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t during russia's annexation of the crimea, they did not have one in house climate expert at the height of the arab spring -- retired reform. has the time now not come to greater investment in order to ensure and help navigate this increasingly uncertain world speak with i can reassure my honorable friend they are hiring more russian speakers. ..
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one thing is for certain. the damages to our economy are tremendous. >> i could certainly give my old friend assurance. the argument i would make to skeptics about the issue is britain has 30 taken some very significant steps to improve renewable energy, to improve the situation in the carbon emissions and transported elsewhere. other countries signed up.
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that's why the discussions of the g7 or you can see the countries that previously have been at the back of this year, china and america are there to include they put in place these changes. even if you're a skeptic it's time to get enthusiastic about a deal. >> some of my constituents pleased the prime minister on the issue of tax dollars dodging which robs developing countries that the tax revenue. two years the long companies are still snapping their nose on the issue of tax. when does they expect to see tangible results in the measures on the promises needed at the g7 summit. >> i would be a bit more positive. two things have happened. one is the countries have signed
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up for the automatic exchange of tax information which is idle. the culture of business is changing. businesses now know deal discussions of how to minimize their bill is all going to stand up to public skirt made nec company after company, with some of those in the world of hot drink, recognizing they need to engage in the debate. >> thank you mr. speaker. there is a commitment to mobilize the climate demand for developing nations. this is hugely significant. could you update the house on monday can expect to see the mobilization come forward? >> my honorable friend is right if we look at the components of the deal you need europe to come forward with the author. america and china to be engaged in the debate.
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to me one of the things that will bring it all together is make sure the advanced world is bringing forward so we can reassure countries that there will be climate change and other economies necessary. britain has put all the money on the table. when it are so did the same and we will make change in the coming months. >> the contributions of the rattled member of washington the prime minister told him the summit that 100,000 people -- not the least of 600 could this is a frustrating process. the cartoon crisis is not working and not doing its job. do we need another mechanism to deal with the problem?
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>> i think the honorable gentleman for his question. we need to have a partner with whom i can work. until there is a libyan government, and so the ability to turn people back if they get into boat all the other steps we take whether picking people up, they won't add up to a policy that would reduce the migration flow. they have to recognize the one place this has worked in the past, the spanish efforts to stop people from the canary islands is where they were able to work with governments, invest in security. that is the model win it to follow. space-bar prime minister carmi spoken about conversations about large companies artificially shifting properties abroad. this has made people very angry. could you give us more detail?
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>> there are two things we are doing. one is working internationally and the piece of work about what a space erosion trying to stop countries shifting projects artificially around the world in the 90 countries signed up will make there were. the chancellor introduced the diverted profits tax. we see a company making lots of money in the u.k. they can present it with a tax bill. we were not waiting for it domestically. >> the prime minister's conversations to tackle and he also mentioned discussions among tackling corruption. can you give us more detail about discussions and actions? >> first of all i hope the honorable lady would agree with me that the election is actually
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a moment for nigeria because he won this election even though he was facing some pretty overwhelming odds in terms of what were the closing candidate party was doing if i can put it that way. the president has a track record of fighting corruption at the top of his agenda and the speech of maturation was a model of doing that. the oil department and industry and what britain is trying to say is we are there as your partner and want to help you. the more we can do to help you clean up the corruption and the batter. not only in nigeria, but throughout the region adhere to. >> speaker, can i come in or administer on a statement on iss. it is a national security threat. president obama spoke about a developing plan, trying to cope
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with britain to shia militias under the iraqi army command. the sunni speaker of parliament is talking about the national guard and the kurds struggling to use cope. did he discuss with president obama the plant and iraq and syria on isis? >> we had a lengthy discussion about isil because violence and terrorism is the greatest threat we face on the national security front end is very directly affect us here and frankly worrying how many people from would have gone to fight for isil. terms of the points he makes he's absolutely right. we need to invest in the iraqi government and its capacity to bring the country together by being ever for all shia sunni kurds and we need to encourage
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president abadi to take steps in the direction while helping train forces as well. >> as number is present in the last parliament now in the prime minister himself can testify i'm not averse to running exchanges on statement for a fully because that is a democratic scrutiny requires. there are two heavily subscribed opposition debates today but the premium upon brevity. >> mr. speaker, it makes reference to the appalling suffering of the virginia beach bowl in bengal. this is an humanitarian crisis and rising public concern in the country about it. does he agree it is time for the u.n. secretary general to take personal charge of dealing with the crisis? >> the general is right to raise this. we need to trace it back to the country from which the problem is coming and we need greater action by the burmese
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government. >> thank you mr. speaker. i'm on the consideration being placed. can my right honorable friend setup for details on how the u.k. research and development fund will help prevent pandemics and infection of people here in the united kingdom. >> the discussion is around a couple of things. when the pandemic rake south when it faster action and that is why you need a team of medics to get out there and measure the situation which is why it they are ready to do. the second thing is to put money into the development of medicines and vaccines and the other ways of coping with things. >> in the prime minister give up the g-7 discussions that in a transatlantic trade deal will be based on genuine free trade and not on regulatory
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standardization in the interest of being invested in corporate interests. >> i say to the honorable gentleman that i suspect it will be a combination of both those things that i don't think we should shy away from not because the opportunity towards the two largest economies in the world the e.u. and america riding rolls together will make sure we have good and decent standards rather than a race to the bottom. it is important may see that. >> mr. christopher cooper. >> at the g-7 agrees to the situation in eastern ukraine has gone from bad to worse and if so what hasn't more been done to say there should be increased sanctions against the russian federation rather than a rolling over of existing sanctions?
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the >> i think my honorable friend makes an important point. there has been a mixed picture since the minsk agreement was signed that overall has been some kind of lower-level of violence and aggression said we should recognize that good a very clear warning that things were to get much worse, if there were to be a russian backed territory that could lead to higher sanctions. >> mr. betty sherman. >> mr. speaker, could i point out to the prime minister to state the noneconomic security was quite assured. but did he say to those who criticize the g-7 and that was never searched the lessons of the world in 2008 and put together a policy of regulations that could prevent it happening again. >> what i say to the honorable
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gentleman is pg 20 has been in many ways the key organizing body for driving changes on rules of bank regulation and capital requirements and also reform of global institutions. that helps because of course banking problems and meltdowns can happen in developing countries as well as bass countries. the strength of the g-7 is economic and trade issues but we have a like-minded conversation about the big security challenges like for example isil in russia. the conversation was that much more candid and frank. >> the hard work of the british people including my constituent combined with our long-term economic plan have ensured our economy in the u.k. is growing. external risks remain. can my right honorable friend and margin by discussions he had on those risks and how to mitigate them.
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>> i think they're a number of risks including the potential slowdown in the chinese economy. that was obviously discussed. in the margins of the g-7 a number of discussions around the table as well about the threat to the stability of big eurozone of the very unstable situation in grace and that is of interest of all members of the g-7. we are approaching some pretty crucial days where agreement is to be reached in order to maintain the stability of a bunch of economies that are big trading partners for britain. >> mr. speaker, with further deployment of u.k. and u.s. troops in iraq while poker against the mission creep? >> one of the most important things is to discuss what we are doing. what i say about the latest deployment of an response from the request of the iraqi
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government. individuals mostly involved in training iraqi troops on how to counter ied threat to save lives and that is a sensible approach for britain to take. we are the second-largest contributor in terms of the airstrikes over iraq and that has been essential in shrinking the amount of territory that isil controls and making sure the kurds have been able to maintain the situation in the kurdish regional authority. a clear statement that this is not about trying to reinvent our country. it is helping legitimate government recognized by the u.n. to do the work and this is vital. >> when he was prime minister and i'm not sure it's in the british national interests. russia now with all the trouble in arabia and with isil. has my right honorable friend
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scene of recent remarks that the u.s. was crazy to suggest ukraine could join nato one to n. henry kissinger agrees with it. >> what i say to my honorable friend as we have not picked a fight with russia. russia has brought this upon itself by destabilizing and encouraging separatists to take ukrainian territory. as for whether ukraine as a country, we should recognize you crazy people themselves have decided is a country recognized by the united nations. the whole point we have to learn is redrawing by fours can end in disaster for everyone including the people in the country. >> mr. speaker, the g-7 plan a solid time but the g-7 countries are on track across the world 450 billion pounds a year by the end of the century. it recommends we should and by
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early 2020s while he puts in place a policy framework to achieve that. >> well, we all want to see an end to a unabated coal. the key there is we need to make sure we invest in carbon capture and storage so they can accelerate the decarbonization of electricity in a way that doesn't damage your economic interest as well. >> mr. richard grant. >> i welcome the anticorruption summit in london. on syria and the call for you call for u.n. led political transition, could the prime minister sher the prime minister sher on what this would look like and how we would arrive at it. >> i'm not sure it is easy to identify an exact precedent. the point is simply this that the president aside himself has become a recruiting sergeant for
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high schools with the way he's treating his people. everybody knows with syria needs is a government that can represent everyone. clearly it would be acceptable to have a government that was able to represent those people as well as the sunni majority and that is the transition we should be in for. >> thank you, mr. speaker. at the end of last year was clear one of the biggest obstacles to defeating isil was the sunni tribes in sunni people. i support giving to the iraqi government. what does that bring on board to get the iraqi governors to change their position. >> the honorable gentleman's analysis of the situation is spot on. we will succeed in iraq unless the iraqi government and iraqi security forces have representation from sunni and
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shia's. our strategy is not to do this for the iraqi government. it's to encourage the iraqi government to do it and say we will work alongside you. we should encourage them to reach out to the sunni tribes because in the end they will only succeed if they represent all the people. >> mr. graham. >> it's very remiss of me and i apologize. >> thank you mr. speaker. the civilization is why he finds the countries against it. as soon as the task is undertaken the easier it would be. however it's not going to happen if the regional powers are not coordinating policy. the discussion was there about getting turkey, iran and saudi arabia to be coordinating
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policies toward the islamic faith? >> by honorable friend is right. the coordination is required. important steps have been taken at the meeting at camp david with all the gulf countries. i've had conversations in recent days that the turkish president and i visited turkey to discuss this. i'm not sure we will achieve the perfection who requires that getting everyone around the table in the same way. working with partners to make sure everyone has a coordinated approach is the right thing to do. >> i think the prime minister for his statement. he raises a corruption of fifa to become synonymous with each other. don't ask him whether he thinks is appropriate they attend the women's world cup which is taking place at the moment given his promise to resign and given his appropriate comments to make
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it more popular. >> i think the honorable lady raises an important point and it's very very disappointing. he said is going to be signed and in my view he should get on and resigned. this organization needs is leadership. it needs to be cleaned up. >> mr. jeremy the point. >> does my right honorable friend have any indications from the later arrested when they will make the clear commitments to overseas development assistance? >> what i say to my honorable friend is for the first time i think in a number of g-7 and g8 we got the 4.7% commitment back into the tags so it is clear
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therefore to see that i would argue it's not just right for britain from a moral standpoint but actually increases our standing in the world that we are able to point out we kept our promises and were able to use the money to enhance not only the economic standing of the countries but also our insecurity as well. >> livy abrahams. >> i'm pleased the action to address it but given the oecd have all agreed that inequalities exacerbate growth it also has a negative influence on society. why is he and his government exacerbating inequality across the u.k. including a negative impact around health inequalities? >> figure shows inequality fell. i would say to initiate about priorities for development in
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terms of the u.n. goals we agreed in september. of course we all want to see reductions in inequality. when we have to determine what the priority is for the world in terms of attacking poverty and how we should inspire the new generation of people to take action i would say those people living on almost nothing everyday, that is where we should put the emphasis. >> mr. henry smith. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i welcome the extremism build the governments will be introducing. can my right honorable friend say what discussions with other g-7 leaders see have about the sharing of intelligence as people traveling to support isil. >> we did have discussions about this. this this. this is a good information sharing between britain and america and better sharing amongst european countries with
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progress on the passenger record issue. we would need more cooperation is between countries like meant countries like turkey to act as a gateway for people joining isil and we need to focus our efforts. >> investment to tackle, but the fact will only be affect on the domestic health care system. was that discussed at the g-7 and the conclusions were drawn? >> honorable lady is right that making sure teens visit countries where pandemics start is only a sticking point, a very large problem. you need stronger health systems in those countries and not is one thing our aid program is designed to deliver. >> mr. speaker, this country has invested a great deal of blood in afghanistan.
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did the future is that bad remain at the g summit? >> is a danger sometimes a nice gathering rather than trying to examine how well the work has been done in securing the future of the last problem and it's important we keep our eyes on the afghan government, afghan security forces because they are now carrying out stop in the country being a terror. >> you referred to nigeria. can you inform the house when the schoolchildren who were kidnapped from boko haram when can we expect them to be reunited with their families again? >> i think a number have returned but a large number has still been taken by boko haram.
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one of the reasons these things have been at the end of that corruption in these countries that means the military and security services artifacts and people sometimes turn to extremist organizations because their governments are working. second of all we should not try to take over the organizations that should be there to assist and help train the military and help deal with corruption so they are better able to protect their people. >> martin preacher. >> i welcome the national security council privatizing health of the nature of governments and their fight against fifa. does the prime minister agree with me that the security forces of mali and nigeria need to work at a regional solution as well and work more closely together? >> my honorable friend is right. one of the first thing is it
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visited all the countries to work closely with them. >> and chloe. >> was there a discussion on the importance of freedom of expression of human rights particularly in view of the very severe saudi arabia freedom of expression who is to again on friday. they made very encouraging fans to does he have some further enhance? >> there wasn't a specific discussion on this. the great thing about the g-7 is all the countries they are sign-up for certain arms about human rights and freedom of expression and the rule of democracy, which is why the conversation that can deal with issues very frankly.
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i'm what has happened in this case in saudi arabia and we will continue to do so. >> mr. gary johnson. >> mr. speaker, "the new york times" reported recently it is increasing its nuclear stock piles notwithstanding the fact this is expected to be discussed at a g-7 summit. could the prime minister assured the house that it remains a determination amongst g-7 countries to ensure of man is never able to obtain a nuclear weapon? >> i can certainly get my assurance. there is a conversation where president obama reported back on his view about the state of the negotiations taking place. the aim is very clear, to make sure iran is a good distance away from ever attaining a nuclear weapon and the agreement has allowed inspection of their vacation so we know this to be true. on the basis it is a dl
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absolutely worth pursuing. >> mr. stephens says. [inaudible] >> through the 30.7% and ensure it is well spent. the economic development in africa is the issue of corruption. but my right honorable friend consider discussing whether we can open a convention at the summit announced so we can have common standards take place across the entire world. >> my honorable friend makes a very good suggestion. re: setup the open government open government partnership, an organization with transparency from its members. we will hold the anticorruption summit. since we've met our pledge, we are able to make the running of the argument on the issue from
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people so they can talk about the corruption. >> jeremy corbin. >> mr. speaker, during the discussion the prime minister has had an apparently walking around when you were doing it can you discuss seriously two things. one is why is isil so powerful so successful, so well-funded with very efficient modern high caliber weapons. secondly, wasn't an opportunity for a longer discussion about the last 15 years of western foreign policy in afghanistan iraq, libya and other places which appears to create circumstances under which an organization will grow and is growing. is there a reflection on this? >> i can reassure a plus in a park. is a beautiful bavarian house
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who comes from that part originally. there is a discussion about isil. first of all the reason fracking is so well-funded as they say is effectively taking over a country and taken over oil fields and taken over money and weaponry. barry parr company completely has this idea that fracking has been caused by the iraq war whereby western aggression. it is nonsense. you can see the growth in extremist islamism dating back from well before the attack on the twin towers which of course is self-taught bid before the iraq war. we've got to confront the real problem here, the rise of this poisonous extremist death toll which long predates the iraq war. we've got ourselves in a total
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mass. >> mr. peter berg. >> speaker, i saw something that wasn't well covered this at the world meetings wanted to know from the prime minister given the economic mass that they had to cut the expenditure will undertake a real-life dead was huge majority in the three main opposition leaders resigned. is that price report right? >> first of all i'm delighted my bridal friend replies to the abuse. i take that as an indication. i am pleased to report i did have a number of pleasant discussions of prime ministers and presidents inquiring after the general election is seeking some tips and ideas. >> dr. philippa whitford. >> we are well aware of the
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prime minister's wish to have control over decisions taken in this house and the course of this country. both he and his government fight the investor state dispute settlement hidden to undermine public health decisions taken in this time and our government? >> igad i think the honorable lady is chasing after all the trade agreements we signed, there have been causes and i think we get this across a single case. instead of asking for things that are necessary, we should be asking for things that will benefit britain such as opening the united states. i may give you one example. if you want to ship goods in america from one port to another you have to use u.s. vessels. in a world of free trade and open as those changes we should be pushing for. let's put our efforts into that
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rather than raising demons over the trade deals that really are planned. >> thank you mr. speaker. i see firsthand the opportunity of green technology. in the context of the statement, perhaps my right honorable friend will benefit from the growth of green technology. >> i think the more we can send out a consistent framework and pathway to reducing climate emissions carbon emissions, the more we encourage businesses to address in the framework has helped to and for instance offshore wind and other green technologies. they're particularly interested in what could have been. i have been a planned makes it more like the schemes can go ahead. >> extreme brevity required to be exemplified.
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that or john pugh. >> speaker, local more money to progress being made on avoided -- [inaudible] >> the timeline that i mentioned is that many countries have promised automatic tax exchange by the end of 2019. it is something that hasn't happened before and it will happen. >> mr. speaker, the communiqué says supports the u.n. process. what actual steps are taken by the international community to implement the resolution two to 16 by article vii and ensure their rivals from outside to stop doing so. >> the answer is every effort and encouragement is made to both sides that they need to get around the table and start talking and specifically those have been backing the rebels should pay attention to it
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eventually. >> on the question of nigeria, does the prime minister appreciate people in this country many more who are not but appreciate the special attention paid to nigeria shot to the world on the conscious of the world and they should never be forgotten. >> i think the honorable lady is absolutely right. it is all too lost many things that events happen on the other side of the world and the world shrugs and move on. i want britain to have a long-term partnership in nigeria. as well as the 20000 britons in nigeria we have common links of history and heritage and language. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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i recently met with the house of representatives john boehner who asked me to pass a simple message. the president of the united states speaks so warmly about long-term economic climate. >> certainly as president above the said before the election we must be doing something right. >> if we play our part of the commitment of the commitment to the g-7 eliminate fossil fuels we will need targets such as the 2030 carbon efficient target which could bring the huge investment. will the prime minister permit to the target in the next two years? >> the difference between the 2030 day convention she mentioned for de-carbamazepine or de-carbamazepine of the best as we can. we do need to know and i want to
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make the carbon capture storage work before we make that commitment otherwise we won't have gas cards and call plans and will be left with nuclear and renewables which i don't think is a balanced energy base. >> mr. robin walker. >> the way in first put the agenda there. can he assure the house in order to underpin public services around the world and be fair to those companies that pay taxes in individuals will use all of our networks including the commonwealth to create very transparent taxation. >> my honorable friend makes an important point. one of the things we did is make sure the embassies and territories that the united kingdom played that part. we also push the agenda to the commonwealth and things like the register of beneficial ownership
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of companies is usually helpful to the poorest countries in the world who often are victims of being ripped off by unscrupulous businesses and having beneficial ownership registers. >> the prime minister has cited strong dose again corruption. his government engagements with all of the golden state and their regimes and will they also amplify the message on human rights. >> the answer to the honorable gentleman is yes. we believe we should encourage all countries to become more transparent in their dealings and whether it is signing up to transparent the in terms of industries the register of official ownership that i just mention. >> thank you, mr. speaker. prime minister mosey --
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[inaudible] about the ability to help terrorism manager bangladesh stays at the u.k. >> i know my honorable friend has long-standing interest in the strength and prosperity of bangladesh. there was in a specific discussion of what we talked about inclusive government representing all the people is relevant in this case. >> the german chancellor wanted to emphasize in the statement to phase out all fossil fuels at the mains electricity generation by the end of the century. did they secured the agreement -- so what would they
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target in mind for the u.k.? >> we worked hard to get the strongest possible language on climate change. as i said in my answer to my honorable friend, having set britain on a path of low carbon electricity and have a producer carbon emissions, we didn't achieve all that we wanted but it was pretty strong stuff. in terms of de-carbamazepine what i said and germany at the moment they have reduced the nuclear program. they are burning more coal rather than less cool. and also to have over time story. the pragmatic thing to do is only commit to full
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decarbonization. >> mr. garrett johnson. [inaudible] >> thank you, mr. speaker. one climate change topic in boosting our economy is the development of new technology for my right honorable friend therefore committed also fighting for an increase in funding around the cabinet table and also aid towards the same sectors of gdp and r&d as our european partners. >> by honorable friend has made a good bid and i know we have looked carefully in the past and recognized it as an important part of enhancing the growth production of the united kingdom. >> progress on climate change targets in agreement is difficult.
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it is now still quite daunting and quite massive. the prime minister's personal involvement. will he tell us what role it will play to satisfy the argument being talked about calling for the stronger action. >> what i say is we are going to bring them to a team to bear on this. the secretary will be leading the charge. the fact remains that commitment means the secretary of state can play a huge role in helping to bring the smaller poorer island states alone. it will be the whole government effort. the e.u. has said it saw throughout their wish when you look down with canada doing, what is japan doing we are in a leadership role and we should make sure diplomacy is working to make everyone on salon to the party.
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the >> with isil and cultural heritage in trafficking, when will we finally join and ratify the behavior convention? >> the culture secretary rightly raised with me while they can do on this front. and organizations like the british museum to know how to help preserve some of these monuments. in the countries that are able to help the issue and resolve it good >> the prime minister may be where the european commission issued a report last year on the level of corruption which claimed corruption across the european economy for 120 billion year-over-year. it apparently include a correction within the accurate e.u. institutions themselves. it clearly suggests they think
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there may be something to hide. can i ask my friend for an independent investigation as to the extensive corruption within the institutions of the e.u.? >> my honorable friend makes an important point. we should start by looking at what they do in terms of demonstrating the problems that sometimes corruption sometimes with that money or inappropriate use of money in nationstates as well as the organization of the e.u. itself. >> the issue of organized crime is fueled by corruption and sam countries in eastern europe. did the prime minister during the sharon's is to be addressed to some of our member states? >> my honorable friend makes that point. that is the moment to put the
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maximum pressure to clean up the justice systems and policing systems and combat corruption. we should make sure the national crime agency established under the government is up and running and working well and focuses on organized crime from the countries. >> thank you mr. speaker. can he therefore explain why his governments provide so much overseas to some of the most corrupt countries around the world, which is actually leading many of them to spend more than 2% of gdp on military when we are now at risk of falling below the threshold. >> by honorable friend and i agree about so many things. so many fruitful discussions and this is one area we are not going to agree and he passionately believes it's too far. i think it is important not only
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for britain's moral conscience but also security. whether it's the instability coming out of libya, whether it is terrorism coming out of somalia, whether it is proud coming out of west africa, these are feeling states and feeling government that is where our budget can make a real difference to our national security. if you take a country like somalia you've got a problem with terrorism, migration and the heart of that is making sure you have a smaller government that represents all the people. i would argue that is our national interest and not an alternative to her defense budget. it's part of the whole approach to keep the country and our people safe. >> order. we now come to the first opposition in the name of the leader --
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>> germany hosted this year she this year's g7 summit which ended on a period at the close of the conference, german chancellor angela merkel held a press conference where she answered questions on a variety of topics including greece economy, climate change, trade agreement with the u.s. and the russian conflict. this is 45 minutes. >> we all agreed that lifting sanctions will be tied to the implementation of men's and we are also willing if this is necessary but it's not what we want, but if need be we could test in the sanctions that the situation requires us to do so. but we all believe we should do everything we can in order to
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make progress with fans. we support ukraine and its difficult economic reforms in order to fight corruption and we are so sad to g7 ambassadors and keys should support ukraine implement its economic reforms and its battle against corruption. we also focused on the middle east, north africa and the near east and also combating terrorism. we talked to the president of nigeria and tunisia and with the prime minister of iraq and we talked about counterterrorism in a separate meeting. these countries are faced with an extreme amount of terrorism. they have been part and infrastructure as part of our common job for us to support
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tunisia to better monitor and control the border with libya. there have been efforts already the case has to be more than they have been so far. we've also set counterterrorism has two aspects. often it is the lack of structures which allow terrorist groups to have access to the population. on the other hand, these are hate filled groups. you can see that in boko haram as well as with isis. we have said the possibilities we have to be successful in combating terrorism is an inclusive and consistent process in order toall the different minorities. this is discussed in nigeria. the nigerian president discussed himself clearly in this respect. he wanted to be inclusive when he talks about the shiites and the sunnis as well as the kurds.
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he made it clear that his claim is to work together in his country and only in this way will there be a possibility for success. we had a lengthy discussion on libya and in this respect we see the negotiators at the united nations have been given not the support we can. we have to come up with a national government in libya and europeans consider this extremely important because the refugees coming through the mediterranean unrelated to the situation in libya. a conventional topic for g-7 deliberations of the global economy. we've seen there is recovery of the world onto me based on iws forecast to grow this year. we had an intense discussion on new challenges and also on the fact the emerging countries take on the growing role in sheet
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20-cent and continued in turkey in the fall. we also talked about trade and we are committed to the goals of the wto. we want to conclude our outreach session also included the head of the wto and he asked as to support the process and at the same time we had intense discussions on high lateral free-trade agreement. we want to include a cta and we also want to have their free-trade agreement with the united states and make progress there so we can come to an agreement and see that the transpacific agreement is cause to a conclusion when it comes to the united states, canada and specific area. we also believe the negotiations and europeans and the e.u.
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japanese and free-trade agreement should also be negotiated in the g7. if we talk about internal, 50% of world trade. that means we have a major responsibility with regard to supply chains. in other words we have to make sure we have good working conditions not only in our own area, but we have to make sure good working conditions prevail in the manufacturing countries. we can remember the terrible pictures in bangladesh and we are pleased to see together with the international labor organization we are able to commit the 30 million to be made available. these are problems for victims and survivors following the terrible event and this has now been achieved. we have also committed to have a
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vision zero fund. in other words, a general fund so insurance and improve conditions can be assured. we believe better working conditions in asia and countries in africa are still not satisfied jury and that is why this is an issue on our bed in the years to com. we also discuss financial market regulations and to gather with the global economy i would like to remind you we still need to talk about regulation of the shadow banks. we'll come back to that in the g20 meeting g20 meaning the timetables agreed on and we also need to fight corruption. this is another topic the japanese presidency will also deal with combating corruption. another important point was asked what will it say when a
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cut to climate protection and change and the requirement to come up with an agreement. we made a clear commitment here. we want binding regulations in the agreement. we don't have any binding regulations right now and that is why we want to ensure that all countries are in a position to have developed so that the average temperature is less than two degrees centigrade. another risk him a clear commitment to the two-degree object is. you know that this will mean major reductions in greenhouse gases worldwide and we have committed to the fact in the course of the century we want to see a decarbonization of the world's economy. we also agreed to in order to achieve the climate objective we will need major reductions in climate gas greenhouse gas
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emissions. in other words, we commit ourselves to recommendations made by the ipcc which is 40% reduction in climate gases between now -- one a 10 to mac 2015. we are now at the upper end of these recommendations. 40% is clearly not enough. the upper end of the 40% to 70%. we also need to make our own constitutions in the g7 countries will be entering into such commitment for these productions. we've also committed to climate funding. we want to ensure we can do that on the road but we are committed to the object is as of 2020 we want to have a hundred billion dollars every year made available as public or private funds. it is very important for us
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before the climate conference in paris we need to present the object to because many developing countries, many island states will have an object is for coming up with agreements in paris and this is something we have to commit ourselves to you. we also have two initiatives. the first one is the number of insured when it comes to climate related damages have been increased fourfold in the 2020th the 2020 there will be 400 million people. the second objective together with the african countries, in this case the african union was an initiative for renewable energies where we will be working on a plan with a view to paris we want to have african countries access to clean renewable energies. another topic which played a very important role in this very important to me and that is
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health care. we all saw that we did not react well to the challenges resulting from the ebola crisis and today we have an intense discussion on what needs to be done. of course the health care system in many countries need to be improved. the united states holds the initiative for 60 countries to have a sustainable health care system. we also need international mechanisms. they need to be more coordinated than not is why we decided that we want to have a financial facility in the world tank and this would deal with combating pandemics. the president of the world bank presented this to us today. it shows us how the international community will have to react and the united nations will also set up a panel
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with norway and this was suggested in germany said they will be presenting proposals as to what needs to be done and what the who and world bank will work on a mechanism to react better internationally to pandemics. this is something that can save many, many lives. health care issues two other topics. this can be found in the communiqué the same as the answer by arctic. and that is very important to all of us. ..
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a this is the sustainable development goals and these pick up on the millennium development goals which are valid into 2015. we also dealt with this as well and one of the main ideas here was that we are committed to the objective as a 2030 hunger should have been eradicated, and to g7 \20{l1}s{l0}\'20{l1}s{l0} have committed another 500 million people should no longer be in a situation where they suffer from acute famine. so that is why we are committing to making a substantive contribution to the fight
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against hunger in the world. this should be completed by 2030. the final point is women's empowerment. again and again whether we're talking about food security, corruption, good working conditions, again and again women are the focus. the oecd made it very clear to us it's not only in the developing countries where a lot of work still needs to be done but even in industrialized countries. structural differences between men and women exist. for example, when it comes to independence it is again was also an issue and i will be inviting, i will be convening a conference on women in september. and we will be working on this issue again. it's a question of better vocational training for women, from developing countries. and we g7 are committed to seeing it that one-third more
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women receiving vocational education by 2030 compared to where the situation is today. so that's a very specific objective. we now have a process in place and there is some independent institutions that monitor what we do. and what we agree on at the g7 meeting, and we have an achievement rate of about 80%. that's from university of toronto. germany is at 87% so we are doing very well. next year when we go when japan has the presidency we will see where we stand and how much has been completed based on what we committed to. a lot of this was agreed on in these are things we will be working on very hard in the next few months. but if you believe that we will achieve more than taken responsibility for prosperity in our own country.
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so that's why we had averaged meeting today. with guests from abroad and that is why that is very important to us as well. thank you very much for your attention. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: madam chair so, president putin is not enough. you and your g7 partners talked about russia quite a lot. given the conditions g7 stipulated for russia to come back to g7 one can imagine that's going to happen. where the chances of success in the talks going towards this area crisis -- syria crisis. are you thinking about a post from an era? [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: we didn't talk
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about a great deal of russia in terms of proportion. it has been bandied around to talk about the ukraine conflict with russia but we talked about other points as well much more expensive at greater length. for example, the situation -- terrorism. we have various formats the talks where russia is involved. clear recognition in the communiqué -- [inaudible] secondly the p5+1 the iranian nuclear program. russia has been at the talks in this format shows that other international crises can be done in tandem with russia.
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for example, a serious conflict. that is necessary because what russia to be involved with. there's been a grid with a red because iran is also a very important player when it comes to the civil war in syria and the fight against isis. so we're hoping for the cooperation. to give you some idea of what the content of talks over all this was a discussion amongst g7, it's true. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: your non-european partners asked what you have in mind with regard to greece and the eurozone zone. it up like to know what your answer was. and perhaps we were told that the americans or reference was made to the lehman brothers back in 2008 and was going to happen?
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is that something you can say is comparable? is that a similar solution to the greek problem? >> i think these are two very different issues, but we did discuss greece. i would also say we didn't spend too much time on it but with regard to the international economy and economic situation in the euro area there are those who are not part of the eu. i also want to know how negotiations are going and ahead of the international military fund was there as well today. this is one of many topics we touched on. all i can say now is we said that we want greece to remain part of the eurozone but we also made it very clear statement. we said solidarity in european countries and with greece means that greece will have to implement measures.
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and it is a common position for the fruit -- the three institutions. it is a great of a process and that's what the discussions are now on. and i must say there isn't much time left and that is why really have to work very, very hard on this. the day after tomorrow we will be able to discuss this with the greek prime minister in brussels with the eu and latin american some of the i don't know how far we will come, but every day counts in order to complete the necessary job. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: about to take up the science community. he said the g7 talks occurred, as they occur, did you feel the resistance of being like-minded? and would you extend this to australia or india with a
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like-minded democracies? secondly, also a g7 summit between the u.s. and europe, on economic questions from it to happen this time? if not, why not? [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: i think everybody is on to growth and networking. so the question of which economic path you take is to longer necessarily the center of the debate. and that's why we had a very harmonious discussion on that. one has to recognize that are some countries which are changing direction. the south of challenges have high growth rate. they're changing the quality of their growth. it wasn't a controversial discussion at all. i think that does go to the fact that although the growth rates are not very still moderate but nonetheless were on an upward path to unity first question.
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i forgot what it was. all come yesterday antiquated very intensive debate -- all, yes. i think we the very intensive debate. exciting really. we do have a format of the gice 20 and all the other important economies are represented there. were of course very different china, india, australia add you said countries that we do have the other formats but we have not contemplate any different formats. we are very pleased with the atmosphere here and i think we have set challenges. and those will look rather different if you had in the on board because -- india on board. india's agenda would be different from what we can do for africa and others.
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i think the format according to the everyone's feeling, i think is worth it. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: i have two questions. the first is a commitment to the climate objective, 2%. now, the japanese, how could you move them to support those two degrees goal? enough -- as to the question of free trade agreement, president obama, could he assure you that ttip was still on the agenda in washington next week? it looks as if the pda will also be carried out very quickly for the transpacific free trade agreement so than you might think well okay the
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transatlantic free trade agreement might fall back some of it maybe you could comment on that? [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: the first question, japan, right. the two-degree objective not 2% and all of the formulations on the climate was a result of a lot of hard work binding is a very important term a commitment to the two-degree objective, and objected to the upper end of the 40-70% reduction in greenhouse gases as well as a commitment for funding or climate. we had a lot of work but there was no one country that presented a problem. it was good that we dealt with this and managed this together as long as the host of the climate conference felt that that's very important.
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he was also a guest at the petersburg climate dialogue in germany and france, want to work together on this. >> the two questions at once, maybe like to ask one question at a time. ttip, right. ttip right. we spoke very openly on this and we were pleased that the president will probably get this fast-track from the congress in the pacific agreement is basically finished, or complete. and the good news is that in just a few weeks it will be time to then focus completely on the eu free trade agreement with the united states. and we went through all the different things that are still out there. the american president committed to our request to come up with a result, but you can't overlook the fact that in europe there are some very controversial discussions going on.
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so it's us -- it's up to us from the europeans, they made it very clear that we want this agreement. and we agreed that there are some which are difficult for us. for example, the questions of arbitration court and also we are aware of the fact that there are parts that are not easy for the americans, public procurement, the by american issue. so we have to be open and honest with one another. not only europe has problems with the ttip agreement that the united states as well. so we have to make progress in our negotiations. we discussed this at length, and we said that by the end of the year we want to come to a successful agreement by the end of the year. mr. schumer in the first row. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: you mentioned corruption anticorruption.
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to the fifa canada, but all? >> that wasn't just the corruption of an issue that other issues in the world and corruption is one of the causes of -- of state structures in the eyes of the population. that is the reason perhaps why radical and terrorist groups to get a grip in certain countries. and, therefore deep-seated and broad problems, and that's what it need to be looked at. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: yesterday, we heard an announcement that there would be changes at the deutsche
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bank. was this a decision that surprised you? and how do you judge this decision? [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: that was a decision taken by a company. it was not really a surprise i don't really want to comment on that. i think that what the deutsche bank to be successful come at the deutsche bank takes their own decisions as does any other company in germany. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: chancellor you were committed to reduce the number of people suffering by 500 million. how is this going to work? was at the financial commitments? this is a commitment to how are you going to do that?
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i would like to know on climate issues as well. what about all these targets that you set today? what does this mean for the domestic german discussion about the climate levy? [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: we want to tackle eradicate poverty, it's been made clear that we in germany will increase our development commitment by 8.3 billion we made other ledges associated with social security -- pledges. we have made that assessment and we talked about the whole targets and whether we could actually chief then. i think the goal can be achieved in will be achieved but only if we keep it right up there on the agenda.
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through the pledges -- [inaudible] and how we can achieve this. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: a discussion about the climate target something which we have covered 40% reduction and we're doing rather well as compared to the european target which we have put in protocol binding position. germany emphasize again once difficult not just european targets but also german targets. and we will in the next few days within the eu can be discussing how to achieve that. economic minister is still in talks as you know. last week there were many talks and will be more talks this week and then i'm sure we will be able to achieve a good solution.
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capacity markets and other issues. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: i can pick up on that question. now, you are calling for decarbonization. we also have a transformation of the energy supply? in which he managed to avoid reducing coal? [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: we will only achieve our goals in our areas if we are to undertake efforts everywhere. there are a number of weak point in germany. first of all we have come it's hard for me to understand that despite all of the red green state governments we haven't been able to states for building improvements. we had to make a contribution. we talk about meeting the
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targets of 2020 and when it comes to decarbonization we are talking about the course of the century. so another of things need to be distinguished. but right now in europe our instruments which we discussed as well what we have in mind for the world, the complete world that would be a nation trading. and this could also not give us the price message we would like. germany will have to make an effort here because in the european electricity market we have a lot of coal-fired exports, not for our own use but with electricity is generated. that's within nations are calculated, and we hope to come to a uniform european energy market so that national objectives will be a different value because of antiquated european market can only have one goal and this is something
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that will not be till after 2020. that's when that will be taken into account. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: my question is please allow me to speak in english, okay. my question is on issue of terrorism and boko haram. because i'm a nigerian i have lived here 16 years with my family. in 2012 there was a meeting in your office. i was there.
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[inaudible] so the issue is i was generally -- general assembly and 2011. and men came to my room in the hotel room where i was staying in hotel and united states. and they told me that was before the boko haram was -- okay, good. he told me that the people should not run for president. the government will be -- [inaudible]
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so i still went on. so can you ask a question please everyone else -- >> okay, please. my question is -- [inaudible] something that can help you help the government of nigeria to track the terrorists or to fight it which you be ready to collaborate and participate? [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: we will always try and check information that we receive. it's not easy of course because when you look at the forces that whenever you do something can we do that. but the there are states in which he just cannot interfere with and ended in from outside. it's difficult so you'd you would
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have to look on a case-by-case basis. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: during your discussions did you discuss military aid in the form of training for the ukraine military? if you stepping down at the osce, and maybe you know the reason for this marks. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: he has an excellent work, but it's only normal. this is very difficult, far away from home. you can't do that forever. we are doing everything we can to make sure that we find a good successor who would be just as good and who wil much energy with this contact group. and that this working group can
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continue to do its job because this is very different afford to implement the minsk agreement as far as military training is concerned, these are bilateral initiatives something have come to no conclusions drawn that the g7. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: thank you very much. i would just like the comeback decrease in overall a bit more. how big is the understanding among international partners that this crisis has now been ongoing for five years? and how much are they concerned about a default text space a. >> translator: everybody was around the table wanted greece to stay in the euro zone. .com as i said they were to institutions that as well and we have rules and we pointed out in the discussions about the eurozone that we do have success. for example, ireland has been through a very tough program and it is not a country that has the
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highest growth rate in our member states. if we look at spain and portugal, new jobs are being created. although unemployment is still quite high. and then we can see the measures or the measures which were proposed by the three institutions have success as a particular get interviews with the transcendent patriots lately, you will remember not necessarily tough talks by they are thing cyprus is once again on the right road. you have the imf program for ukraine. ukraine has terrible structural reforms ahead which are going to ask a great deal of people and therefore, there is no doubt we always say there needs to be efforts in solitary on the part of other countries and that the two sides of the same coin. >> the gentleman in the back.
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[speaking in native tongue] >> translator: let's come back to sanctions. was there a discussion as to how you could happen to sanctions against russians and embargo for spare parts for civil aircraft? and was there discussion on the frequent provocations of the strategic bombs against come into airspace in the sovereign area of many democratic european countries? thank you. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: well, the second one was something we did not discuss. and we did not talk of a company by making the sanctions even tougher. at the european council in march we came up with a political decision and we said that the sanctions will be extended for the period of time for the application of the minsk agreement. we committed to that once again.
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we had an agreed, agreement between the united states japan, and the members of the european union and we said that this process is something that we intend to maintain. and that's why we came to the common conclusions there. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: in connection with fossil energy and using fossil fuel energy over the century has been a discussion of using nuclear energy? and is there any movement in connection with japan? and the two-degree range? [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: we did discuss this come continued to use nuclear energy. the uk france for example, so
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among the g7 countries that are a series of countries that do have peaceful include energy and we did make stipulations that anyone should renounce nuclear energy. that was it is -- that was a german decision that was respected by the g7 countries have different approaches to this. >> the lady in the front row. >> good afternoon. i know that the global climate change has been the really good important issue on the somewhat. and it involves the participation of every country, and under this framework -- >> we believe the remaining moments of this program and to live now to the floor of the u.s. senate. the senate is about to begin its session on the defense authorization bill. funding pentagon programs and
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policies. senator sutton working on amendments a number of impending. more could be brought forward. no votes are scheduled for today but we might see them later this afternoon. this is live coverage of the u.s. senate as their date is about to get underway here on c-span2. the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. o god, who rules over humanity and nations, we ask you to support the congress in its manifold task. uphold our senators that their daily work may be performed with diligence and fidelity to our
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heritage under you. lord raise up those who will unite in serving you with their whole heart and mind and strength. may our lawmakers fear only to be disloyal to the best they know, as you make them forgiving and forbearing. teach them to value a conscience void of offense and the royalty of self-respect above all the pedestals, prizes, and preferments earth can give. we pray in your holy name. amen. the president pro tempore:
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please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to our flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. mcconnell: the president put forth at mighty obamacare spin effort yesterday you have to give him credit for trying to salvage a law that only one -- one -- of every nine americans
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think is actually working. but i don't think condescending to obamacare's victims was the best approach for him to take. consider this cringe-inducing assertion. americans who already had health insurance -- quote -- "may not know that they've got a better deal now under obamacare than they did. but they do." in other words he knows what's best for you so quit complaining. it's the very mind set that led this partisan law being forced through over the objections of the american people in the first place. it's the very mind set that said it was okay to cut a few corners, tell a few white lies to sell the country a law it didn't want. so what? the obama crowd seems to think if americans couldn't keep the plans they had and liked.
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so what. so what, obamacare's defenders must reason if americans see costs rise after being told they'd fall. to our friends on the left, it's just the cost of doing business. and these days they've all but given up the ghost of empathy. they just talk past the middle class instead. consider some of the things we've heard from top democrats. obamacare has been wonderful for america. none of the predictions about how obamacare wouldn't work have come to pass. the implementation of this is fabulous. we've heard all of that from democratic leaders. these are the kind of things that raise your blood pressure all across america. but quotes like these betray more than just a certain incongruence from reality. they also signal a party that's
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lost confidence in the force of its own arguments, one that seems more intent on reassuring itself than convincing others. why else would they be saying things they know aren't true? i've already spoken broadly about how obamacare failed americans in terms of higher costs especially but allow me to touch on the assertion that obamacare's implementation has been -- quote -- "fabulous" too. fabulous? that's certainly one way to describe how obamacare has been plagued by failure since day one. consider the disastrous rollout. americans won't forget the crushing web sites the crashing web sites the hours on hold, the instructions to fax in their applications while at the same time seeing reports of obamacare contractors sitting idle waiting for work to come through the door. the white house tried to spin it all the way as nothing more than
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a glitch. just a glitch on the web site. but the american people knew it pointed to a broader systemic challenge in an unworkable law. consider the many pro-obamacare states that launched exchanges with great enthusiasm. these true-blue administrations did everything they could to make obamacare work, but they often ended up exposing obamacare's tragic realties instead. take deep blue vermont. many on the left look to vermont's extra ambitious obamacare experiment as the crown jewel in their ideological crown, but it turned out to be little more than an unending money pit as one vermonter put it. in oregon, officials spent over $300 million taxpayer dollars to launch an obamacare exchange and marketing campaign. that's a big investment. but obamacare has been an even
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bigger flop. millions of dollars down the tubes, and oregon has little to show for it beyond a couple of bizarre marketing videos and a criminal investigation. hawaii just announced it will be the latest state to shutter -- close, shutter up its faltering exchange. and in kentucky, a democrat administration poured a quarter billion dollars into an exchange that placed nearly 80% of the enrollees into an already broken medicaid system. the remaining 20% or so now find themselves with unaffordable obamacare coverage like a constituent from ash land who wrote to let me know that his monthly premium increased by more than 30%. so it's hard to disagree with the top vermont health official who said -- quote -- "good god this just wasn't set up for success." that's from the top health official in vermont.
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given the spectacular flop in his state he'd certainly know. and he certainly seems to have a point. of the 17 original obamacare exchanges, some have failed outright and half of those that remain are struggling financially. so the truth is this: obamacare never had a web site problem. it had an obamacare problem. no amount of wishful thinking or fast talk is going to change that reality. it's not going to change the failures i just mentioned, not going to change the failures i haven't, like the failed class act, the troubled co-ops, the debacle of giving people the wrong amount of subsidy or what we learned yesterday that the i.r.s. may not even be able to verify that many of the people who received a tax credit for health insurance actually bought the health insurance. i'm asking obamacare's defenders in the white house and in congress to redirect their efforts away from the spin and
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toward the reality instead. we all know that obamacare is a law filled with broken promises, higher costs and failure. so let's work together to start over with real health care reform instead. that's the kind of health care outcome that actually would be fabulous for our constituents. it's something that really would be -- quote -- "wonderful for america." and it's what we can work together to achieve once washington politicians move past the failure of obamacare. now, mr. president on a different matter, the massive cyber attack americans read about reminds us all of the need for action on this issue. building america's public and private cyber defenses won't be easy but the bipartisan cyber security measure that passed out of the intelligence committee with the support of every single republican and every single democrat but one -- 14-1 -- will increase the ability of the public and private sector to
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share information and to make us safer. that's why we're going to take it up as part of the defense authorization bill now before us. i hope senators of both parties will come together to support that bipartisan amendment when it comes to a vote. just as we saw the senate come together to keep the defense authorization bill intact and consistent with the budget resolution by standing against the reed amendment yesterday. it keeps us on track to pass bipartisan legislation that will support the men and women who keep us safe every day. there's something ellsworth noting about that -- else worth noting about that vote too. it means we've taken twice as many roll call votes on this year's defense authorization bill as we were allowed on the last two bills combined. it means we've now taken twice as many amendment roll call votes on this year's defense authorization as were allowed in the last two bills combined.
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it's just the latest reminder of a new majority that's getting the senate back on track and back to work. unfortunately, some leaders of the previous majority seem bound and determined to get us back into their gridlock comfort zone. at a time of grave threats to our nation, these democrat leaders think it's a good idea to hold brave servicemen and brave servicewomen hostage to partisan demands for more waste at the i.r.s. and bigger be congressional office budgets for themselves. so let me repeat: at a moment of dangerous and gathering threats here's the position of these democratic leaders: they want to hold hostage the funding needed to make our troops combat-ready so they can spend more on bureaucracies like the i.r.s. these democratic leaders just can't seem to kick the gridlock habit even on legislation with the exact same level of funding president obama asked for in his
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own budget. they just can't shake their passion for partisanship, even on a bill that sailed out of committee on a hugely bipartisan vote of 22-4. that's how the defense authorization bill came out of the committee. 22-4. that doesn't mean the rest of their party has to go along with it. i'm appealing to every commonsense democrat, every democrat uncomfortable with the thought for holding troops for ransom to keep working across the aisle in good faith instead because many understand the true sacrifice and value of the nearly 1.5 active men and women who proudly wear our country's uniform. the 1.1 million members of the reserve and national guard and the more than 700,000 civilian officials who stand in support not to mention the many veterans and families who enrich our country and our communities.
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we certainly understand their value in kentucky. we're proud to host several important military bases across the commonwealth. i'd like to tell you about just one of them today. fort campbell is home to approximately 30,000 army personnel, including vital special operations unit and the famed 101st airborne division. units from fort campbell bravely serve as the tip of the skier in executing -- spear in executing the war on terror with the 101st deploying as the first conventional unit in its support. it was soldiers from fort campbell who proudly answered the call to assist with the delicate ebola mission in west africa. and it's fort campbell's unrivaled aviation infrastructure that provides the army with the critical ability to rapidly deploy service members to volatile regions. it's obvious that fort campbell means a lot to our country and i
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can't tell you how much it means to kentucky. it means a lot to its local community too especially considering the fact that it has annual economic impact of $5 billion to the surrounding area. this of course is a hardly unique story in america. from coast to coast, there is no end of examples of how our troops and our military enrich the fabric of our communities while at the same time keeping us safe. they're our neighbors. they're our friends. they're our daughters. they're our sons. they're not chess pieces for democratic leaders to wield in some partisan game. if democratic leaders are really this worried about fattening up the i.r.s. or adding a new coat of paint to their congressional offices, we can have that discuss. but let's leave our troops out of it and leave their families out of it.
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the presiding officer: the democrat leader. mr. reid: it's very difficult to respond to fiction and that's what we have just heard a speech on -- based on fiction. a speech based on no facts. a speech based on madeup facts. -- made-up facts. it is so hard to comprehend the different areas that he spoke with no basis in reality. mr. president, with health care, it's as if he doesn't realize that 16.5 million people have health insurance. he denigrates people who are on on -- because of obamacare now have the ability to go to a
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doctor or hospital when they're sick because it's medicaid. is there anything wrong with that? in america everyone is not rich. in america not everyone is middle class. some people have fallen through the cracks. and the fact that the state of kentucky a lot of people there now have the ability to go to doctors when they're sick or hurt shouldn't be anything that people make fun of. health care has changed dramatically. walk in the drugstore below my home here in washington, c.v.s. as a result of obamacare and other reasons you can go into that drugstore now and have a test for strep. if you need medicine, they can give it to you. that's the progress of medicine in america. my friend, the republican leader talks as if people who have preexisting disability as
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defined by the insurance companies prior to obamacare let's go back to that system. let's go back to the system where if you have a child who has diabetes, you can't get that kid insured. or if you have been in an automobile accident and you broke your neck, you're doing fine now but you can see from the doctor's reports you broke your neck, you can't get insurance. people with debilitating diseases now can get help. the overwhelming majority of americans statistically who have enrolled in health care plans under the new law are satisfied with their coverage. the majority leader continues to state the facts -- misstate the facts on affordable care. the latest poll shows a majority of americans support the law as they should. so i don't know why my friend
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has to come here and make up things. obamacare has been an important important thing for american families an important program for american families. in nevada, all over america. so i am very disappointed with the state of nonreality that my friend has come here each day this week to talk about obamacare and what is wrong with it. mr. president, before this law came into being patients, the american people were subject to premium increases without any notice cancellations without notice denials for preexisting conditions i have already talked about and arbitrary limits on how much care insurance would cover. mr. president, the majority
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leader also came here. he talked about how democrats don't care about people who are in the armed services in america. we don't care. mr. president, in nevada, i would compare our military installations in their -- in their contribution to a stellar military. no one will surpass what we do in nevada. we have the finest air force training center in the world for people who fly aircraft, fighter aircraft. they're all there. we have 10,000 civilian employees. about 10,000 troops are stationed there. it's been in existence since world war ii. we're very proud of that. it's an important part of our school and we protect it. you go north 350 miles to fallon
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naval air training center. and you have this great installation where if you want to fly on an aircraft carrier in america, that's where you train at fallon. top gun is there. it's a wonderful facility, and we're proud of that facility. it doesn't have as many civilian personnel as nellis, it's not as big, not as many active military but it's an outstanding operation. and nellis, people come from all over the world to train there all over the world because of the vastness of nevada, people train there they can do it. they can't do it anyplace else in the world. so i would put my support of the military -- i would certainly compare it to my friend, the republican leader. i'm sure he cares.
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i care also. all 45 members of the democratic caucus care about the military. what we care about in a way that's not denigrating the internal revenue service and he keeps bashing it. one reason that the internal revenue service is having a lot of trouble doing their job is because republicans keep cutting their budget. the head of the i.r.s. came to me a couple of months ago. he said we made it through the tax season with very few problems but he said if anyone wanted to call the i.r.s. two months prior to tax season ending they couldn't, there were no telephones, we couldn't answer them. we didn't have enough staff to do that. a bill came out of the committee, the armed services committee. at that time, our leading member committee jack reed, a graduate of the united states military academy said the bill
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is flawed. it's flawed because he hoped we could fix the funding mechanism that republicans put in this, another unbelievely fictitious way of taking care of our government. the chairman of that committee. i came to the house of representatives here 33 years ago. he came to the senate to get them. and he has been someone who has stood on this floor and berated phony spending. where is he now? how could this man be in favor of deficit spending? how could he be in favor of o.c.o.? we have spoken out against it in the past, but suddenly he is in favor of it. the president said the minute that bill was taken up in the committee, if you don't change that i'm going to veto the bill, as he should. and what we have said here, we're going to support this. we believe that what is in this
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bill is as fictitious of what his account in obamacare is all about. now, but my friend, the republican leader, keeps talking about well, the left wing, the left wing is trying to kill this bill. we're not trying to kill the bill. we're trying to make sure that we have programs in america that support the middle class that support medical research, that support funding the f.b.i., our court system. my friend, the republican leader seems to only care about the military. we care about the military but we care about other things that lead to the security of this nation. we are not a secure nation when we don't fund the national institutes of health. we're not a secure nation when we don't fund the f.b.i., d.e.a., homeland security. we're not a secure nation when we don't fund the immigration and naturalization services. but what my friend, the republican leader, is saying don't worry about them.
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just take care of the military. all this other stuff will work out. the military is not secure. our government is not secure. our homeland is not secure when we have all these other agencies that are being in effect cut back in funding. now, cybersecurity, we know the presiding officer of this body led the senate through some very important debates in recent days. and one of the things that was underlying by the presiding officer was cybersecurity. maybe sometimes not directly, but that's in the background always. so why does the republican leader now come and say look how muscular i am on cybersecurity look at me, i lifted weights this morning. but what he's done is now he's going to put cybersecurity on this bill the president has said he's going to veto. we're stuck. we have 400 amendments filed and
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we're not going through these amendments. so he wants to be able to check off the box saying well, i did cybersecurity. he hasn't done cybersecurity. i have a quote here from him on cybersecurity just a short time ago. "any issue of this importance deserves serious consideration and open debate." this is what the republican leader said. he talks about oh, we've done double the amendments done the last couple of congress -- last couple of bills. mr. president, it takes two sides in the united states senate to have amendments heard. the republicans would not let us have open debate on the armed services bill the last two congresses. we never even had a debate here. what happened is the two chairs of the committee met in secret and came up with a bill that came to the senate floor and we were able to get that done, but for people to come here and say this is the 53rd year we've done a bill, that's a little
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fictitious itself. now, i hope that my friend the senior senator from kentucky, will become in touch with reality on obamacare on the defense authorizations before this body, on cybersecurity and stop making things up because that's it, it's fiction and it's not appropriate. i want to say a couple other things mr. president. i was so disappointed yesterday to see my republican colleagues vote against the amendment proposed by the ranking member of the armed services committee the senior senator from rhode island. his amendment would have done what no republicans even tried to do, even tried to do, adequately address sequestration. sequestration was supposed to be so absurd, so foolish it would force congress to reduce the deficit in a sensible, balanced manner. on the floor now mr. president
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mr. president, -- and i've said this before, i will say it again. i asked the senior senator from illinois who came to this house with me and with john mccain those 33 years ago i asked him would you do me a favor? we have this committee that the president has set up, and i need somebody that represents maybe a little to the left of center on this committee, would you do it? i had many other -- he had many other obligations but he agreed to do that, the bowles-simpson commission. and he did a stunningly important good job. he supported the findings of that. and that, quite frankly surprised me because all the people yelling for all these budget cuts, many of those voted against it in the committee. well mr. president no one in this body understands sequestration any better than my
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friend from illinois. sequestration was supposed to be so absurd, i repeat, so foolish it would force congress to reduce the deficit in a sensible balanced manner. yet what the republicans considered lunacy a few years ago is now the preferred form of legislating, the preferred form of budgeting. that tells you everything you need to know about today's republican party. they are beating their chests about how great sequestration is isn't it great all these federal agencies are being cut. the reed amendment would have allowed democrats and republicans to negotiate a balanced budget that rescinds sequestration while ensuring adequate funding for the department of defense and nondefense programs. instead, by rejecting senator reed's legislation the republicans have effectively said spend first budget later. here's what they have come up with. they are saying ready fire, aim. or are they saying fire, ready
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aim? we know they're not saying ready, aim fire. they have got it all backwards like they have everything they have done here legislatively. like ostriches with their heads buried deep in the sand, the majority leader and the republicans continue to deny the need for a bipartisan budget. they deny the need to fix sequestration, just as they deny the urgent need to authorize the export-import bank, which employs 165,000 people in america as we speak. it expires at the end of this month. they deny the urgent need to fix our roads rails and bridges. that program's going to expire in six weeks. creating millions of jobs, millions of jobs. but regardless of what republicans tell themselves, they can't wish these important issues just to disappear. it's our job to address these matters that affect working americans. here we are in june months before funding for the government runs out. we have plenty of time to sit down and work out an agreement
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that both sides can live with. it appears to me what the republicans are doing that we're headed for another shutdown. they did it once. they're going to do it again. they don't want to do anything now. they want to wait until the fiscal year ends and then close up government. there is no reason for this to become yet another manufactured crisis, and that's what we have here. we can -- i repeat -- months before the funding for government runs out do something about it. do they desire another closed government? i hope not but it appears that's where we're headed. the republicans are unwilling to do things that are real. so i urge my republican colleagues to change course instead of barreling ahead with bills they know are going to fail. the defense authorization bill, the president is going to veto. and the veto will be upheld.

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