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katty: welcome to our viewers on public television and american around the globe. denmark became the latest european country to take tough measures to discourage refugees from entering the state. the danish parliament voted to allow the police to seize valuables from asylum-seekers and extend the time for them to bring their families to three-years. human rights groups compare it to the confiscation of jewish property during the second world war. >> today's decision and denmark has been called many things -- content just, controversial, amongst other adjectives to colorful to mention. the idea of confiscating valuables from refugees and others as john comparisons to jewish people being robbed of their possessions by nazis. crack down on the
oppression of women? employee people? it depends on the number of refugees. right now, too many are arriving. tothose who say we are going far, i say, what is your alternative? >> it will not include wedding rings or items of sentimental value. it means migrants will have to applyinge years before for relatives to join them, which is aimed at discouraging new arrivals. an eu has failed to find effective and immediate solution to the migrant crisis. they know that this is an issue that can bring down governments. they have all it over themselves to change national legislation like reducing migrant welfare, hoping to make themselves less attractive to asylum seekers.
centers have sprung up and border controls have been reintroduced. the warning in brussels is never mind e-government. the migration issue could bring down the eu itself. over one million refugees and others across the mediterranean hearts,to a closing of minds, and borders on the route from greece, italy, to richer countries to the north for most want to claim asylum. far from the european union, this is an illustration of how the european migrant crisis is leading to a sense of every country for itself. there is the talk of the closure en.scheng it is arguably the eu's biggest achievement, boosting travel and trade. the schengen agreement is not dead in the water yet. coulde rules that
temporarily suspend free movement for up to two years. still, the bigger picture in germany and across europe is troubling. a huge public and political pressure is on angela merkel who is raised and prorated for opening her doors to refugees to reverse it. remains defiantly, some say desperately, positive. not becomed pessimistic too quickly. i believe we can manage. we must reduce the number of refugees, and we're working on that. >> how successfully? dutch-ridden greece is a people shows nor, and turkey signs of stopping boats filled with asylum-seekers from coming this way. katty: for more on the vote in the danish parliament i spoke to denmark's ambassador to the
united states. there has been widespread international criticism of the new bill. has -- have you been taken back by that? ambassador: all countries are struggling to find the right answers to the crisis of refugees and migration. it is not a surprise. we see the criticism to last a couple of months. it was heavily debated. we think ever and struggled to find the right answers. the important thing is to explain where we come from, how we see this from the danish perspective. the crisis is unprecedented. the numbers are staggering. countries in northern europe take more than their share. katty: the head of the human refugee agency is saying this could feel xenophobia. you have the former rabbi in
europe saying this is a nazi idea, reminding him of how the jews were treated and nazi germany. that is a stinging condemnation of a country that is seeming to bask in democratic values. the legislation has been misunderstood. you have to see where we're coming from. it is an extensive welfare state, taking care of everybody, refugees and danish citizens alike. education, job training, everything is taken care of. this principle has to be applied to refugees. that is what this legislation is about. for those who do not have the means themselves, will be taken care of. katty: very few of the refugees will have more than $1500 in their pocket. it is a suggestion which seems to say, we don't want to hear.
ambassador: the aim is to be steadfast on principle. there is discussion we should apply the same principle to refugees as well as danish citizens. the economic consequence is that the numbers are small, but you cannot underestimate the economic consequences for a state like a danish welfare state where 2100 refugees came last year. cost is staggering. we have to cope. it is not a small issue. this haso fair to say been reported in news medias that this is not a new invention the danish parliament came up with. it has and will be done in other european countries as well. katty: another law that is being overlooked but is perhaps more critical is that you have extended the time that refugees
must be in denmark to apply for family members to come from one year to three years. you're saying -- there are official saying that this could damage children. ambassador: we need to make sure we can carry the economic weight and there are also security issues. in the u.s. you vet refugees for 18 months. in europe, we don't have a procedure, we start when they are in the country. we need to control the number of people. this is part of that. katty: thank you. ambassador: thank you for having me. more eyes spoke with david miliband, the president of the international rescue committee. he joined me from new york. i want to get at what is happening more broadly in a second. first, your reaction to what the danish ambassador was saying about the bill in parliament.
david: he is right to say this is a critical moment for europe. the danish parliamentary vote is not only arbitrary, but defeating. dehumanizing refugees and a rating refugees is designed to they will belikely likely to integrate in society. tos is a problem that needs be tackled at the source in the middle east, but also it needs the best of european values rather than the worst. katty: you spend your time dealing with the refugee crisis. how long do you think it will go on? we had one million last year, or million have left their country. how long do you think we will see that inflows into europe? david: the only way to enter that is to ask how much longer will the syria war go on? at the moment it looks like a war without end and a war without all. that is why so many are fleeing not only the neighboring countries, but directly from
damascus and elsewhere. i have had them myself -- i have met them myself. that war without it and is putting europe in a vise. it is essential, not only do have the humanitarian action in europe and neighboring states -- there is a conference in london designed to support lebanon and jordan -- but unless there is a peace process in syria, it is a crisis without end for europe. katty: we know the refugees are desperate, they must be to brave the cold waters of the aegean sea, are you seeing legislation that europe is closing its borders to refugees is having an impact on the numbers that want to get there? david: the numbers are not going down. in the first three weeks of -- 75y, 5000 refugees thousand refugees arrived when the journey across the aegean sea is the most careless.
we have 300 staff in greece to work with them. there are bottlenecks all over europe as individual states take unilateral action. the only way to a dress it is for europe to work together. on paper they're a good plans, but they need to be implemented urgently inside of europe. katty: the european union in brussels is contemplating the idea that schengen country for two years could resurrect border controls. what do you make of the apocalyptic view we are getting from some in europe that the migrant crisis could trigger the end of the european union? david: i think it is premature to talk about the end of the european union. it was set up to ensure that crises like these would be addressed in an effective way. angela merkel's right to say that this is not an unmet
manageable brought -- is not an unmanageable problem. for the proper vetting and screening, and for effective action in turkey, lebanon, and jordan to support refugees near their home country, those are the right plants, but they need to be implemented with more confidence toe the european people and government that this is a manageable situation. katty: thank you. the migrant crisis has shown little signs of abating anytime soon. the centers for disease control has added the u.s. virgin islands and the dominican republic to a list of 20 countries and territories that are addressed from the zika virus. it is spreading through brazil in the americas, and pregnant women are getting different advice on how to protect themselves. rio is preparing
for a big event in the middle of a big public health crisis. being fumigated ahead of next week's annable carnival parade. they will receive the same treatment in coming months. the zika virus continue spreading across brazil. people are coming to grips with its devastating impact. little is known about its long-term impact and how families, with few resources, will cope. cry. when i talked to god, i know i'll get through this. people out lot of there who are very confused and scared. correspondent: with so little known about the long-term impact , people havely been abandoned by partners and
babies have been rejected. this boy was adopted by another couple. the government has tried to relieve public fears. 200 thousand soldiers have been deployed in the fight against disease carrying mosquitoes and their breeding grounds. zika virus will take at least three-years to develop. many pregnant women are advised to use as much mosquito repellent as they can. resellers in the dark about the zika virus and how quickly and will spread. with the medical profession often unable to answer concerns of would-be mothers about the zika virus, they are witnessing panic inpatients who feel they have nowhere to turn. >> they live in areas with more mosquitoes, they have is higher chance to get the zika virus and they cannot afford -- they are more exposed to the disease.
correspondent: rich women are going overseas? >> rich women have gone abroad. who canndent: those afford it can be privately tested for the zika virus, but this is only for a short while after infection. one of the most uplifting times of a woman's life is turning into a time of anxiety were millions of brazilian women. katty: it is a virus that is spreading. still to come, she is the voice of public radio in america. we speak with her about her impressive career and lands to retire. the organizers of britain's camelot is looking for the winner of a 33 million pound jackpot. hundreds have claimed that they , butt the winning ticket
it was lost or stolen. been talking about the $33 million jackpot. on the mediaot spotlight a couple of days ago because one of the customers who regularly buys tickets think that she bought the ticket, and went through the washing machine, and fell apart. that is one of the people who have applied to camelot to get this done retrospectively. since she came forward, several other have come forward to say that they think they bought the ticket. l.is is natu pate you have a lot of people getting in touch. natu: it is very exciting. jon: do you believe any of them? : it is difficult without a ticket in their hand.
no one has the details besides that one particular lady. you can see the day. the barcode at the bottom was visible. so, i do not disbelieve her. jon: that other people saying the same thing. what are the things that they have said? >> the phone call that i had said my son bought the tickets from here. last evening. i said, you tell camelot, not me. ♪ katty: in the u.s., she is one of the most famous voices in public radio. she has interviewed presidents,
artists, and others. she struggles with a new urological condition affecting her speech. to the dismay of millions of rehm show diane will have another host. she joined me to discuss her new memoir, about her husband's death after a fight with parkinson's disease. at the end he wished to die and stopped eating and drinking. thank you for coming in. diane: it is my pleasure. portraitur book is a of a marriage, a portrait of grief, and a call to arms for a cause that you strongly believe in. what can't you writing after john died? ofne: i think the beliefs what i had witnessed was shocking. that icon of personally, would
not have had the courage -- that i, personally, would not have had the courage to do what john did. i wonder how many people have that kind of courage. at the same time, would not want kind of long,the drawnout, experience that he had in that assisted living facility , watching himself lose the use of his hands. --ching his ability to eat he was seeing all of this in himself. yet nothe wanted to go, eating for 10 days and not drinking for 10 days must've been agony for him. katty: and free you, watching it. day, i amer the third not sure he was aware.
wantedere moments when i to bring him back. i thought, maybe if i put a little applesauce on his mouth, or maybe if i put an eyedropper full of water into his mouth -- maybe that would change his mind. was hisnew, that decision to make. , not only ins it the united states, but in europe, we are wrestling with this. we have a medical system that gives so much attention and care to the beginning of our lives, but does not help us and our lives? diane: because our population is aging so much, medical schools are recognizing that they must to care, moretion
attention to listening to what the elderly have to say about debating want, and are , as california is, whether to grant the right to die. katty: while you are still voice, still with your and you commit to your listeners every day, but do have let us know you will move on from the diane rehm show. 2.5 million people listen to you every week. are you ready to say goodbye to them? think one is ever ready to say goodbye to an i have son that loved. what i do know is that there comes a time in everyone's life when they feel it is time to move on, it is time to let at thiselse have a turn
glorious microphone. to have an opportunity to speak to those 2.5 million people who are such profoundly wise listeners, and to listen so carefully. i will not retire. i will step away from the microphone. katty: her book is "on my own." thank you for coming in. this is a good day for fans of beatrix potter. there has not been a new potter story for four decades. in september, a newly discovered story will be published. it was written more than 100 years ago and it includes your favorite characters, including peter rabbit. correspondent: peter rabbit, they are the characters that make up the world of beatrix potter --
stories that have entertained children for more than 100 years. there's excitement around a new tale yet to be told. it was found in a forgotten manuscript. >> it was the highlight of my publishing career. i cannot imagine coming across anything more exciting than coming across an undiscovered beatrix potter tale. it is edgy, humorous, a fantastic character. as guardians of her legacy, i think it is the right thing to do. otherpondent: unlike the 23 tales, this one was not illustrated. clinton, has been chosen to imagine the mysterious kitty. she is a well behaved cat who leads a double life. it will sit well with the tales
of jemima puddle duck, which are already much loved. >> it is carried on for generations. everyone in britain. >> they are a, good stories. she had everything, and illustrator, a storyteller. they're very good in experience. i really like the ones that have the mouse. for an author who turned down walt disney's request to turn peter rabbit into a film, beatrix potter is still making her mark. bbc news. katty: how can any child not like the stories, whether they have the mouse and or not. for more on the controversial bill that went through denmark
on migrants, you can find out more. you can reach us on twitter. . am @kattykay thank you for watching. we will see you back here, tomorrow. ♪ >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by -- the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation -- giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation -- pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and hong kong tourism board. -- and aarp. >> what is fearless at 50? ask cynthia anderson who jumped out of her own
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