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anchor: this is dw news live from berlin. tonight, the panama papers, another top politician embarrassed. british prime minister david cameron, after days of pressure, admits he held a stake in an offshore fund set up by his father. also on the show, police and migrants crash on the greek-macedonian border. migrants event their frustration, wanting to c europt
the frontier is closed. the president of kenya tells us he is prepared to take his nation out of the international criminal court if it is not reformed. ♪ anchor: good to have you with us. the panama papers again making a top politician talk. tonight, british prime minister david cameron admitted he held a stake in an offshore fund set up by his father. the revelation follows days of pressure after the publication of the panama papers, which indicated many powerful people around the world in tax avoidance schemes. cameron says his family had owned what amounts to about 35,000 euros in a trust-based in the bahamas, but said the purpose of the trust had not
been tax dodging. mr. cameron: i think a lot of the criticism is based on a fundamental misconception, which is that the investment trust was set up with the idea of avoiding tax. it was not. it was set up after exchange controls went, so people who wanted to invest in dollar-denominated shares of companies could do so. and there are many other trusts set up in this way. it was reported to revenue every year. it was properly audited. it was not a family trust. it was not for the benefit of one particular family. anyone could have bought units in it. crucially, if you were a u.k. citizen and bought units in it, you would pay income tax on dividends and pay capital gains tax when you sold the shares. you'd be subject to u.k. taxation. that's what it was. there are many other trusts like it. anchor: joining us now on the
line is a political journalist in london. good evening to you, robert. david cameron initially denied any links to offshore funds. why has he been forced into this admission? robert: because of nonstop pressure on this issue. it is very embarrassing for the prime minister. he appears to have wriggled and kind of such and tried to not reveal the truth. all of that looked bad. it's interesting, at the start of the launch of the eu referendum campaign, he was taking questions from the press in exeter, talking about the eu, and a student managed to talk to him about the eu doing their best to combat tax avoidance. he had to talk about that.
throwing a shadow over the eu referendum campaign. anchor: a few days ago the icelandic prime minister, who had nothing -- had done nothing wrong legally, reside over some of these revelations. so it raises the question, how dangngrobert: i don't think it t dangerous. he, after all, got rid of these shares before he became prime minister, so in a sense he's seen what the danger wasan done sosososososososososososososososh times in britain because of the eu referendum campaign, any bit of mud that can be thrown at him will stick. that is not good. he has never denied coming from a wealthy background, having a privileged education and all the rest of it. that's how the cartoonists
portray him, as being a rich boy, and this doesn't look good. but it's going to be hard to make it stick to the point where he has to resign or anything like that. anchor: all right. robert green, reporting from london. thank yofollowing those revelatn the panama papers, the european commission now once -- wants member states to put together a joint blacklist of tax havens. each country has its own list of the commission says it is time to speak and sanction with one voice. >>, at a press conference, the european pierreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeo vici has strong words in light of the panama papers. >> the revelations leave me
outraged. and furious. we do not yet know how much of this activity was illegal, that much -- but much of it has been shows to be immoral, unethical. in one word, unacceptable. reporter: although the commission put forward a blacklist of tax havens in january, member states can decide how to handle them. now moscovici wants an eu-wide blacklist. >> unlike other mess -- countries on the banned list, panama has not been able to enter into constructive dialogue with the eu. i strongly urge this country to reporter: but the panamann president has already pledged to
both investigate and cooperate. >> the panamanian government, via our foreign ministry, will create an independent commission of domestic and international experts, recognized for their experience, to evaluate current practices and propose the adoption of measures we will share with other countries of the world to strengthen the transparency of the financial and legal systems. reporter: the panama papers cover decades of tax avoidance and evasion. these will eaeaeaeaeaeaeaeaeaear than his words. anchor: migrants at a camp in greece clashed with border police today, demanding the gates the open for them to cross. the people there have been trying to pass through macedonia and continue their journey into europe, but they cannot because the border is closed. 11,9000 are staying in the camp, and conditions arereporter: the.
the frustration is great. so great, indeed, that there were altercations with the police. the refugees stranded on the border want it opened so can continue on the journey to germany. over 12,000 peoeo they wait patiently, but there hopes that the border will open are dwindling. >> i wish the situation in syria would improve so i could go back. i would go back immediately, even if i was in germany or any part of europe. in syria, we can make a living and we have our land. unfortunately, we cannot go back. reporter: the refugees try to create a sense of normality in this unofficial camp, supported
by a group of ngo's. >> they need food every day, and new clothing. ashing basins so they can wash their own clothes and dishes. there aren't good opportunities to have a shower here. reporter: according to media reports, leftist activists are inciting the refugees to a face-off. fear is rising. anchor: migration is the main topic at a meeting between the german chancellor angela merkel and french president francois hollande today. they agreed to work together more closely on issues connected with asylum-seekers here in europe. they also discussed the fight against terrorism, and in the wake of the panama papers, ways to tackle global tax evasion. reporter: french president francois hollande has made it clear he believes german-french cooperation is a smoothly running motor. after the joint government
consultations in metz, he said germany and france would join forces to find solutions to european problems, starting with the migrant crisis. >> we must secure all our european borders, and we must register all refugees according to asylum lost, because that is our -- asylum laws, because that is our duty. at the same time, we must deport those who do not have the right to stay in europe long-term. >> we, the european union, have been challengedheheheheheheheher or not we are ready to meet the demands of globalization in all areas. and germany and france have shown through their cooperation in the last few months, we have already been successful in several areas. as a reporter questioned her on
the dutch referendum. she confidededededededededededey would deal with the referendum's results. anchor: kiev has said the dutch voter rejection of an association agreement between ukraine and the eu will not be an obstacle to integration with europe. in a nonbinding referendum 60% of dutch voters said no to the deal, meant to strengthen political and economic ties between ukraine and the eu. dutch eurosceptics welcomed the result, describing the outcome as reflecting dissatisfaction with the european union more broadly. they say it is a fresh blow to those seeking closer european unity. people on social media have been reacting to the no vote in the netherlands. take this post by a supporter of ukrainian president petro poroshenko, saying not all the dutch are against the treaty. holland -- in the
fourth-largest city 53% voted yes, so the educated dutch are for ukraine. a ukrainian journalist says his country should take the initiative. the situation with holland is simple. he suggests we should stop whining, and it is time to take matters into our own hands. on the other hand, the far right wing dutch politician tweeted, it looks like the dutch people said no to the european elite and the treaty with ukraine. this is the beginning of the end of the eu. nigel farage, a supporter of britain leaving the eu, celebrated the result, tweeting that the dutch exit polls seem to indicate a big no to the eu vote. well, the dutch referendum was considered by many to be a litmus test for britain's eu
membership referendum in june. it seems there are many who unlike nigel farage are keen for the u.k. to stay in. a group of pro-eu expats formed a group, launching a campaign called "#hugabrit," asking european act that's to show -- expats to show pictures of themselves doing just that, having a brit -- hugging a brit. joining us from london is the founder of the campaign. tessa, i hope i did not butcher your last name. if i did, i apologize. what inspired you to set up this campaign? tessa: well, i am not the founder. i am a member of the group of eu
citizens here in london. we decided we want to send a love poem to the british people, because we do not want them to leave the european union. there's a lot of numbers being discussed now, and we think it's important to emphasize that the european union is not only about the economy. it's also about making europe better place to cooperate on all the things we have to talk about. what we feel here is a lack of emotion, so we try to add this by our campaign, offering to hug the brits, telling them we don't want them to go. anchor: have you been hugging them yourself? tessa: each of us is hugging one or two.
it is supposed to be a mass movement on social media. people send us pictures, hugging each other. anchor: there is one here. i found a brit myself in my newsroom. charlotte. tessa: please, hug each other and sent it to me. anchor: we will send it to you. thank you very much. when we come back, more news. stay where you are. >> what do you get for $.50? >> um -- >> not a lot. > >> did you know that it costs $.50 to feed one hungry child for one full day? >> 50 cents will feed one child for one day.
♪ >> with the share the meal app, you can share your meal with children in need for just $.50 and a tap on your smart phone. smart phone users outnumber hundred children by 20 to one -- hungry children by 20 to one. together we can end global hunger. please download the app. anchor: welcome back. you are with dw news, live from berlin. there have been clashes on the greek-macedonian border as migrants in a can vent their frustration at border police. they want to continue the journey into europe, but the border is closed. conditions in the camp remain dire. kenya's president uhuru kenyatta has been meeting business leaders on a state visit to germany.
during talks with angela merkel, he said he felt european investors have forgotten africa, allowing china to take their place. the leaders promised to work together to defeat islamist militants. the visit comes two days after judges at the international criminal court threw out war crimes charges against the deputy president of his country over his alleged role in post-election bloodshed in 2007 and 2008. our own daniel has this exclusive interview with the kenyan president. daniel: you have said the international criminal court should be reformed. did you discuss this issue? president kenyatta: we did not discuss that particular issue. daniel: is it not important to get the support of countries like germany and france to reform? president kenyatta: this was not
necessarily the for them to do that. we are articulating our case very strongly through the state parties and through the, the security council of the united nations, which are the appropriate places for us to push that argument. as i'm sure you are aware, we articulated that case very clearly. the icc and the need for reform -- we will continue to do so. daniel: do you want to reform the icc, or follow the example of the rwandan foreign minister who said that african country should leave the international court? president kenyatta: we want reform, but we are equally prepared to say we shall leave if we do not get the necessary reforms. we are seeing it as a court not fulfilling the mandate it wawaw.
daniel: on regional peace and stability, in somalia was high on the talks. what additionanal support from germany and europe do you want? president kenyatta: we are all looking at this, recognizing today we are not fighting -- it is a global battle, and we need for greater cooperation from the point of view of intelligence sharing, from the point of view of dealing with the causes of extremism, and this cannot be done by anyone single country. there is growing agreement that we need to strongly partnerererr going forward, as well as w th own with germany to security forces fight this ba while also
increasing cooperation and intelligence sharing. terrorism has no boundaries, so we must have no boundaries in order to share. daniel: your excellency, thank you very much for the interview. anchor: talking with the president of kenya. time for business news. everyone at volkswagen tightening their belts, except for the bosses? tessa: it is quite scandalous. volkswagen is struggling with the emissions cheating scandal that could cost them billions in and a huge ca. despite that, top execuves are refusing tforgo their bonuses this year. not long ago, the ceo told staff there would be cost cutting at all levels, from management to the workers. the latest news comes as the first individual dealerships file suit in the u.s. and unions
back home take action on their own. a lack of confidence in the volkswagen brand is spreading to vw' own staff in the wake of the emissions scandal. employee representatives are calling on vw to agree to a special contract to protect jobs. th have pros what is called a pact for the future that would include firm agreements on the number of vehicles produced and investment commitments for the coming years. frustration is also growing among vw franchises in the united states. dealerships have filed a lawsuit against the german autom, alleging fraud. these are the first american vw franchises to pursue the company in court. volkswagen already faces hundreds of lawsuits in the u.s., mainly from car owners. compensation payments could amount to tens of billions of euros. meanwhile, the federal motor transport authority of germany
approved the recall of several models made by vw's city areas audi and seat. other models indicated in the scandal are still waiting for the go-ahea anchor: for a closer look at the latest moves against vw,t in ne. a new round of lawsuits. what is that all about? jens: well, pretty much it is highly unusual to have a franchise dealer take action against a car company, because in general they do not want to demonstrate against their own brand. but they have lost their patients. there has been talk in the last months, but no real solutions. meanwhile the cars are saying unsold in the car lot.
the value of the vehicles has dropped quite a bit, so therefore most other car dealers are not following up but it is possible we could see another class action from the car dealers in the u.s. anchor: while vw is struggling, tell us about tesla. jens: well, very impressive numbers. tesla is taking reservations for one week now, and within one week they got 325,000 reservations for the new model 3. if there's reservations will be realized, the company would make about $14 billion. there's still a difference between sales and profit,the ste recently, and lost 3% in the
thursday session. anch teslsl to gegegegegegegegegegego clients. thank you very much for the insight. for wall street, now to a totally different market. a source of food, mode of transportation, and the driving force between -- behind a small -- multibillion-dollar industry? camels. in a vibrant market north of cairo, thousands of people gather twice a week to cash in these quadruped commodities. tessa: the camel market outside cairo is the largest in egypt, attrtrtrtrtrtractiting awawawawawawawawawawawawawawawa. >> i sell my camels to egyptian this camel costs 5000 egyptian pounds. tessa: that starting price is the equivalent $565.
but the steady decline of the egyptian pound is making it difficultoror dealers to make a profit. confusing, but there is a system in place to keep track of all the livestock during the dealmaking. traders deliver us a number of camels here in the market, and every one cacacacacacacacacacacacacacacac. we deliver them to the shops downtown. tessa: the days are long and the work is -- anchor: the days are long and the demand is tiring. but the demand will keep it strong, despite any currency fluctuations. anchor: russia has reportedly changed practically every member of its under-18 ice hockey team due to suspicions of reporting -- doping. but the problem is not confined to russia. what is the compound and why is it causing so much trouble?
reporter: russian tennis star maria sharapova is the most high profile to be cut out after meldonium became a banned drug imports -- sports. a top swedish middle-distance runner has been banned for testing positive. athletes have been taking meldo nium for years to boost drug supply legally. the drug was developed in latvia, and the inventor says the drug is not performance-enhancing. >> it is not doping. the great difference is, all the dopings, sportsmen or athletes are using,g ei in the future. if you use doping, you can immediately increase your performance capacities. this is not the case.
reporter: a norwegian a medicine by accident. >> i should have taught to the doctor. i should have asked what was in the treatment i got when i was do it on purpose. reporter: the debate overiu ragg authorities are adamant it should bee break, i will be back to take you through the day, including a report on the new french prostitution law. that in a r r
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