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>> this is "dw news" live from berlin. tonight, the chancellor and president together again. donald trump and angela merkel were all smiles as they met in hamburg on the eve of the g20 summit. but with the two not seeing eye to eye on issues such as climate change and refugees, we asked was it a clash of the titans behind closed doors? also coming up, the g20 summit hasn't even begun but there have already been violent clashes between anti-capitalist protesters and police. we will go live to hamburg to get the latest trade with the
divisive issue of migration on the g20 agenda, the european union agrees today on ways to slow down the number of people crossing the mediterranean from north africa. i'm brent goff. it's good to have you with us. tonight on the eve of the g20 summit in hamburg, germany, the u.s. president and german chancellor are meeting behind closed doors. earlier all eyes were on the two worldlanguage. their relationship has been described as both chile and frosty. can their presummit talks pay the way for a successful summit? we will go to hamburg. first, this report. reporter: the g20 summit is set to go underway on friday.
a german government spokesperson said they discussed north korea, the middle east, the conflict in eastern ukraine, and g20 topics, but the statement gave no further details of their meeting. during the summit trap risk isolation on climate policy after he decided to pull his country out of the 2015 paris agreement last month. many of the leaders attending the hamburg talks want rapid implementation of the accord, a deal they believe is irreversible. ahead of their meeting, merkel said there were various options on tackling climate change. >> we know the united states has with drawn from the paris agreement. many others are still committed to the agreement and how that turns out is something we will tell you at the end in our communiqué. reporter: trade and globalization have also been contentious issues. merkel said she was committed to an open international trading system despite fears of u.s. protectionism under the trump
administration. >> we have our agenda, but there are different conceptions of globalization and now we want to see what we can achieve together. i believe globalization can be shaped so it is a win-win situation. there must not always be losers where there are winners. that concept is what guides me. and now we will get to work. reporter: on friday trump is set to have his first face-to-face meeting with president -- russian president vladimir putin on the sidelines of the summit. brent: let's go to our chief correspondent great she is covering for us in hamburg. good evening to you, melinda. these two leaders have had a complicated relationship. what can bilateral talks like the one we saw today, what can they do -- what can they achieve before the summit? reporter: normally the host of a
summit like this would not be hoping bilateral talks would need to achieve anything. normally you would want to have the final communiqué, the final document pretty much all wrapped up and in fact, negotiators, they are called guides for the negotiating process, they been working on this for months. but the u.s. definitely has not always been on board, it has in fact changed its sherpa several times, in putting a couple of weeks ago, appointing a new chief negotiator. we are told there is a draft of the final g20 communiqué that has been circulating. 19 participants agreed to it, one has not. that one is the u.s. it's very high on the chancellor's list of priorities to get a strong affirmation of the need to fight climate change . in fact, to get affirmation of the paris climate treaty. apparently current draft includes language to the effect that most of the participants do
support the treaty, but that they recognize that the u.s. does plan to withdraw from it. it is not clear that the u.s. is ready to sign off on that language and you can be sure that was one of the topics in the meeting between miss merkel and mr. trump. she has said today she really believes compromise is possible and that she goes into this looking for compromise, that she is not there to isolate one participant. i think certainly she will have been making a good-faith effort and indeed we won't know for sure. we looked at the body language today. we won't know for sure until we get to that final communiqué on saturday. brent: the german chancellor also met with the turkish president, another leader with whom she's had some not so pleasant relations in recent months. what have you been hearing about that meeting? reporter: we do not know exactly what was discussed nor do we know anything about the outcome. we know it probably also was a
very tough talk because just a day before he traveled here to the summit, mr. erdogan said germany was committing political suicide by not agreeing to let him speak to a rally of turks living here in germany. there are 3 million turks in germany and turkish politicians often try to aim lyrical messages at them because they can for example vote and turkish elections. the germans do not like to allow german soil to be used for that kind of electioneering and in fact they forbid it. this remark by mr. erdogan showed his extreme disappointment with that, to what degree that will actually disrupt the summit proceedings is not clear. but he did say in the same interview, both sides do need each other, and that's true. germany needs turkey, for example on refugees. turkey needs germany very much economically. brent: our chief political
correspondent has the story for us on the eve of that g20 summit. thank you. demonstrators protesting the g20 summit in hamburg have clashed with police. the anti-globalization activists have vowed to disrupt the summit with the demonstration that they are dubbing "welcome to hell." police used a water cannon to disperse the crowds of protesters. some responded by throwing bottles and fireworks. a planned march through the city was called off after the violence directed. and, our very own max hoffman, he's on the scene there in hamburg, where those clashes took pla what's happening now? reporter: at the moment of this particular area seems to be safe. the only thing we can see in the distance right here in the back is a little smoke. apparently some members of the so-called black blocks, those
that were part of the violence we experienced earlier are still here, but most of those people are dispersed throughout the city, causing smaller riots but with some damage, as we're hearing there apparently are some burning cars in hamburg and also smashed in windows. there is one case of a larger window that was smashed in, saying the authorities are chasing them around. that is much harder than it was here when you had everybody in one place. brent: we've seen today the images that you have been sending us, showing us police out in force and riot gear with water cannons greater they are not playing when they say zero-tolerance for violence. reporter: yeah, zero-tolerance. we knew that all along, that has been hamburg's tradition. the question is a little bit who incited the violence. what happened is a whole protest march started off with the black bloc ahead, and you had a lot of
young men in there, at least we assume they were young men. they came to a place where the police barricaded the route, and said we cannot let this protest march continue if you don't take off the mask. it's against the law in germany. you had a standoff for about 35 minutes, right where i'm standing. you could feel the tension rising and at some point interrupted in the action really is, who started with the -- authorities say it was the protesters who did that, in the protesters themselves said, it was the police who started and incited the violence. we will have to analyze the pictures in the coming days to see what exactly happened. brent: max hoffman on the story for us tonight in hamburg ahead of that g20 summit. thanks very much. here are some of the other stories making headlines around the world. a berlin court convicted a 28-year-old man of causing serious bodily harm for kicking a woman down a flight of stairs.
-- stairs in a subway station last october. judges sentenced the bulgarian national to 2 years and 11 months in prison. the victim suffered a broken arm and other injuries in that attack. the international criminal court in the hague ruled that south africa violated its obligations by failing to arrest sudan's president when he visited in 2015. but the judges declined. the court once to prosecute bashir on 10 charges of her crimes. there have been celebrations in eastern libya after the regional military leader announced the city of benghazi has been freed from islamist forces. it was said the city would now enter a new era of peace. if confirmed, it would mark a major victory.
police in germany uncovered a child pornography website with nearly 90,000 users. the suspected operator of the platform has been arrested in the district near frankfurt. prosecutors say the website was used for the worldwide exchange of child pornography. migration will be a key theme at the g20 summit and today european countries agreed to take steps to stem the numbers of people trying to cross from the mediterranean to europe. that includes closer european coordination and helping to stabilize libya. this decision was made at a meeting of eu justice and interior ministers in the estonian capital. there was one major sticking point, it called for other countries to open their ports to accept migrants rescued at sea
was rejected. more than 90% of migrants this year arrived in italy. our very own our breath -- bar bara, good evening to you. it a leg put forward a proposal to the interior ministers -- italy put forward a proposal to the interior ministers. what does the document call for exactly? reporter: that is something that everybody agrees on because it -- italy gets a free hand. what they want to do is prevent the ngo's, the seafaring vessels, so we are rescuing the migrants from the mediterranean, to get too close to the libyan coast. that is, to get within the 24 mile zone, instead of pickup people directly in front of the coast of libya.
what happens is the traffic wait for signals from the rescuer boats, and then they send off their little inflatable's with the migrants and then they get directly pulled out of the water and taken to italy. this is a pull factor, italy says, and other european countries agree that he needs to stop. there will be a lot of trouble between the italian government and the ngo's during the summer, when these guidelines are sort of being put in place because the ngo's say we are doing valuable work, we are rescuing lives, and italy says they have become a fairy for migrants from africa. brent: what about the request from italy that other countries share the burden here and open their ports? that was rejected. how has the european union, how had the european ministers responded to that? reporter: it would have
concerned largely france and spain. these countries said no thank you, we won't. nobody can force them. italy geographically is closest. the international law, maritime losses you have to take all who are shipwrecked to the closest safe harbor or the nearest safe harbor. they will not participate. the other countries also say no thank you in taking more migrants of italy -- off italy's hands. italy does get a bit of help, they get some money, they get some political support in order to talk to libya, but what they do not get is anything concrete in the way of migrants being taken into other european countries, solidarity concerning migrants is a one-way street in europe. brent: that's what it sounds like. barbara, thank you very much. you're watching "dw news." still to come, berlin has two high-profile new residence.
brent: all come back here with "dw news" live from berlin. donald trump and angela merkel have held talks in hamburg ahead of the g20 summit. the g20 agenda will focus on issues that the two leaders have publicly disagreed on, such as climate change and the grecian. before world leaders could discuss street at the g20 summit, japan and the european union signed a free trade agreement. reporter: this has been long in the making.
japan and the european union have been negotiating for 4 years on this agreement. fears of cheaper import competition for european carmakers and japanese dairy producers were among the thorniest issues. now both sides reach a general consensus, and what pushed the negotiators across the line towards a final treaty. it is safe to say the man in the white house plays an important role. japanese prime minister shinzo abe's visit to brussels sends a clear message to u.s. president donald trump. japan and the eu are signaling resistance to what they see as u.s. protectionism. the partners stressed the significance of the deal agreed on thursday. >> it sets the standard for others and shows that closing ourselves off to the world is not good for business nor for the global economy, nor for work . >> japan and the eu account for
30% of world gdp. 10% of the global population. and 40% of world trade. so this is the birth of the world's largest free, advanced, and industrialized economic zone. reporter: according to sources in brussels, the two sides aim to them, the agreement by the beginning of2019. -- of 2019. important issues remain unresolved. for example, wearable court cases be settled in legal disputes? it's clear who stands to profit from the deal. european trade rulers, for example. under the deal, the japanese government is likely to free up access to public contracts, opening up japan's inaccessible markets. european farmers will also benefit from the agreement. japan already imports 60% of its food from other countries. after a transitional period, the current high tariffs on european food items such as these are set to be scrapped.
that will hit japanese farmers hard. many fear for their livelihoods. this plenty of opposition to the agreement, like here at a demonstration in berlin. >> we need europe. we need international trade. and we need major trade agreements. but such agreements have to have clear criteria. they need to address global issues like climate change and ensure minimum standards of living for everyone. they need to create more justice in the world, not just more shareholder value for the few. reporter: fair trade is what these protesters are demanding and they are also directed at participants of the g20 summit in hamburg. brent: shaping up to be one of the most interesting g20 summits in recent history. earl leaders will talk trade, migration, climate change, and more. here is our correspondent. reporter: the stage is definitely set for world leaders together just behind me in the falls of the conference center
here in hamburg and two questions arise from the business perspective that we will focus on. first one is, will the countries agree on a commitment to free trade? let's not forget in the last g20 conference, the finance ministers which took lacey and bodden, -- took place in baden, they did not make a clear commitment to free trade as the united states blocks that initiative. the question is will that happen again or will they stay clearly in that statement that there is no consensus on the topic? that will be one of the big issues. the other one, what's going to happen with the flagship product of the german presidency? germany was supposed to push forward a project to ensure that investment in africa can grow with less risks for investors and with more opportunities due to a coordinated effort between the private and public sector. it's a project called compact with africa. as climate change and free trade take the center stage, the german flagship project is no
priority 2. brent: tesla is having a bad week. shares down more than 13%, as lower-than-expected production and increased competition put the brakes on the u.s. electric carmaker. tesla anticipates the production of only 20,000 mass-market model 3 cars per month. they figure less than previously estimated. then came volvo's announcement that it had plans to build on the electric and hybrid cars starting in 2019. for more, let's bring in our wall street correspondent. tesla wants to start producing its first mass-market vehicle model 3 on friday. the news these days seems to be a very unpleasant lead up trade what's going on -- up. what's going on? reporter: there's a lot of pressure on the stock, within the past two weeks the stock dropped by almost 20%, meaning
we are pretty much switching bear market territory on top of it, we had a report out on wednesday were goldman sachs believes that the stock could get cut in half within the next six months, and now on thursday, there was a safety report out where the model s from tesla only got an acceptable while tesla itself claims that the model s is the safest car on the planet. a lot going on, so a lot of pressure on the stock of tesla, so the environment certainly could be better for the first model 3. brent: looking at the general state of the world, we have a controversial g20 summit shaping up here in hamburg. there are heightened tensions between the u.s. and north korea and we see stock markets on a downturn. is there any connection or? -- there? reporter: one thing is for sure, investors see on wall street the protests in hamburg on their
screens. they followed the geopolitical tensions between the u.s. and north korea but i do not believe this is the main reason why stock got under pressure here in the thursday session. just look at which companies drop the most. there's a lot of talk that monetary policy might be normalizing slowly in the u.s. and also in europe, so we saw pressure on interest rate sensitive stocks like technology shares, for example that we had some single stocks like general electric, getting a lot of pressure. i would say it's not correlated that we see the g20 summit and stocks tanking at the same time. the market has been on a roll for quite some time. now we are entering the quieter and often shaky summer months, so that might be the reason why we see a little bit of a correction here on wall street. brent: thank you.
time to talk pandas. the german capital has gone panda crazy thanks to its two newest residents. the chinese president xi jinping officially handed over two pandas to germany's chancellor merkel yesterday. today they were presented to the public, so we went along to find out how they are dealing with all of this attention. reporter: he's made himself at home. today is the first day he gets to meet the public. their spacious home was constructed specifically to meet the needs of the endangered species, says the director of the berlin zoo.
>> we meet their needs first of all because the animals haven't been captured in the wild. they were raised by animal keepers and china. reporter: we are in the backyard of the male panda. the pandas don't really get to meet. everything to keep the pandas entertained while they are by themselves. they created a little playground with platforms which we will hopefully soon see jiao qing playing on as soon as he gets used to this outside enclosure. not only that, landscapers also try to re-create the chinese landscape. you see a beautiful waterfall going down here. if you look closely, you can see smoke coming out which is supposed to look like fog. these details don't mean a lot
to most visitors. face-to-face with the giant pandas, many are simply fascinated. >> they are so cuddly. i just want to give them a hug. they are so sweet and lovely and innocent. >> sure, it's great to have them, but i don't think my kids and i will go look at them today. >> they kept munching on these things. i thought it was so cute. we will wait for a couple of weeks until things have calmed down, then we will go have a look. reporter: the pandas are likely to boost visitor numbers. andreas is well aware of the symbolic value of his pandas, but he's not interested in pandamania. he wants visitors to think about what they are seeing. >> they aren't pop stars but animals with a meaningful message regarding important problems in nature. hype doesn't help with these issues. i would like to be able to calm the public's fascination. i suggest every visitor ask themselves if what they do every day serves nature best.
reporter: not just a major attraction but a symbol of nature. berlin's cute little pandas may be young, but they've already taken on a big responsibility. brent: pandamania. after a short break in i will be back to take you through the day from "welcome to warsaw" to "welcome to hell." we will explain on the day. stick with us. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]