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they have extinguished some of the blazing oil wells torched by the islamic state. and coming u.s. president-elect donald trump policy is going to miss -- says he is going to ditch a major trade deal, the transpacific partnership. his message has thrown a dozen nations into disarray. ♪ my name is christopher spring day, thank you for joining us. protesters in turkey are celebrating tonight after the government withdrew a controversial bill which would have pardoned men convicted of assaulting underage girls. the backlash saw many take to the streets in ankara and around turkey. if the ability going through, the men would have been released from jail if they married the victims.
a parliamentary committee will now review the proposal. demonstrators in numerous turkish cities took to the streets to protest against the government proposal. the demonstrators were unhappy with the possibility that some people convicted of statutory rape could go free from prison if they married their victims, underage girls. >> i am embarrassed that this issue is even being discussed. it is too bad. a man rapes a 13-year-old child, a child can be a woman, he or she is a child, as the name implies. reporter: ultimately, the backlash forced the government into a concession. "we are taking this draft bill back to the commission, where it will be assessed. we will take everyone's opinions into consideration, but we will absolutely solve this problem."
proponents of the bill say it would only apply to cases where no physical force was involved. the groups opposed to the bill fear it could make it hard to combat child sex abuse. >> it means the perpetrators and the rapists will threaten families, offered money, and forced them to marry off their children. this will pave the way for fourth child marriages by creating a legal loophole. reporter: for now, the bill is back in lawmakers hands for further review and amendments. anchor: how much of a setback is this for the government? our turkey correspondent has more. reporter: all week, the prime minister has been robustly defending this legislation along with his ministers, who say that many young boys who marry just under the age of consent at 18,
with the consent of parents and the bride, have been imprisoned, and this would open the door for those people to be released. critics say that this legitimizes child brides, which remains a persistent problem in turkey, and would open the doors to those who committed rape against women. the criticism also comes within the ranks of the ruling party, particularly women's groups. we saw the president on monday waiting in and saying there has to be consensus. that forced the prime minister's hand to withdraw this. i think they are also aware of the fact that there were these nationwide protests across the country, on an unprecedented level since the failed coup attempts in july. there is a lot of controversy over his crackdown. the fear is that nationwide
protests could spiral out of control and be fueled by these tensions within the country. that is another factor why he wants to put an end to the controversy as soon as possible. christopher: turkey was also high on the agenda at a meeting of european lawmakers in france, where the european parliament is. members of that parliament want eu parliament talks -- one e.u. membership talks with ankara to be suspended after the crackdown after the two in july. -- after the failed cou reporter:p. -- coup. reporter: technically, it is not up to them, it is up to the european commission, but they think it will carry some weight. of course, this is not the first time that the institution has
voiced criticism over turkey. it is true, what they do here is heard in ankara. take the case of katy perry, the reporter for the parliament of all things in turkey. it does have some effect. christopher: you are at the european parliament, one european institution. we had the european commission, which is actually conducting the talks. there are the european leaders in the council of europe, another institution. how are they likely to position themselves in this debate? reporter: the leaders tell a commission whether to pursue those leadership talks or not. they will come together in december to decide. what is going on here at the parliament doesn't only put pressure on the turkish government, but also the different leaders within the european union. the parliament does represent
the people of the european union. if there is any indication of what the leaders will decide, it is probably what was said by the foreign-policy chief of the european union on tuesday. she said that she thought it would be necessary or important to keep those membership talks going, because they provide a very, very important channel for communication with turkey, even if other things break down. christopher: we are heading towards a conflict between the european parliament and the leaders of the individual european nation's? reporter: not necessarily. the majority here at the eu parliament was rather careful in voicing their opinion, especially the conservatives but also the social democrats. those factors together. they are trying to freeze the negotiations, the a session negotiations with turkey.
they do not want to a set -- they do not want to suspend them . if you freeze them, you can revive them at any time in turkey corrects its behavior and policies. christopher: reuters new adjacency -- reuters news agency is reporting that the russian foreign minister, sergey lavrov, and the u.s. secretary of state, john kerry, have been talking the a telephone about the situation in aleppo. syrian president bashar al-assad met one of russia's deputy ministers in damascus. syrian media say they discussed security and other cooperation. russia is syria's main ally in its civil war. moving to iraq, where there has been some progress for people living nearly city of basel --
city of mosul. firefighters were able to extinguish most oil wells ignited by the islamic state, but fires are still burning in the area. reporter: this smoke comes from burning oil wells not far south from mosul. retreating fighters from the so-called islamic state lit the wells months ago. group seven been fighting to put out the flames ever since. the progress is painfully slow. >> have divided the fire into several sections. we are getting closer to the source. reporter: the firefighters believe putting out the flames will take months yet. there are several fires still ablaze, leaving much of the region uninhabitable. many families have already fled town, their health in danger by black smoke and their homes by seeping oil.
his house. his cousin sometimes plays with the toxic sludge, obviously unaware of its dangers. "it is oil. actuate like chewing gum." with all the smoke, it feels like i.s. is still here. tens of thousands of people have fled basel since iraqi special forces began their offensive. they have come to camps like this one, just east of the city. many have gruesome tales. whatever you do is being observed, for you leave the house to win you get home. many here say one of the biggest dangers is the threat i.s. poses to their children. the parents' main concern is not
letting the children be influenced by them. "it happens often. some children went to a mosque for several days and disappeared. they brainwashed them." some people here will have to remain in the camp until they pass a security check, but at least they are breathing clean air and pass the firing line for now. christopher: time for the business news with helena humphrey. i believe all eyes on tpp? helena: it has been a decade in the making and u.s. president-elect donald trump day one.wants to trash tpp from donald trump confirmed his ambitious today in a video tweeted to the world, and that message has turned a dozen nations into disarray.
reporter: back in february, they were all the same page. trade ministers from 12 countries signed tpp, a transpacific trade deal. 800 million people live in the 12 pacific rim countries, representing 37% of global economic output. but, the deal may never be. president-elect donald trump said he will see to that. mr. trump: i'm going to issue a statement of intent to withdraw from the transpacific partnership, a potential disaster for our country. instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals. reporter: japan's prime minister was quick to respond. "tpp would be meaningless without the united states. japan will urge other signatories to hurry in completing the message procedures to ratify the pact as soon as possible.
" and, australia's prime minister -- >> he will have to make the decision in america's interest. can i say to you that it is very clear that, from australia's point of view, that getting greater access for australian exports, whether food sources to those big markets, is in our interest. reporter: it is clearly trade pact won't work without the u.s.. in australia, the faint hope remains that he will change his mind, at the latest by january 20 when he is sworn into office. helena: authorities in washington have reportedly approved the sale of more than 100 airbus commercial planes to iraq. the islamic republic is modernizing its fleet of aircraft. it would be the latest sale to
tehran amid lessening sanctions after last year's nuclear deal. many of the aircraft components are made in the united states. more businesses a little later. first, back to christopher. christopher: we're going to talk about the dodo, a flightless bird that used to live on the island of malicious -- the island of mauritius before europeans arrived in hunted them to extinction. a skeleton up for auction is made of bone's for several birds and isn't quite complete. it sold for almost 400,000 euros. you are watching "dw news" in berlin. up next, japan's meteorological agency warns there could be
million migrants last year has created a surge in support for a populist party called the alternative for germany. a new study by a foundation linked to the left of center social democrats reveal there is perhaps a broader shift to the right here in germany. >> the influx in refugees over the last year in particular has highlighted just how widespread xena phobic and right wing populism sentiment is in germany , and which party the so-called new right is supposed. according to a study, 28% of germans are right-wing populists, or who could be described as adherence to the new right. among the rfd party, it is 84%. "strongly against the establishment, seeing a conspiracy in islam, being
opposed to the government, the elites. those are the main ideas we would characterize as new right conviction." the afd or alternative for germany started out as a party of eurosceptics. now, it has become more successful. according to the study, the party and its members are becoming increasingly intolerant of migrants. racially motivated attacks of refugee housing have grown public attention to attitudes. xenophobia and a propensity for violence are often closely intertwined. among those opposed to the system, the opinion has increased over the past few years that violence as a means of maintaining one's own dominance has become legitimate. according to a study by the british incident -- the british institute yougov, the british are less susceptible than other europeans.
still, they say that the nationalist movements are spurring each other on. christopher: time for some or business news with helen humphrey. you're looking at the future of volkswagen. helena: unsurprisingly, volkswagen wants to see diesel-gate in his rearview mirror and focus on a new future, one free of omissions. the brand chief announced today that volkswagen wants to become the global leader when it comes to electric cars. here is more. >> sometimes you are down so low, up is the only way to go. our image has suffered from the admissions scandal. many people don't trust us like they used to. our most important job is to regain this trust swiftly. the company is also well aware of where it stands among the competition.
"our fixed costs have risen sharply. we are at the same level of productivity is our competitors. we have not have a strategy for success in the united states for years. and, in economy markets like brazil and india, we are losing ground to competitors. -- competitors." that will all be history, says vw, as the company regains the momentum lost during the mission scandal. many cars to be built in germany. and, north america is becoming a priority. "we want to write a comeback story in north america. we have to move to a relative -- a relevance manufacturer for the mass market. "
vw wants to offer more of the vehicles people want like luxury sedans and sport-utility vehicle's. experts say electric cars of the only way forward. vw has only had some success with electric car markets, but now claims it will be the global market leader in only nine years. helena: lufthansa is appealing a frankfurt court ruling allowing its pilots to strike on wednesday for 24 hours. the carrier is trying to obtain an injunction to stop the strike. it has canceled 900 flights over the walkout, which is overpaid. the pilots union has rejected a management offer to go to arbitration. lufthansa is already searching for alternative travel for some 75,000 passengers affected by the strike. do you remember six years ago when flights across europe were canceled after the eruption of a
rather awkwardly named icelandic volcano? at the time, it filled the skies with so much ash that planes couldn't use the airspace for safety reasons. but, it was also the birth of a new trend in adventure volcano -- adventure vacations, ok a watching. it has become a big business in iceland although the nature of the attraction poses some unique problems. reporter: it looks like a scene from a science fiction movie, the landscape spits fire and gushes boiling water. this town is sitting on a volcano that has been dormant for more than 100 years. another eruption is expected any time. >> of course, nobody wants this, but people are not afraid of going through their daily life.
it is just what we have to live with. reporter: is peaceful, solitary place also has to deal with other distraction, tourists. three times the native pulation travels to the island every year. many are hoping to witness an eruption. >> it is almost impossible to say when the next eruption will take place. we just have to follow closely. reporter: volcano watching can be a dangerous hobby. it melts the glacial surface in a flash, creating floodwaters that engulf everything in their path. how much time people have to escape depends on the strength of the eruption and the thickness of the ice. authorities are issuing alerts for smartphones to speed up evacuations. >> our challenges recording the tourism boom, how to get across the information that you have to be aware of.
that has been our main concern. reporter: it is a tricky situation for the islanders. more than half of all jobs are in the tourism sector. some people are reluctant to raise the alarm. on the other hand, iceland is responsible for the safety of visitors. that is like dancing on a volcano. helena: that is the latest from the business desk. back over to christopher. christopher: japan's meteorological agency says a major earthquake could hit the country in the next few days. the warning follows a quake earlier today that caused panic in some areas, but no casualties. there were fears for the fukushima power plants, which suffered a meltdown after the 2012 earthquake. but, there is no sign of damage this time.
reporter: the powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the coast of japan's fukushima prefecture. soon after, authorities issued a synonymy warning, making waves of up to -- a tsunami warning, projecting waves of up to three meters. fishing boats, evacuating local ports, are headed out to sea. open -- "i experienced the big tsunami last time, so i didn't know what to expect. i was glad we returned with out any injuries or damage to the boats." coastal residents were ordered to flee to higher ground. speaking during a visit to argentina, japan's prime minister shinzo abe said his government is doing its best to ensure the safety of those affected. "i did everything to provide
guidance. i also instructed officials to get the extent of the damage." hours later, the tsunami warning was lifted with no reports of death or serious injuries. waves of up to one meter were observed that fukushima. it was here in 2011 that the tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster at the power plant. christopher: germany's football association has hired its first integration officer. he is a former national league -- national team player, himself a model of assimilation. he will be a link for refugees and other migrants who get into soccer in this country. he arrived from brazil 17 years ago, speaking no german. he learned the language.
he wants anyone interested in the game to integrate. a quick reminder for our top story. violent protests against turkey's proposed child marriage law. they had withdrawn at from consultation. -- withdrawn it for more consultation. it would have allowed men who assaulted underage girls to escape punishment if they marry the victim. a short break.
>> hello and welcome to "euromaxx highlights." here are the best bits of the week. the sky's the limit. a dutch artist and his indoor clouds. underground art. an italian city brightens up its subway stations. drone alarm, when quadrocopters light up the sky in austria. for someone who has his head in the clouds, dutch artist berndnaut smilde seems to be very well grounded. he generates a storm of attention with his work by creating indoor clouds. his creations really make you question reality, even if its only for a split second. we accompanied smilde on a shoot toee