tv DW News LINKTV June 22, 2016 2:00pm-2:31pm PDT
>> this is dw news live from berlin. the eve of the british referendum that could change europe forever. campaigners in the u.k. make final appeals to stay or get out of the european union. with just hours to go before the polling begins, both sides have been out in force trying to win over undecided voters. survey show the result is still too close to call. also on the show, remembering the millions that gave their
lives 75 years after nazis invaded the soviet union. the commemoration in moscow and another here in berlin. and an apology from the boss of german carmaker dw for his handling of diesel gate. will it be enough to appease some angry shareholders? i am brent cost, is good to have you with us. in a few hours, the british people begin casting their votes in the most political -- important political vision in a generation, to stay in or leave the european union. the future of britain, europe, and perhaps the prime minister are all writing on this referendum. the campaigners have been rallying across the country in a final rent a push. -- frantic push.
survey suggests it will be very close, making under fighters the 1 -- undecided voters the voters most wanted. >> should britain close its doors to the rest of europe? in a final push before the eu out referendum, prime minister david cameron said a vote to leave would jeopardize the economic stability. >> we are safer in a reformed european european, that is why we should -- european union, which is why we should remain tomorrow morning. you heard many arguments tonight, let me tell you what i think is square on the ballot paper, and that is the future of the british economy. if i have learned anything over the last six years at prime minister, the economy is the most important thing. reporter: campapaigners on both sides were willing too use any means to persuade the undecided from flyovers to communing with
cows in a field. many are calling it the decision of a lifetime for british voters. bleeding cigarette -- the leader on the other side was flamboyant as he poured himself a point in up darlington nagbe. -- darlington pub. >> the idea we can do this by staying in the eu is a sham, and despair, and [indiscernible] david: with polls more or less 50-50, it will be something half the country finds hard to swallow. brent: our correspondent is in london, and he is following the final moments of the campaign. good evening, georg. so is the suspense, the expectation, is it palpable there? georg: brent, to some degree it is fair to say that. we saw the reject -- return of
this tactics applied by both campaigns. the end campaign going on the terrible economic consequences, which would follow brexit, and the out campaign talking about immigration, emigrants, migrants coming to great britain flooding the country. the terms of the debate have changed quite a bit, less inflammatory language, less in tolerance in the debate. of course, following the tragic murder of jo cox, who people in the hundreds in london today paid tribune at small sites like this one, the house of parliament here in the heart of london. brent: that is right. we understand you were at one of those commemoration ceremonies for jo cox. that all plays in to wear the
latest survey stands right now. what do we know about what the polls are telling us? georg: it is a neck to neck race. it is -- two important things that are crucial. still a lot of undecided voters, and this will be key to which side is going to win. and another factor i find very interesting is that a lot of people say they are uninformed on which to decide, and that is something that that remain campaign has a knowledge to, and it will be seen hours from now if they have indeed managed to pass these specs across to voters so they will vote for that remain, u.k. in the european union. brent: that was georg matches reporting from london. as georg mentioned, commemorations have been taking place for the british and the jo
cox. -- mp jo cox. she would have turned 42 today, as user membered around the world in beirut, nairobi, and paris. the main gathering was in trafalgar square. reporter: there is only the three of them now. jo cox's husband and three children -- two children traveled up the thames on the way to the memorial. it was a gesture of remembrance. jo cox lived in high spirit on the upper banks. the city wanted to take leave of the slain politician. london's trafalgar square e was filled with supporters who came to pay their respects. artists and activists pay tribute to jo cox's life and works, as did her children's choir. a moment of silence for the fafallen.
and a call for solidarity from a nobel prize winner, but the most emotional words came from the widodower, brandon cox. >> amazing and bestie touching -- deeply touchihing as all of this is, i wish i was not here today, not because i am ungrateful for the organizers and all of you for coming, but because of course i would rather be, i would rather be with jo. reporter: more in common, the guiding of her memorial, regarded from her maiden speech to parliament. we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us. brent: it is 75 years since the former allies, nazi germany and the soviet union went to war with each other. germany invaded the soviet union, opening a new conflict in
world war ii. that was appalling atrocities and left millions dead. both nations have been a member and those who lost their lives. reporter: germany remembering its past, 75 years after the not these invaded the soviet union, a memorial service is held in berlin for the red army soldiers who lost their lives. in the german parliament, ambassadors f from the countries involved were invited to mark the anniversary, along with germany's leading politicians. >> we must never forget the germans did in the soviet stadium. that is why we are here. [applause] reporter: hitler recorded operation barbaro said. he wanted to invade the soviet union in a few weeks. this caused 20 million soviets
their lives, mosost of them civilianans. opposition politicians called for a strong signal of reconciliation, after a tense time for german-russian relations. >> a peaceful secure future for europe is only possible with russia, not without russia and really not against russia. reporter: today's memorial services are not just about looking backwards. the president of the german parliament said today they must be reminded of their responsibility toward their eastern neighbors. >> we must note the concrete fact that this part of the shared history, the history of germany and its eastern european neighbors, the german-russian history, has been blotted out for decades. instead of being acknowledged, at times it has been deliberately suppressed. reporter: today, above all, those who lost their lives are
remembered. brent: russia has also been remembering hitler's attack on the soviet union 75 years ago. people across the country knock the -- mark the day of grief laying flowers and candles in memomory them of the millions tt died. president putin laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in moscow, and he used to the location to criticize the western military alliance nato for increasing its presence close to russia's borders. >> nato intensifies its regressive rhetoric and its aggressive actions close to our border, therefore we have to pay special attention to the issues of strengthening the defense capacity of our country. brent: despite political tensions, russia and germany still want young people to get to know each other. they set up a cultural exchange program in the hope that it will
lend to better relations in the future. reporter: leah from hamburg is getting ready for her trip to st. petersburg. this boy is 16, he is visited germany once before. this will be leah's first year. she is going for a weeklong visit. gabor is hanging out with his friends. he learned german when he was a child. >> i think germany is a fantastic country. i have a lot of friends here. maybe that is why think it is so nice. reporter: leah began running -- learning russian three years via. she loves languages and is a big fan of the history of st. petersburg and its architecture. >> i will be visiting the hermitage and other places in the city. there will be a family date when we go out. it is exciting because we don't know what to expect. we don't know whether we expect
a boy or a girl. reporter: both studentsts have been following the news with concern since russia annexed crimea two years ago, relationships have chills. but germany remains russia's most important trading partner. the volkswagen factory is a great example. the two countries are also linked through their cultural heritage. this exhibition showing works by the journal -- german medieval painter kamek is one of the highlights. at the center of the relations is the eu sanctions against russia, implemented in -- because of russia's support of annexing green -- ukraine. how important is this too young russians and germans? >> one can't really say right now that the political situation
in russia is especially bad or good. we want to focus on interpersonal relationships, not engaged in politics. >> even though many people put germany in a bad light right now , i think that inwardly many people still believe that this country is our friend. reporter: and to make sure this friendship last, it is especially important young people from both countries have every opportunity of getting to know each other better, like leah and gabor. brent: the former u.s. house speaker dennis hastert has reported to prison in the state of minnesota. he will serve a 15 month sentence. he was convicted of violating federal laws after paying hush money to an alleged sexual abuse victim. the illinois republican, now disabled, abused at least four
boys when he coached wrestling at a high school more than 35 years ago. pastor was not charged with -- hastert was not charged with sexual conduct because the statute of limitations ran out. it would be the less i just up final peace agreement. president juan manuel santos is going to travel to cuba on thursday to unreal -- unravel the details. this would be the oldest guerrilla war ending, or than 50 years. negotiations have taken place in havana for almost four years, trying to end a conflict which has killed 220,000 people, displaced millions in columbia. -- colombira. still to come, volkswagen supervisory board has apologized to shareholders over, you know, the emissions cheating scandal.
brent: you are with dw news live from berlin. the campaign is drawing to a close in the eu ahead of thursday's referendum whether or not to stay in the eu. both sides have been hitting the street to win over undecided voters. the outcome is still too close to call. libya has been torn by civil strife for five years. chaos as tens of thousands, and
the country is a hotspot for human traffickers. the un security council has tasked the european union with enforcing arms embargoes against libya. they want to bring the unrest to an end. the german parliament decided to employ its navy support that mission, but the decision is a controversial one, and it could be a loft in the upper house of parliament here. reporter: the german forces fighting pollack -- pirates off of somalia were recommitted, and now they are off of libya, with a similar mandate. the eu has expended the anti-smuggling mission known as sophia, and the german cabinet will help, even if it means using weapons. >> we all have a common interest in restoring order along the mediterranean coast. it is important to the mandate be brought to help us fight root
causes of the refugee crisis. reporter: the thinking is, stopping the i illegal flolow of ararms will l stop the warars mf the refugees are fleeing. the german army has already deployed to ships and hundndreds of soldiers in the mediterranean sea as a part of the eu mission. they are scouting out the roots used by -- routes used by human traffickers, and they arrested over 15,000 people. the new mandate is less popular than the exclusively humanitarian one. there is not a total embargo on arms, the soso-called legigitime government is s allowed havave weapons. everyone elslse isn't.. to me, the german governmt is wrongn sidingngith one militia, which is alththe gornment in libya is. germany'y's green party on the her hand,lans to back the new maatate acrding to one party meer. thmissssion is likely to pass in the bundestag, probably before the summer recess.
brent: back here on land, daniel winter is here with the latest business news. we will take a closer look at another testing day at volkswagen. daniel: dirtier than their diesel cars is the reputation. the top bosses are in the firing line this time from shareholders. at the annual meeting in hanover today, the men in the driving sheet of the carmaker were forced to apologize. investors had hoped for answers. all they got were excuses. >> he knew he would be in for a lot of flak at volkswagen this meeting. the records are in the current head of the supervisory board may have been involved in the diesel scandal while serving as an executive for the company. mr. perch only quit as a chief financial officer after year ago , and that sort of job stalking is technically against the law. -- job swapping is technically against the law. we went to see if the board of directors had any knowledge of
the scandadal priorr to septembr 18, and concealed it to financial markets. but shareholders were disappointed. vw is still negotiating with u.s. authorities whether a manipulated diesel car can be refitted with updated technology or must be taken off the streets completely. >> i regret that i can't present you any update or report about the progress of the investigation. the reasons are developments in the diesel case, and where volkswagen is still involved in the u.s. reporter: so what is left is a promise to play by the rules. >> no deal in the world is more -- worth breaking the law for it. but this promise alone didn't do it for many at the annual general meeting. >> shareholders have demanded
transparency under the vw management. if asked for answers in the wake of the diesel scandals, they have not delivered, and shareholders pr thing that been -- shareholders feel like they have been left in the dark. daniel: from one carmaker to another, teslas rockstar ceo says he wants to snatch of energy companies for up to 2.5 billion euros. he called it a no-brainer. that is because you love must is the largest individual shareholder in both firms. the plan is to create a new renewable energy company and then sell the vehicles to use it. despite his confidence, tesla shareholders were caught -- shocked. shares plunged. on the other half, shares of solar city surged. let's get the inside track on this now with markets group on wall street. he joins us now.
so how does solar city fit into tesla's universe? reporter: well, tesla is for a long time not just a carmaker but they are also right now building this bigger factory of $5 billion battery factory in reno, nevada. as far as i know, those that are his heart -- those batteries are not just being built for cars but also home use. there might yesterday fit within the companies. on top of it, there are family ties. the cousin of elon musk runs solar city, and musk is the chairman of the firm. daniel: keeping it in the family. so looking at the reaction, why is wall street so dead against deal? reporter: i have hardly seen it that so many investors agreed on the deal, and the verdict
basically it is a bad deal, especially that timing. there are so many issues tesla is facing. we have to see their production for the model three really kicks off. they have 100,000 orders. the factory needs to get wrecked the -- get ready. and it, the stock got hammered. so there are a lot of eyebrows being raised. this really is a good idea, and we thought the stock of tesla, as you mentioned, dow, but -- down, but solar city which up. let's see with the shareholders of both companies have to say. daniel: it seems like the deal has not energy -- energized everyone. thanks for that. staying in the u.s. now with the government has given the green light for companies to use small commercial drones. there are still restrictions attached to the new rules.
nevertheless, this brings using drones for deliveries one step closer to taking off. experts predict trail leading changes for search and transport. reporter: business will soon be taking off. up to now, winemaker ryan cundy has made a drone just for fun, using an eye on the control, he can move this in california. but with that commercial ease of restrictions on jones is good -- drones is good news. >> i was glad to hear it. still at a hobby capacity for six years, so now we can actually start a business and use drones commercially. it will be great. reporter: he can get images of the vineyards and real-time whenever he likes, and customers benefit too. it is easy to check the vines on the sky. >> you can split of blocks into
small management sub zones and manage a vineyard or a site more accurately. water or input, even less pesticides. reporter: fans of the drones hope to see them taking off and landing more often. the government thinks it may give and $82 billion boost to the economy, and the drone business will create 100,000 new jobs. daniel: back to bread now, let's hope. brent: euro 2016, an end to the debutantes. iceland beat austria 2-1. our north beach to rust dust on -- continuing a dream tournament for the euro newbies, and hungary played first spot in group f. they had a thrilling match with portugal. >> portugal's crypt -- cap and
kristi noem rinaldo was under pressure to score. they opened with dominating exchanges, but hungary scored first. just before halftime, many drew the score level, then it became the battle of the captains. hungary's captain score first, then reynaldo true level. national way by reynaldo. the end result is 3-3, made at the highest during match of the tournament far. brent: after a short break, i will take you through the day. first, we want to leave you with some very, very moving pictures, and music as well. composition "elegy for the arctic." it was inspired by voices around the world calling for protection of the icy wilderness. take a a look. ♪
laura: welcome back. you are watching " live from paris" on "france 24." i am laura cellier. both sides have made their case and now it is up to the public. campaigning draws to a close ahead of the historic referendum and pollsters say it is too close to call. the polls open at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. remembering joe crocs, british jo cox,as -- joe cox -- the british mp who was murdered last week. unrest overs for