. a verdict perhaps on her decision to open germany's doors to hundreds of thousands of refugees. translation: let's not beat about the bush. of course we'd hoped for a better result, but let's not forget we've just had a very challenging four years. that's why i'm happy to say we achieved the strategic goal of our campaign. we are the strongest party. for mrs merkel, a well—trodden path. arriving to vote with her husband today. not so much a victory march, just the quiet confidence of a woman who's done 12 years in the job. even so, they still checked her id. just in case.
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mrs merkel casts herself as a symbol of stability, security in a shifting world. for many a vote for angela merkel is a vote for the status quo. her campaign has focused on herfamiliarity, her experience, and yet, it seems, that alone is no longer enough. because this is today's real success story. afd, anti—islam, anti—immigrant, anti—euro, is now part of the german establishment. what is the political norm elsewhere in the europe was unthinkable here. in europe was unthinkable here. not any more. it's a huge success. it will change the political system in germany and it gives back the voice to be opposition, which has not taken the voice to the opposition, which has not taken place in the german parliament in recent years. it's a profound shift in post—war german politics.
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today, running together in berlin, but in the heart of this country there is division. discontent. translation: they were like the nazis under hitler. i was born in 1939. i am a war child. i grew up in the ruins and now we get this again. they are criminals. i have always voted cdu and i want angela merkel again. it's difficult, there aren't many alternatives to angela merkel. translation: she doesn't do much on her own initiative. she reacts a lot to what others do and that's a kind of stagnation. angela merkel must now find a coalition partner. don't expect afd to be included. that the party is in parliament at all horrifies the political mainstream. exhausted, bruised, at the end of a long campaign. angela merkel‘s conservatives may be
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the winners, but this doesn't feel much like victory. jenny hill, bbc news, berlin. won the senior cdu figure has told the bbc that everyone in parliament should ignore the alternative for germany, but that will be very hard to do. they have over 80 representatives in the bundestag and will be offering a vocal opposition to not just will be offering a vocal opposition to notjust the cdu's stance but many of the other parties in the bundestag as well. let's get more reaction to this. i have here a cdu strategist. the question would be what went wrong and what went right. let's start with the cdu. didn't get its message across. i have mixed feelings. i am its message across. i have mixed feelings. iam more its message across. i have mixed feelings. i am more thanjust its message across. i have mixed feelings. i am more than just a member of the cdu, i am a young
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voter and a democrat, and today marks the official rise of right—wing populism so that is sad for all of us. i am also very confident that my political party is the one with great distance to the social democrats, and this is a big mission for us. you focus on social media strategy, why do you think the cdu was not able to get its message across that in the digital arena? i'm not sure if the digital arena has any influence. really? ithink the biggest thing is the actual debates in general. i think there are many people who were voting for example for right—wing populists, which doesn't think their positions we re which doesn't think their positions were covered by our party. let's bring you on this —— in on this. i have the impression that afd has been effective using social media to get its message across. that might be one of the reasons but i see several reasons why they were
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successful. firstly, the refugee topic really came up, so that is the numberone topic really came up, so that is the number one topic, their expertise in a way. secondly, i think their campaign really worked. they were spreading fake news and provoking scandals. this is another thing that really worked for them. i think they also managed to keep the inner party fighting down. this is really what threw them back so far, and they really benefited from the weakness of the candidate of the social democrats. i think the focus of the media and everybody else shifted from the large parties to the smaller parties like afd. diana, angela merkel will serve for 16 yea rs angela merkel will serve for 16 years as chancellor. do you think thatis years as chancellor. do you think that is helping you and others reimagine conservatism in germany? perhaps she has stayed on too long? i was supporting the best candidate
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are political party has and i think angela merkel was it. i believe in angela merkel was it. i believe in angela merkel was it. i believe in angela merkel because i think she isn't here with the same position as ten yea rs isn't here with the same position as ten years before. she has the same values and the same principles, but she is translating her position to the actual challenges, and i think thatis the actual challenges, and i think that is something which is really healthy. but of course i think the government, which is covered by the biggest two parties, isn't healthy for the democratic systems. just behind us, the beautiful reichstag building, insight, the bundestag, for the first time since the 1950s will see a right—wing nationalist party represented. how do you think the afd will approach opposition?- be honest i think they will be very shrill, is there a word like that? they will be very loud. the top candidate of the afd said earlier this week, we are going to track down the government, we are going to hunt them, sol down the government, we are going to hunt them, so i really think they
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are going to put a lot into the language. they will be very harsh, andl language. they will be very harsh, and i really think this is going to hurt the democratic system of germany. thank you very much for yourtime, we germany. thank you very much for your time, we appreciate you joining us on your time, we appreciate you joining us on bbc news. let's turn to the headquarters of the cdu, the biggest party in the exit polls that we have. the bbc‘s gavin lee is there. i guess they are looking through the lists of compromises they might have to make and deciding which ones they prefer. yes. bear in mind, how often do we use hyperbole in german politics? going round this room tonight and talking to cdu members, senior politicians in the party and political analysts, using the words explosive in terms of the result, shock, trauma, former swedish prime minister here tonight, talking about how the shock to the system, the local machine hasn't gone to a halt but has slowed down from this train
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which was taking her up there with unprecedented leadership in terms of distance and respect back down to the time of helmut kohl and the bismarck years before that. suddenly they are having to recalibrate and work out this new world notjust in europe because post—2019 without the uk there had to work out who they are going to go into coalition with. just judging are going to go into coalition with. justjudging by the people out tonight, knowing they have this sudden threat of the afd, it has turned this place into a ghost house tonight. this was full of champagne flutes and people partying around me, this class headquarters of cdu building. afew me, this class headquarters of cdu building. a few have gone to the tent outside, but this is not in the script. i have to say, at what strikes me is already a soul—searching goes on but bear this in mind, there are parallels here with british politics as well. the idea of theresa may, for example, in the uk, people talk about her not
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standing perhaps for much longer. will she do for years until 2021? what happens next? questions like that are being asked to abandon merkel, it is said to be her last time, they are trying to work out not just the coalition time, they are trying to work out notjust the coalition but time, they are trying to work out not just the coalition but who time, they are trying to work out notjust the coalition but who have the power to take over the reins, and at some point they are wondering whether they will have to let angela merkel go before the four years, which is fascinating given the power she was assumed to have a week ago, suddenly staggering to a halt. it is slowing her down. gavin, thank you. if we look at the numbers, angela merkel would appear to have two primary options. she can go into a grand coalition, as it is called, with the social democrats, or a jamaica coalition with the free democrats and the greens. the cdu has been indicating it is open to both possibilities, but already seniorfigures in the both possibilities, but already senior figures in the social democrats have said, they didn't
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think a democrats have said, they didn't thinka grand democrats have said, they didn't think a grand coalition was helpful for their party and they will be strong in opposition and not allow the alternative for germany to be the alternative for germany to be the biggest single opposition party. if they stick to their guns on that, angela merkel is more likely than not going to have to work with the greens and the free democrats. the reason i emphasise this is the type of coalition she creates will inevitably impact the policies she can pursue. in terms of the time frame, at the last election in 2013, it took over 80 days for a coalition to be agreed, so why we are die jesting this exit poll, let's not be ina rush jesting this exit poll, let's not be in a rush to expect a definitive coalition deal any time soon. it will take quite a lot of talking. that is the situation we have here in germany at the moment. ros atkins there in berlin. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 11:30pm this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are john crowley,
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editor—in—chief at the international business times, and martin bentham, home affairs editor at the london evening standard. donald trump has become embroiled in a row with several leading us sports stars after criticising american football players who refused to stand during the national anthem. he also cancelled an invitation to the white house for the national basketball champions after one top player said he might not go. jon donnison reports. # 0h, say can you see by the dawn's early light #. you might think only a fool would pick a fight with these guys. but president trump is not shy of punching above his weight. today though, at wembley, by refusing to stand for the star spangled banner, dozens of players defied their commander—in—chief. it came just days after president trump had this to say. wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a bleep off the field right now. 0ut, he's fired.
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he's fired! "taking a knee", as it's become known, has been used by mainly african—american players in protest at police brutality towards america's black communities. tonight i'm taking a knee for america. and last night, at a concert in new york, stevie wonder, helped by his son, went out of his way to criticise president trump. and it's notjust american footballers who are clashing with the president. steph curry is one of the world's best basketball players. as part of the nba championship team, it's tradition that his golden state warriors should visit the white house. i don't want to go, that's really it. the things that he said and the things that he hasn't said in the right times, that we won't stand for it. but the president was not best pleased. 0n social media, he said going to the white house was a great honour and that steph curry‘s
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hesitation meant the invitation was withdrawn. today, as gridiron came to great britain, the controversy came with it. this morning president trump was up at dawn to take to twitter to urge fans not to turn up at matches if the players continued to disrespect the flag and the country. but here at wembley, for today's nfl match, the fans have clearly ignored him. it's not criminal. it's their right. and i think it's symbolic‘s very similar to what martin luther king did. a peaceful protest of things that are going wrong. respect the flag, respect the country, but you know what, freedom of speech is an important thing. once again donald trump doesn't seem to mind who he upsets. by stirring up controversy on issues such as nationalism, patriotism and race, he's playing to his base, and from many of them he still gets a standing ovation. jon donnison, bbc news.
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i'm joined from washington by niall stanage, associate editor at the hill, a us political website. thank you very much forjoining us this evening. why is president trump feeling he can take on the might of the nfl, which of course has a massive support base across the country? the short answer is that i think he does believe that his sta nce think he does believe that his stance plays well with his base, that base at last november's election which was predominantly working—class white people, very culturally conservative people. he has played to that cultural conservatism throughout his relatively brief political career, so relatively brief political career, soi relatively brief political career, so i think he believes that will pay dividends for him again in this instance. how difficult might it be
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for nfl supporters who are also supporters of donald trump? for nfl supporters who are also supporters of donald trump7m for nfl supporters who are also supporters of donald trump? it will be difficult. there are some who are both supporter of the nfl and keen football watchers and believe people should stand for the national anthem, but there are others who i think will react badly to him taking such an aggressive tone, suggesting that people who take then they should be fired —— take a knee. we have heard those views in london today. we were speaking to the sports editor of breitbart, the right—wing website, and they were saying, this is doing nothing for the american football viewing figures. they have gone down in the early pa rt figures. they have gone down in the early part of the season, and he put it down to the protests. do you agree? i would not suggest it is down to the protests. i do think some of the politicisation around the nfl is probably bad for
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business, but that irrespective of the protests of trumps —— or trump saying what he said. the nfl is a huge business in this country, a revenue of $13 billion a year, £10 billion a year, and it would clearly prefer not to get into the political fight that are now so commonplace in this country. so that is the danger, but i don't think it's the protests per se, it's the broader issue of politicisation. the concerns about racism and police violence against the black community far proceed donald trump, so why is this so inflamed now? partly because he is seen as inflamed now? partly because he is seen as quite an inflammatory figure in terms of the rhetoric he uses, not just about issues in terms of the rhetoric he uses, notjust about issues pertaining to the police or the judicial system, but in relation to racial matters generally speaking, and of course, as is normalfor republican
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presidential candidates, he got very little support from the black community when he was running. so i think for many of these athletes who are idolised particularly in the african—american community, clearly a stand against trump is something they both feel a moral obligation to take, but also one that really has no cost to them in terms of their own popular appeal. always good to talk to you. thank you very much. sport, and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's hugh ferris. welcome to the programme. moeen ali scored england's second—fastest one—day international century to help them take a 2—0 lead in the one—day series against west indies, with liam plunkett‘s maiden five—wicket haul, sealing a 124 run victory in bristol. andy swiss reports. even on a dank autumn evening there was no hiding staff. a dazzling day for moeen ali and not a bad one for
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his team—mates. ben stokes and joe root showed the way with blistering half centuries before moeen ali sent england's hopes stratospheric. a century of brutal brilliance, his last 60 runs thrashing just —— thrashed in just 1a balls last 60 runs thrashing just —— thrashed injust14 balls including eight sixes. the crowd loved it, the west indies less so. by the time he completed his hundred in predictable fashion, england were seemingly out of sight. the west indies target 370, with chris gayle at the crease, anything was possible, but his bat speed is really matched by foot speed. 0n his bat speed is really matched by foot speed. on 94, he dawdled, adil rashid didn't, and by barely a coat of varnish is hoped banished, and so soon of varnish is hoped banished, and so soon did the west indies, the winning catch taken by, who else, moeen ali's match, very much england's day. and the swiss, bbc news. it's a good time to come in to bat
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and have licensed to clear the small ropes over here. did you get the feeling you could hit every ball? wants to clear the ropes a few times pretty much the crowd going wild as well, did you feel you could hit every ball for six? i think they bowled a lot in that area, and it was just one of those days. everything seemed to go for six. brighton won the battle of the promoted sides in the premier league today, beating newcastle 1—0 at the amex. the only goal came six minutes into the second half, when tomar hemed hooked in his first of the season. newcastle had started the weekend in fourth, but slip down to ninth after their first defeat in four matches, while brighton are up to 13th. a good feeling, first of all for the win, all of us who worked hard today and we deserved three points. 0bviously me also, i am happy to get a goal and happy for the team to win
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the game. extra hard work for you in the game. extra hard work for you in the last 20 minutes as newcastle came on very strong. the last 20 minutes as newcastle came on very strong. yes, if last week we didn't keep it 1—0 till the end, today we knew how it is. also me, i know i need to defend well and in the end all of us gave everything to ta ke in the end all of us gave everything to take the points and only like this can we win games. sheffield united are up to fourth in the championship after holding off a sheffield wednesday fightback to win the steel city derby for the first time in eight years. the blades got off to a terrific start with john fleck‘s free—kick after three minutes. and then leon clarke making it 2—0 after quarter of an hour. gary hooper gave the hosts a chance when he scored just before the break. 0wls sub lucasjoao levelled with a composed finish. but mark duffy thundered home before clarke added his second. 4—2 it finished at hillsborough. aberdeen avenged their midweek league cup defeat to motherwell with a 1—0 win against the same opponents in the scottish premiership.
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andrew considine's scrambled goal secured all three points at fir park. the dons are back up to second in the table and two points behind leaders celtic. defending champions manchester city began their wsl season with a comprehensive win over yeovil town ladies. there were four different scorers in their 4—0 victory. but that wasn't the biggest win of the day. chelsea thrashed bristol city 6—0 with drew spence scoring their opener against the promoted team. maren mjelde also got a couple. there were also wins for arsenal and sunderland. england and saracens number eight billy vunipola will miss the autumn internationals after being ruled out forfour months internationals after being ruled out for four months with a knee injury. he limped off in the win over sale yesterday and had surgery today. he will miss the england tests against argentina, australia and samoa in november. he will also miss the first game of his team's european
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cup defence. 0lly woodburn scored two tries as champions exeter claimed 31—17 bonus point victory over wasps. northampton made it three premiership wins as they went toa three premiership wins as they went to a 40—25 victory at london irish. mike haywood went over for the fourth try before half—time. peter sagan won his third world title in a row in a dramatic finish in the men's road race at the world championships in norway. the slovakian sprinter had barely featured among the lead riders throughout the 166—mile race in bergen. he was in 80th place approaching the final climb up salmon hill but timed his ride to perfection. sagan beat norwegian alexander kristoff byjust a quarter of a wheel to become the first man to win three consecutive world crowns. britain's ben swift finished fifth. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has resisted calls from some
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in the party to pledge to keep britain in the european single market after brexit. with their annual conference beginning in brighton today, 30 labour mps were among those who signed a letter suggesting workers would suffer if market access was restricted. but mr corbyn told the bbc that staying in could hamper a future labour government's ability to protect jobs. there will be no brexit vote during the conference. here's our political correspondent eleanor garnier. you can take your party's conference out of westminster, bring it to the beach—front in brighton, but brexit will follow you everywhere. ok, here we go... he doesn't mind. he's got a spring in his step after a better—than—expected election result. jeremy corbyn is no longer fighting for his leadership, but pitching himself as a prime minister in waiting. we need at least two terms of a labour government to start to address issues of poverty and justice and inequality in britain and to build the houses that we need in this country. jeremy corbyn's certainly safe in hisjob, but he's dealing
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with division in his party over brexit. he argues leaving the single market will make it much easier to protect british workers and industry. we need to look very carefully at the terms of any trade relationship, because at the moment we are part of the single market, obviously. that has within it restrictions on state aid and state spending. that has pressures on it through the european union to privatise rail, for example, and other services. i think we have to be quite careful about the powers we need as national governments. but more than 40 senior labour figures are pushing the leader to commit to staying in the single market after the uk leaves the eu. if you want frictionless trade and you want to putjobs first, the only way in my view you can do that is by staying permanently a member of the single market. jeremy corbyn's position and his policies in the party
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are now almost unchallenged, but you don't need to come far at this conference to see where division does actually lie. 0n the crucial issue of brexit. i support corbyn. i support momentum. i want a socialist programme in this country, but you need money for that, and if we leave the single market and the customs union we'll be an impoverished country and we won't have money to maintain things as they are. jeremy corbyn as prime minister would be great, but parties come and go and we need to be in the eu. that's the most important thing. no doubt there's high spirits among party members, but even withjeremy corbyn's now tight grip on labour, the biggest issue of the day — the uk's journey out of the eu — will ensure there will be plenty of disagreements too. eleanor garnier, bbc news, brighton. prince harry has opened this year's invictus games for disabled and wounded military
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personnel, in toronto. the competitors will take part in 12 sports over eight days. his girlfriend, the actress meghan markle, was at the opening ceremony, making her first appearance at an official engagement attended by the prince. sarah campbell is in toronto for us this evening. more than 550 competitors from 17 nations, cheered on by friends and family. the games were prince harry's idea. this is the third such event which aims to use sport to help the process of recovery. as the teams filed in, prince harry watched from the vip area next to the first lady and spotted, a couple of rows down ms markle lives and works in the city and so it would have perhaps seemed odd if she hadn't turned up. kensington palace have refused to comment on her appearance adding that half of toronto is here anyway and that maybe true, but this still has to be seen
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as a significant public acknowledgement of the seriousness of their relationship. of course, this ceremony was about the games and the competitors who have gone through so much to get this far. there was a lot of respect here for what prince harry has created and his passion for the games is clear. some of you have overcome emotional challenges that until very recent years would have seen you written off and ignored. and now, you are here on the world stage, flags on your chests
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