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>> this is dw news, lies from berlin. another day of complete locked out in brussels as the search for europe's most wanted terrorist suspect continues. they say the security alert for brussels will be relaxed on wednesday. shoulder to shoulder, prime minister david cameron goes to paris and says he wants to take part in attacks against islamic state in syria. and goodbye to a great
statesman. the funeral in his home city of hamburg. leaders gathered on monday to pay tribute to the former german chancellor. it is good to have you with us. the paralysis in brussels tonight will continues another day. the belgian prime minister says the alert level in the capital will remain at the highest level until wednesday when schools and the metro will begin to reopen. he stressed that the threat of terror attack remains a minute and urged belgians to remain:. calm. police continue their heart for a key terror suspect. police have arrested a total of 21 people in a series of raids since sunday, a fourth person has been charged. we want to bring in our
correspondent. she is in brussels on the story for us this evening. good evening to you. we have another day of locked out for brussels. what can we glean from that? does that mean that something is prepared for plans to take place on tuesday in connection with this search for the suspect? >> we can speculate that that is the case, but we do not know because the belgian prime minister did not answer the question, and that is the pity. his explanations remained as vague as they were on the weekend to talk about an imminent hreat. several places in brussels, several people, possibly involved. the public at large is still guessing what could be behind all this, and so is the press in this country. brent: you say that people are left to guess what is going on. what does this mean? we have the luck down at will be
lifted on wednesday. what does this mean for the people living where you are? >> it means another so-called sunday. it is a role of sunday's. the belgian capital is shut down. there is no public transport , people will stay at home, they cannot get to work or school. the whole system constraint. it was the belgians can do is they at home and cook a nice dinner, and have a rather relaxing day in front of the tv more or less. but shopkeepers are already complaining, naturally. it means that the country will lose a lot of revenue from tourism. brent: the financial impact to consider. what above the general impact, especially when you say that people are left to guess what will happen and what is happening? how do people in brussels few this continuing terror alert? >> so far there are a lot of
people who were understanding and said yes we think it is right, the government should do its utmost to protect us. others said they suspected this is an overreaction. some talk about hysteria. on the other hand, if you look at the haul that has been brought in, the rest of the 21 people have been arrested over this weekend and until today, and they have been let go. that means whoever the belgian police are looking for, apart from the main suspect, the have not found them. who is this a serious cell that is planning attacks against public life in brussels? nobody knows. you can only guess. the disquieting thing is the belgian police do not seem to know either. brent: reporting for us from
brussels, a city that is still in lockdown for another day. thank you very much. we want to go not to paris. it is more than a week after the terrorist attacks in paris. france has carried out more airstrikes against islamic state, watching them from the aircraft carrier charles de gaulle. they have already carried out strikes against targets in syria. at the same time president françois lalonde has launched a diplomatic offensive. you'll need world leaders in an attempt to come up with a unified response to the paris attacks. today' britain's prime minister was in the french capital. he said he wanted printed to join the bombing campaigns against islamic state. >> british prime minister david
cameron joined the french president in playing a lunch to the -- in paying homage to the victims. francois hollande is on an intense diplomatic week where he seeks support for broader cooperation against the so-called islamic state that claimed responsibility for the paris attacks. >> we are convinced that we must continue to hit the islamic state group in syria. we will choose targets that inflicts the maximum possible damage on this terrorist army. >> david cameron promised support for the french. he plans to ask her limit for permission to conduct airstrikes in syria. >> i want to praise the swift and decisive action taken by the french authorities in response and to prevent further attacks in paris. and in particular, pay tribute to the bravery of french officers. it is absolutely right to take
decisive action to stop terrorist when they are threatening the lives of innocent civilians. the united kingdom will do all in our power to support our friend and ally france to defeat the evil death cult. >> that solidarity would also take the form of increased counterterrorism efforts. the president continues with meetings with the u.s. president barack obama, german chancellor angela merkel, and russian president the vladimir putin. brent: we have reports coming in now from paris where a suicide explosive belt has been found in a trashcan. we want to pull in our correspondent who is on the line from the french capital. what can you tell us about this? >> the media reports that the
explosives have been found in a trash bin. this is in a town that is south of paris. it has been reports of analyzed by the police. apparently another police sources quoted by the media, saying that a source close to the inquiry said the telephone data has actually placed the fugitive to the key suspect in the attacks, that telephone data has placed him in this area on the night of the attacks. brent: we saying then that europe's most wanted terrorist suspect, according to phone data was last seen in the area where this explosive belt was found?
people are assuming a connection? >> the connection would have been that he would have left the explosives belt in this area, in this town. but of course it does not tell us where he is now. he has been monitored crossing the border to belgium. we do not know where he is. if these reports are to as telephone data is true, he would have placed his belt in this dustbin in paris. brent: reporting from paris on that explosive belts that has been found just south of the city in a trashcan. thank you very much. here in germany and on monday was a day to say goodbye. in a state funeral, the country pay distributed helmut schmidt. he was one of the most popular german leaders around the world. he died earlier this month
and 96. -- at age 96 ♪ 6. ♪ >> one of his favorite songs, personally chosen to be played at his funeral. in a moving and personal ceremony, the german government in 1800 yes paid their last respects to the former german chancellor. among the mourners were close political friends, like the former french president, and the former u.s. secretary of state. henry kissinger described his friendship as a pillar of his life, and praised the statesman whose legacy lives and his virtues. >> during the decade he gave the word legacy and used significance. he follow the dictates of not only of his office, but even
more so of his conscience. in a certain way, he became the conscience of the world. >> germany's chancellor called her predecessor in authority who proved his mettle on several occasions. >> he was always aware of the risk of failure, even if it meant losing his office as chancellor. his courage and willingness to stand firm in his beliefs and accept the consequences gave him our respect up to this very day. >> hamburg snare -- hamburg snare praised him as a son of the city of hamburg. >> we have lost a giant today,
as a politician and a human being. a loss we will feel for a long time. ♪ >> after the state ceremony, thousands of citizens joined the funeral procession to their farewell to helmut schmidt. brent: our correspondent has been covering the memorial service for us. good evening. what would you say is the biggest take away in terms of the defining aspects of his legacy? >> i think one has to in some sense make a distinction between helmut schmidt is an active politician, which he was for a fairly brief time if you look at his life. he was 96 when he dies, he was respected, but not liked in the same way he was when he died. he had decades to build his
legacy. he was a very public figure. he published a lot of hoax. he was always involved in public debate. he was a publisher of one of the most respected weekly newspapers in germany. he was always on tell -- television. he managed to turn from someone involved in the politics of the day to some kind of elder statesman for the german conscience. also a grandfather figure. he was always smoking which was a little bit nonconformist when it was not really tolerated in public spaces. a figure to be respected, and sometimes to be feared. he had a notoriously sharp tongue. brent: he was chancellor, and germany's active political life he had to deal with terrorism. there was the red army faction in germany that he had to deal with at the time.
today, europe, germany dearly with terrorism again. security was high at the memorial service. >> for the first time since those times they are again under terrorist threat. at that time it was a domestic sense of, a domestic phenomenon. the red army faction. now we're talking about something much more international and in some ways not so easy to grasp for the german authorities. helmut schmidt struggled with this during his time as prime minister. in the same way that angela merkel is struggling with the current situation. in the speech that she held at the memorial today, we felt that she herself has a sense of being challenged by the situation to an extent that it might put her whole chancellorship in question. brent: on the story for us, thank you.
brent: you are with dw news live from berlin. here are the top stories right now. the belgian prime minister says terrorism alert in brussels will stay at the maximum level until wednesday. a fourth person has also been charged in connection with the paris attacks. more than one week after those attacks in paris, france has launched more airstrikes against islamic state. the front resident has embarked on a diplomatic offensive, lining up meetings with several world leaders this week. the people of crimea will no longer receive goods from
mainland ukraine. he has announced a halt to trading. this is after pylons were blown up after the weekend. cremeans got most of their electricity in despite the annexation. things seem to be much more uncertain. >> everything is at a standstill, even hospitals and welfare services are only providing temporary services. 70% of their electricity came from mainland ukraine. but over the weekend someone blew up several key transmission towers. representatives of this muslim minority denies any involvement in the strikes. >> i do not know who is
responsible for these detonations. the ukrainian intelligence services should investigate and then we can talk further. i can say that the armenians in our community had nothing to do with this attack. >> they have been trying to stop ukraine supplying the crimean peninsula since the summer. they want to prevent a normalization of the russian annexation. many have fled, fearing russian oppression. moscow uses its state-run television to put pressure on the minority. >> the blackout is terrible. my parents live there. but my relatives approval of acts of sabotage. i'm a human rights activist so i'm against it, but i understand what they are doing. they are trying to shorten the duration of the russian occupation. >> the international responses been highly critical. and in crimea, people may well have to get used to an unstable electricity supply.
repairing the lines could take up to two weeks. >> ukraine and government has announced that there shall be no more food and goods applies to crimea. the rift between the russian occupied and then select and the ukraine and mainland may become even deeper. brent: now to south america. voters have rejected the legacy of the outgoing president in an election that changes the way the country does business. they have promised to open up the arginine -- argentinian economy. >> the conservative will now govern latin america's third-largest national economy. that he has promised to shake up the system. there was jubilant fearing by supporters as he took the stage at campaign headquarters. and then his first speech. >> thank you.
thank you. >> thank you for believing that together we can build the argentina we dream of. i am here because you have decided. >>'s campaign focused on a message of change. their candidate was viewed as the favorite in the election. he has been officially endorsed by the outgoing president. but after the election they upset about his tone and that of his supporters which more muted. -- was much more muted. >> through the peoples will come of the new president has been chosen. i have just called to wish him success for the good of our country. >> in argentina the presidency
is limited to two terms. so christina could not run again for election. it seems that most voters have rejected her policies along with the candidates she wanted to take her place. brent: voters have punish the government over the economic mess that many people say the government is in. >> argentinians are hoping for a sharp political shift that will bring economic asperity. there are also investors from abroad investors toward a shift toward at the -- orthodox policymaking. the president-elect has vowed to negotiate with foreign creditors over the debt. he is already calling on the government to clear the way for radical reforms even though he is not even started in office yet. a slew of officials have been told to step down and he pledges to remove capital controls and
trade restrictions. >> the ink is barely dry on the victory announcements. but the president-elect is getting to work. the former football boss has called on such a big officials to step down, saying that the new government needs the freedom to elect a fresh team that it trust. s. after 12 years of left-wing rule he hopes to kickstart the economy with a series of reforms. >> the currency exchange restrictions were a mistake. as were the restrictive information policies and not having an independent centrl bank. we are going to take measures to correct all of these things. we're going to provide opportunities for those who want and can invest in argentina. >> argentina's economy, latin america's third-largest, has stagnated in recent years. in 2014 the economy only grew by around 0.5%.
inflation rose to one of the highest levels in the world. analysts also blamed the ongoing government protection policies for scaring away international investors. in the followed -- and the fallout from the debt default. critics say the reform package will, the, at the cost f the poorest. the president-elect says that moves are necessary if the country wants to rein in its growing fiscal deficit. >> the eurozone finance ministers have been meeting in brussels to assess the impact immigration crisis is having on the strained budgets very heightened security measures were in place for the meeting.
france has struggled to get its deficit under the 3% limit of gross domestic product. it is likely that the eurogroup will give france more time to rein in its deficit. >> on a typical day this is a busy shopping street in the heart of russell's. but amid a security locked people stayed home on monday. a few smaller stores opened the doors, like this at your shop. but there were very few customers. stomers are not coming we barely see customers here. only a handful of shoppers came to this grocery store. >> they say they are afraid in that go nowhere. they do not want to take public transport, and they go nowhere because they are afraid. they only come to buy a couple of necessary items. they had never experienced anything like this. >> small shops are being hit the
hardest. >> saturday we saw a lot of people. they were happy we were the only ones left open. we found a kind of solidarity. that was nice. >> in contrast to the smaller shops, large shopping centers and storms in capital remained closed at the beginning of the week. >> now some past news that pupil of an talking about all day today. what would the world be without viagra and botox? the inventors of the new treatments have made their function -- fortunes, and now they are tying the knot. pfizer wants to buy allergan. the offer is astronomical. the deal would create the world's largest drugmaker. >> u.s. pharmaceutical company has grown significantly in the past, mainly through acquisitions. six years ago it took over the
company that makes viagra. now allergan is on the shopping list. pfizer is prepared to pay 150 billion euros or the botox maker. the deal would make waves on the global pharmaceutical market. the number one drugmaker, with sales of more than 48 billion euros, pfizer comes in second. but pfizer could take the top spot, following the acquisition of allergan, the world's number 17. it would boost sales by nearly 157 euros. the group pays just 12.5% tax on profits. after the acquisition, pfizer can also transfer its textile or sale to islands, a voting $1 billion tax bill but i don't -- that is not owed to the u.s.
government. a coalition is looking to prevent that. >> the biggest corporate deal this year can be one of the biggest deals in history. brent: and a tax in version as well. it is very controversial in the u.s. as well. here is a reminder of the top stories we're following for you. the terror alert in brussels will stay at the maximum level until wednesday. and a fourth person has been charged in connection with the paris attacks. thank you for being with us. i will see you at the top of the hour.
damien mcguinness: hello, and a very warm welcome to "focus on europe," with some of the best human stories behind the headlines from all over europe. i damien mcguinness. am great you could join us. and on today's program -- romanians take to the streets against corruption. uncle joe's legacy in russia -- heroic or heinous? and why there's just too much monkeying round in gibraltar. but first, to romania's capital bucharest, where a tragic accident in a nightclub has left the country reeling. what was supposed to be a fun night out, turned into a nightmare for hundreds of people, when at the end of october a