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brent: this is dw news, live from berlin. tonight, the united states and its allies bid farewell to the 41st president. the state funeral of former president george h w bush has taken place in washington's national cathedral. president trump, along with several former u.s. presidents in attendance, along the terry's from around the world to honor the states. also coming up, continental
crackdown on crime. european police raid dozens of suspected mafia hubs across four countries, including here in germany. and a glimmer of hope for a nation on the brink of famine. huthi rebel leaders of pair -- prepare to meet for peace negotiations scheduled to start tomorrow in sweden. brent: i'm brent goff. it's good to have you with us. we begin with the farewell for a former u.s. president, a war hero and the man who led the u.s. as the soviet union collapsed and the cold war drew to a close. the state funeral of george h.w. bush was a rare gathering today of all living u.s. presidents in an era where political differences cut deep. family, friends, and foreign dignitaries also packed the washington national cathedral r the service.
it was a public farewell, filled with many lighthearted and moving tributes. bush path out the sun, former president george w. bush, was among those who delivered eulogies in honor of america's 41st president. >> in his inaugural address, the 41st president of the united states said this. we cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account. we must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend, a loving parent, a citizen who leaves his home, his neighborhood and town better than he found it. whatat do we want the men and women who work with us toto say when we are no longer there? that we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us, or that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better, and stay of moment there to trade a word of friendship. we are going to remember you for exactly that and much more.
and we are going to miss you. your decency, sincerity, and kind soul will stay with us forever. so through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man. the best father a son or daughter could have. and in our grief, let us smile, knowing that that is hugging robin and holding mom's hand again. [applause] brent: an emotional son and former president saying gogoodbe to his father and another former president. let's bring in maya shwayder.
good evening to you. talk a little bit about that ceremony. what stood out to you today? maya: well, as we mentioned, the emotion coming from george w. bush, the son of george h.w. bush, was quite noteworthy and interesting. the congregation, more as a son than as a former president. a lot of very emotional, heartfelt, funny moments during ththis service today. george h.w. bush was a man who many people on both sides of the aisle and in all walks of life really admired, someone who could share a laugh or a golf game, share a meal. someone who a lot of people just thought was the down a decent guy who is trying to do his best for the country, and that is what was reflected in the service. brent: this image we saw of all living u.s. president sitting next to each other, the clintons, the carters, the obamas, the trumps.
i was struck by the body line which of donald trump with his arms crossed for most of the time. maya: certainly some awkward moments there, it really looked like trump was not fitting in with the rest of the president's club, who are known to be very chummy with each other, real compatriots for having survived being president of the united states. also some funny moments, just before the service was beginning we saw george w. bush slip michelle obama another piece of candy in an and go of what he did during the funeral service of senator john mccain a few months ago. so some back-and-forth there, but at the end of the day, it was striking to see all of them sitting there, paying tribute to their predecessor and a bygone era of american politics. brent: a bygone era indeed. you have been talking to people
there in washington, how do they see the legacy of george h.w. bush? maya: a lot of people are remembering him for what we said earlier about just his decency as a person. he seemed like a really good am a family man, someone who really cared about the people around him. i think we have some reflections from today very recently of some more memories of george h.w. bush. >> when i think of his presidency, i think of bipartisanship andnd working together with both sides of the aisle, as opposed to the trump presidency, there's a lack of bipapartisanship, not only with his own party but with the other party as well. >> george bush was an excellent president and leader for our country. hehe had great values. when i think about divided america, he rereally stood to he everyone represent one country,
and that was really special. >> a great leader. i met him briefly in 1992 when he was running for reelection. our interaction was very brief, but he was very gracious, and i will always remember that. brent: has anything changed there, the way people see a -- c george h.w. bush? maya: definitely. there are some softening of his legacy in the memories there through some rose-colored hindsight glasses. he was not a perfect president, we should remember his to mystic policies, his blind eye towards the aids crisis which happened partially on his watch, as well as some e international blunder, shall we say, getting involved in the iran-iraq war, invading panama. there is a lot to be said, but today, people are remembering the man for being a decent representative of what a united
america looks like. brent: the need for decency seems to be stronger than ever. maya on the story for us outside the cathedral in washington. police have arrested more than 80 people in raids across europe and south america in a crackdown on one of italy's main organized crime syndicates. the police say they have detained senior bosses on suspicion of cocaine trafficking, money laundering and the target is the syndicate known as 'ndrangheta, which dominates europe's illegal drug trade. >> it's being called a decisive strike against one of the most powerful criminal networks in the world. a vast investigation starting in 2016, culminating on wednesday in italy, seen here as well as in germany, the netherlands, belgium, and south america. the european judicial agency
called it unprecedentnted. >> and extraorordinary result tt we have reached today with a joint judicicial action that has been carried out in different member states in order to fight 'ndrangheheta, one of the most powerful organizations in the world. >> the 'ndrangheta comes from collaborative, southern italy. it's considered italy's m most powewerful mafia organizization. in recent years, it has managagd to surpass othther mafia familis by dominatining drug trafficking into e europe. according to prosecutors, it's the only italian organized crime syndicate operating on all continents. in germany alone, there are thought to be about 300 known 'ndrangheta members. police said it should take a toll on their operations. >> we managed to hit the
'ndranghetata very purposefully and despite the adverse circumstances and conspiratorial forces working against us, we have landed them a sensitive blow, at least for the time being. according to officials, the operations these groups were running are now closed. how long they will stay that way, however, is anyone's guess. brent: i'm joined at the big table now by giulia norberti who is working with "mafia no thank you." it's good to have you on the show. the police say the rates have dealt the 'ndrangheta a consididerable blow and they h e wounded the mafia. do you agree? giulia: i partially agree.
this was the biggest organization against 'ndrangheta in europe, so for sure it was very significant, especially on the symbolic point of view and also to give a signed against these organized crime groups that they cannot continue doing illegal activities in europe. bubut i don't say that this will really change the way they run their business. brent: why is that? how powerful are we talkingg about the mafia being? giulia: the 'ndrangheta is considered to be the most powerful mafia in the world. together with the mafia cartels from south america, they are the richest in the world. brent: and the rates that we saw today by the police, would you say that is the best -- the raids we saw today, is that the best way to combat the mafia? giulia: it is an effective way,
but that's not enough. politics also has to do something and improve legislation to combat the mafia's in europe and in germany. for example, with the antibody or prosecutor office, they are improving confiscation tools. brent: how does the mafia maintain its strength? is it because law enforcement has become weaker? what changes to allow the mafia to be strong? giulia: actually, the mafia is very good to adapt to new environments, so they are very able to recognize n new business opportunities and to move where they might have more space. brent: give me an example like in germany, where has the mafia moved in? giulia: following both the
migration but especialally the economic opportunities, and considering the fact that until now, europe has been very united, very free from the economic point of view, so it was very easy for them to move. now we have seen the police operation less national oriented. having different jurisdictions that are not always perfectly combines, that's allowed them to continue their activities. brent: do you see italy having a special responsibility here? we are always talked about the mafia coming from italy. is that an accurate depiction? giulia: i wouldn't say so, first of all because some of these people were born in germany, so the we are talking about second or third generation germans. and also because germany host
the responsibility in a sense to improve -- i would not see it as a national oriented thing, is more opportunity. brent: guilia norberti, we appreciate your time tonight. here are some of the other stories making headlines around the world. the french government is facing more protests across the country. students are due to demonstrate on thuhuday. the government tonight responded to the nationwide unrest by abandoning a fuel tax increasase it had previously only suspended the e hike for six months. been tomorrow may spend a second day debating from mr. theresa may's exit plan. european union officials say therere can be no significacant changeges to the deal l they hae already approved. mais government has finally
published a legeg report after being found in contempt of parliamement for initially withthholding it. in italy,, a and e exposure at a petrol stition killed aa fifirefighter. 10 others werere injured. ththe blasoccucurred when a a tr truck wawas unloading fueuel. fire crews were trying to extinguish an initial blaze when a huge explosion shohook the ar. could the guns fall silent, at least briefly, in yemen? that's a possibility raised by talks with it delegation of huthi rebels and representatives of humans government. negotiations are set to start on thursday in sweden. they are the first talks and that ending the conflict since 2016. >> passports and tickets in hand for a journey any hope will bring peace. a delegation of huthi rebels waited to board their flight to sweden. the un's special envoy artan
griffith has been instrumental in setting up the talks with the yemeni government. such is the distrust between the two sides, the rebels would not get on the plane without him. >> our basic guarantee is the presence of the un's envoy with us on the same flight. this is the only guarantee we haveve for going there. >> evacuation 50 wounded fighters from the war zone has helped build confidence in the talks with the conflict locked in stalemate. the huthis control the northwest of the country, including the capital, sanaa, which they took in 2015. the government has set up a base in the south. four y years of conflflict havet thouousands dead a and created t
is been n described as thehe wot humanitarian crisis in recent history. with humans economy c crippled, more than 14 million people, many of them children, are facingng starvation. >> it is a country at war, as i've heard many say this is a country on the brink of catastrophe. this is not a country on the brink of catastrophe. it is -- this is a country that isis in a catastrophe. that's a a catastrophe that has unfolded in view of the whole world,d, but one many say has bn ignored. the hope i is the talks wiwill result i in a truce, , 11 food a to reach those who need it most. brent: the protection of women in sports has been a big talking point this week after allegations of sexual abuse and sexism in football. a female football referees coach has been examining these issues.
dw went alonong to find out how discrimination still dominates and how it can be overcome.e. >> it began witith afghan women footballers accusing mela fishes of sexual abuse, something the federation denied. in the first women's winner ada hegerberg tw was asked if she coulderk. -- asked if she could twerk. the milill representt coaches fm over 25 cocountries haveve gathd to learn new skills and share stories of discrimination. >> it's an everyday thing. first of all, the spectators are asked, what is a woman doing here?? they say, what are you doing here? women arare not suppososed to be doingg this.
the damage h has been done for a whilile. >> the game was on the other sisi, the phohotographer was abt 80 years old, sitting inside the court as he e wanted to takeke pictures.. he said to me, who are you, why are you not in the kitchen? >> practical sessions were followed by a panel discussion. it's extra funding and better education, progress can be made. >> it's not in the blink of an eye, it needs time, but i think people now are accepting the change and t they are moree awae of women's role and having women role models in the future. i think this will make it easier. >> the focus is becoming clear. women want people to talk about female sporting success, not just men made controversy. brent: let's talk cars, german carmakers are having to head off
a trade war. helena: they have got out their check books after those talks at the white house. same president trump responded positively to invest billions in the united states and most crucially, create jobs. there is talk of cooperative deals such as between bw and ford. the united states is especially important for german carmakers. 8% at the 70 million cars sold there every year are made by german brands. only china has a larger market, 24 million cars are sold there annually for which german manufacturers hold an enormous 22% share. europe is only the third largest market for bs -- bmw, dimer come and volkswagen. you have to bear in mind that 60
million cars are sold there annually, so far lower figure. that is why they cannot afford to ignore an invitation to speak with u.s. trade officials. >> they were summoned, and they came. three german car industry titans called to the white house to make the case against higher tariffs on european made cars. they were initially expecting to meet the president, but in the enend, he came. here is how dimer ceoeo diete zetsche described the encounter. >> a meeting with the president was interesting. he clearly said we are welcome in this country and that he appreciates what we are d doing. but of course his objective is to see more jobs and activity hehere. x a sentiment echoed by other leaders.
to produce electric vehicles in the united states. the specter of trump's, tariffs is still a cause for concern among germans automotive manufacturers. >> additional tariffs would bring us additional cosost and therefore be a threat on competitiveness of our offers in the u.s. market. that's why we say leave the competition open and that the ones who have the best product win within the competition. >> whether president trump will be persuaded to drop the 25% levy he has threatened may depend on the kind of impression the german ceos left on him. helena: germany is likely to lose more than 100,000 jobs as the e traditional car industryry shifts to electric cars. that's a bering c conclusionn of a massive study looking at how the adopoption of electric carss could affect germany's job markets. the experts from the institute
for employment research say the german car industry could avoid the losses if it redoubled its efforts to embrace the electric car industry. to uganda now where tensions have been growing between small uganda and traders in chinese businesses operating in the country. the growing competition has stoked local resentment come including protests. now ugandan soldiers have been deployed as security guards a chinese businesseses in the wake of a spate of robberies. >> he has lived in uganda for 15 years. he says uganda's government as ensured hihim all this time. >> it's fofor the good of the ugugandan peop.. a lot of the ugandan people cannot get a job.
so in thee future -- >> but not only chinese nationals in uganda. police say cases of theft to chinese owned businesses lately have increased. this has forced uganda's presesident too order military intervention. >> thehere been some threats by criminals. this is not acceptable and steps are being taken to ensurere that our businesses are protected. our chinese friends have raised concerns and we have responded to them. >> he says the chinese have created many jobs for uganda's, and he cannot risk trust rating them.
>> it should not be the chinese entrepreneurs to root for uganda. >> over 50,000 chinese leaving -- live in uganda. many are engaged in construction, mostly funded by the government. others are in trade and manufacturing, but have often clashed with locals, especially in running small-scale businesses. the military deployment is prepared to crack down on robberies but doesn't want to set the chinese against local hostels. helena: a letter was auctioned at christie's in new york, as befits the great physicist, the so-called god letter shows
einstein to be a less than enthusiastic yellow. -- fellow. >> $750,000. $850,00000. $900,000. $950,000. four $950,000. helena: einstein writes, the word god for me is nothing more than the expression of product of human weaknesses, still primitive legends. > $2,350,000. $2,40000,000. helena: einstein also calls religions the incarnation of the most childish superstitions. >> final call.
$2,400,000. sold. [a[applause] thank k you all vevery much. apologies to god, i think. helena: you are watching dw news from berlin. i'm helena humphrey. remember brent goff will be with you shortly to take you through "the day." [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]