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brent: tonight, the future of the european union, paving the way post-brexit. i of a key summit tomorrow, the french president and german chancellor are meeting early to brainstorm on the path that the europeans never expected to be forced to take. also coming up, life returns to be streets of aleppo as the shaky cease-fire holds a badly needed aid is still my getting through. the u.s. special envoy to the war-torn country blames the syrian regime. serious claims about the philippines crime busting president.
a hitman testifies that when he was mayor, he ordered hundreds of vigilante killings. ♪ it is good to have you with us. tonight, the blueprint for the european union without written is being drawn up for the first time. 27 eu member states minus britain will discuss their post-brexit reality and a special summit tomorrow in bratislava. the german chancellor and french president want to be on the same page going in. they got together today in paris to do some homework. reporter: the two leaders got straight to business. it only took half an hour for them to coordinator strategies going into friday's crucial eu
summit, the first without britain. germany and france city want to put differences aside and focus on major european projects. >> in these hours and days, germany and france want to shoulder responsibility and make clear we are well prepared and have the same priorities. reporter: the eu heavyweights had to bratislava looking for a common reaction. i roadmap to navigate its future. that includes deeper military cooperation, shoring up the borders and stemming illegal immigration. >> first priority is security. security for our borders, security for external threats, the fight against terrorism. reporter: the other priority is to prepare the european economy for future industries and
reinvigorate european values and culture. the eu is facing an existential crisis. one of the powerhouses of germany and france have to take the lead in overcoming. brent: both have political problems to deal with at home. i asked our brussels correspondent weather that has actually weekend of them on the european stage. reporter: it does to some extent. when comes to refugee crisis, a lot of eu member states are convinced that on the low merkel is partially to be blamed. -- angela merkel is to blame. when it comes to the lacking discipline of the budget and the economic stability pact within europe that france is violating. both have their problems but at the same time they are the
powerhouse of europe. have a long history. like all european estates, they know very well what they can gain from the european union. the question is can they come together to pull on the same rope to achieve these objectives? brent: as we mentioned, britain will not be at tomorrow's summit because it voted to leave the european union. one of the parties that spearheaded the campaign to leave was the uk independence party. lead by nigel farage. they gained in popularity in the run-up to the brexit vote, and the even enter the london assembly for the first time. what do you do after you have one -- won? reporter: when the right-wing populist party was voted into the london assembly in may, peter a have david could hardly
believe their luck. an even bigger surprise came when britain voted to leave the european union a month later. their work on this has only just started. a new committee awaits their participation. >> there is a new one about brexit and its effect on london. it is important that we are there more than anything because the other people on these committees were pro-remaining. i think it is terribly important we keep up in spite of democracy. reporter: ukip leaders say with a would rather be part of britain's political mainstream than outsiders. analysts suggest they will try to lure voters away from the labour party. >> it embraces right-wing libertarians, many of whom believe in a much smaller states. but also people on the centerleft to believe in a more
conservative society but still with broad central consensus of a kind we saw in the 1950's or 1960's. reporter: the upcoming party congress will discuss how to respond on attacks on foreigners, especially polish citizens. but members deny any responsibility for the problem. instead, they downplay it. >> i think i know what it a crime is. it is when you are inciting violence or some kind of hatred towards a group based on what the group is. that seems to me obvious. but with we have to be careful is -- >> we have our country back reporter: the country has to elect a new leader. they have had trouble establishing a foothold. the finished -- that is new --
>> i think ukip will have a great electoral advantage for the next election because people know they are the party that will deliver on those things. reporter: ukip wants to make your u.k. follows up on the brexit vote and actually leaves the eu. that what tops their agenda, though it looks more like a one issue party. brent: ugly scenes to report tonight from the feast -- report tonight. far right extremists got involved in a massive brawl with underage asylum-seekers. police struggled to pull the two sides apart as they hurled bottles and insults at each other. this is not the first time something like this has happened. reporter: the tensions have been in the air for weeks before the violence erupted on wednesday
night. clashes between a group of 20 young migrants and 80 german spirit the german -- 80 germans. this is our country, we are the people. then, bottles and the stones are thrown. a nasty turn of events that surprised the local police. >> if the one side has 80, the other side has 30, then there are limits to what we can do. reporter: it is not the first such event here. in february, bystanders cheered an arson attack on a refugee shelter. now, city officials are calling for support. some saying the city is at risk for becoming a playground for violent right-wing extremists. >> what we need right now is
more police presence. the situation has already escalated and needs to be calmed. we also need to step up on the streets with social workers. reporter: police have now imposed a curfew on the migrants. the right-wing extremist group says it plans to march on thursday night. brent: now to that shaky cease-fire in syria. the truce brokered by the u.s. and russia is largely holding and it is into its fourth day. children and aleppo are enjoying a rare respite from airstrikes. but the badly needed food and medical supplies remain stuck at the border. reporter: two aid convoys crossing from neighboring turkey into northern syria. jyrki said it hoped to deliver food, children's clothes and toys to the besieged syrian
town. and aleppo, residents enjoyed the piece which resulted in the cease-fire brokered by the united states and russia. as well as reducing the bloodshed, the cease-fire is also aimed at creating safe access for aid. but syria, angry about turkey's military operations, says humanitarian assistance from turkey is not welcome. syrian government forces and rebels are still occupying a key highway needed for the delivery of aid to aleppo. >> the road has a spatial status -- special status. the agreement says reduction of violence and unimpeded access. reporter: the syrian government would agree to a coordinated with drawl if -- withdrawl if
russia left as well. but in aleppo, people are grateful for the break infighting. -- in fighting. >> be situation without warplanes is making children happy and they are having a good time. god willing, the situation will remain this way. reporter: it is a start, but plain children do not disguise the big picture of a city under siege and desperately in need of humanitarian aid. brent: in the eastern ukraine, the french and german foreign minister's are visiting the region on their first trip since conflict broke out there in 2014. the german foreign minister and the french counterpart met in
kyiv. they agreed to a new cease-fire with pro-russian separatists. recent months has seen a surge in fighting in eastern ukraine. our political's work on it -- our political correspondent talked with the minister. >> you visited the crisis region in eastern ukraine. what made the strongest impression on you? >> we had the impression that the people there have been waiting for us to show up. we often talk about the situation in the areas occupied by the separatists, but we have a vague your picture of what is going on on the other side of the lines of control. life has changed there as well. jobs have disappeared, the economy is not functioning, and crucial links have been severed.
i think it was a good idea to come here and perhaps offer a glimmer of hope that things do not have to remain the way they are forever. >> the cease-fire has been in effect since wednesday. how confident are you it will be observed for the full seven days? >> anyone familiar with such conflicts, and unfortunately this is not the only one, we'll know we have no reason to be optimistic. but it is our job to always look for opportunities to reduce tensions, to use cease-fires as a stepping stone towards negotiations. this cease-fire is not enough, even if it does old. the issue is to -- even if it does hold. the issue is to third into a permanent cease-fire. every one how difficult that will be but it is the only path
available to us. >> many attempts to find a political solution to this conflict has come to nothing. is there a plan b if this attempt also fails? >> we should not assume from the start that all efforts are hopeless. without the initiative that resulted in the protocol which we are currently struggling to see implemented, who knows how this conflict might have developed. there was a danger it would spread. in the end it did not, but the situation we have now is difficult enough. the task we are facing together is to change it. to that end, we are talking to russia and ukraine. i am pleased we have france at our side is a strong partner in we should think -- we will continue to pursue this not because it is the task of foreign ministers but because we go into the people here in ukraine who are suffering. >> thank you.
♪ brent: welcome back. our top stories, the german chancellor and the french president our meeting in paris to harmonize their strategy. their talks focused on the challenges facing the eu after the brexit vote and on beefing up europe's defenses. life has returned to the streets of aleppo badly needed aid is still not getting in to the besieged city in syria. the u.n.'s special envoy says the syrian government is to blame.
we have fed one of his enemies to a crocodile. that is just one of the explosive claims about the president of the philippines. a self-confessed hitman has testified that he ordered the assassination of hundreds of people when he was mayor of the southern city. he is a tough talking figure. he was elected president earlier this year with a promise to stamp out the drug trade. he has denied any involvement in extrajudicial killings. porter: he is the president who won office in may on a promise to kill thousands of drug criminals. since then, he has seemingly lived up to his word. more than 3000 people have died in alleged extrajudicial killings in recent months. now a senate committee investigating those deaths has heard from the man who says he killed people when he was mayor. >> the killings started from
1988 to 2013. i think we killed over 1000 people in the city alone. i have gunned down over 50 people when we were told to kill. i cannot remember their names but i still remember being a hitman and what happened. reporter: the existence of deaths wise has never been proven, but rights groups have long accused him of involvement. he is the first person to directly implicate the president in a public hearing. >> we push this one guy into the water where he was eaten by a crocodile. people were killed like chickens. they were being killed for no reason. i am not destroy the credibility of the president, i am just telling the real truth of what he asked me to do. reporter: a presidential
spokesman has rejected the allegations but the claims are likely to cause more alarm at home and overseas over the rising body count under the president's watch. brent: it is time for some business news now. germany is moving away from nuclear energy. the u.k. is embracing it evermore. javier: we know that germany and the u.k. differ quite often, and nuclear power is definitely one of them. nuclear power plants are not particularly power -- popular here in germany. within the u.k., the british government just approved the controversial project, a new plant built in cooperation with france. while the usual concerns arise, the operator says new measures will enhance security. reporter: in the southwest of england, this is where the new powerplant is set to be built. it will be the first nuclear power station constructed in 20
years in the u.k.. british government has given the green light after imposing new safeguards for infrastructure projects. >> what we have done here is required that the police operator guarantees that they will not dispose of their statement of the governments concerned, at least not until the plant is built. in the future, all other nuclear power stations will be subject to the same regime. reporter: critics of the deal has warned of nuclear power stations being built in britain i-40 governments. -- britan by forgien -- foreign governments. javier: ford announced it would invest $1.6 billion in a new plant in mexico.
back then we do not know which cars they wanted to produce there. now we know. the american carmaker is -- the transition will be completed within two to three years. mexico is attractive for ford because of its low wages and proximity to the u.s. but no american jobs will be lost. they say ford will relocate u.s. workers were a song -- into suv production. let's discuss that with our wall street's correspondent in new york. we know that outsourcing to mexico has been a controversial topic in the u.s. what do investors make of it? do you think it is the right strategy for ford? jens: politically it is a hot topic but if you look at it from a business angle, especially small cars, those that are concerned over here, not very
profitable. that is why it might make sense economically to move the production of those vehicles to mexico. as far as i know, at least when it comes to small cars, ford sells more of those vehicles in mexico than here in the united states. overall, the whole car industry might face some weaker times. there has been some evidence recently that the boom in the u.s. car industry might be coming to an end. javier: one of the reasons according to donald trump could be the fact that we are seeing these outsourcing activities. donald trump today predicted his business plan to the new york economic club. what exactly are those plans? jens: he also did mention ford, disgrace. but yes, donald trump is trying
to renegotiate some trade deals. when he wants to basically do is lower taxes, lower regulations, save more money on the government side to finance those tax cuts. he wants to lower the rate from 35% to 15%, and with that he hopes to bring billions of dollars back to the united states and that money will create jobs. that at least is the idea of donald trump. he talks about under his plans, about 25 million jobs will be created here in the united states. javier: an ambitious goal, let's see if he ever gets to make it. well, it's here. bayer and monstano are about to emerge if regulators approve the merger, and it is certainly the
most controversial one of the year. critics are not only concerned about the sheer power of the company, but they are afraid the producer of genetically modified crops will become even more powerful. overnight, a storm of protests broke out. reporter: he is -- she deliberately avoids using genetically manipulating sees. she cultivates cereals and vegetables. >> my heart is full of joy because the harvest will give me an income. reporter: nonetheless, on sato riots are used -- monsanto products are used worldwide. although the u.n. and world health organizations say it is unlikely to pose a risk to humans, the international agency for cancer research insists it is carcinogenic. moore weaves are -- becoming
resistant to chemicals. the promise is a one-time application will put an end to all of farmers worries. monsantos crops are being overwhelmed by weeds. critics say small farmers will suffer under the deal. >> it is mostly small farmers in the southern hemisphere that suffer. there are effectively forced to buy their pesticides and seeds at the company price because they virtually dominate the market. we can see it is causing enormous problems in africa and south america. the subject unites anti-globalization activists, the world wildlife fund, and greenpeace. protests like these in paris have flared up time and again. the site sustainability studies and try hard to convince the
public of genetic modification, which they say is necessary. while farmers might avoid the controversial products, others would love to use them but cannot afford to. it is a multifaceted controversy that is still far from settled. javier: that is all from the business desk. brent: the europa league group stages got underway wednesday night. they took the lead. captain heading home on 57 minutes. but a late last in defense allowed robert to equalize. the score, 1-1. the german chancellor and french president are meeting in paris
to harmonize their strategy ahead of the eu summit taking place in slovakia tomorrow. their talks are focused on the challenges facing the eu after the brexit vote and on beating up -- beefing up europe's defenses. after a short break i will be back to take you through the day. we will talk about getting a doctor's note for the white house. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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