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increase earmarked to fund the fight against climate change but the middle class and the poor they're outraged tonight emanuel microland once celebrated as the president a reformer now derided as the president of the rich and that tax hike it's been postponed but not cancelled i bring golf in berlin this is the day. this is not at all a retreat. plan for nothing there's nothing things that you would like to tell always be able to hide somewhere else or in any case the three cents for a few months and then once it comes down of it they'll raise it that's it it's interesting that you can quite. believe that you know that we benefit a lot in a democracy by listening to each other and doing so in a calm way and that's why this saturday we must absolutely prevent what happened
last saturday. to sunday night mostly at least there's an opening he's no longer insisting on holding the course this. is the. also coming up tonight mourning the late u.s. president george h.w. bush german chancellor angela merkel bullet in his state funeral tomorrow she says bush was a u.s. leader who solved german reunification coming and refused to stand in its way i was looking in the light holmes does. george. bush one of the community came. together. we begin the day with democracies disconnects there are three glaring examples to
report on tonight the first one takes us to france today the government of president macro an announced that it is postponing a controversial fuel tax in greece now that tax hike designed to help battle climate change sparked two weeks of protests and violence across the country by people who say their president is more concerned about the end of the world and less worried about those who can barely make it to the end of the month. again on tuesday people took to the streets to keep up the pressure on terrorists not only to show their support for the yellow vest protest movement but also for protest against education reform angry students in toulouse walk through two schools over plan changes to a key exam needed to enter university there were also clashes with police in march say as protests swept the country for a second day running. well how important is the decision to postpone that
tax hike better late than never or too little too late i put that question earlier to correspondent t.-bo mad long in paris he is a correspondent with the newspaper les esha. well the next few days we'll answer that question i think michael didn't have the choice we. had two movies been very silent over the last few days. and today's decision i guess is still attempt to to stop this is to rake contests. we see the yellow protesters ask just say they won't back down a day we'll demonstrate again next saturday. but at least this might. change that to do the cools and make people think again what we do want there was correspondence seebohm of on there speaking with me from paris earlier
i'm joined now by barbara basler political correspondent she is in brussels tonight belgium where protests inspired by the french yellow vest for just turned violent just last week good evening to you barbara the french president wants to use the fuel tax increase to fund renewable energy in france now a fuel tanks many would say an obvious tax on the poor do we know why president why he didn't include some type of tax on the wealthy in tandem with this fuel tax increase. if you were clever if you knew the mood of his french citizens and better if you will would act more strategically than he would have done that probably his problem is that the thirty first thing when he came into office was lift taxes on high incomes because he wanted to sort of increase investment and then it's something that nobody in france has forgotten and that now sort of really comes back like a boomerang against
a monk wrong and that really sort of gave him the the name that he is a president of the rich so no he missed his chance and he also showed that he doesn't know the mood he simply doesn't know the every day life particularly of people in the provinces in the countryside they are completely reliant on their cars because there hasn't been public transport for years on end and plus the incomes are lower and unemployment is higher so that is i mean it is really a recipe for disaster does he not listen to news advisors does he not have better sense doesn't he talk to the the regional governors for instance to his own parliamentarians who come from the regions nobody really knows because he scored in paris is completely closed that sort of hermetic and nobody looks inside but there are problems there are other who responded in brussels on the story fortunately for
provisional barbara thank you. our next democracy disconnect takes us inside the british parliament. the british parliament votes next week yes or no prime minister to reach the maze bricks planned out today in an unprecedented move lawmakers of held a motion declaring the government to be in contempt of parliament over brags that m.p.'s say the government has not fully disclosed the legal report that it was given concerning the u.k.'s exit from the european union this motion mr speaker as a last resort the issue before us is simple this house passed a binding oda the government is really willfully refusing to comply with that all the. that is contempt of parliament. the army for the right three hundred eleven knows the left two hundred ninety three. the artist to the right
three hundred eleven the new still the last two hundred ninety three so the oh i just have it the oh i have it on a portable to mr speaker at this house has now spoken on itself huge constitutional political significance it is i think a precedent it for this house to find ministers in contempt the motion makes to the government must now publish the attorney general's final legal advice in full at the start oh of five days. at the stall so five days of debate that will set the cools our country takes the decades to come. it's not easy when the passions run so deep but looking around this chamber i know we could meet this moment so i promise you today this is the very best deal for the british people i ask you to back it in the best interests of all constituents and our country and
with my whole heart i commend this motion. all right high drama there in london let's take this story now to brussels or course on barbara vessel she's watching things good evening to you again barbara the british government in contempt of parliament for not sharing everything you know what that it knows about breaks it i mean is this a case of a of government ineptitude or is this a government trying to hide something. they do something friend really i mean this is the most plain stupid. absolutely dumb thing that a government can do that is under pressure anyway and you really wonder what for heaven's sake is happening in the heads of particularly to resume a second in command david livingston for instance who is responsible for this sort of things and what are they thinking there is no answer because they simply walked into this like you would walk into the wall and it's your head and now had heads
have been hit today particularly that off the reason may and her ministers and they they really it was this was this foreseeable disaster and she can sort of now feel what the mood of the house is and she can already sort of know what will happen next week. this comes just a week before their crucial december eleventh vote on braggs that by lawmakers there in the one did where were you born in brussels do european union leaders do they say or write we already know it's going to be shot down next week. everybody fears that of course because. they do read british newspapers and they do talk to their british counterparts and the british functionaries who are still in brussels and everybody knows that. according to common idea what what how things can fall it will it will just go down they will be voted down and that means that at
the summit next week in brussels which is just following two days later there will still be no clarity about what will happen with banks it is that on is it off is the deal somehow can it be salvaged in a way will there be a second round of those will head through the may have to step down will there be new elections will there be a second referendum i mean everything is on the table and so everybody is really sort of there is a lot of fun quietly behind the scenes because you simply don't know kaos days in london that's not huge for anybody and you know there was that there was accused today barbara the european court of justice where you had the argument that britain should be able to cancel briggs without asking the permission of the other members of the european union i mean when you hear that being talked about in the european court of justice that tells you that
a lot of people are saying that this is all much ado about nothing the brits are probably will never happen what do you say to that. this idea is somehow gaining ground in a way if you listen to british colleagues talking about it and they talk about nothing else more or less for weeks and weeks on end now this is the only the one and only topic and the island is really torn in every each way about this but the idea that this could just not test because it is not possible to be to bring it about there is no deal parliament says they don't want no big deal to resume a isn't safe. an office anymore but there is no other conservative leader it would take rather long to have new elections and then get a new prime minister who would then have to start from where except the deal or go to the deal done again i mean this is it is just crazy it seems really like it is a situation that counts be solved by a normal political means anymore and so the thing then might just be to turn around
and say let's just forget about it we've got to britain we've got the vest in france spain a rise of the far right later in the program we're going to be talking about the political culture that may have passed along with george h.w. bush. on tonight's program you know we're talking about this democracy disconnect and it seems that the list at least here in europe just keeps getting longer longer and. list keeps getting longer and the problem the main problem is that you cannot i mean the normal the normal mechanisms are few of the european union that ministers kept together and then the leaders the political leaders get together and then they figure out a compromise and then things somehow carry on carrying on that doesn't work anymore . the national leaders are more and more helpless as we if you now see for instance
if we move to france and problems against for instance internet driven revolts and movements that that diffuse that can be really sort of there's nobody you could talk to really among the yellow vests and you look at similar phenomenon in other countries and so the problem is that the the the machinery the machinery of the nation state and of the european the european union begins to sort of slow down this seems to want more and more send and then no new recipes at the moment and so it is a very difficult and interesting times we're living in and there will be very nobody will really go into their christmas vacation and be very relaxed this year because the next year everybody fears it's going to be worse of over visuals so much for hope. this year for results thank you.
or to that list of democracy disconnects we can add if only the government in rome wrote in to power by criticizing the european union for denying the people of italy much needed funds for social programs for example but running for office and governing it turns out are two very different things the european union is threatening disciplinary action against italy because it's the latest budget violates deficit and debt spending rose now it seems rome is willing to work with brussels into slim their own spending especially on social programs. and that home to venice is one of italy's riches regions in the north of the country so i mean he has many supporters here but it's the right wing populist continues to tussle with the unit budget one of the venetian businessmen driving into lee's economy is getting consent. programmed to my loser who sells the
world famous murano glass believes that the government has not been acting in italy's best interest. we should get an accordion with the euro but i would wager that i'm in the past because if you would go to europe against you i don't think. i do see any anybody. so bad to my loses says he can't yet tell how his business will be affected but one fear that he shares with many businesses in the north is that the country's debt crisis has made tensions with brussels even wise and well all of it to me in the long run experts are worried as well. the worst case should now do you know i think it's a disintegration of europe italy the economy going into three tightening companies need europe more europe not less one. but also more conserve about we
need to manage it we need to reduce the public debt and just north of tennis interview zone where the region's largest companies operate it seems the bigger the business the bigger the warri. go who runs a packaging company says entrepreneurs here have lost faith in italy as political leaders across party lines. to people who i think we all have the same concern. this is a government that governs badly. they would bring prosperity they were to increase productivity. psagot believes both governing parties are more interested in their own political q just and success at the ballot box than the country's economy. this government has no clear ideas and has no long term objectives.
they're only focused on the here and now and increasing the support. for. the net as businesses are hoping an agreement can be reached one that satisfies both rome and brussels and is effective in boosting economic growth for the sake of italy's economy and the whole euro zone. a deadline and the ultimatum which some fear could trigger a twenty first century nuclear arms race today the united states and its nato allies accused russia of violating the one nine hundred eighty seven i.n.f. treaty which bans intermediate range nuclear weapons at nato headquarters in brussels u.s. secretary of state michael peo gave russia sixty days to comply with the treaty or the u.s. may call it quits be used teri schultz was the first correspondent today to ask mr probably what that sixty day ultimatum meet its questions the first one goes to
teri schultz from deutsche of ela terry what does this mean concretely what will the next steps be are you just waiting the sixty days and hoping that europe can help pull russia back into compliance what exactly how exactly will this play out now and then does the six months start in sixty days just a few more details on that thank you that so as i said in my remarks we would welcome russian change of heart a change in direction the destruction of their program and their follow on continuance of the terms of the treaty so over the next sixty days they have every chance to do so with that being said the burden falls on russia to make the necessary changes but russia and russia only can take this that the united states and our nato allies stand vigilant that russia's lawless conduct will not be tolerated in the realm of arms control or anywhere else. and our terry jones joins
me now from brussels good evening to you terry so where do we go from here if the u.s. were to withdraw from the ion of treaty in protests which was implied today no that would mean that there is no means of checking russia would it be then a free for all when we're talking about intermediate nuclear weapons. well let me take some of those questions separately brant and i have to say the u.s. didn't just imply it would quit president trump has made it clear he will quit the i.m.f. if russia does not come back into compliance so what happened today was in response to european nervousness european displeasure with going quickly the u.s. agreed to wait sixty more days before it launches the six month required waiting period before the treaty is dead so this was in direct response to interventions by chancellor merkel and president mccaughan over the weekend at the g twenty in
argentina so now what secretary pompei has said is ok basically to the europeans you've got sixty days moscow you've got sixty days and if we don't see any progress we're done and i don't i don't think there's any question about about what the u.s. plans to do it remains to be seen nobody really here that i've spoken to thinks russia is going to come back into compliance they've put an enormous investment into this missile system that's accused of breaching the i.n.f. treaty it would have to destroy the missiles the launchers all of the paraphernalia that go with that system nobody thinks that's going to happen so yeah at the end of that sixty days plus six months you're right it's basically going to be a free for all the united states of course wants to be free to advance its own missile systems with it with china surging ahead and russia surging ahead so it simply thinks it should be free to do the same thing now.
we certainly talked about them a lot here at nato today there was an entire session on georgia and ukraine and of course it doesn't help russia's case when it is you know breaching international law and by blocking ukrainian ships in the current strait it was used by secretary pompei as another example of russian lawlessness russian aggression and he says look this is one more reason why the united states should not be constrained by a treaty russia is russia is not it hearing to simply saying you know we don't expect the russians to obey international norms and what ukraine was was looking for here was i mean ideally more military support to defend itself against against russia what it got was all twenty nine ally saying they morally support ukraine but there were no measures taken to. have any more exercises that are already planned
nothing really materially in support of ukraine or and our teri schultz stay right there with you in just a moment. the u.s. has begun mourning the late u.s. president george w. george h.w. bush his body is lying in state in the rotunda of the u.s. capitol in washington to morrow at the national cathedral a state funeral will be held including a eulogy by another former president with the name bush the current u.s. president double trump will attend but will not speak. president donald trump with his wife molony of beside him pays his respects. a brief visit but important trump and the former u.s. president didn't always see eye to eye. earlier
a ceremony was held to pay tribute to presidents george h.w. bush a politician hoot and respect from all political sides. there was a kindness about the man. that was evident to everyone who ever met him. all his years in public service were characterized by kindness modesty and patriotism. president bush who died aged ninety four will lie in state in washington's capitol rotunda and till wednesday members of the public have been gathering to pay their final respects. to lake hughes. with the love of his right barbara and his dr radwan and i just try to come here to people back to him and him for. what he did for. the wonderful man i'm by to be vocal
on being able to time this is a privilege. the body of america's forty first president had been transported from texas to washington. let's go back now to teri schultz in brussels to george h.w. bush he was no stranger to war games he was a decorated world war two fighter pilot the u.s. ambassador to china when that country was opening up he was the former head of the cia i mean this was a qualified president when he became president what do you think his legacy will be right here with your. well brant you know there's been a lot of mentions here in europe of the legacy of president bush and you know i think that he was a man with whom that europeans could feel comfortable he knew their history having been a world war two veteran having lived through the cold war having helped end the cold
war by many accounts he played a role in germany's unification as chancellor merkel has pointed out and i think that what i really find striking is that people can't help but compare him to the president that we have now in the united states someone who doesn't seem to know how nato is funded that's those are those are you know things that would not happen with president bush so i think that here at nato headquarters there has been a somber remembrance of him many leaders have mentioned mention of him fondly and i think that really as people think about president bush's death they're really saying goodbye to him to you know a time gone by our correspondent teri schultz in brussels thank you. the day has nearly done become a session continues online you can see on your screen all the creatures will see you tomorrow. the odd.
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