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angle americal is cementing her legacy adding another accolade today the prestigious fulbright prize now as the so-called leader of the free world prepares her exit another leader wants to take over that title sen kemal a harris is throwing her hat in the ring for twenty twenty could she become the woman to unseat the man in the white house i'm called aspen in berlin and this is the day. i stand before you today to announce my candidacy was an american dream i am here to see are under attack and on the like never. under this administration. america's position in the world has never been weaker and there. we are better
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then. there. was. also on the day a border wall in denmark germany's neighbor to the north begins building a fence to keep out unwanted visitors but in this case we're talking about pigs. this. understood us of a fence is that it's supposed to stop wild pigs getting into denmark. is part of the danish government's action plan and so it's gone through to do so they deal. elizabeth warren bernie sanders joe biden there's already a long list of politicians rumored or confirmed to be running for u.s. president in twenty twenty and you can now add democratic senator carl harris the list. she's one of the party's front runners for the nomination and the chance to
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challenge donald trump in twenty twenty before prosecutor kicked off her campaign in her hometown of oakland california and is presenting herself as the leader who could unite america. long lines in downtown oakland come along harrah's drew a big crowd here for her campaign kick of rally among them many young women like in portugal eager to hear what the senator has to say. we really love how strong she is unlike criminal justice reform immigration she just doesn't allow people to believe her like she asked the hard questions she keeps her composure he's really will spoken i am excited to see her or her pop for. the about what matters and ultimately be reinvigorated by this rally was supposed to be a show of political force and it certainly looked that way when kaamelott harris
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took to the stage the daughter of jamaican and indian immigrants promised to be a fighter for the people stating that it was time to restore what she views as a loss of american values president strummed we are here because the american dream and our american democracy are under attack and on the line like never before and we are here at this moment in time because we must answer. a fundamental question who are we. who are we as americans let's answer that question. america we are better than this i the democratic proxies looking for fresh faces and common law harris who's been a u.s. senator for only two years certainly fits that bill she grew up here in oakland a diverse industrial city known for its toughness high crime rates and political
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left wing activists now she is the first female black candidate having a viable shot at the presidency right. but where dozens of democrats lining up to run in twenty twenty the crucial question will be whether the party things come along harris has a chance of beating down old trump her supporters definitely think she does understand people she understand them here their country understand the needs of our country and she has morals which we don't have right now. with a year and a half until the democrats pick their presidential nominee kaamelott her is still has a long way to go but her oakland rally was beyond doubt a good start. joining me now from the u.s. capitol is our washington correspondent. welcome myo first off tell us a little bit more about harris the candidate i mean what's her main message as we
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start inching towards two thousand and twenty launching. well what was interesting to hear at her rally was she is known as a very centrist democrat she comes from a prosecutorial background she was the head lawyer in the state of california and she's now pitching a very much more left wing slightly socialist agenda we heard her at her speech talk about things like medicare for all we should be essentially universal health care which was. a policy that bernie sanders very much championed during the twenty sixteen campaign also things like. move moving america forward general progressive things like that and she was really able to whip up that crowd doing some of those old school political moves like you know having all of these anecdotes about her personal life drawing back to former leaders of old who are
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very revered in the american political sphere but her platform is going to be something that's going to be interesting to watch especially as this is expected to be such an extraordinarily crowded democratic field with people trying to adopt ideas from just everywhere along the party platform you mention a bit of her policy there also that she's been branded a centrist but maybe moving a little bit more to the left where would you put her on the spectrum compared to a bernie sanders or senator warren. well definitely she is not as much of a known political figure on the grand stage as much as warren or sanders are in part because warren and sanders just have much more robust resumes they've been in office for much longer than camila harris has as we heard she's only been a senator for two years but she is known for being rather
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a feared interrogator in washington we saw a bit of this during those hearings back at the end of last year for now supreme supreme court justice brett kavanaugh she really drilled into him and she was some people estimated at putting on a bit of a show for what was anticipated to be a presidential run but what's interesting is because she has this prosecutor prosecutorial background she is somewhere much more of the center or even right on issues like criminal justice reform social justice things that are now very much a central part of the left wing ideology in america these days i want to ask you about the prosecutorial background because some people are essentially saying this is a bit of a double edged sword that this gives her some credibility and gives her some job experience but the same time she could potentially be attacked for that background on the campaign trail. oh very much so and if she ends up being that person on the
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stage across from donald trump during the debates in the coming presidential election this is something that the republicans are going to drill down on she was known for prosecuting sex workers she helped support a very controversial bill that basically took away a lot of protections that sex workers had and forced them back out into the streets into much more dangerous situations as she is known for also keeping people in jail who were shown to be not guilty of the crimes that they were convicted of and there's just a lot there that will be very troubling for especially the minority community is in the u.s. who are known for who are often alleged being targeted by law enforcement officials so to them she might just look like a cop and they don't like cops. you can tell the appeal that she has i mean that big crowd behind her what about with republicans this you the type of democratic
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candidate that could potentially win over some republican voters who are fed up with president trump well that's certainly something that the democratic candidate is going to have to contend with but one thing that we learned from the two thousand and sixteen campaigns was playing the center might not necessarily work in u.s. politics anymore that was something that the hillary clinton campaign very much tried to do they were trying to cast this big tent trying to welcome in republicans who didn't want to vote for donald trump and that very much backfired so it may simply be that whoever the candidate is has to not play the centrist card and just move to the left and people in the middle will have to make up their minds are the crowded field for twenty twenty getting a bit more crowded corresponded minus waiter in washington thank you very much. the european union was founded because of the lessons learned from the horrors of the twentieth century and this is why europe is
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a multilateral project we in germany know that in the long run we can only prosper if europe also prosperous. i'm convinced that the idea of european integration is the best idea we ever had on this continent. german chancellor angela merkel there being awarded the prestigious fulbright prize for her quote leadership in times of unrelenting global crises and challenges accolade was awarded in berlin tonight the first time that that ceremony was held outside the u.s. in the twenty five years of the prize has been in existence previous recipients include nelson mandela former u.s. presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton and the organization doctors without borders. and joining me now at the big table is our very own friend to
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golf it's great to have you here you were actually you were at that ceremony first of all just just talk to me about the significance of this award when you talk about the war you have to talk about the name fulbright and it's a name that's known around the world we're talking about a u.s. senator fulbright who after world war two. looked at europe and he said you know it's harder to destroy attack others if we know them personally and so he started this exchange program the u.s. government started funding the fulbright program and it's now one of the war just as one of the most successful exchange programs in the world when you talk about the fulbright prize of the fulbright program you're talking about building bridges and you're not talking about which i heard a lot tonight from people you're not talking about building walls. now. we heard a bit of that list a very impressive list of former winners kofi anon nelson mandela so why was marital this year's winner what what what what was the what was the merit here.
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commission and how they justify the decision they mentioned miracles remarkable compassionate leadership and her stronger. commitment to mutual understanding and the international cooperation but everyone i spoke with this evening they mentioned her ability to successfully merge politics with empathy and the person who presented the award the c.n.n. journalist christiane amanpour tonight you know she talked about america being an example and an enforcer of wielding political power and not forgetting about the humanity that connects us all. christiane amanpour mentioned something and you know this got a good laugh too she said you know america is a scientist right she's a she's a trained as a background and she said you know isn't that refreshing to have a political leader who deals with facts and respects facts in an age where facts and and everything that we consider to be true are being attacked right now and of
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course that was a mention to the reference to the trumpet ministration and what i also heard a lot tonight was how he has he has shaken the foundations of the transatlantic community more than in the younger including the fulbright community on top of that i spoke with two people tonight and they know america personally in the know her policies they also know her personality one is from washington d.c. and one is from right here in berlin i want you to listen to what they say about merkel the award in the state of transatlantic relations right now take a listen. you're in washington a lot you know the german chancellor why is she the right person for the fulbright prize because she represents this estate ability of the program in many ways by virtue of her own sustainability. that's what we need right now i think there is terrific amount of shall we say volcanic in tectonic shifts going on and i think that full right you know all these years is proof that you can keep going if you
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keep connecting and that's what this program really means how is uncle americal seen on the other side of the atlantic i mean you you work in washington. i think she's got a normal amount of respect it's interesting that as soon as her announcement came out that she was going to be maybe stepping down at the end of his term the first thing that happened was that harvard asked her to give their commencement address that shows you the quality of the person and how she's a value added certainly in that community and i think in many others as well so she's got respect as i said before because she's resilient and she stayed on the ball are you concerned when america was gone the latest would be twenty twenty one that the transatlantic relationship and this this back and forth across the pond that has been. given for so many decades is that going to be threatened no i think not i think that the look that there is a lot of depth to this relationship that goes well beyond a person in the chest three for that matter people in political positions they
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change and i think that the evidence of that is the fact that we're talking about the seventieth anniversary of the federal republic this year the seventy third ever see of nato the thirtieth anniversary of the wall coming down and we're still working on it so i think we'll be all right we just have to get through some shall we say some challenges we have really facing challenges and we have problems serious also i would say it damage to the transatlantic relations. i would not underestimate symbols. if the german chancellor is receiving this award this important award by fulbright organization they says something that there's a commitment is a strong belief in the future of transatlantic relations so don't underestimate it it's a very good sign and i think now's the time not to turn away then to actually face each out there and put all the things that are you know we have discussing currently on the table actually gives me some more optimism that we're looking into
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a not so complicated future in transatlantic relations because we both have to understand how important it is. in your opinion who is more committed to the transatlantic relationship today we're looking at both sides of the atlantic germany or the united states with all the history we this country germany has to thank the american people a lot i mean look at seventy years of berlin airlift the marshall plan and we have thirty years this year off the fall of the berlin wall the unification reunification of the two germany's would not have been possible without the strong support of the american president and the american people so so so germany would you would say is more committed today to that relationship in the u.s. . i would say well you just it takes two to tango right in the past it was really the americans who put a lot of effort and a lot of energy in this and maybe now because of this transatlantic well wake up
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call they're currently facing only here understands better that we need to invest more in the trans-atlantic relations then possibly informant decades find some interesting points of view there is bigger they're saying that the trump is actually right that germany has had this free ride for all these years i mean that saying that but he's echoing what we heard tonight and that is germany is contributing more to its own defense and security in nato and that is a direct result of the demands made by u.s. president so you can see that as a positive but underneath the surface there are problems with the transatlantic relationship and that was evident tonight so you regardless of who i spoke with. you could hear this that people are not satisfied with the state of transatlantic relationships right now and i'll give you an example the u.s. ambassador to germany richard grinnell he was there tonight but he did not speak
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and we have to think about that we've got the u.s. ambassador being there present he's president we're talking about the u.s. exchange program that is giving an award to the german chancellor and yet there. is not anyone speaking from the united states and sources tell me that he was not enthusiastic about attending tonight were enthusiastic about miracle receiving the award and i also heard from reliable sources that he was not happy about the c.n.n. journalist christiane amanpour presenting the award tonight and we know that trump the previous president trump has accused c.n.n. of fake news and christian amanpour comes from c n n so you know there were those undercurrents there of people not being able to get along that were evident tonight going back to chancellor merkel for a second of course we know she's announced she will not run again as chancellor this will be our last term how does this award starts maybe shape the legacy of
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uncle americal as chancellor in germany and i think it speaks. to her commitment to u.s. german ties throughout her political career i mean she said tonight outside of europe the united states remains our most germany's most important partner and she said you know that that transcends any person or any political leader. and when we talk about her legacy we're also talking about a legacy as the defender of the values which unite the u.s. and germany and here is something that's also i think going to go down in history when people talk about her legacy it was something that was mentioned several times tonight when she was presented with this prize i'm going to miracle was the first leader to congratulate donald trump when he became u.s. president she was the first lead to congratulate with conditions and she said to him she said the government of germany looks forward to continued cooperation with
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the united states as long as the respect for the rule of law and the respect for basic human dignity is it here too as it has in the past so she she was the first leader to say congratulations but let's not forget what brought us together to begin with. good moving over to europe now i mean it's been quite a week for uncle americal she really nude and strengthen ties with france she made a big speech at davos last week. is she now perhaps trying to to outline a so-called miracle ism that's a good question right i mean we know that if things go according to plan she will leave office in twenty twenty one but when you say merkel ism what is what is that and what we have heard merkel in the last week now say three times and i think that is an indicator of how she would like to see her she has defined national interests
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and she said tonight she said when i think of national interest i think of the interests of my country plus the interests of others she said you can't have one without the other and she said that tonight she said that last week at the world economic forum in davos as she said it also when often when the friendship pact between germany and france was renewed and here you you hear. the pastor's daughter coming through merkel is a pastor's daughter and the golden rule was being applied to geopolitics do unto others as you would have them do unto you i think that is going to be part of her legacy and that will be part of the definition of miracle there's a sense that she's no longer in office. from goff thanks very much. today denmark started building a fence along its border with germany copenhagen hopes that these seventy kilometer long metal construction will halt the spread of african swine fever specifically
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the wild boars which transmit the virus and it's a trying to some considerable controversy for environmental and also political reasons. has been doing some muckraking i guess on this story and joins me now so what exactly is denmark trying to accomplish with this fence and why are they so worried about this virus well first and foremost denmark exports over four billion euros in pork products every year and in fact if this disease actually reached denmark half of those exports so almost two billion euros worth to their economy would be essentially wiped out practically immediately and this disease. leads to the death of pigs it's not dangerous for humans but still of the it's very dangerous for their pork industry and they've also actually introduced around the clock checks for wild boar and the
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control of wild boar on public and private land and also pretty hefty fines for improperly teemed or disinfected animal transport vehicle so obviously the danish government is very concerned about at this illness which is also in some european countries at the moment spreading to denmark so there's more to it than just the spends of the course of this fence is going to be what seventy kilometers long what environmental. groups saying about the well environmental groups being very against this in fact a w w f is warned the barrier will disturb other animals including wolves in otters and they said the wild boars are actually perfectly capable of getting around this fence in fact one thing i learned is the wild boars are incredibly good swimmers and we actually have some pretty awesome images which are so wild boars border. going for a swim or at least dale dale they will be able to get around this border that's been built between denmark and germany they've also appealed environmentalist to
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the european union for it to be stopped on the european food safety authority concluded that there's actually no evidence that large fences are going to have any effect on containing and or go to help with the spread of an illness or a disease like this german lawmakers across the border in the state of. fact there . are and environment minister. very much about the sense and necessity for a fence in a region that historically has never really had a border and yet it goes on you know politically here there have been some questions about maybe some other motives behind this fence for example does this mean that denmark is trying to close its border well this is what critics have been saying from within denmark and further afield in fact. there is a belief by those critics that the danish government are trying to appeal to right wing voters in particular voters of the danish people's party who said that in fact defense. should also be perhaps even a little bit higher to keep it as they said illegal immigrants asylum seekers and
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adventurous of the story is definitely causing a lot of controversy within denmark and further afield i'm fully las thank you very much. well the day is nearly done but the conversation of course continues on buying you'll find us at d w dot com or on twitter that's at news or you can follow me at carl masson thanks for watching and for making us part of your day take.
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