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♪ host: hello and welcome. this is "dw news." opening the floodgates, the turkish president threatens to abandon the migrant do with europe. that could mean the eu bracing itself for more scenes like this one as a thousands of migrants gather at borders and try to come in. and also on the program, massive wildfires going to northern israel into -- international
teams are coming to help. tens of thousands of people had to leave their homes. the fires could be an act of terror. and in rio de janeiro, celebrity 100 years of samba, the music that started in the slums and has stormed the world's dance floors. ♪ host: good to have you with us. we begin with rapidly begin -- rapidly rising tension between turkey and the european union. the european parliament passed a nonbinding motion, calling on the eu to suspend membership talks with turkey because of the massive crackdown on opposition forces. today, erdogan that, opening --
openly threatening to read open the floodgates for migrants in europe. reporter: the turkish president was clearly enraged, his words sounded like a threat. >> when 50,000 migrants reached the border town, you will -- wailed. what will we do if turkey opens the border gate? if this goes any further, the border gates will be opened, you should know that. reporter: his reaction came one day after the european parliament voted by an overwhelming majority to freeze membership talks with turkey. the european lawmakers said the extent of the crackdown following last summer's attempted coup was not compatible with democratic values. but erdogan accused of the eu of breaking promises, so now the turkish president is threatening
to abandon the migration deal that was reached with brussels. what does the eu deal involved? since march, the country has been taking back migrants and securing the borders. europe has accepted migrants from turkey and provided ankara with additional funding, as part of the deal. it was also to include these of free travel for turkish people visiting the eu, but it never materialized. the deal marks a turning point in the refugee crisis that brought over 100 million people into europe in 2015. since it was signed, they have seen a decrease in migrants arriving. this is not the first time the turkish president has threatened to disrupt the deal. the german government is trying to diffuse the situation. >> if one looks at the facts, we can say both sides are keeping
to the agreement and we hope it will continue in the future, because it is in our mutual interest. in december, eu leaders will have a summitt where the relations with turkey are already at the top of the agenda. host: let's bring in our chief correspondent on this. melinda, would it be right to say the german government has issued a measured reaction to this threat? >> yes, that is the correct description. she said, we need to look at the facts, and not the words. she was adamant about the fact that germany believes cooperation is in its interest. the spokesperson also said, threats are not helpful and the fact is that freezing suspension -- the membership talks would hurt both sides and we neeeed to keep lines of communication open. she said clearly, we want to keep talking. host: is there a feeling that
president erdogan, what we are hearing from him is bluster rather than n a seriouous threa? is the threat being taken seriously? >> people who are longtime observers of relations with turkey say, the rhetoric like this is not uncommon, a lot of hypothetical scenarios being bandied about right here, and they say -- look, erdogan says of the west needs turkey, but the country of turkey also needs the west. if so he is not easily going to terminate relations. and they also point out that it could be useful for a populist leader like erdogan to insight resentment at home and this could really be for domestic consumption. host: the german government has
said that talks with turkey should not be frozen, membership talks, unlike the european parliament. are there dissenting voices in the german coalition on that issue? >> there have been in the past. the bavarian sister party, the christian social union, their leader said in the e summer aftr ththe crackdown that followed de coup attempt in turkey, that the eu should absolutely terminate talks with turkey, that turkey is not a democratic state with rule of law. and he is also against the waving visas for turkish citizens, which is part of the progression that the eu has said it would negotiate. but those calls are not being repeated right now and we're not hearing calls from anybody here, saying, we need to jettison this refugee agreement with turkey. 56% of germans doubt that the talks make sense though. host: i know this is
speculative, but if president erdogan would come good on the threats and reopen the flow of margaret's death migrants to europe, how large -- flow of migrants to your come out how large does that little? -- lo om? >> there was another one, the closing down of the balkan route through southeastern europe, that was the route so many migrants took in order to get to countries like germany and that route is now closed. so even if erdogan was to make a good on his threat, we would not see the kind of numbers we had in 2015. however, even a mild increase of refugees could be problematic. we have german elections next year and the far right party in germany is making refugees a big issue. host: ok.
melinda crane, our chief political correspondent. host: just as erdogan threatens to reopen the flow of migrants into europe, there has been unrest at bulgaria's largest refugee camp, authorities quelling riots in the south of the country. hundreds of migrants have been arrested and the prime minister is saying many of them will be deported. >> in the e early hours of the morning, security forces managed to quell riots in the largest refugee camp in bulgaria, using a massive police contingency. reporter: up to 1005 at a refugees clashed with police after protests on a recently proposed a ban. bogaert -- bulgarian authorities
put it to rest. security forces arrested 300 migrants after 24 policemen were injured. bulgarian prime minister has ordered the transfer of the detainees and close the camps, as well as the deportation of asylum-seekers for threatening national security. officials have launched an investigation into an identified officers for injuring two migrants during the clashes. this is one of the five refugee centers in bulgaria, which houses mostly afghan refugees. the refugees have come into regular conflict with residents of the neighboring town, which is home to 10,000 people. host: in france, the race to represent the country's conservatives in the presidential election will wind up this weekend with people choosing a candidate on sunday. the two men left in the race have been holding their final campaign rallies, the former prime minister, the surprise
that runner after the first round. he is promising far-reaching economic performance. his rival, also a former prime minister, pledging a softer reform. polls released after their final tv debate show that filland is still ahead. and henry samuel is in paris, following the primaries for us. we asked if the former prime minister could come from behind? reporter: i am standing outside where he is holding his final rally and there are about 10,000 people inside. they are confident about him going through. and they are really talking as if almost like it already happened. and it seems rather down become even this money, he was on the
air, saying perhaps he targeted the wrong kind of people in the primary elections. he really reached out to the center and the left wing, and that annoyed a lot of right-wingers who have switched to the other candidate, who is offering a socially conservative program. and economically, a more radical program, that is likened to almost like margaret thatcher. host: henry samuel reporting from paris. firefighters in israel have spent another day try to put out massive wildfires and better region across the country. police say they have arrested at least 12 people who are suspected of starting them. the blazes have been going for three days, and -- fanned by windy conditions. the third largest in the country is the worst affected area and 60,000 people have been forced to evacuate. the area around jerusalem has
been hard -- hit hard. reporter: as the sun sets, another fire breaks out on the outskirts of jerusalem. this time on the edgdge of the wewest bank. witntnesses say the latest blaze was a deliberate act, starting with a firebomb in a nearby village. authorities are struggling to evacuate l local residents. >> there is a fire over there. my friends are there and they need help to get out. they are very worried. reporter: since tuesday, multiple fires have been raging across israel. drought conditions have been helping the flames. firefighters are warning that their network is on the brink of collapse. the prime minister has called the outbreak an act of terror against the state. >> we cannot tell if it is organized, but we can see cells operating. i do not know if they are connected. whether it is knife attacks or
fire is, no doubt it exist. reporter: some officials have suggested palestinians or israeli arabs could be behind the fires. they have arrested it doesn't people so far -- a dozen people so far. in a show solidarity, the palestinian fire teams joined efforts, where tens of thousands were forced to evacuate on thursday. >> their aim is to stop the fire. no need to look at religion or anything else. the human being is the same for the firefighters. reporter: the country has also received international assistance from russia, turkey, greece and croatia, and they are
waiting on the arrival of a supertanker from the united states. host: archaeologists in egypt have found what they believe to be an ancient city, dating back 5000 years. it is near the river nile, close to another site. the first photos of the excavation showtunes and houses -- show tombs and houses, thought to be from the very earliest. period of the egyptian history. it could offer insights into the era. you are watching "dw news." still to come, the hunt for the best bargains is on, but will black friday be a happy day for retailers? and we will take you to rio de janeiro where they are celebrating 100 years of brazilian music and dance of
with helena humphrey. what are the pilots doing? helena: the strike should carry into saturday, because pilots have turned down the new pay package. if they were offered an increase of 4.4%. they said, no. thousands of flights have been canceled due to the action, affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers. it is costing the german carrier millions of euros every day. reporter: these passengers at frankfurt airport may not be going anywhere anytime soon. on friday, the third day of a strike by pilots, the airline had to cancel another 800 domestic and european flights. altogether, more than 400,000 passengers have been affected. lufthansa is offering vouchers or the option of re-bookings , free of charge.
but it is small comfort for frustrated travelers. the strike, that started on wednesday, is costing the airline around $10 million a day. it is also damaging the airline's reputation for reliability. the pilot's union has been demanding a pay increase of 22%, spread over five years. but lufthansa says the future of the carrier would be on the line if the wages were raised to that level. helena: one of the passengers affected is at one of our news anchors. she twe thousands affected by the lufthansa strike. the flight canceled, struggling to catch another flight." this is the 14th time since the pilots have walked off the job. one tweeted when is lufthansa , not on strike? other passengers took a more zen
approach. one even found it in her heart to praise the airline, despite the inconvenience. she tweeted, my layover will be long, but lufthansa customer service is solid. shop till you drop, because black friday is in full swing across the united states, that means mega sales and madness in shopping malls, not to mention online advertising on overdrive. retailers are hoping it translates into big bucks for them. reporter: shops across the u.s. are packed today, like at this macy's in new york city. black friday stands out as the day that traditionally attracts the largest crowds of bargain-hunting shoppers. nearly three quarters of people clamoring to hit the stores. >> the old retro nes system is big, but there is a lot of new
stuff out there, virtual reality, there are a lot of robotic things out this year. and a lot in every age group. reporter: but the deep discounts sometimes lead to brawls over merchandise. [yelling] reporter: to avoid the mess, many people choose to skip the lines and purchase on the internet. u.s. shoppers spend more than $1 billion online just from midnight until 5:00 p.m. on thursday, thanksgiving day. online shopping is picking up steam, with customers spending $449 million using their phones. u.s. retailers and look for it -- foreword to a great shopping season, according to forecasts. >> we arare forecastining $656 billion for the retail industry, what they will make during the holidays. that number puts it at an increase of 3.63% for sales. reporter: many retailers are an
-- earn up to 40% of their profits in november and december and black friday craze is spreading to other countries around the world. helena: ok, just enough time to go to wall street and bring in hose a -- jose. good to see you, jose, black friday is in full swing, so our consumers spending with reckless abandon? jose: it seems so, including myself. i was looking at my phone while enjoying football. as myself, millions americans have started holiday shopping through devices as a thanksgiving online sales rose nearly 14%. and retailers have more online deals than ever before. already, one of its strongest days ever online. something similar happened with walmart the biggest retailer has , the average discount of 39%. online retailers offering up to 45%.
as for now, the national retail federation said they expect sales this season to increase to about $656 billion, mainly due to the rise in online shopping. keep in mind, there are a few weeks more of shopping on the horizon and cyber monday will be a huge day for sales, online. helena: as we go into the weekend, how has the market fared? jose: we are getting comfortable with the new record highs as the dow jones, the nasdaq and s&p 500 characterizing as the donald trump rally continues. it was a short trading session with low-volume, but most attention is on the retailers, most of them trading up as oil went down looking forward to the opec meeting. the dollar has gotten a break and many think that it will go up. and the federal reserve could be
raising interest rates. this has donald trump's initiative keeps changing the rally. helena: thank you for the update. that is the latest from the business desk. host: thank you. you may have shopped until you drop, i have danced until i dropped. we are talking about a type of music that started in brazil, talking about samba. the very first song believed to be recorded exactly 100 years ago, in 1916, in rio de janeiro. from there, the samba spread across brazil and across the world. today it is still a style of music that brings people together. our correspondent found out.
reporter: as a soon as the sun goes down, it gets going. one of the most traditional samba parties in rio de janeiro. ♪ reporter: hundreds of people come to this district every monday, this is where they play the classics. ♪ >> it is wonderful, i love it. i come here every week. >> i am argentinian and i moved to rio de janeiro because it cannot live without samba. >> you can sense the african origins of samba, but here we are all mixed up, it does not matter. reporter: samba is a central part of the culture, but it is -- has not always been like that.
a composer and well known man in the samba, his best-known song about the honest life, the daily struggles that the poor face -- poor face, present inin the samba. ♪ >> the rhythm of the samba and bodies of the spirit of black culture. of the slaves in brazil. samba comes from the slums, it grew there and this is where its heartbeats. reporter: the 68-year-old grew up in a typical youth. full of drugs and violence. 50 years ago, he composed his first samba song.
most of his friends now are long dead. reporter: back then i do -- >> back then i threw my heart and soul into the music and samba pulled me out of a bad place. the music is cleansing. many have managed to free and to save themselves through samba. reporter: in 1962, he founded the samba school at the foot of the hill. he still visits regularly. >> i will be there t tonight and there will be serious drumming. ♪ [fast drums] reporter: the school remains the center of the community, even today. more than 1000 inhabitants take part performing in the carnival parades. he is now president of the fourth carnival inc.
reporter: today, the queen of the drummers has been chosen, her quick moves match the beat. that is the sound of the music that became world-famous, samba. reporter: -- >> i will die someday, but the samba will live on. as long as there is life, there will be samba. reporter: and his music will also live on in the world of samba. host: you are watching "dw news." we are going to take a short break and be back with of the day and into analysis -- in depth analysis of the day's top stories. stay with us. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute,
anchor: we begin in france where investigators are saying a group of terrorists were planning a december 1 attack. they believe disneyland paris and the french police intelligence headquarters were among the potential targets. five suspects have been charged. two of them according to the paris prosecutor have traveled to the turkish syrian border in