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sarah: this is "dw news," live from berlin. turkish voters living in germany head to the polls. they are having their say on the future o of the country's controversial president. turkey itself votes in two weeks, but the 1.4 million ex-pats in germany could have a significant impact on the election. also coming up, japan's shinzo abe and the donald trump talk of prospects for the upcoming north korea summit.
both say they can normalize talks with pyongyang if the talks go well. guatemala suspends search and rescue efforts following the sunday volcanic eruption. officials say that rain as well as hot ash and mud are making it impossible to dig for survivors. sarah: i'm sarah kelly. welcome to the program. 1.4 million turkish citizens living in germany have begun early voting in the country's presidential and parliamentary elections. turkey itself goes to the polls on june 24. with six presidential candidates, recep tayyip erdogan 's future is far from certain. reporter: erdogan supporters and opponents stand side-by-side outside the german consulate -- turkish consulate in berlin. votes from turks living abroad
could swing the election. it is likely to be a close one. as you can see, members of the turkish community are eager to cast their votes in berlin. they want to decide which direction the country is heading, but where to, many different opinions. six candidates have entered the presidential election, and 8 parties hope to win votes in the parliamentary election. most people will be voting for or against erdogan. >> same government should stay. everything should remain as is. which party? akp. >> erdogan bothers me. what he did to us for 16 years was not right. he worked for himself. >> erdogan is the best, because he has built roads and hospitals. before, there were notot even propoper roads in turkey. reporter: the first day of the
election has run smoothly. each party has sent election monitors. they are decisively countering accusations of vote rigging. turkish authorities carefully display openness. >> every evening, these ballot boxes are sealed without having been opened. every evening, they are kept under three locks, and can only be opened if all three parties are present. it will then be transported unopened to turkey on the 20th. reporter: even the opposition pro-kurdish hdp is not afraid of vote-rigging in germany. but they complain that no one from the hdp is permitted to accompany the ballot boxes to turkey, and once they have arrived, there will be days before they are counted. "what is that is that the vote bags will be locked up for three or four days and storage rooms, and we don't know what will happen there." a lack of trust between the
various political camps also in berlin. sarah: for more, let's go to turkey in our correspondent dorian jones, who is standing by with the latest from istanbul. early voting in the snap election currently underway. give us a sense of how crucial the overseas votes will be,e, particularly those from germany. dorian: well, it is about 3 million n overseas voters, which in germany accounts for half of those votes. that is 7% of the 55 million electorate. now those votes could be key to the outcome of the june polls, because the presidential and parliamentary elections are becoming increasingly too close to call. president erdogan will be looking for a very high turnout among overseas voters, because in the past they have strongly backed him and his ruling party. sarah: but turkish politicians, for their part, they have been campaigning -- they were dan
from doing so in germany and other parts of europe. tensions with the eu -- have tensions with the eu played a role in the campaigning there are you are i in the country? dorian: well, if you rececall ce in last year's referendum to extend the country's presidential powers, similar restrictions were performed on campaigning. president erdogan used that in his campaign committee poking a crisis with several european countries, including germany, and played the nationalist card. that was widely seen as a factor in his securing a victory in the referendum. he is ususg the sameme tactics n this election, but it does nothing to be getting much traction. the reason is the economy is dominating the election. the heavy fall in the lira provoked fears of financial crisis. the repercussions are still being felt. that is dominating the election. sarah: and that is a big barrier to the turkish president, who is trying to consolidate his power.
we know that the u.n. and others have cast doubt on turkey's ability to hold a free and fair election, given the state of emergency that is part of the power consolidation currently in place. these elections are likely to mean big structural changes to turkey's democracy as well, right? dorian: well, that's right. the powers from the referendum come into effect with this election. that grants sweeping powers to the president, making the country and executive presidency, giving him powers to rule by decree, greater powers over the judiciary, and it reduces the role of the parliament from even abolishing the role of the prime minister. erdogan says that is necessary to tackle economic problems and the ongoing war agagainst kurdih insurgents, but the opposition says this is tantamount to an elected dictatorship. this election is seen in many
ways as a vovote on the future f demomocracy in turkey. sarah: dorian jones in istanbul, thank you. u.s. president donald trump says he hopes that washington will the able to normalize ties with north korea in the future. trump made the comments following talks with japan's prime minister, shinzo abe. their meeting was focused on perversions on the june 12 summit between the u.s. and north kokorea. trump still -- preparationsns fr the june 12 summit between t the u.s. and north korea. come still says s he could walk away with the talks don'n't go well, but yiyields it will leado a new era. president trump: i hope it represents the beginning of a bright new future in north korea, and indeed, a bright you future for the world. the denuclearization of the korean peninsula would ususr in a new era of prosperity, security, and peace for all koreans, north and south, and for people everywhere. sarah: let's get more from
washington. did the japanese prime minister get what he came for in washington today? reporter: well, at least he got some assurances from donald trump that the united states will take japan's security concerns into account when talking to the north korean leader. of course, there's the issue of missiles, there is the fear in japan that in the deal, the americans might agree to a compromise where north korea gets to keep medium-range missiles, gives up its long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles, and of course, the medium-range missiles can still reach japan. there is the issue of american troops on the korean peninsula, and a very important issue for japanese prime minister shinzo abe, the question of japanese
citizens who were abducted by north korea and i still kept as prisoners in north korea. president trump promised to mr. abe that he would raise this issue with the chairman came in their meeting in's -- chairman kim in their meeting in singapore. he got at least verbal assurances. sarah: at least verbal. in japan rely on the u.s. for those demands during the summit? reporter: that is a big question. donald trump is no to shoot from the hip, follow his gut feeling in discussions. he is eager to create a good atmosphere, so he might when he sits down with chairman kim at some point simply shelve the concerns of japan to not ruin the good atmosphere. he said today -- trump said today that he wants this meeting to build a relationship with kim, and so therefore he might
say, well, this is more important than all the details of what i talked to with prime minister abe. sarah: just briefly before we go, president trump traveling to canada for the g-7 summit tomorrow. will he find friendly faces? carsten: i think there will be family faces but also very serious discussions behind the scenes. i don't believe those other leaders will confront president trump in a very aggressive way, and most of these people are rational people, and they don't want a full-blown conflict with the united states. but it will be clear that there are very different attitudes, especially when it comes to trade between the united states or the leader of the united states and those six other leaders. sarah: carsten von nahmen in washington, thank you. now let's get a quick check of other stories that have been making use around the world. jordan's incoming prime minister
says he will drop proposals to raise income taxes. this means a key demand of protesters. it was their weeklong mast and the stations against government austerity measures that led the king to replace the previous prime minister. an respect man who drove a truck ininto a crowd in stockholm last year has been jail for life. he said he wanted to punish sweden for joining a coalition of countries fighting against the so-called islamic state. five people were killed in the attack. 14 were wounded. russian president vladimir putin held his annual national q&a session today, taking questions from the public live on television. past events have been criticized as a stage-managed and theater. this year the studio audience has been replaced by text messages and video questions. watermelon authorities have today suspended search and rescue efforts -- guatemalan authorities have today's is been at search-and-rescue efforts. they say that rainy weather and
volcanic material blanketing the area make it impossible to continue to search for survivors was the close to 200 still missing. despite the efforts of emergency workers up until now. reporter: clearing the rubble after disaster struck. four days, crews worked tirelessly -- for days, crews worked tirelessly to recover bodies covered in volcanic ash. it has been too dangerous. the official search has now been suspended. in safer parts, emergency shelters have been set up for the evacuees. those who made it here are the lucky ones. >> the lava came and took everything with it. many were killed. we have nothing left, nothing at all. we had to leave.
we couldn't take anything with us. the ashes were coming after us. the people who stayed behind were very under -- buried underneath. reporter: what the community has come together in a show of solidarity, with people donating food and other items to help fellow guatemalans who lost their homes. a makeshift memorial has also been set up to remember loved ones who were unable to flee the volcano's get the reach. -- deadly reach. sarah: dw correspondent ofelia harms arruti i is in guatemala r us now. where are you exactly right now, and how are these evacuees holding up at this hour? ofelia: i am in a church that has been u used for people to sy here. about t 400 peoeople staying he,
and some of them are veryy despere. they d don't knowow if they will ever be able to returnrn to ther hohomes. sosome don't t know how lonong y will h hav to stay in these coconditions. theyey are alslso worried about their places. somef ththe areas arare so devastatedhat they w will not be inhabitable after the d disaste. but the good n news is t that te is a a lot o aid comoming in. we h have seen aid from all l or the cocountry, people e drivingp to 12 hours to bring food and medical supplies. now internationalal health is ao arriving. there was a problem before yesterday can some buses were ststopped in dififferent fronti, but now they are coming g in. people will probably not have to worry, at least for a while. sarah: speaking about that help, we heard a bit earlier that the rescuers suspended the search for the victims today. how is that news affecting guatemalans, many of whom may not know where their loved ones are at this hour?
and will the search resume?e? ofelia: many people here are sad that the news came in this morning, and obviously some were shocked, because they still remain with the hope that their loved ones will be found. the rescuers were stopped, as you mention, because of the climate conditions and the material still in the area. we saw rescuers whose boots were melting. they might resume further on. authorities say there is a monetary system that will be watching thehe volcanic activit, and if it isis safe to go back, ththey will. you must remember that guatemalans are very religious, and burying the bodies of loved ones is very important to them. they want the bodies to be rescued from the areas. sarah: briefly before we go, accusations that authorities failed to warn people early
enough, is that a fairir assessment? ofelia: well, people do blame the authorities. they say that once they knew about ththe disaster, , it is because they hadad ashes above their heads already. authorities blame each other. the ones that are monitoring the volcanic activity say they have been giving morningstar and holy can an evacuation was ordered only 45 minutes -- warnings through the whole weekend and evacuation was ordered only 45 minutes after the explosion. they are investigating probable negligence. sarah: ofelia harms arruti with the latest from guatemala this hour, thank you. now it is over to javier, who joins us with the latest on the trade tussle between china and the united states. javier: new developments that are, you guessed it, controversial. the u.s. government has reached a deal with the chinese phone
maker zte. the firm can buy american components that are crucial to its business can in exchange for a hefty $1 billion fine. the announcement comes two months after washington accused the company of breaching a settlement related to an earlier violation of sanctions against iran and north korea. it requires the company change its board of directors in 30 days and include a team of american compliance officers -- that is what they call them. lossss of access too american ps threatened to shut down production. the issue was part of the trade dispute between china and the u.s. and our financial correspondent at the new york stock exchange, sophie scimansky, has been following the story for us. very good to see you again. let's start with this company zte, because it is an important company in china but not a big player in the u.s. why stop making such a big deal out of it -- why is donald trump
making such a big deal out of it? sophie: i think he sees this deal is a linchpin and he thinks it might help him into a stronger position with bargaining with china. let me sum up what secretary wilbur ross and treasury secretary steve mnuchin explained when they met with a group of concerned senate republicans on wednesday afternoon. the administration seems to be seeking to make a deal because the chinese have made it clear they will not deliver trade-related concessions like producing more agricultural goods and energy from the united states without an agreement that lists this -- lifts this order. that is what a person familiar with the matter said. american technology firms may face retaliation from the chinese government is zte shuts down. javier: this is clearly something china wants. this sparks criticism once again because some say this proves that trump is not being tough on
china as he promised. what is the perception there? sophie: i think many people are really stretching -- scratching their heads over it. president trump started this potentially costly trade war with china in large part because he says china has stolen american jobs by flooding the market with cheap imports. and now trump says he wants to save those jobs. his willingness to reconsider the penalty has drawn bipartisan backlash and congress, and lawmakers fear that the administration is unwisely linking national security and trade. take senator michael bennet, democrat of colorado. i think his statement sums it up pretty well -- how is china's supposed to think about what the united states is trying to accomplish? first he says he is going to sanction them, and then he doesn't sanction them. javier: trump keeps us all guessing. thank you very much for the analysis.
bank of america is reportedly looking to move more jobs than originally envisaged from london to its new paris office. itit is shapaping up to bebe onf the e biggest shifts ahead of brexit. a first wave of 400 staff will move early next year. the bank is refurbishing enououh office space to create a european trading hub once britain leaves the eu. in further corporate news, a highly anticipated merger is finally complete. german chemicals group bayer has sealed its takeover of usc's maker monsanto. it is worth $63 billion. bayer is already a time and will become a bigger global player. in a monsanto will disappear, but t it's for -- the name on center will disappear, but it's -- the name monsanto will disappear, but it's brands will remain. reporter: with h the purchase of monsantoto, bayer becomes the
largesagrochemical comny in the world. holds just over 30% of the global market. that is ahead of the chinese swiss firm which has just ov 28%. that it is the u. business down to pot, with 17.5%. basf controls 15.5% of the global markeket. just five corporate entities wiwill determine the direction f global agriculture and the nutrition of humanity. this while the world population grows. 10 million people by 2050, according to current estimates. because farmland isn't increasing, it is up to these five firms to figure out how to coax more out of the ground that is already under the plow. javier: the football world cup in russia is a week away with many european teams hoping to win it. soccer is not only a national support in many countries on the continent, but
big business. a new study says that the european football market is worth 25.5 million euros half of it generated by five leagues. france's top league is the lowest revenue generator of the big five and just 1.6 billion euros last season. italy some revenue growth by 8% to more than 2 billion euros. most of it came from the acquisition by a chinese corporation. germany's bundesliga is in third place. clubs like bayer have increased their revenue come up to 15% across all teams to 2.8 billion euros. the bundesliga is number one for attendance, by the way, averaging more than 41,000 loyal fans going to cheer each game. in revenue terms, spain's top league has overtaken the bundesliga to be the world's second highest earning come with 2.9 billion euros.
that is still not much when looking at europe's number one, the english premier league, with a total revenue above 5 billion euros and 20 clubs that set annual records. 20 years ago, one half of the clubs were an operating loss. we asked the author of the report which trends he has got his eye on. >> what we see is the change in consumer behavior and media consumption. it will be very interesting if the new players on the field in the media business, which also come from the online and digital sector, will continue to drive revenue growth in the next couple of years. there is still an enormous interest by broadcasters and sponsorship companies. this has been a key driver in past years, and i am sure it will continue to be a driver. javier: and we're speaking of
those revenue sources, and one of them is streaming services. amazon has secured the rights to broadcast premier league football matches. it is the latest disruption to the traditional broadcasting landscape. the retailer was awarded the right to stream 20 matches per season for the next three years, but only to amazon prime subscribers in the u.k. amazon has been broadcasting more sporting events, including the nfl. and that is all for business, but we stay on the subject because it is back to sarah for germany's world cup preparations. sarah: as we know, thehey won it the last time around, so they have a lot at stake. a lot of people looking to the squad, looking to the training. they have finished at the training camp in italy, confident that they have done the necessary groundwork for a successful tournament. the team is back in germany for a final warm-up match against saudi arabia, after which the real work begins. reporter: cracking weather,
laid-back atmosphere, and simple ball drills, the perfect end to germany's world cup training camp. it is enough for the record goalscorer, now a coach. he says he is happy with the team's progress. >> i think we have trained well. we have toto make sure we achiee the e same things we did fourr yearss ago. that means developing a positive team spirit, pushing each other, and training with an i intensity thatat is enough to challenge en the e established players. reporter: a a few weeks ago, it was unthinkable, but manuel neuer is once again the undisputed number one between the posts. the rest of them are in good spirits. only one of them had to cut short his training schedule. he will miss friday's game due to a knee injury.
the doctors say it is just a bruise on the knee, but you don't want to tatake any unnecessary risks he did some sprints today, so i assume it will not be an issue for the world cup. reporter: the match against saudi arabia is germany's last test before the world cup defense kicks off. sarah: we all know the frustration when traffic lights change too quickly. just how an elderly perern tryi t to cross aa seven-lane highway must feel. check this out -- security cameras in soututhwest chinana captured the agonizilyly slow journey o oa senior c citizen across a busy road. he is barely onto the crossing one the traffic starts to flow. check this out -- look at when he looks like he is stranded there. a policeman comes to his rescue.
and that is just the best of humanity there. everyone likes a piggyback ride, don't they? quick reminder of the top stories we are following for you -- more than one million n turkh citizens in germany have begun early voting in a turkey's election, called for june 24. overseas voters could swing the results in resident erdogan's favor. in the last election three years ago, most ex-pats back his party for i am sarah kelly in berlin. thank you so much for watching. have a great day. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]