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openly about what would happen if greece exit's the euro. greek party leaders will more talks on a unity government. leading players of our prospects -- players talk down prospects. hello and welcome to gmt. i am george alagiah, with a world of news and opinion. the norway massacre that murderer "bbc world news." -- murder anders breivik. was it skill or just cash i and the british premier ships? it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, and 2:00
in the afternoon in athens. emergency coalition government in the aftermath of the inconclusive elections. the prospect of greece's leaving the euro seems more likely. even some central banks are thinking what was once unthinkable. bar business correspondent reports. >> those headed to work in athens this morning were faced with more depressing headlines. drama, said this one. the most likely outcome is for further elections and even less of a mandate for austerity. that would leave greece well out of step with the imf and the eurozone, but even more certain to leave the euro. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i am very scared that they will not be able to succeed because i'm afraid the the politicians have other things on their minds. >> it's not going to prove
anything to the greek people. it's not going to get anything back to us. >> we're not going to agree on a government. we are probably going to elections. europe will stop giving us money and we will stop having food to eat. >> financial markets across europe have reacted badly. the euro fell further as the cost of government borrowing in spain and italy rose once again. the big fear of a greek exit from the euro could spread the crisis from the larger economies and recap in greece itself. -- and wreak havoc in greece itself. >> a very weak currency, which would give a competitive advantage. marine default all around -- it owuld mean default all around.
>> he repeated his belief that the eu cannot change the agreed bailout plan for greece. among some european politicians and financial institutions, a growing exceptions -- the less degrees can endorse the previous austerity plan, there may be no alternative but to exit from the euro. >> for the latest developments in athens, let's go over to our correspondent there. richard, party leaders are described as last-ditch talks. they seem to be just going through the motions. >> it certainly feels like that. obviously, these talks have been going on since the inconclusive election eight days ago. it is now in the hands of the president. he is trying to bring a different party leaders together to try to convince them to form some sort of unity government. i think you are right. this pretty much could be the last chance when this meeting
starts later on this evening. it comprises of two establishment parties, both of which were trounced in the polls, along with the more moderate left-wing parties. the leader of the left-wing party has already said that there cannot be any national unity government if another of the more radical left-wing parties, which did very well in the elections eight days ago, if that party is not included, he says it is impossible to form a national unity government. there's very little optimism at the moment that the president can pull something off. >> richard, if he cannot pull something off, there will be new elections in june. any sense that would lead to more conclusive results? >> not really, no. the opinion polls at the moment indicates that the radical left-
wing parties, which are badly opposed to the austerity program -- that party could come out on top. i think that is very unlikely. it will have to form some kind of coalition. it's possible that you would then have a coalition government that's totally opposed to the package. that is why people are very seriously concerned about the possibility of greece being forced out of the eurozone. >> thank you for all of that. let's catch up with the business news. aaron heslehurst is here. he did not talk about market reaction. what has it been like? >> all down at the moment. the markets have had two years of "will they or won't they?" there's a sense the markets and investors are fed up with the greek situation.
european markets are down. the big loser today -- european banks. in particular, french banks. investors are very worried about your exposure -- just how much money you have tied up in the likes of greece. let's not exclude spain. greece and spain will be dominating the agenda with the eurozone finance ministers, who are meeting in brussels to try to come together with some solution. again, a last chance to throw the dice on the table. we have seen this marked turnaround in language over the last day or so about a possible exit. look at the european central bank. it has always been adamant. they used to say european treaties do not allow for an exit and the breakup would cause incalculable cost. the european bank is saying since yesterday -- it is not
desirable, but it is possible. the experts say once the line has been crossed for a country leaving, once it has been demonstrated that there is an exit, all sorts of horrible things follow. listen to this. >> all of a sudden, members of the eu and the ecb saying it is technically possible for greece to leave the eurozone, even though it would unleash horrible effects. the risk is not just greece. if the problem is just greece, it is a completely unmanageable. spain and italy were able to sell that earlier today. -- sell debt earlier today. all a sudden, the markets have lost all faith that the eurozone could stay together. >> the big risk, is this leading into a financial crisis
again? why would you have money in one of these troubled economies like ireland or portugal? why would you have money sitting in euros? >> let's talk about yahoo!. we knew it was a company in trouble with lots of difficulties. they lost another boss. >> a bit of controversy over scott thompson. there were questions about a fake computer science degree. this is the third person running yahoo! in three years. it stems back to 2008 when microsoft tried to take over yahoo!. a lot of dissatisfaction about the direction of this company. the company very strongly believes it has a new direction. the question i asked, do investors have the same belief? >> when we think of yahoo!, they
are not quite sure what it's about anymore. you used to know what it was for. it was a way of searching the internet. it has a huge number of properties. it has served up a lot of content. making people believe in that. making people understand -- that is a huge challenge. >> that's what investors want to see. what this sort of company is yahoo! today? >> i just want to bring you a story we are getting coming in now. two strong earthquakes registering a magnitude of 5.9 struck an area near the peru- chile border on monday. that comes from the united states geological survey. the first tremor apparently occurred at 10:00 gmt in peru at a depth of nearly 14 miles.
we will monitor that and bring you anything more we have on it through this program and through the day on "bbc world news." now to some of the other stories making headlines around the world. more survivors of anders breivik have come face to face with him in court in oslo today. among them, a 21-year-old woman who was shot in the arm as she fled across the camp site on the island during last summer's massacre. i am joined by lars bevanger. it sounds like there has been hurt wrenching testimony from survivors. >> we have just heard the testimony from an 18-year-old boy who was able to avoid anders breivik's bullet. he fled with his best friend.
this witness described in court how he had to watch his friend die. we also heard from other very young people who were shot but managed to escape by swimming off the island. one swa 6m hundred meters to the mainland before she was in safety -- swam 600 meters to the mainland. >> one of the witnesses asked for him to be removed from court before she took the stand. she said she was too nervous to have him in her presence. the others have allowed him to stay. he remains virtually the motion -- virtually emotionless.
>> lars, we will leave it there. thank you very much. china has denied accusations by the dalai lama that it hatched a plot to kill them by poisoning him. the dalai lama told a british newspaper he had been warned that china had trained tibetan women to put poisoned on their hair and clothing to touch. >> a chinese foreign ministry spokesman said the is dalai lama spreading rumors to attract public attention. he says the accusations are groundless. a chinese newspaper went further, calling them mind- boggling. the rulers as the plot -- the dalai lama said he has heard in china since female agents to kill him, putting poison on their hair and clothing and then getting him to touch them.
china says that they are too sensational to refute. the foreign ministry percent said the dalai lama is using the cloak of religion to carry out several activities. china has long claimed he wants to split tibet from the rest of china, an allegation he denies. >> still to come on gmt -- after the glamour of carla bruni, what style will the new first lady of transferrinfrance bring? >> mexican authorities have discovered 49 mutilated bodies near the northern city of monterey. security officials have blamed the killings on the conflict between rival drug gangs. will grant reports from mexico city. >> as violence in the episode as
mexico as seeing. dozens of mutilated bodies dumped in plastic bags on a road leading to the industrial city of monterey. authorities had identification of the bodies is further complicated by the fact that the killers had removed the victim'' hands. >> [speaking foreign language] >> this is not an attack, a civilian population. it is very important to recognize that. >> this part of the country is under the control of drug cartels. in particular, a vast criminal networks. the cartels are battling over the lucrative routes north to the united states. in 2006, the army was deployed to tackle them. six years later, more than 50,000 people have lost their lives in drug-related violence. 13,000 last year alone.
>> the presidential election in mexico is weeks away. at the top of the list of voter priorities is security. the shocking events made clear -- whoever wins will have a hard time bringing peace back to the country. >> military in new london says it has captured a senior leaderless -- in uguanda says it has captured a senior leader. it's says he was caught in an ambush in the central african republic. >> this is gmt from "bbc world news." i am george alagiah. it looks increasingly unlikely that greece will be able to form a new coalition after the democratic left party says unity
is not possible. at the trial of anders breivik, more testimony is heard from survivors of the massacre in norway. the final day of the english premier league season was the most dramatic and one of the most thrilling and industry. manchester city took the title for the first time in 44 years. joining me from central manchester is andy. i imagine this is a city with something of a hang over this morning. >> it is, ye. s. it is fairly quiet. i suspect there are a few sore heads among the manchester city fans. it was an extraordinary family to the season. they thought they had blown it. they had to score twice to win
the title. extraordinarily, that's exactly what they did. pretty much of the last kick of the entire season. it sparked euphoria. you would have to wait 44 years for this moment. we can expect plenty more ceremonies and celebrations. aid -- there'se sen this argument that anybody could do it. if you spend a billion quid, you would expect to win something like this. >> i think people will say that has always been the case. manchester united has been plenty of money over the years. so as chelsea, of course. even the letter and 1995 was london -- even in 1995, the winner was funded by a local
businessman. he has plowed nearly 1 billion pounds into the club since he bought it four years ago. now the football in world is really his oyster. frankly, more titles are very much possible. >> are there plans to level the playing field a bid? >> there are. financial fair play, which is being phased in. clubs will only be able to spend money that they generate themselves. they already have a hugely powerful squad, some of the best players in the world. increase their prestige and their advertising power -- this title will help them increase their prestige and their advertising power. it will only increase their potential and years to come. the fans here believe this title will only be the first of many.
>> thank you very much. thank you. the man in charge of the u.n. peacekeeping monitors in syria has warned that the country cannot carry in as it is. his comments, as reports suggest that 23 government soldiers have been killed in fighting the rabble-held town of rastan in homs. he now has a force of 160 u.n. observers. he has said it is just one small ingredient in preserving syria's fragile ceasefire. >> more un observers arrive every day. the general has the same message. for all of them >> my first point is exactly -- if you do not remember anything else, you will remember that you are a guest in syria. >> it is also a dangerous place.
>> everything is fine and you are arriving. >> what can his mission so few in numbers do? >> the mission in syria is not the ingredients that is going to change everything on the ground, not in the next few days, not in more days. it is a little element that can help. >> many find it is difficult to see this opening that you talk about. >> the main challenge is to have all stakeholders inside syria make the commitment and then by actions on the ground by what they do every day to live up to these commitments. >> they have made the commitments. >> we have engaged with the opposition and locally. the situation is very fragmented. it's a different situation in homs.
even inside some of the city's. the situations are different from neighborhood to neighborhood. >> what would it take to moving forward? >> if anyone needs to be more afraid, speaking about making a choice of completing -- be more brave, making the choice of pulling back all the heavy weapons and starting to provide for the people in these difficult hot spots -- the basic services they need. that responsibility is first and foremost on the government. the people in the villages, there is still a choice to be made him to try as much as they can to help us to bring this forward in a peaceful way with less violence. >> as for how long it would take, the general said the situation cannot go on. it was unsustainable. to many syrians suffering -- too many serious suffering.
>> at least nine people have been killed in an explosion in afghanistan. a member of the region's provincial council has been killed. a local doctors said at least 10 people were injured. on tuesday, nicolas sarkozy will hand over power to french president-elect francois hollande. his partner, valerie, 10 years his junior, and the only first lady to enter the palace without a ring on her finger. our correspondent reports. >> the first lady of france, which has brought celebrity in the past. she has star quality of her own.
for 20 years, she has been a political reporter and presents her own talk show on french television. throughout the election campaign, she kept a distance from the cameras. she was there in the background. she had an office in socialist headquarters and was always ready to offer the device that hollande clearly values. as i think she can be very useful to me. i think she was. she knows the ropes. she knows the professional. >> twice divorced, she has three teenage children. she says she did not choose a public life. she chose francois hollande. very much on the stage, the woman who's a man's shoe stale . if that makes life difficult,
what about the fact she has to follow? the super model, carla bruni, always did out stage of the others. her big problem was downplaying the clamor. valerie shops for clothes in the market and spends most of her spare time, she says, searching for clothes under her children's beds. she has been distant bad times, to the point of appearing cold. one of sarkozy's supporters reading tour the rockwe-- [inau] >> she knows the way we behave and therefore, she is wary. >> certainly, she is a tasty, her own woman, and more than a
photo opportunity -- she is f iesty. like it or not, she has at least five years to get used to it. >> a reminder of our top story on gmt. uncertainty over greece's political future has pushed the euro to a four-month low. the group has highlighted the eurozone's risk that greece may exit the euro. a final round of coalition talks and also trying to avert a new election. that is all for now. stay with us on "bbc world news." there is plenty more to come. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news.
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