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[applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. traditional power blocs are the european in election. nigel farage's party surges to victory weeks after it was formed. president trump becomes the first world leader to meet japan's new emperor, but beyond the ceremony, there are orea.ions on north plus, legendary choreographer bill t. jones is brinew work to the stage with the message for all to hear. bill: art is as important as highways and hospitals. bonow, sell that in ard rooms.
laura: welcome to our viewers on public television here in america anaround the globe. the votes are being counted and the fallout is being felt in the european elections. across the board, traditional parties suffered major losses and the nter-right and centerleft blocs lost combined majority in european parliament. in the u.k., it was the brexit party led by nigel farage who had reason to celebrate. we will have more on that in a moment. butan first, our europe editor katya adler starts coverage fros brus. katya: much about this election is not what it first may seem. nationalist marine le pen beaten pres macron atop thera polls ine. "this is a people's victory," said the delighted ms. le pen.
phe people have taken theer back into their own hands." but the people, a.k.a. voters, ad not support her allies much as she hoped across the eu. millions of europeans cast a vote forhange, but not all for the far ght. the pro-european greens did phenomenally well, as did europe's liberals. >> we are witnessing a polarized society. now we're going to use leverage the citizens gave us to try and enact change at european level. reducing social inequality, reducing our ecological footprint, improving public health. s we will see if the othe prepared for that. katya: seemingly unprepared for this new, fragmented political order are the eu's aditional power blocs, the centerleft and mee center-right. germany's gove was given a very bloody nose. like in the u.k., europe's voters are foring political movements they believe that
better reflect their priorities. theroare questions today as t how long angela merkel can or should stay in office. all this could well affect the brexit pcess. the woes of angela merkel, the far right breaking down the neck again of emmanuel macron, looming general elections in a es, all ofeu count this makes it much more unlikely to reopen and renegotiate th brexit deal if they are to do so by the next u.k. prime minister. the attitude here anyway is thas there o better alternative. how does the eu feel about 73 u.k. mep's returning to the p europeanliament?e >> it willteresting to see how long they will be in the european parliament. >> emmanuel macron has said he is worried that an reluctant
ll in the eu could cause internal trouble. are you concerned about that? >> prime minister may was really clear when she said that the u.k. would play a constructive role -- >> she is going. >> well, she is going, exactly. hiwe will have to see what means for the next prime minister. katya: eu leaders including theresa may meetomorrow to discuss what is next after the european election. our prime minister may may feel a bit out of price. for the rest, horsetrading as to who gets the eu's top jobs, and it is only just starting. eltya adler, bbc news, bru laura: as you heard there, the far right had much to celebrate in this year's elections. but the good fortunes did not last long in austria, where chancellor sebastian kurz was ousted after he lost a confidence vote in parliament after a corruption scandal. that's all heinz-christian strache standout and his entire far right freedom party withdrew from the rulinwecoalition last .
the crisis erupted after a video eurfaced showing strach ffer contracts and in return for government help. now to the u.k., where t were mixed messages in the sults on brexit, both for and against. the liberal democrats who want to stop brexit did well, coming in second, but the undoubted winner washe brexit party launched by nigel farage just six weeks ago. orbbc's political edaura kuenssberg has more on that part of the story. laura k.: to the winner, the spoils. it was his victory. nige,farage's brexit par maybe the brashest and the boldest, won the biggest last night demanding we leave the eu , as soon as is humanly possible. are you worried abou divisions we saw last night? nigel: you may not likththe result oelection, but you accept that and you live to fight another day. when we have had since the
referendum is a lack of leadership from very significanp in british public life. laura k.: but parties with the opposite message were winners, too. the lib dems want to stop brexit and were the next biggest party. the country is a result -- the country's results, a contradiction. >> we are a major nationalorce again, and our next big task is to work with other people and other parties who are like-minded initially to stop britain crashing out of the european union by accident. >> ♪ bye-bye, eu laura k.: it is smaller groups with reasons to be cheerful, celebratinhowever they see t. ♪ k.: just as in 2014, nigel farage's eurosceperc group hooved up. plucky enough to boo a labou
candidate on stage and cause major misery to the tories, who had an historically awfulrf mance. for the party hunting for a new minister,w prime many mp's think the search should be for who can stop the brexit party. the lib dems gobbled boats up in -- gobbled ves up in towns and cities. so, too, the greens, providing a home for those who want to stay rhin the eu, turned off pes by westminster strife. >> let's have a discussion but keep the temperature -- laura k.: and labour went backwards, trying to keep its two national territories together. for months, many party members have been unhappy wi a plan to hold the eu referendum, only if there isn't a general election. is it clear? you judge. >> the responsibility to listen to what everyone has to say and
s be sure that there agreement made and it is put to a public vote. laura k.: the snp were rewarded for a clear position in scotland to try to stoprexit. labor pushed to fifth place, un.aginable a few years ago in walesthose who want another vote on europe beat labor, too. the party set up to push for another referendum did not get far. changeg.k. won't be changin much anytime soon. this may not last. -- how far can he go? never short on ambition. this may not last.ro an elections don't necessarily translate into what happens in the next general election. but the success of parties withs a clear meage on brexit isve enough to gihe tories and labour a lot to worry about. nigel farage and the other smaller parties have hiliated the established grouplexed by brexit.
nsters rewarding politiciaho have been willing toick a side. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. laura t.: for more on the fallout from the elections, i spoke with the bbc's gary dodonoghue. the spectacular win for nigel farage and the brexit party make it more likely that brexit actually happens october 31 when it is supposed to? gary: the important thing to remember about this is there a couple of facts they don't change as a result of the elections, and one is the day you mentioned, following,be oc31, when britain leaves the eu whatever happens.r the oting that hasn't changed is the parliamentary arithmetic of the u.k. parliament. same mps are there, nothing has changed there whatsoever. the idea that this has shaken things up -- it has in terms of the political parties and how mathey feel about the perfe, but the raw facts of brexit are thsame. there isn't ideal, there is a deadli, no impetus
particularly for a referendum. we don'know what effect the new conservative party leader and prime minister will have when we get one at the end of july. laura: you say no impetus for a second referendum. yet the pro-european parties got a bigger combined share of the vote, didn't they, than the brexit parties. gary: they did, just. and they did when you people like the scottish national party, and they are a pro-european party and were against brexit but there are comfoicated reason voting s&p, there are other issues, but yes, when mayou put the largely pro- parties together, they outperform the brexit party and independent study by five percentage points. it is still not 50%. you still have the problem that the british electorate is split down theiddle over brexit. that hasn't gone away as a result of the elections. laura: it was a bad night for the conservatives and labour.
does that mean they are going to avoid a general election le e plague for fear that nigel farage would do better than them? gary: if i could steal a phrase from president obama, the twoes main parot a real shellacking last night. the conservative party got 9% of the vote, single digits. this is the most successful political party in the history of the world. they have ruled and existed for longer than anyone else, and they are at 9%. labor did not do much better. thbor's problem is tha do not have a very clear view on brexit they have not said one way or another whher they want a second referendum or not. the key thing is that the brexit vote means it is much, much more likely that conservatives will do everything they can to avoid a general election, because the brexit party eats into their votes much more significantly, and if they go into a general election with a brexit slate of candidates acre country,
they will lose 10% or 15% of the vote and labor would be in.wo labod lose votes to brexit, but they may gain tactical democrats.the liberal laura: it has been three years since the referendum on brexit. has public opinion shifted at all? gary: not really. you see polls sng here and there, but generally speaking, the voters are split down, and that is the problem with the second referendum. even if it changed the outcome and the remainers got what they wanted, they wouldchot get it by laura: gary o'donoghue, thank you. in other news from around se worlen soldiers who were jailed for the killing of 10 msrohingya musn myanmar have been granted early release. they are the only people o punishr the crackdown, which drove over 700,000 flee toa muslims to
bangladesh. the soldiers served less than a year of their 10-yes. prison term police in france have carried out searches at the home of a man believed to be behind an explosion in lyon. four people were arrested including a 20-year-old student. the bomb injured 13 people. no one has claimed reonsibility for the attac you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, reaching people through dance. a famed choreographer hopes his new work leaves a real impact. edwhat is belio be the clearest ever moving footage of queen victoria has been discovered in the film archives of a museum in new york. for decades, the importance of the image was overlooked until recently. here is our royal correspondent sarah campbell. sarah: queen victoria in sharper focuthan ever seen before.
this waser last trip to ireland in 1900, and it is believed to be the last time she was filmed before her death less than a year later. >> it is the best view you will get of queen in moving pictures. sarah: the footage h been stored for decades, but it was only when a curator with t british film institute was shown it that the significance was truly realized. >> i nearly fell off my chair because i'veer seen queen victoria in closeup before. you can see the queen's face for the first time probably since 1900 sincehis was shown, this close-up. you can see expressions, you can see her in movement rather than just as a stiff portrait or ill photograph. sarah: queen victoria embraced the new dium of film. she was filmed in balmoral in 1896, and the following year, 40 cameras were used to capture the queen's diamond jubilee. >> very much film as an
extension of a whole series of image-making about queen victoria. sarah: makes her seem real. andt makes her seem real, she is real. t sarah: but wt this film apart is the level of detail, and that is largely due to the film's size. on the left the film was shot in 35 millimeters, a cheaper format twhich beca industry standard despite the loss of detail. thes result, very few fi such high-quality were made, and no others capture so clearly this living, breathing, moving monarch. sarah campbell, bbc news. dayra: president trump's 4- trip to japan is drawing to a close, but there have been memorable moments, such as being
the first foreign leader to meet the new japanese emperor. away frothe pomp and circumstance, there have been serious discussions with japan's prime minister over trade and north korea. from tyo, rupert wingfield-hayes reports. ♪ rupert: asthe star-spangled banner" rang out over the imperial palace courtyard, the u.s. president and first lady were formally welcomed by p's new emperor naruhito and empress masako. mr. trump is said to be mightily pleased that he is the first foreign leader to get this honor. the schoolchildren brought in to wave the flag were a little less happy thanks to the searing 32-degree heat. erut mr. trump is not just for the pomp and circumstance. in a summit with prime minister shinzo abe, there was one topic on his mind, trade. pres. trump: we have an unbelievably large trade imbalance, which has been for many, many years, japan having the big advantage. and put us in a very tough spot. but i think we will have a deal th japan.
rupert: president trump is clearly delighted with the way he h been welcomed here in japan, but mr. trump is still fundamentally a transactional politician, and his message to his japanese fends here today was this -- if you want this alliance to work, ifinou want to co enjoying the protection of the u.s. navy and the u.s. air force, you are going to have toin start ba lot more american-made stuff. tonight at the imperial palace, president trump was toasted byro emnaruhito. d this has been a very gip for mr. trump, but also for prime minister abe, who can justifiably claim he is thede american pre's most trusted foreign friend. rupert wingfield-hayesc news, tokyo. laura: for more on the okpresident's trip, i with sheila smith of the council on foreign relations. the two leaders seemed very friendly.
president trump did flat-out contradict prime minister abe on the question of north korea, saying they we not in violation for firing the short range ballistic missiles. what is that about? sheila: i don't know. ihethe interesting thing -- his national security advisor john bolton set up the trip to tokyo by saying that it was a violation of u.s. sanctions, which is what the japanese wanted to hear. but i think what the president was saying is he has his eyes on the long-term economic development dewi that he sees kim jong-un. he says north korea is all waterfront property. i think he is tryinge if he can get kim back to the bargaining table. laura: how concerning is it for prime minister abe, because japan is sclose to north korea , if they decide to take this at a green light est medium-range ballistic missiles? sheila: that's the th g. the short range t andhe medium range will hit our allies in the region, and abe wants to sayo that nmissile tests are permissible.
one wants continued pressure and does not want r sanctionsief. japan is active in surveilling transactions that look like they are in violation of the united nations. but i think that the extendeds deterrenwhat he wanted, which is we will be there to help you should north korea go back on the track of threatening japan. laura: it's interesting thatdo president trum not usually like people who disagree with him, but he and prime minister ree were all pally after the press conference whey disagreed. he is managing the relationship apparently rather well. ussheila: i think he is behe courted the president and has had a very strong communication with the president. didomats in washington poin out they had 42 communications since prident trump became president. that is astounding for any state leader. but the nervousness was visible in the body langua t of mr. abe press conference and it was not necessarily about north korea, but about trade. laura: on that point, how important is it for mr. abe to
get a trade deal with the u.s.? sheila: very important. there was a cue there, saying we will accelerate talks with the united states, so they want a deal by august. clearly that is the president's desire.ri but that auto hanging over the head of the bilateral trade talks is disturbing not only for the auto industry but the japanese governm well. laura: and president trump saying that he could slap the big tariffs on imported japanese cars to the u.s., how disconcerting is that? sheilait is very disconcerting. the global network of production where the au manufacturing industry is global these days, and no country h a more global auto industry than the japanese, or the europeans, for that matter. the real question here is mr. abe is a little worried abt what mr. trump wants to do with agriculture. the u.s. agriculture sector is suffering.mr trump wants a little bit more latitude in japan, more market access than what mr. abea is pd to give him. laura: is this why japaneses
diplome pointing to the president that they have invested so much in the midwestp key states fsident trump? cieila: exactly. and also the transc partnership that mr. trump took us out of allowed market access. the japanese are saying we will give you the same thing we negotiated, but mrtrump got a little irritated by that and said i'm not bound by the tpp. laura: big summer when it comes to trade talks, then. sheila: i think we have an intense set of bilateral talks this summer. laura: sheila smit thank you for joining us. sheila: always a pleasure, laura, thank you. of dance willer be on dilay this week in arleston, south carolina, where a trilogy choreographer bill t. jones will be performed. the dance ensemble which bears his name has created the pieces in collaboration with the esmpany's janet wong. we sat down with jn washington, d.c., after the premier to talk about the
importance of the arts. bill: one more me. go for it. i'm here to present an event. ' is supposed to be a mans world is out ocontrol -- that demands your attention and your heart. good. the way the stag, comes togethe way things are repeated -- thators what we're looking -- that is what i'm trying to do with these works. this work is called "analogy -- a trilogy." three stories from contrasting individuals raises the question, what is a meaningful life, wha fear, what is triumph, what is perseverance. in my early days as a choreographer, we were very prejudiced against narrative.s we felt there o much storytelling, too much linear storytelling.
we wanted to free th. as i have aged, i have become more literary in my interests, and at the same time trying not to abandon the freedom of form and gesture. >> and how did you get sick? be honeswith me. if it is something you are ashamed of- >> that's not true, that's not true! bill: i have to keep saying to those who fund the arts, who come to the arts, come, give. this is really good for us. art is as important as highways and hospitals. now, sell that in boardrooms sell that in the era of donald trump. i can never assume i know what you feel as an audience. i think it is the storytelling that is driving it. i joke sometimes that audiences want a sweaty epiphany,ar
partic from dance. sometimes a bit cynical when i say that, but the show man in me is trying to understand how toy leve them a taal. let's try thats try that. when i put these elements together, time and space and rmsture, lighting, costumes, and my wonderful pers, there is something happening that is difficult to describnd people are moved by it, excited by it. ♪ tbill: and that is like tte buds tasting a well-prepared meal. ♪ laura: creographer bill t. jones on his very latest production. remeyou can find much more of all the day's news on our website, including the latest on the european elections with full coverage and analysis. plus to see what we are working
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