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>> live from berlin, this is "dw news." the danish parliament passes a controversial bill requiring asylum-seekers to pay their way if they can. when you go to copenhagen for more. also in the show, with just over a week before karner ball begins in brazil, worries about unwelcome guests and mosquitoes carrying the zika virus. serena williams makes it through to the australian open semifinals. it will bring you the days
highlights from melbourne. good to argue with us. tonight in answer to the migration crisis in one european country, and it is a controversial one, the danish parliament has passed legislation requiring refugees to pay their way if at all possible. the legislation also doubles the time the refugees have to wait before family members can join them. human rights groups and some governments here in europe are calling the move discrimination. danish lawmakers say it's the only way to finance the huge cost of a generous welfare system. our coverage begins tonight in copenhagen. >> despite the controversy over the new law, there was never any doubt parliament would pass it. the bill presented by the right-wing minority government received the backing of the opposition social democrats and
others. in the end, a huge majority voted yes. can we avoid parallel societies? can we crackdown on the suppression of women? can we employ people? all this depends on the number of refugees, and right now, there are too many arriving. the new law gives police the right to search migrants luggage and confiscate items valued over -- euros. asylum-seekers fleeing indiscriminate runs will have o make -- wait three years instead of on to be reunited with their families. the danish government says there's nothing discriminatory in the law, but the united nations says the bill sends the
wrong message. >> fueling sentiments of fear and discrimination rather than promoting solidarity with people in need of protection. on the limited access to family reunification, we just remind people that family unity is a fundamental principle in international law. >> the danish government and still face a challenge to the new law at the european court of human rights. in the meantime, it hopes it will assist more people seeking asylum in the country. brent: i'm joined by our correspondent in copenhagen. is this legislation about discrimination, as the u.n. has said, or is it about numbers? someone has to pay for this generous welfare state, right? reporter: officially it's about numbers, because denmark has a tremendous increase in
asylum-seekers since the summer. one can say it's also about discrimination because one part of the law is a quota system with a certain criteria which depends on how people are in -- able to be integrated into society. the main reason is economic. brent: what was also part of the legislation, i understand that the monthly benefit that goes to migrants or asylum-seekers was increased in the latest legislation, is that correct? reporter: it was decreased. the benefits that go to asylum-seekers was decreased by 10%. they have less money now every month. they have to pay for their own family reunification. they have to pay for the
process, so the conditions are generally made harder for asylum-seekers. brent: and a majority of danes say they support the law, correct? reporter: i would say denmark is divided. the urban community, the people in copenhagen, the educated people are very critical of the development that is taking place, but the majority of denmark which is quite rural is actually supporting this current policy. brent: our correspondent in copenhagen giving us more insight into that legislation passed today in denmark. thank you very much. denmark is not alone in its political struggles surrounding the migration crisis. here in germany, the chancellor and others do not see i own -- eye-to-eye on how to deal with the influx. she wants a cap on the number of migrants and stricter control of
turkeys orders. the courts may be asked to deliver a decision. >> smiles and handshakes among germany's conservatives. a friendly atmosphere despite deep differences over refugee policies. dozens of members of chancellor angela merkel's cabinet, and others demanding much more. my goal has always been to make our position matter within the cdu. but without questioning the government's legitimacy, nor that of the chancellor. the bavarians demand a limit of 200,000 refugees per year and robust controls at the german border. she also wants to limit migrant flows and want to european solution.
>> i'm still of the opinion that we can manage this. of course we are working on reducing the total number of refugees. her coalition partners, the social democrats, support the chancellor and criticize the csu's move. sometimes politics are like a marriage. when you have nothing more to say, you write a letter. and when you litigate, then things are really over. indeed, the csu said if the government does not act fast, the bavarians will take issue to the constitutional court. brent: south africa's president is facing all-time low popularity numbers amid accusations of mismanagement and corruption. his decision to fire to finance ministers within four days yesterday sent the rand currency to historic international lows. the country's largest opposition party, the democratic alliance, is calling for him to step down.
he's calling for a huge rally on wednesday. we follow to activists who are taking the cause to the stronghold of soweto. >> they are marking on -- marching on the streets. they are members of the main opposition party, the democratic alliance. they are going door to door to convince people there's an urgent need for change in south africa. >> it's a mess. >> south africa is on the brink of a recession. 40% unemployed. to blame they say is their president. >> people are sick and tired of summa -- zumma. >> these are slogans in south
africa mainly about the urban young generation. resentment has been brewing against zuma, who has been in forcing corruption scandals and recently fired at finance managed -- minister, after which the currency went into a freefall. >> he promises houses, electricity and plenty of things but they don't happen. >> although more and more people agree he is not a good president, it doesn't mean they have a solution. >> we have 8.4 million young south africans who are not working. >> the white party is for white people, not for me. >> it is still seen as a white
party. zuma can remain in office as long as the anc backs him. brent: tonight brazil says it's losing the battle against the zika virus outbreak. the mosquito borne virus is being blamed for a rise in birth defects in the country. the health minister has announced more than 200,000 troops will now go door to door to help people prevent themselves from being infected. but for many families, those efforts come to late. >> she was eight months pregnant when doctors discovered that her baby had microcephaly. isabella was born with a overly small skull because her mother's infection with the mosquito transmitted seek a virus -- zika
virus. >> of course i was worried, but i was prepared. i was told about it before she was born. isabella is one of 4000 babies in brazil with the condition. since october, there has been a huge rise in the number of babies born with microcephaly. the zika virus is believed to be behind it, causing skull deformities and brain damage. the symptoms include high temperature and a skin rash, but scientists don't yet understand how exactly the virus gets passed on to the fetus. i've been specialized in infectious diseases for 43 years. i've never seen anything like this. doctors are stressed, mothers are panicking. the brazilian government has deployed around 220,000 soldiers to fight the egyptian tiger mosquito. here, several of them go from house to house. around 550 tons of anti-mosquito
agent and pesticides have been used. the government advise some women to delay their plans to have children because as yet, there is no remedy for the zika virus. brent: let's go to brazil, our correspondent is standing by in rio. a quarter of a million soldiers are being dispatched to fight this virus. is that enough, and what can soldiers do against the mosquitoes? philip: the fight against the mosquitoes, it has done the most damage in 30 years. only last year, the epidemic was worse than ever before. much of the population does not believe in the merits of the government.
it's mostly in the northeast of brazil and in poor regions. stagnant water is a breeding place for mosquitoes and those viruses. that is why they are sending the soldiers, to give control teams authority. brent: let me break in for a second. we know that carnivale is just nine days away and yet you have this virus, it looks like the makings of a perfect storm here. there is no way you can make carnivale free of the virus and get rid of the mosquitoes at the same time. are people talking about the dilemma right now? philip: it is clear that when
they are gathering together millions of people, it's a big risk for an epidemic to spread. the biggest risk is with random women. people are talking about that right now, to not get pregnant. it's like a fever that will be over soon, but carnivale, nobody knows how it's going to be. brent: philip reporting therefrom rio on the zika are in brazil. thank you very much. you're watching "dw news." still to come, india pulls out all the stops for its annual republic day. it marks the day the indian constitution came into effect in 1950. plus, business news. stick around. we are back in 60 seconds.
brent: welcome back. danish lawmakers have passed a controversial bill allowing lawmakers to seize valuables from refugees to pay for their upkeep. they will have to wait twice as long for family members to join them. india's military minded cultural splendor was on full display today with the republic they parade. the event honors the day the indian constitution came into effect in 1950. a battalion of the french infant street joined the march -- the
french infantry. the french president was the guest of honor. >> delly is one of the world's most polluted cities, but its record smog levels did not stop thousands of onlookers enjoying india's annual republic day parade. it was a pomp-fil spectaclel of military might and indian culture. ed french president francois hollande was the guest of honor. it was a show of solidarity by the indian prime minister following the islamist attacks in paris last november. the occasion was also a chance for the leaders to celebrate a host of agreements signed by the two countries during hollande's three day visit including an agreement for india to buy french built jets.
the president said both countries were committed to military cooperation and would work together to battle shared threats, including the so-called islamic state. >> i remind you that these fighter jets are precisely those which are targeting and fighting islamic state in syria and iraq, and they are proving their effectiveness. we have just signed through our defense ministers and intergovernmental agreement and it is a decisive moment. >> india needs to modernize it aging soviet era military and this is the result of years of negotiations. brent: we are talking about asian markets and we are not talking about anything really good. gerhardt: stocks followed the old price movement on tuesday. most closed earlier -- close
lower this morning as oil prices slumped. germany's blue-chip dax closing nearly 4% higher. it also boot stocks on wall street. strong quarterly results from companies like johnson & johnson and procter & gamble gave the market a bit of a lift. things looked a big brighter in frankfurt where the german dax made up losses, the biggest winner is siemens, the german engineering company got off to a strong start in the new fiscal year. they announced a 42% profit jump in the first quarter to 1.5 billion euros, much more than expected. the rise is due to some big orders from europe and africa. the chief executive said despite continuing turbulence, he is
confident that 2016 will be a good year for the company. that's different than the week ahead for the chief of deutsche bank. he will have to explain how the biggest lender could slip so deep into the red. 6.7 billion euros for last year, the biggest in the bank's history. it has sent shares crashing down 10% and also raise fresh concerns on raising fresh capital. right now they are losing out to international competitors. the world's largest bank is wells fargo in the united states with $249 billion, followed by the chinese i cbc, j.p. morgan chase, and way down on the list, the pride and joy of germany's
finance industry, deutsche bank, currently only ranking 53rd with $26 billion market cap. to add insult to injury, u.s. banks bought of dollars of profits last year. moody's has just decided to downgrade deutsche bank's credit. how did it all go so hardly wrong for deutsche bank? click several large banks in london affected the libor rate. deutsche bank was part of the fraud. it has been fined $2.5 billion but there are several ongoing lawsuits where investors are demanding compensation from the bank. investigators are still looking into dodging mortgage deals deutsche bank made in the u.s., which may have helped trigger the financial crisis.
u.s. banks have already paid millions in fines for similar deals. but investigators are still taking a close look at deutsche bank's books. at the moscow branch, employees are accused of laundering money for russian clients. the bank is also accused of violating western sanctions against russia, entering into bad deals with some 5.5 billion euros. that could draw harsh penalties from western authorities. deutsche bank is expecting to pay billions in fines. that is why company brass are tightening their belts. they are closing branches worldwide, cutting 9000 jobs, 4000 alone in germany. deutsche bank subsidiary postbank is to be sold in the coming months. brent: some call it europe's biggest achievement, it europe's passport free travel airline.
but the refugee crisis puts it at risk. as you can see on this map, it was established 30 years ago and is made up of 26 countries, most of which are eu members. it allows not only free movement of people but also goods. some countries have now reintroduce border checks to tackled the high influx of refugees. austria, denmark, sweden and norway have all temporarily pulled up the drawbridges again. france has tightened border patrols after the paris attacks. so it looks like the dream of a europe without borders could soon be coming to an end. that has very severe economic publications. >> every day, over 9000 commuters cross the border between germany and denmark.
today, many of them have to go through random police controls. but they are not the only ones affected by the new border checks. transport companies complained that long lines, increasing bureaucracy and expensive storage of goods or disruptive to businesses. market analysts say economies could suffer huge losses, especially of countries decide to extend their internal border controls. at some point the companies will have to reorganize. they will restrict trade with countries abroad and stop ordering products from neighboring countries and start producing everything themselves. then it will be hard to switch back, even if the border patrols were to be canceled again, there would still be a huge economic loss and it will be difficult to fix it. tighter border controls could cost the german economy 10 billion euros a year, analysts say. trade associations are demanding that politicians ensure smooth movement of goods, but the german government is thinking
about extending the border measures for four more month. brent: thank you very much, have a good evening. the australian open tennis match, a rematch of last years women's final came early, serena williams faced rival maria sharapova of russia and two of the loudest players in the game battled it out. >> they were few and far between against serena williams, the world's number one. instead of power to take the first set, serena's power did play a part in the second set. williams established an early lead and never looked back. dominating the match in every way.
the defending champion be sharp over 6-1, extending her winning streak against the russian. novak djokovic last lost at the u.s. open in 2014. this match was a little payback. he won in straight sets, advancing to the semi's where he will face roger federer. the 17 time grand slam winner kept him guessing on his way to winning in three sets. brent: things got out of control at training camp for a german second division squad. they were in turkey in preparation in the second half of the season, but things went very wrong, resulting in at least one player getting the boot. he gave his team some leisure time at the end of training camp
. that's when at least four players vandalized a hotel and one allegedly exposed himself to a female in front of witnesses. he disputes that, but management has not bought it. >> there's is no room for such escapades from players who are guests in a muslim country. he says he is terminating the player's contract with the club and doesn't blame the coach, but says he expects results from him now. they are third last in the second division. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
>>welcome to our first highlights show of 2016 coming to you from our studio right by the brandenburg gate in the centre of berlin. before we get the ball rolling let's take a quick look at some of the reports coming up on the programme today. we meet italian street artist alice pasquini, a german author, and her search for happiness wood plays an important role in modern architecture. walls on the street might be what many artists see as their canvas, but it was an art form that was very frowned upon for