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a nation on the brink of famine the rebel leader prepared to meet yemen's government for peace talks the u.n. brokered talks could be the first chance in the years to end a bloodbath that's left tens of thousands dead and twenty two million people on the edge of starvation also coming up. france's government backs down on an unpopular fuel tax that has sparked demonstrations across the country but the move is doing little to appease the protesters they're vowing to fight on. and also on the show german auto giant v.w. announcing it's teaming up with u.s. carmaker for they want to build a global automotive alliance ousmane comes after german c.e.o.'s go to the white house hoping to stave off towers.
i'm dr thomas thanks so much for being with us a delegation of who's the rubbles has arrived in sweden ahead of peace talks with yemen's government the u.n. brokered talks are the first since twenty sixteen and are aimed at ending yemen's devastating four year war. possible syndicates in hand jennie many hypo bring peace a delegation if the rebels were a team to pull dash light to sweden. the u.n. special envoy martin griffiths has been instrumental in setting up the talks with the yemeni government such is the distrust between the two sites and rebels wouldn't get on the plane without him. our basic guarantee is the presence of the u.n. envoy with us on the same flight this is the only guarantee we have for going there . the evacuation of fifty wounded who see fighters from the war zone has
also helps build confidence in the talks with the conflict locked in stalemates the who sees backed by iran control the north west of the country including the capital sanaa which they took him twenty fifteen the government backed by saudi arabia and the u.a.e. has set up base in aden in the south. for years of conflict have left thousands dead and created what's been described as the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history with yemen's economy cripples more than fourteen million people many of them children facing starvation. is a country at war as of her many say that this is a country of the break of catastrophe but this is not a country on the brink of catastrophe this is a country that isn't a catastrophe. the catastrophe that sun falls is in full view of the whole world
but one many say has been ignored the hope is the talks will result in a truce allowing food and aid to reach those who need it most. often the more this morning let's bring in get a steinberg expert on the middle east the german institute for international and security affairs think tank good morning to get oh all these talks lead to a truce and a halt in the fighting. we don't know yet. mistake because one thing has changed since since two thousand and sixteen when the last negotiations took place the united states now exerts pressure on saudi arabia and the u.a.e. to start the negotiations and the negotiations at least with a truce so i think we can we can all be slightly optimistic ok what's behind the new push from the united states i think we do see the results of the murder of
the trumpet ministration is on the jump in and say that's a saudi arabian journalist the journalist who has been killed in october two in the saudi consulate in istanbul and ministration is under pressure by congress. to start sanctions more meaningful sanctions than it already has against saudi arabia and it seems to me that ministration wants to offer a yemen truce all perhaps even peace negotiations in order not to sanction saudi arabia and to its middle east policy regarding especially regarding iran ok so we have new pressure from the united states the yemen conflict is widely considered a proxy war between saudi arabia and iran what motivation would either or both of these are and the fighting was saudi arabia has the motive that it is absolutely dependent militarily diplomatically on the united states without united states
military support saudi arabia cond keep up. for i would say more than two or three weeks on the other hand i do not see it. i do not see the war as a proxy war the rani an influence on the forty rebels in the country is not really strong we hardly have an iranian presence we do have a presence perhaps. doesn't military advisers. see the conflict between the two richest states the richest in the region namely saudi arabia and the u.a.e. . which are to some extent. supported by iran but it's a. decision to stop the these are in a very strong position simply because if they don't lose they way it's ok would that mean that there is a positive for. just laid out well. it all depends on the
administration and as we all know the ministration is not that. is not the real partner anymore that it was until two thousand and fifteen so i think we can be somewhat optimistic about the actors on the ground especially saudi arabia to some extent and the u.a.e. are not that much interested in conflict resolution right now they still think that they can win this war but there might be a truce yes ok thanks very much peter steinberg from the germans for international and security affairs. now for some of the other stories making news today the british prime minister treason is battling that plan on track as parliament is set to begin a marathon five day debate on her deal prime minister's already been handed a major blow her government has become the first in british history to be found in
contempt of part of this after it used to publish a legal report on. u.s. prosecutors say michael flynn the former national security adviser to president trump should not face jail time as the special counsel robert muller cited substantial cooperation with the russia investigation. when resigned from his post last february after murphy had lied to white house officials about a meeting he had with the russian ambassador in the lead up to the twenty sixth election. a new seven point zero magnitude quake has just hit off of new caledonia this comes after authorities ordered the evacuation of coastal areas after issuing a tsunami warning now that warning came after a powerful undersea earthquake of magnitude seven point six struck off the east coast of the french territory earlier. in
a medical first doctors in brazil have reported helping a woman to successfully deliver a baby from a transplanted uterus uterus had been taken from a deceased donor baby girls born last december all previous cases of uterus transplant from the donors have failed to produce a live birth. it's two fronts now where president manuel mccall has climbed down from his unpopular increase in fuel taxes the move comes after three weeks of growing protests that have brought central paris to a standstill and that have become increasingly violent i'm across announcement that he's suspending the tax has done little to appease the protesters. a french school going up in flames these images was filmed in toulouse but other images spread on social media showed similar scenes elsewhere. high school students on strike for
the second day the students so they want to voice their opposition to education reforms and show support for the yellow vista protests meanwhile on national t.v. the french prime minister announced the government was suspending planned increases to fuel taxes for six months in response to the nationwide protests that could only under one exam go has deep roots it's been brewing for a long time it's often stayed quiet out of discretion or pride. today it is being expressed with force and in a collective way one has to be deaf or blind not to see or hear it or that. you know it all but there was also a clear warning the government would not tolerate further violence from the yellow vests. so your new vigil need to move be given another day of protest is organized on saturday it must be authorized and must take place peacefully the interior
minister will use all necessary means to enforce law and order. law although sparked by an announced fuel tax hike the yellow vista protests have now come to reflect more widespread anger at the government that hit major cities causing damage and disruption over the last three weeks the government move is an attempt to quell the sun rest but yellow vist supporters say it's too little too late. it's not a sign of appeasement it's just a storming tactic there's nothing there it's empty there's no specific explanation . but i don't think that's going to be enough to put this genie back into its bottle because now it's out and people are waiting for something else is an answer . the climb down is yet another setback for the president to manual mccall his approval ratings have slipped sharply in recent months and it's doubtful
this policy u. turn will appease the protesters. the u.s. is observing a national day of mourning in honor of former president george h.w. bush who died on friday his casket has been lying in state since monday in the u.s. capitol rotunda where mourners have been passing through the respects. here in germany george bush sr will be remembered as a president closely linked to the dramatic moments that marked the end of the cold war and german reunification it was during his presidency that the berlin wall fell and that communist east germany and west germany were reunited after forty years of the vision. it was the moment germans had awaited for decades and while it was ronald reagan he famously called for the berlin wall to be torn down george bush sr was in office when it finally happened we had called the chancellor who oversaw the unification
once described push as a stroke of luck in his country's history saying that every united germany wouldn't have been possible without his help bring were described as a tireless diplomat the forty first us president help soften the fronts after decades of animosity between washington and the eastern bloc and he vocally supported the idea of german reunification when other european countries were strongly opposed. on the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall bush coal and former soviet leader mikhail gorbachev came together to mark the occasion . the war could never be reduce your dream our green. one germany. a free germany. the proud germany that is thankfully regained its rightful close among the living nations of the earth. when news of his death broke
bush diplomatic contributions to german unity were at the forefront of many people's minds. on the sidelines of the g twenty summit in argentina german chancellor angela merkel expressed her condolences as well as an apparent sentimentality for a different era and transatlantic relations and would call quantisation helmut kohl could always rely on his ally in the white house during george h.w. bush's presidency we experienced reliability and strength in the german american relationship and we'll never forget this experience. george bush legacy isn't viewed without controversy in germany many citizens were deeply opposed to his war on the gulf war that was co financed by their government . nevertheless most will remember that will keep us as a friend and a us president who helped show what's possible when country split together.
for more i'm joined now by irwin call your he's a professor of economics at the bard college here one focuses on german u.s. relations good morning euro one for me here in germany george bush sr is celebrated as a president who managed to bring over france and especially britain the then prime minister margaret thatcher to the idea of german reunification a powerful germany was feared backed by many. that was the case one has to sort of go back in history to realize what a surprise the events were people were not expecting suddenly the german question to rear its head at that moment and that dramatically so the fact that george herbert walker bush and his team was quick to realize the potential of the situation and bring others around who were still in shellshock they had older ways .