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could cut donald trump's senate majority in alabama. roy moore mired in sex allegations. the race is too close to call. three women say the president sexually assaulted them. also on the program, germany's jewish community observes hanukkah amid tensions over israel's flagburning. the ambassador to germany gives his reaction to dw. >> it makes me sad to see an israeli flag burned in berlin. especially berlin. >> french president emmanuel macron says the world is losing
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the fight against climate change. i am phil gayle. welcome to the program. voters in alabama go to the polls to choose a new senator to send to washington. after president trump threw his support behind republican candidate roy moore, a former state supreme court justice has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls more than 30 years ago, which he denies. >> they said these women had not come forward for nearly 40 years. but they waited until 30 days before this general election to come forward.
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if you do not believe in my character, do not vote for me. >> more from dw correspondent who joins us from washington. welcome carsten. what are the applications for the race? carsten: it was already a tight race even before the allegations came out. roy moore has been a controversial figure for many years in alabama. he was removed from the state supreme court twice for not obeying federal laws and court rulings, so normally in alabama, any republican should easily win. in this case, doug jones is actually ahead in a few polls. of course most polls still seat roy moore ahead. but the bottom line is that this race is too close to call. phil: why is this senate race
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getting so much attention? why do we, the international audience, care? carsten: this is a lose-lose situation for the republicans. it is also a test election on donald trump and his agenda. trump has of course fully backed roy moore, and he is banking on the fact that his core of supporters and roy moore's core supporters in alabama. it is a lose-lose situation, because if the democrats win in alabama, that would further diminish republican majority in the senate. that could mean that donald trump might have difficulties getting through his agenda. then again, if roy moore wins, he will become a liability to the republicans in the upcoming did term elections.
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he may be electable in alabama, but he would be a liability in most other regions of the country. phil: the man who helped donald trump into the white house is also been active in alabama. what has steve bannon had to say? carsten: he is still on a crusade to change the political landscape across the united states. he is fighting not only democrats, but te republican establishment and what he calls the "mainstream media." here is what he had to say about us journalists. bannon: what kind of answer is that? i am not a politician. you and all of the mainstream media are part of the opposition. phil: is anybody listening, though? carsten: absolutely -- at least
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among core supporters of donald trump. they do not trust what they call the mainstream media. i would say the media that does not necessarily reflect the views of these people, but they do not trust the political class in general from both parties -- democrat or republican. there is a certain amount of anger in this country, an anger that brought trump into the white house. these people do not care who goes to washington as long as he disrupts the political process and destroys what they see as a rigged system. phil: stay with us if you would. three women who had previously accused mr. trump of sexual harassment calling for a congressional investigation. he claims he is the target of abrogated stories of women he has never met. >> for these women,
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investigating donald trump is a fight for personal honor and principle. >> when he started to put his hand up my skirt, that was the last time i wore a skirt traveling. then, i managed to wrestle myself out of the seat. i stood up and grabbed my purse and went to the back of the airplane. >> i want to believe as americans we can put aside our political inclinations and admit that some things do transcend politics, that we will hold mr. trump to the same standard as harvey weinstein and other men who were held accountable for the reprehensible behavior. >> sarah huckabee sanders has rejected the claims against trump. huckabee: he says it is a good thing that women are coming forward. he feels that a mere allegation should not determine the course.
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he has denied the allegations, as have eyewitnesses on several -- and several reports show the eyewitnesses backup the president's claim in this process. >> one of the highest ranking women in the trump administration said the accusers had a right to speak out. >> women who accuse anyone should be heard. they should be dealt with. we heard from the prior to the election, and i think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak out. >> the women accusing president trump say this 2005 video proves that trump made unwanted advances toward women. trump: i moved on her. i failed. she was married. >> trump has dismissed the comments as "locker room talk." so far, there has been little sign that congress will open
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investigation into his past behavior. phil: carsten, these allegations are not new. is anything new likely to come up this time? carsten: i do not think it will have any severe consequences for the president. of course, it does not look good and might have consequences at the ballot boxes in 2018. donald trump's approval rating is already low compared with other presidents before him. and of course, again, people might finally say, ok, enough is enough. i will not have any of this. the republicans say, first of all, these allegations are not true. secondly, they knew about it and voted for trump anyway. but that was in a different era, if you like, because so many women have come forward and have found the courage to report
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allegations work events -- or events where they experience misconduct. this is different from the silence we encountered before. so this might have an impact at the ballot box. if the republicans lose the senate or the hse, that will be a problem for donald trp. phil: now to some of the other stories. bangladeshi counterterrorism offices are inquiring about the bus terminal bombing in new york city on monday. authorities are holding to suspect on terrorism charges. he says he was inspired by the islamic state group. nato has reappointed jens stoltenberg until 2020. he has held the post since 2014.
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he has faced increasing tensions with russia, terror attacks and firefighters returning from the middle east. an explosion at a national gas plant is injured more than a dozen people. police say it was triggered by technical fall. the facility is a major pipeline hub, delivering gas to several countries. italy has declared a state of emergency because of energy supply disruption. you're watching "dw news" live from berlin. convincing business leaders to invest in clean energy and making fossil fuel economists thing of the past. police in berlin say they will intervene to prevent any more burning of israeli flags at tonight's planned protest. germany's president says there is no justification for these displays of hatred. berlin's jewish communities are
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prepared to like a giant menorah set up at the brandenburg gate. rabbis say that people coming together for the ceremony will underscore the message of light prevailing over darkness. >> mr. sakharov, welcome to dw. there is a lot going on in germany as a reaction to donald trump's decision last week. not even a week ago he made the famous declaration pronouncing jerusalem as the capital city of israel. how did you personally deal about the fact that israeli flags are being burned by protesters in front of the brandenburg gate? sakharov: it makes me sad to see it, especially in berlin. after receiving an exceptionally
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warm welcome. i think when somebody burns up flag, they are not just saying we disagree with your opinion or your position. they are saying that you do not have a right to have a position. that is what makes me angry. i feel that gives a strong sense of anti-semitism and how they approach this. there is no doubt that jerusalem has a strong israeli and jewish connection throughout the ages. my family has been there for several generations. i think that anyone who can foresee any sort of peace between us and the palestinians will realize that jerusalem will always be the capital of israel. nothing that is happened over the last week will prejudice that. >> germany's position is quite different. chancellor merkel said that the declaration by donald trump is false to declare
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jerusalem is the capital city. are you disappointed by the declaration? sakharov: i want to see both sides define the situation for themselves, rather than prejudged the negotiation from the start. in that sense, i would hope that people would recognize that israel has a very strong connection to jerusalem. that we see it. that it has been the capital for the past 70 years. and i think first and foremost, acknowledgment of that can open different opportunities. but that is the most important point of departure. >> there is talk about the ultimate deal by president donald trump. what is the ultimate deal for israel when it comes to palestinians? sakharov: mutual respect. living side-by-side.
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if you look beyond the headlines, there is a tremendous amount of coexistence, tolerance. israel has said that no matter what is happened, there is no change in the status quo in jerusalem in terms of freedom of worship, freedom of access for all religions to all holy places. this is the trademark of israel and jerusalem in the last decade, and it will remain so. this is the most important message i can continue to stress. phil: news of another climate conference. >> every world leader gets his way. the last one was last month here in germany in bonn. this time, it will be in paris. if you world leaders, the world planet summit. climate finance is at the forefront. participants warm it without
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trillions invested in clean technology, the goal to keep global warming down will remain a pipe dream. >> a bit of movie glamour may help to draw attention to issues up for debate at the one planet summit. it has been two years since the paris agreement was signed. critics say there have been few achievements to celebrate. they say it is time for real action, and not just good intentions. the summit's message is that fossil fuels are history. >> we would talk about how it does not matter that donald trump back out of the paris agreement. because the private sector did not drop out. the public sector or universities or scientists or engineers did not drop out. nobody dropped out. donald trump told donald trump
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out of the pair's agreement. so do not worry about any of that. >> some concern might be warranted. despite numerous pledges of help from the u.s., you funds -- few funds have reached those who need them. for emmanuel macron, hope lies in the science sectors. he spoke to scientists, entrepreneurs and engineers to help improve efficiency. rants has pledged to spend millions of euros to support the work of 18 scientists on condition that they work in france in the future. >> what i want you to figure out is the most radical research, applied research, all projects you are pursuing. the technological research that will allow us to win the battle against climate change.
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>> and, he wants company heads involved too. firms will need to raise the bulk of $100 billion annually. exactly how macron plans to achieve this is not yet clear. phil: the new french president has a lot on his plate. claudia kempfert, what does he have to do to get the bosses to foot a huge bill? claudia: we need to invest the entire energy transformation. it is unstoppable, irreversible. fossil fuel investment is important. we need to get the banks and firms on board, and to invest as much as we can to bring the
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transformation toward renewable energy and efficiency. phil: can the french president of ford it? he is struggling to get his own economy into shape. claudia: france has problems because it is based on nuclear, and that is not economically efficient. he has to transform his economy toward renewable energy. the good thing is that renewable energy becomes cheaper as more and more countries invest into it. the demand will increase. now, the investment needs to be channeled toward this transformation. phil: calling a climate conference will win him points. is that how it is this days -- these days? claudia: the paris agreement is the paris agreement. it is a good thing to use the anniversary of the kyoto protocol.
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to have a climate leader is good. we have him and france on the front, but we need other countries as well. we need to confront other countries in theorld, and hopefully friends can do that. phil: how do you convince these countries? to climate conferences really get us anywhere? claudia: yes. especially after the paris agreement. we need the action in the countries, and this is why it is important to have an international commitment. of course, work needs to be done on the bottom line in that country. local action is important, but to get that we need agreements. phil: claudia kampfert, thank
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you. dingel daniel, are they going to spend that cash on the planet? daniel: they are swimming in cash at the moment. we had a comment a bit earlier from the economy minister in germany, stating that they expect at least 2% growth over the next year. that means new cash for the companies. many companies also listed in the blue-chip index. they have the internal ethics agreement about how much money they want to spend every year. but, in a joint statement today, the biggest environmental organization in germany was calling this pretty much a shame. they said companies could spend more money regarding those projects. phil: carmakers are really lagging as far as chinese competitors go.
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are the germans asleep at the wheel? daniel: germany always wanted to be number one, also, when it comes to mobility. but you cannot get the feeling that this is also a dream, because when you talk about infrastructure, it is still very poor. we had a statement earlier regarding this. germany needs to put more effort and money fourth to get those cars on the road as much as they want to. phil: daniel, thank you. this could boost the global economy's ship. the world they -- the world bank announced it will stop financing oil and gas. only under exceptional circumstances. the move is meant to help nations meet ledges to cut greenhouse gases.
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four minutes of business is coming up. >> amnesty international as accused the european union of being complacent in the abuse of migrants in libya. amnesty says that the european union it has turned a blind eye toward dangerous detention facilities. refugees held in libya are fleeing civil wars, persecution and famine in africa. more than 100,000 have arrived on the shores of the european union so far. amnesty international's director of the middle east joins us from tunis. welcome. who are you accusing of turning a blind eye toward this? >> amnesty international thought it was important to show that european governments have a responsibility toward what is
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happening in libya. to direct assistance, their policies pursued over the past couple of years. they have become complicit in these human rights file nations that they are fully aware are occurring. we want to highlight that the situation in migrant detention centers in libya has been ongoing for many years. we've been documenting abuses, such as torture and indefinite arbitrary detention. it has become a lot worse over the past year. >> pardon the interruption. you're outlining a situation with which we have become familiar over the few years -- few weeks. you have set amnesty has been on this. but let me work in question. who do you specifically accuse of seeing and doing nothing? >> it is not just seeing and doing. we are accusing the european
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governments of providing technical assistance to libyan authorities -- >> but which governments? let us here who your allegations and criticisms are directed at, rather than just saying european governments. which ones? >> i say european governments because there is a european union trust fund which is funding direct assistance to the detention centers. i can speak to the italian government regarding the libyan coast guard, because there is an extra layer of complicity in terms of italy's approach. when it comes to the coast guard, we have documented incidents where the reckless behavior of the libyan coast guard has led to the deaths of migrants. here again, the overall policy of trying to ensure it is the libyan coast guard conducting search and rescue even in
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international waters or beyond libyan territory, is why we then say that the italian government is complicit in the loss of life of migrants because of the dangers. >> amnesty internationals to rector of the middle east and north africa, think you so much for joining dw. ♪ >> wolfsburg and likes a face-off tonight. leipsic needs a victory to make up for the loss by munich. >> the wolves have only lost once since martin schmidt took over in september. it was a 3-0 victory. they stop momentum in its tracks. a league high of nine draws with them closer to relegation than they would like to be.
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the head coach addressed the drawing issues in the press conference ahead of the match. >> in the last five or six games, we are closer to getting away from that statistic. being the king of draws does not take you anywhere. so our goal is to take that around. and also, to change our mentality moving forward. >> despite being second on the table, leipzig lost the lead against mike's. the bulls were given a questionable penalty that ultimately ended even. >> we have definitely conceded more goals than last season, and that could be why we do not have as many points as we did at this time last year. but we have to deal with it. >> it defeated, the newest club
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on the block would extend their winless streak. it would not be the best way to celebrate rb's bundesliga fixture. >> alabama is voting in senate elections. if the democrats win, it would reduce resident donald trumps majority. that is it. more for you at the top of the hour. have a good day. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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