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struggling with the economic crisis increased profits are great but will the trade agenda of u.s. president donald trump dominate this encounter and will it undermined the main thing that like infrastructure for development and the future of work and sustainable food today and the w news. a low and welcome to focus on europe i'm brian thomas francis been shaken by the biggest protests the new years with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets against a president considered by many to be out of touch with everyday people the demonstrations in paris turned violent with a small hard core among the protesters attacking police officers responded with tear gas and water cannon as the crowds tried to reach the elysee palace president
mccall's official residence while it's especially the new tax on diesel car fuel that's bringing together a broad spectrum of so-called yellow vests protesters like. ski they say it's only a small elite who are profiting from policies. priscilla is on her way to paris to organize a protest she hopes will shut down the downtown area heard livelihood is on the line. these are many visitors and we protesting because we have less and less money enough places to take the fuel tax it's already very high and they keep on increasing its. per car is absolutely crucial for her organic cosmetics business and driving is becoming increasingly an affordable for many people with lengthy commutes to and from paris a few months ago. set up an online petition calling for
a reduction in the mineral oil tax within just a couple of weeks it had been signed by several hundred thousand people the petition spawned a grassroots movement named after the vests worn by people protesting against president micron's policies the yellow vests now number half a million of them live well seventy and this is my first demonstration prices are on the up for everything gasoline gas and electricity for the one two hundred euro short a month but my pension is only increased by three euro's i work for forty two years . and that we don't have enough money to feed our children you call that normal i know elsewhere in paris people fail to understand what all the fuss is about downtown residents live a world away from those in the suburbs here many welcome across efforts to support the environment by raising fuel taxes. someone on this issue and the you know vests which we don't have
a come and we don't want one said the tax doesn't affect us the tax on diesel has become a highly charged issue with less privileged citizens feeling left behind. but the government is standing firm. that we will adhere to our environmental objectives regardless of whether people like it will need to feel safe. but for the yellow vests it's the little people footing the bill most of those protesting voted for mccall in the hope of seeing a more just society now they're calling for his resignation. was. a silly little ski has nothing against environmental protection but she cannot accept is that it's being paid for mainly by residents in the suburbs who are dependent on cars she says the gulf between the center of paris and the periphery between rich and poor is growing the.
wrong the. physical and yet the president needs to listen to us and rethink some decisions including to make progress we have to work together as a. right wing populists have also been trying to embrace the movement the russell i'm all nazionale join the protests despite brazilians efforts to keep them away. we support this movement because they're criticizing the same things that we've been criticizing for years. dude it's environmental protection that punishes french people and that's precisely what mr mcconnell wants to make running a car too expensive for normal people. after months of planning and organizing the protests priscilla is now powerless to prevent nationalists using the movement for its own aims there have been several cases of right wing yellow vests subjecting car drivers to racist abuse and damaging their vehicles brasilia is appalled.
and we don't want people promoting a party's ideology. they can come as regular citizens because this is a citizens movement. that we don't want them showing up to represent their policy. other parties have also attempted to instrumental lines the protest movement purposively a little ski doesn't want them manning the barricades it's not a question of being left or right wing she says but justice for ordinary french. president mccrone has responded to the protests by saying he will talk with citizens groups but that the environmental tax will remain although russia has some one million people suffering from aids there's very little social awareness of a disease health officials say has reached epidemic proportions in some areas aids related deaths are on the rise especially among women gay men and drug users in
a society that is doing precious little for them some with h i v are reaching out to the public in whatever ways they can. and new parents and i don't like being called an aids infector or contaminate or long gone i get cursed really horribly on the back streets full restore pools all sorts of them put on it's own body. vitaly mccoskey has been a hiv positive for eleven years he is one of over one million russians living with a deadly virus. you're choosing to topple i want to tell everyone that hiv is not a death sentence as world people to. people who feel stigmatized by russian society varick overland co is among them. yes all money i'm a heavy positive that if i've been properly informed years ago about the virus and how to protect myself i wouldn't have gotten infected. vera and vitale live in you catherine berg. the city has one of the highest rates of infection in the country.
almost two percent of the population here have a chevy. experts have called it an epidemic. to sing a heavy across all age groups it affects the entire population of russia and what it was interesting to hear. but the virus and the disease it leads to aids are often hushed up say vitale inventor. they want to change that by breaking down prejudices and ending the isolation of the infected. moneta jedburgh but the only thing distinguishing me from healthy people is pills four times a day to stop me from dying. pills the vitali will have to take for the rest of his life. it vance's in medical treatment mean that h.p.v. no longer has to be a death sentence provided you get that treatment in time but many russians do not even know that they are infected. prejudices of lead to insufficient education
awareness. i waited eight years before telling my mother the first thing she said was and we had such high hopes in you in other words not any more about the chemo and you know her world being hiv positive means you're no longer a person reach out here ted. vera set up an association to help get people informed she also offers practical things such as free h.l.v. blood tests and condoms and also drives out to those hardest hit the so-called high risk groups sex workers and drug addicts. in is one of just a handful of private initiatives in the katherine burg vera and her fellow campaigners meet those affected in hidden places. what is your test today is
negative no antibodies. but because the unsafe sex you had was only a month ago you need to come by again and i will take care of yourself it's worse they got the call for my shit i'm scared to go anywhere else was getting out. of four or most places the infection means shame. even if it's not your fault and i'd say the condom torturing sex or your way or if a customer just removes it. and then you start to panic yet the horror of the funny i had one such case and favors group really helped me all. outside city hall and you catherine berg to tell his campaigning in a rather different way. he's holding a banner telling people about his illness and inviting strangers to give him a hug if they're not afraid. he wants to bring down the invisible wall that he says has arisen between him and society since his infection. and the thirty year old
knows he's taking a risk. aren't you afraid i know i'm a doctor and. vera has now provided counseling to over twenty women. women who come to me start thinking about how a child he is now part of their lives the one thing that counseling is my contribution in the fight against the hiv epidemic want us to love the one that would love. you fully if you're not scared. scared of what thanks. if i get any more people hugging me i'll start crying it's so overwhelming
and empowering. vitali and vera have never met but they share a common fate. both are fighting in their own way to stop the spread of aids and for the rights of a chevy positive people in russia. california's worst forest fires on record are thankfully now under control there get another reminder of the destructive force of climate change if we needed one the upcoming climate conference and will be addressing the worst effects of global warming are for some on the german island of longer oak there's no time to lose doing what they can now instead of a stormy autumn is plaskett in sunshine it's not cold right it's positively tropical for this time of year what is it twelve or thirteen degrees
celsius and sunny and about how much of ice and sunshine in november wade in the water barefoot. no problem on the north sea island of lung or nothing is like it was before. this past summer was one of the hottest on record for increasing climate change is starting to pose a threat to life on. the sea level is rising and storm surges are getting stronger . as are as long term prognoses go all of the climate researchers all of the serious studies that i read make me fear for our children's future because it's not just my restaurant that might disappear but the entire island. effect invites restaurants right on the beach would be one of the first places affected angered by the politicians lack of action on climate change that act in votes on taking the e.u. to court. the sea levels already risen by over twenty centimeters
since the one nine hundred fifty s. that means storm surges are higher and the danger for us on the island lies back there. are freshwater lens is located there behind it then dune ridge. at the north sea breaks through the ridge where all our drinking water wells would be contaminated with salt water. already experiences drinking water shortages especially in the summer the island has just two thousand residents but more than two hundred thousand people come here each year on holiday and they use lots of water the natural reservoir nice here under the genius. rainwater collects under the sand in what's called a fresh water lens that feeds the wells but the close of the sea comes the small of the lens gets. truxton before her time the protective area around the dunes has receded by fifty to seventy metres we must be careful not to go too far into the
valley because then the lens will get ever smaller so that's why people here think the e.u. should be aiming for stricter climate targets right away. there are so many of us that we need to get people to come out and join forces and the entire island should be sitting here. thank. the people's climate case against the e.u. they come from across europe kenya and fiji. it's about people trying to protect their fundamental rights on the one hand it's about human rights the right to food and water and on the other it's about economic rights the freedom to choose their occupations the ability to continue operating their business or tourist industry. that's the stuff that it's a serious case that aims to sentence the e.u.
to greatly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. though it's the offseason. has his hands full here i just know it's there this. court the european general court has accepted the case so the legal wrangling can begin there's no financial risk for the plaintiffs their costs are covered by donations. they often let you go but of course we hope that something good will come of it at first i thought there will be a bit of media hype and that will be it. but now they've accepted the case and slowly you start to think oh something really is happening it would be great if something comes of it. but who knows. that there's. a lot but it's months. and the sooner the better because the sea level continues to
rise time is running out for the people. for the u.s member states rex it is a done deal but the final document still must be approved by the british house of commons and that is far from certain whether it's an orderly or a disorderly brax it millions on both sides of the channel are now saying farewell to a decades long partnership for the bracks years themselves until very though they hope the goodbye will be as quick as possible. will hill knows tilbury well because he's lived here for many years. but he doesn't like his town much anymore the windows are bad kids hang around on the streets drinking even at noon. will use to work at the docks and made good money but now he has lots of time to think about the police station that's been shut down due to budget cuts
it's like that everywhere. so. you know what it's like to be brought. before. everything. nobody helps. is only twenty miles away from london. on a clear day you can even see the glittering skyscrapers of the city of london the place where policy is made and lots of money. none of it finds its way to tilbury just down the thames here many people have low wage jobs and much of the work at the ports is now done by machines. many long time residents say they are too many foreigners here that's why so many until breathe voted for breaks it and still want it even today. like tell me lawrence you were.
not that he's following all of the political drama taking place in the british capital in recent weeks it's beyond comprehension and he's got better things to do . he's proud of his pigeons the poor man's race horses are. so much remains uncertain but charlie lawrence is sure of one thing. all called white country by. will and surely have lost all trust in the politicians when they talk they're full of mr alger for the england of all. and they're counting on breaks to turn back the clock to the days when told her he was wealthy and wise. ass. or knew what it was law before he was in europe we had a good standard of living we have got nothing in this country we are. it would be
easy enough just to write these men office xenophobes but they've simply been neglected and ignored for too long and want to escape their dire straits but a first little while we want to be tough want all on board. because because it's tough well all the more because like more grown children will benefit without a shadow. there are big plans for tilbury for its course at least it's to be expanded here at the edge of the marsh. rather gledhill can't wait he's the star of council leader and a firm believer in that he doesn't fear and no deal scenario where britain crashes out of the e.u. with all the ensuing political and economic turbulence. he says even today much of the freight at tilbury sports comes from asia and africa. is here already at this point he's taking
a crystal ball forty percent of it comes from outside of the we're already geared up for that expansion of the pool and indeed the capacity here means will be a cycle that's right why don't we just be winners. for many young people until very the st mary's boxing club is the only place where they feel like when is the only place that gives them strength. the town has the youth facilities. and the british government doesn't provide funding to help keep kids off the street. tell me rusts two sons box head he says the sport teaches them discipline something he thinks prime minister to resign may could learn a thing or two about we hear that phrase in my speeches in customs union to stop was doing trade deals with the rest of the well. it was given a vote we found each and now the politicians are doing what they want so now
a lot of people having been very upset very upset. and people here have much to be upset about residents of tilbury struggle with poor housing poor diets and poor community spirit here just a stone's throw away from london life expectancy is eighty years shorter than in richer parts of the country. will spends a lot of time by the thames he even spread his father's ashes here for the former dock worker the river symbolizes both his past and his hopes for the future i hope some money does come back into this town and turned into the sand it was it was a family tree. so if it does it does which i'm hoping it will but as i said i can't look into a crystal ball like you know we hope and wish. people here are pinning their hopes on bragg said to bring better days but unless
a lot changes residents of tilbury looks set to be disappointed. eight hundred kilograms and weight one point six metres in height those are not the healthiest of measurements not even for a cow at six a debate is raging in switzerland right now about the ideal weight for cattle this and trolley of cows to swiss life was brought into sharp focus by the recent national referendum on horn cutting by a slim margin the nation voted to continue the practice that many argue was cruel and unnatural so the horns are gone let's find out of swiss cows will now be permitted to keep those extra pounds. of cotton mel is the pride and joy of farmer mathias haute and one of his best dairy cows but like the rest of his herd she has an inborn problem a sister call camellia is
a special cross breed and i know she's now four and a half and has produced two calves and is one of our biggest cows she's almost one metre sixty tall at least on foster i mean the say schtick all sounds impressive the farmer shows us what the problem is his father built a cow shed thirty years ago back then its inhabitants were considerably smaller. in the one nine hundred sixty s. so is farmers began breeding their cows to enhance their milk output in the process the cows and their utters grew larger and larger. for mathias quote that would mean expanding the shed instead he wants to breed smaller cows. i'd like to show you are heard and maybe get a few tips. shots and back at work for the association that advises farmers on their breeding plans and i think because they didn't get the bit farms with
a science related problems like the one of mr holt have to use boots was jeans could use mid sized or smaller costs. this new twenty first century swiss cow needs to be both smaller and more efficient and here are a group of those prized specimens they belong to and the various who runs an organic farm his cows are modest in size and appetite making them ideal for grazing the biggest is one metre forty five tall. trying to make you seem to be in my view not smaller cows are more economical. they're healthier and need less fodder. then. but not all farmers think the new swiss cow is the future heinz maya prefers high performance cattle. this cow is being dolled up for an auction a young cow with huge potential. little she has a fan tested and a with perfectly placed heats she's a deal for
a fully automated stables and milking systems a mouth a machine most this thing heinz maya is picking out the animals for his next auction among them is penny at one meter sixty five she's around twenty centimeters taller than the cows on the organic farm she also produces about a third more milk. he presented her suddenly i don't have the feeling that we need to new invention. but it seems the future will belong to smaller and slighter cows a recent study shows that in switzerland pasture feeding is more canonical than indoor housing. not only that but those beautiful swiss meadows will make for much happier cows about as well. that's all for this edition of focus on europe i'm brian thomas for the entire team thanks so much for being with us and if you'd like to see any of our reports again just go to our home page god com or visit our facebook page storks so long for now. the
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