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this is the c.w. news live from berlin and she has made history and now is the 1st woman to win the top job sets 1st sights on europe's future. it's necessary that we act have to take bold action. person look on the line tell d. w. what is at the top of her agenda as commission president also coming up a rare congressional review the u.s. house of representatives a boat to denounce president donald trump for racist comments to form minority
congresswoman on twitter again trump does not use he's a racist plus u.s. senator slammed facebook's plans to introduce its own cryptocurrency lawmakers called the company's delusional and say that it can't be trusted after scandals over privacy and data protection. time sarah kelly walked into the program members of the european parliament have made history of dialect in the 1st woman as commission president germany's outgoing defense minister ursula found aligned one lawmakers backing to take the role she has promised to quote unite a strong europe saying that she would work constructively and pragmatically to achieve it she will succeed in the top job after being voted in by a narrow majority. uncertainty until the very last minute.
the members of the european parliament here in book knew with a vote on the next commission president was going to be close but not even the candidate herself was enough on the line would have thought it was going to be that close vote the 5 votes in favor $383.00. things are on the line secured the majority but just 9 votes a week results then to the end still enough to celebrate. my message so all of you is let us work together constructively because the end ever is a united strong year all. the former german defense minister spent the last 2 weeks building a majority trying to convince the political groups in the european parliament to support her bid. her final address to parliament which some called the speech of
her lifetime seem to have tilt of the scale in her favor for having the backing of her conservative p.p.p. group she could afford moving towards the left and resonating with other groups on issues such as climate. this is the greatest responsibility and opportunity of our times. i want europe to become the 1st climate neutral continent in the world by 2050. from the 9 s. now to fight for a greener camera and more to the bass. line of the problem and so fragmented building majorities around any of these issues is likely to prove difficult. for more on that let's bring in w.'s chief political correspondent melinda crane here in the studio and you have really followed her career here in germany what is she going to bring to the role and how do you see the challenges that she faces let's start with a question of building majorities i think she definitely has some traits that will
help her to do that and in fact it will be more difficult now because we have a more splintered parliament we have a stronger green faction a stronger liberal free market friendly fraction so that's going to make it a bit more complicated than it used to be in the past but she is known as someone who is non not doctrinaire at all we heard that quote from her about taking bold action she certainly has shown herself to be willing to do so as defense minister she went into a ministry beset with problems with a determination to reform it there were some difficulties by no means is that work completed nor was it without its bumps but she certainly was willing to take bold action she's also somebody who's good i think it reaching across the aisle you could see that in the speech yesterday you could say well she just threw something in there for everybody because she needed to win their votes but frankly she is not someone who sticks with one ideology she certainly is willing to to play a kind of
a moderating role and we've seen that in the fact that she's also reached out to eastern european countries which backed her bid so i think for a number of different reasons she might be the right person for this moment in time for leading the commission and shortly after her election are brussels bureau chief actually was able to speak with her just like to play what she said and then get your reaction there after. is with us today and i have a very simple questions to start out the interview. relieved and happy because it was a tough ride over 13 days now i had to. formulate the guidelines the political balance and to convince the parliamentarians this was not a lot of time and i made it and i'm happy right now does the majority bother you that it was only 9 votes ahead majority's majority and 2 weeks ago i didn't have at all a majority of course i understand that because the parliamentarian said we want to
know more of you we want to know what your program is we want to know the details in the topics we're dealing with so it was a tough time a very intensive the most intensive in my political career i've ever had but now i'm happy and you happy with the speech you deliver the feedback you got yes because it showed my conviction and it's worth to fight for this europe and it's worth to tell the story of our you are united and strong how i see it for the future and so this was a important moment you made a lot of promises today you do realise it'll be very tough to keep all of those right but it's right it's not promises it's politics and policy would want to bring forward if we're talking about the climate neutral continent in 2050 it's necessary that we act we have to take bold action to achieve those goals and we need it for our planet and for life so these all these topics are extremely important and we have to be ambitious and what would you say of all those topics you talked about
which is your absolute top priority i think top priority is. the climate neutrality 2050 with a goal for 2013 and digitalization those are the 2 biggest concerns all opportunities. we have to tackle you're going to work with a divided parliament words harder than ever to get a majority and also you could say with a divided council because you have a rift between eastern europe and the other european countries for example on migration how will you handle this i think we absolutely have to overcome the division of east and west between east and west i know that people in the eastern countries central european countries often think they are not accepted as they should be and as i've been working as a defense minister very much in those countries i have a lot of friends and they trust me so i know how to work together that we can
improve the relationship and there is a division between north and south has to do with questions of competitiveness and flexibility and we have to solve that too why that because europe has to be united there many many big questions we have to tackle and europe has to play a role and we only can do that when we are united ok so what are you doing over the summer. i'll spend it in process of getting my cabinet there the commissioners on board and to work on my work program that i have to lay down and lay out in october with. president elect's of the european commission thank you very much for talking to us. it's going to be a busy summer indeed. can i just say one other thing that really suits her for this new role she has nerves of steel and a constitution of iron she's a mother of 7 children and she once told a small group of women i was part of that no matter what is happening during the
day she goes to bed she goes right to sleep she sleeps like a baby no matter what's going on it's going to need that rest because she has certainly lined out quite an agenda for herself and she also happens to be a close ally of the german chancellor angela merkel her 65th birthday today does she have something to celebrate now a very strong ally she does european front she does have something to celebrate and absolutely. the chancellor but this does not mean that she is going to be doing germany's bidding and that's very important to remember if you look at that speech if you look at her program there are a lot of elements in there that are definitely not exactly what german conservatives would wish for everything from those higher climate targets they're going to make it they're going to put some pressure on germany to switch out of coal perhaps faster than has been planned as well as some of the emphasis on unemployment insurance on minimum wage those are not part of the party program but the german conservatives chancellor merkel herself has been very happy to borrow
from the programs of other parties she's a moderate conservative but i think we are already seeing funda lie and start to take steps in a very independent direction she won by a relatively narrow majority we have to say and it really kind of you know was on all sides including far right what do you think that all of that means for her presidency all this talk about will she be beholden to euro skeptics and the far right and eastern european autocrats i don't think so we heard very strong talk from her yesterday today about the rule of law that's all about eastern europe that's all about her saying to them you are on notice we are going to really enforce the european union provisions on google of law meaning fair to feel. courts meaning proper voting procedures and so on so i think i would not emphasize too much the fact that some of her votes may have come from that direction before she was elected she resigned her position as defense minister here in germany we now
know who will fill that position as the head of the christian democrats. are surprised by that move oh yes a couple of weeks ago qanbar who is chancellor merkel's designated successor as the head of the party and also hoped for next chancellor from the conservatives she rolled this out 2 weeks ago she said absolutely not i need to concentrate on running the party why did she decide to do this now well i think because her star has been winning she has taken some real missteps in the last few months and this is a post that is very very important it could offer her the opportunity to show what she can do in governing she has never held a federal ministry on the other hand this is one of the probably the toughest portfolio in the german government it is fraught with pitfalls there are a lot of problems in this ministry so she could wind up with a very big challenge here nonetheless this is another victory for the chancellor
she has put one of her favorites into this very key role so she does have. a lot to look forward to melinda crane our chief political correspondent thank you. let's get a quick check of some other stories making news around the world at least 13 people have died after a 3 story residential building collapsed in central nigeria it happened after days of torrential rain in the city of jobless locals say that the building was a laugh a david and dangerous it's a common problem in the west african country where buildings and their regulations are frequently ignored. scientists in canada say that they have observed the record temperatures in the world's northernmost settlement a high of just over 20 degrees celsius was measured on sunday and monday in alert in military facility near the north pole the average july high there is just 7 degrees a man wearing a hat and
a rather large weight has sparked suspicions of police at barcelona's airport in spain the man who arrived on a flight from colombia was asked to remove the weight revealing half a kilo of cocaine glued to his head he was then swiftly arrest to the united states now where the house of representatives has passed a motion condemning president donald trump for making racist comments it follows a series of tweets in which trump said that 4 democratic lawmakers should quote go back to their countries although they are u.s. citizens and the 3 were born there all $235.00 democrats voted to condemn trump although the move has no legal weight it was a symbolic vote and one easily approved by the democrat held house of representatives but for republicans and one independent also supported the motion to condemn donald trump for making xenophobic statements. we condemn the hurtful
inoffensive comments that demean immigrants and people of color these comments from the white house are disgraceful and disgusting and it's comments are racist how shameful to hear him continue to defend those offensive words words that we have all heard him repeat not only about our members but about countless others we are america america is a nation of immigrants we are not going anywhere america is our home and many of us will still be standing here long after the document over office leaves earlier this week trump released a series of tweets attacking progressive female democratic politicians saying they should go back to their countries his are named but understood targets for outspoken nonwhites lawmakers well u.s. citizens. trump is standing by his comments.
it's up to them with the one thing they can say they should love our country and they should work for the good of our. senior republicans are supporting their leader. the president authorizes them but all races and i think the tone of all of this is not good for the country following a vote of condemnation texas democrat al green introduced articles of impeachment against trump saying the president was unfit for office another symbolic. when i u.s. lawmakers have facebook over its plans to create a digital currency the social networks proposal for libra have drawn skepticism and alarms from financial leaders around the world members of the senate banking committee raised doubts that the tech company was ready to introduce its own money based on past missteps over privacy and data breaches. what consume david marcus head of facebook's libra subsidiary kelly faced
a panel of senators who weren't prepared to pull their punches or facebook is dangerous. after all the times facebook is abuse the public's trust and you know that you really think people should trust facebook with their hard earned money trust this primordial and we've made mistakes in the past and we have been working in our continuing to work really hard to get better central banks worldwide have raised concerns that libor could become a rival to sovereign currencies david marcus out and out denied that was facebook's aim and promised the senate banking committee that the cryptocurrency would not be in anyone's digital wallet until global regulators was satisfied we will take the time to get this right. we expect the review of libra to be among the most extensive ever we are fully committed to working with regulators here and around the world and let me be clear and unambiguous facebook will not offer the leader of
digital currency until we have fully addressed regulators concerned and received for get approvals. marcus's appearance before the committee came a day after the us treasury secretary steve minucci and said his department had very serious concerns libra could be used by criminals it's clear u.s. authorities are giving their homegrown web giants plans a closer look. let's get more we are joined by. who is joining us from de to be a business so i mean it's not the 1st crypto currency on the market so why is face facebook specifically getting all this back well i mean it kind of boils down to 2 different aspects on the one hand there's some real questions of trust surrounding facebook and its proposal to create this libra digital currency it goes beyond the fact that it's just a simple crypto currency we've seen lots of those come on the market was several years what really is a lot of these senators and
a lot of the skepticism is focusing on is the fact that facebook wants to create this whole ecosystem surrounding it basically they're hoping to create a trans national currency that its users will be able to use the kind of bypass some of the more traditional financial networks out there and you know given facebook's track record in recent years with things like the cambridge analytical scandal and also the allegations that it's services that help in. helping. foreign powers engage election meddling it's really raise questions of whether or not facebook is ready to take on this kind of responsibility in this kind of power and you know facebook seems to be cognizant of that issue i mean they are for their part have introduced a lot of suggestions in the proposal which go to help increasing the amount of trust people would have in it one example of that is you know back in the currency with a real basket of real world currency to help. stabilize its value and also creating a supervisory board which would make sure that the that the currency was being used in a responsible fashion but at the end of the day a lot of the senators and
a lot of the congressman speaking of them said you know facebook has made a lot of money with the mantra of move fast and break things and they're not sure that facebook is really ready to not break things with this currency so it's more than just a question of chess it goes it goes well beyond that. it's a question of power as well i mean facebook is one of the most powerful companies on the planet i mean everybody knows that they have 2400000000 active users just with their main service and by introducing this currency you know they say that they want to give their users the ability to engage in banking in a much easier and cheaper fashion also people can't get access traditional banking system that would give them a way to engage in to work with financial markets financial transactions but with so many users i mean 2400000000 users that's more that's more people than a lot of major world religions have you know that's a huge huge market for this currency that is kind of going beyond trans national regulation i mean if you look at it really down at the core of the issue efface
book creates a currency that bypasses traditional financial markets the question is how will national governments be able to regulate that if you look at the taxing authorities they can't even manage to tax facebook so if they can't regulate the currency who's really going to control it i mean that's the issue that this could represent a loss of power for a lot of national governments congress is also looking to some serious allegations as well abuse of market as ition oh yes yes it is in this really goes to like the same issue i mean we're seeing hearings as well focus you know on many of the tech giants but also specifically on facebook saying at this point there's so much integration they control so many small companies so many different services they really are almost akin to some of the you know the massive corporations like oil corporations railroad corporations we saw back during the gilded age you know from 1920 it's a long time ago but base. sickly we're talking about companies that whose power goes beyond a specific individual branch that goes into every every aspect of our daily life you know from communication to our political expression to even now with this
proposal how we could do. banking in the future how we can get in financial transactions and because these companies have so many people and so many industry critical positions it really is a question of how governments will deal with the moving forward and i think this is only the start of a lot more attention directed towards the tech industries from regulating bodies and from governments and i think this is a conversation we're going to be having over and over again in the coming years to be honest aaron thank you thank you. it's been 50 years since the launch of the apollo 11 and the 1st manned mission to the moon with 3 astronauts embarked on the journey but only 2 of them neil armstrong and buzz aldrin got to actually walk on the phone at a special anniversary events in the florida launch site the 3rd astronaut michael collins says that he is satisfied with his role in history for.
the for the one small step came one giant blast it happened at launch pad 30 nine-a at the kennedy space center in florida and 50 years later one of the 3 astronauts on the apollo 11 mission returned to where it started we crew felt the weight of the world on our shoulders or we knew that everyone would be looking at us friend or foe and we wanted to do the best we possibly could put our best foot forward and that required a great deal of work on our part michael collins stayed on board the columbia command module while neil armstrong and buzz aldrin walked on the moon he says he didn't mind being the one who stayed behind. i was very happy to be were was and to see this this complicated mission unfold future astronauts should stick to sites i don't want to go back to the moon i want to go direct to mars.
i 5000 many rockets went off in huntsville alabama to mark the 50th anniversary a small bloss but a world record attempt nonetheless. planted neil armstrong's original space suit went on display in washington with moon dust still intact but it was the moon itself to put on the best show possible lunar eclipse visible from some parts of the world a reminder of its enduring power to attract our attention. suckers pre-season is well underway for some of europe's biggest clubs fitness and finances are in focus and traveling to manchester united are hoping that a bet that glamour get away will help persuade their best players to stay while
buying a car soaking up the limelight in los angeles. well it might look like the start of holidays but for by and munich the trial of our journey to california is the beginning of serious pre-season business still no amount of jetlag could stop the players from signing autographs or are. why i travel over 9000 kilometers just to prepare. a. despotic i know no one is doing it just for fun it's a must these days we have big sponsor contracts and make spect us to present ourselves internationally as well as national was until. we started doing these trips around 18 years ago we had 3 fan clubs here in america now we have 115. in japan for the pre-season friendly east chelsea is coming to terms with the play a transfer ban that means new coach frank lampard will have to revisit magic with
existing playoffs. think of a narrative very good players we can't bring any players in we know that this year . i don't need it i'm very happy with the supporters and. for us to be successful manchester united also on the move in australia but the manager can't avoid the same question about the future of world cup winner paul pogba there's always through my speculations about money and i could play this sport when the league starts buttoned down and we stick together since we were 2 of unity from down under from a coach whose own future relies on getting united back on top. quick reminder now of the top stories that we're following for you here on d.w. news arcelor underlined has said that she will fight for a strong and united europe as the next president of the european commission
underlined us from germany and is the 1st woman to lead the commission. to the u.s. house of representatives has passed a motion rebuke and president trump for making racist comments it follows a series of tweets in which trump told 4 democratic lawmakers to go back to their countries trump has denied his treats were racist. and still come on more on facebook's digital currency libra on business where monica jones will be asking an expert if we can trust facebook when it comes to money. and don't forget we'll have more news coming up for you at the top of the hour and you can always get all of the latest news and the formation around the clock on our web site that's at w dot com you can follow d.w. and you can follow me on social media i'm sorry kelly in berlin thank you so much for watching have a great day. the
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