tv DW News LINKTV June 14, 2018 2:00pm-2:31pm PDT
>> this is "dw news" live from berlin. on a knife edge. angela merkel's coalition, in crisis. chancellor faces a rebellion over her policy on migrants. her interior minister is leading a revolt that could threaten merkel's political future. coming up, the 2018 football world cup has kicked off in moscow. after a glittering opening ceremony with robin williams,
the first match turned out to be a big win for the hosts who dominated from start to finish. i am sarah kelly. welcome to the program. thanks for joining us. we begin in germany where chancellor angela merkel is facing a rebellion by her interior minister over migration. it is being seen as the most serious crisis to hit merkel since her nuclear -- new government took over in march. the interior minister of the bavarian csu wants the power to turn some migrants away at the border. merkel has rejected the idea, saying it would undermine european solidarity, but the minister is said to be ready to define her. it was a day of doubts and disruption at the german
parliament as angela merkel was threatened with open rebellion. an unprecedented scenes, the bundestag held meetings on the same issue. the csu says it can wait no longer to see a change in merkel's migration policy. >> once again, we've made it clear what needs to be done urgently to restore order at our borders. we should take the step of turning refugees away from our borders who are already registered in another european country. >> csu leaders and chancellor merkel battled over the issue late into the night but no compromise was reached. a european response to migration is needed. merkel is still hoping for a
deal with other states. >> to me, the question of how to tackle this migration issue is a litmus test to the future and cohesion of europe. it therefore needs to take every country's needs into consideration. >> the chancellor is putting the focus on beefing up the eu's external borders in hopes of deterring people from entering europe at all. horst wants to follow the austrian model. his party says as interior minister, he has the power to implement that, but that would foforce a confrontatation with e chancellor, which couould threan the government. as desperate migrants continue to cross the mediterranean, the debate about what to do with them has turned into a political showdown in berlin. sarah: for more on this dispute over immigration between the cdu and csu, we have melinda crane,
dw's chief political correspondent. there is more to this than meets the eye. how much of this has to do with power and wished -- with angela merkel's future? melinda: both. in the end, it's more about politics than principles. key to know about this is this bavarian sister party of the chancellor, that is the party of the interior minister who essentially has given the chancellor and ultimatum -- they have a major regional election coming up in september, and they are very concerned about losing their absolute majority, not least because of the rise of the far right party in bavaria, the afd. that party is very concerned about migration and the huge influx of refugees that we have had in germany starting in 2015 with the chancellors open-door
policy. since then, basically, it's one of the reasons the coalition negotiations took so long, but it's coming to a head now. the bavarian sister party wants to look really tough on migration and therefore says this has to be resolved now. there is a sense that her power is waning, and they have decided to go head to head with her on this. indeed, it could bring the government down. it could bring the chancellor down, but it also could bring down this interior minister. sarah: this is really about power at the end of the day, but let's drill down deeper into the policy. given the failure of the rest of europe to formulate a viable response to the migration crisis, does the interior
minister fundamentally have a point? >> not in my view.w. we are hearing the bavarian sister party, the sister party, saying, we have to establish border control. the number of refugees coming into the country has gone down significantly. the chancellor said, we need to wait for the eu summit, which will take place at the end of this month. shee might be willing after that to change her course and make more compromises, but she says, i can't go to that summit saying germany has decided to work on its own, to act unilaterally. what that would mean is germany would be saying to all the countries on the southern perimeter of the eu -- those are the countries that the migrants enter first. those are the countries that have systematically been left holding the burden of the immigration crisis.
she would be repeating that and magnifying that if she were to act unilaterally as the csu is demanding. she could not go to brussels, as someone who has said again and again, we need to use multilateral paths to solve the challenges we face. we cannot have countries acting unilaterally. she would be doing exactly what she has forsworn. if anybody is right on the principles, i would say she is. this is worth waiting for two weeks. a bavarian election in september cannot be the reason to bring down a newly formed government and lose an experienced politician who is at the helm of europe. sarah: she is currently the longest-serving leader here in europe. of the ones still in power. melinda crane, breaking down all the issues and complexities for us. we appreciate it.
now let's get a quick check of some other stories that have been makakg news aroround the world. the state of new york is suing to dissolve president donald trump's charitable foundation. prosecutors allege persistently illegal conduct of a nonprofit, including misusing donations and supporting trump's campaign. trump has called the lawsuit "ridiculous." he has pledged not to settle the case. britain is marking one year since the grenfell tower inferno that left 7171 people dead. survivors and bereaved families gathered near the site in london, releasing white doves in a tribute to the victims. the blaze was the deadliest fire on british soil since world wawr ii. two u.s.sastronauts have begun a spacewalk to install high definition cameras in the international space station. the cameras are designed to help commercial vehicles dock at the station in the future. aerospace firms spacex and
boeing want to begin transporting astronauts to the iss next year. the 2018 world cup is underway in russia. the fans in moscow are hoping for a win in the opening match against saudi arabia, knowing this would be their team's best chance to pick up points and get out of the group, and they really delivered appeared they were treated to a goal fast. >> russia couldn't have hoped for a better start than this. back in the first goal of the tournament after just 12:00. by the stroke of half-time, it was two, substitute danny putting a beaming grin on the coach's face. russia might be the tournaments at lowest ranked team, but they certainly didn't look like it. the best of the bunch came in the 91st minute.
an early contender for goal of the tournament. saudi arabia may have been something of a soft opponent, but this volley was pure inspiration, and nightmare for the guests, inspiration for the hosts. a free kick in the dying seconds, completing the russian rout, delight for one discerning spectator. saudi arabia's hopes, dashed alr eady. sarah: let's get more on the spectacular win for russia. we have met urban joining us from our sports desk. this could not have gone better for them. five goals here. matt: absolutely. this was a pretty much custom-made start for this russian team, which came into this tournament with a 10 of? -- a ton of question marks. when you are the host of the
world cup, you don't play qualifying matches. russia's fifa ranking fell as low as 70 a lot of folks thought saudi arabia might be a tough test for them. that just wasn't the case. they scored early. they scored often. dennis might be one of their key performers. he is one of the few russian players who play in a top-five european league. he grew up in spain. his just about as spanish as he is russian. if guys like that can step up and show the fans something special, this russian team might put a dent in this tournament. sarah: that would be amazing. we just talked about saudi arabia. perhaps this is a learning experience. they have looked out of their depth. where does the team go from here? i don't think we will have to be talking about saudi arabia for now.
russia is maybe the second or third best team in this group, and they absolutely throttled saudi arabia. egypt and uruguay are going to be looking to stack up just as many goals against saudi arabiaa as russia did.d. i just don't think saudi arabia are up to it. that second goal they conceded where to defenders tried to slide tackle after one player, both missed, and that player was all a row -- all alone in the box. i want sarah: to talk about the highest level of professional football. we have three games coming up. what is ahead of? matt: three quite interesting games. there are two other teams in group a. they will be squaring off, uruguay and egypt. a draw at the very least would be good.
we have kind of an interesting game where it is hard to judge. it's iriran versus morocco, a vy defensive minded team against a team that loves to have the ball, and finally, the big one, portugal versus spain. that is going to be interesting because of what happened with spain. they fired their coach after he took a job at real madrid, and they brought in fernando hiero. he didn't get promoted. he left the club. they are facing off against portugal, coached by fernando santos. this could be a tougher match for them than expected. sarah: we expect you to tell us all about it right after. thank you so much. there was plenty of action in the russian capital even before the opening game at the stadium
that was hosting the spectacular opening ceremony. fans lined the streets and filled the public viewing zones in moscow while the 80,000 supporters inside the stadium were treated to a guest performance from british pop star robbie williams. ♪ ♪ sarah: songs written to boost support for national teams have been a popular feature of the world cup championships for decades. some have been hits, but most bomb and are never heard again, unfortunately. pin back your ears for dw's playlist of german world cup songs. ♪ >> in 1994, the german team recorded a song with the village people for the world cup in the usa. somehow, it failed to make the charts and was the last time german players were allowed to sing.
♪ >> this catchy and unofficial number his perhaps germany's most enduring fan song, a hit in both 2006 and 2010. ♪ >> this year's somewhat bland official german team song features prominent german rappers, but an unofficial rival featuring a british comedian and german defender is proven a big fan favorite. >> the crowd cheers for more / jerome is going to rap >> i beat up the track / >like w we did brazil. 2018 / we are bound to win another cup.
♪ >> these days' songs tend to be quite slick, which makes some nostalgic for an older time when all the players were allowed to get stuck in, regardless of their singing skills. ♪ sarah: nothing like bad music. helena humphrey is here. she is taking a look at the eu taking a step closer to a trade war. helenda: the eu is heading back at those u.s. tariffs. in member states have voted to say that they back a plan to slap duties on 2.8 billion euros worth h of american products. the momove is in n response to . tariffimimposed on eu u steeand
aluminum. the measures need to be adopted by the european commission when it meets in a weeks time, and they are expected to go into effect by late june or early july. we can bring in our financial correspondent standing by for us at the new york stock exchange. how has the news gone down in the u.s.? >> well, it is going to hurt certain industries, but overall, we are talking about an economy the size of about $18 trillion. we are talking tariffs of about 2.8 billion euros, but still, if you look at companies like harley davidson or levis, both of those companies achieve about 1/5 of their revenue in europe. it is going to hurt. the big question for sure is, how will the u.s. respond on those tariffs and? -- those tariffs? will they be five tariffs yet go that is going to be the big question looking ahead.
>> wender stand potentially another shot in the trade war is about to be fired friday night. tell us more about that. >> it's pretty likely that u.s. president donald trump will announce new tariffs on chinese imports. the talk is about 800-900 different products out of china could be affected. we do not have a dollar value, and those products, it could be good news. originally, there was news there could be tariffs in the amount of about 1300 products. to a certain degree, also when we talk about the denuclearization of north korea, the u.s. probably would need to support china. that could help to smooth in the trade war between china and the
u.s., but as i said, friday, we probably will see new tariffs. we are curious to see what we here at a beijing. the trade war, in full swing. it surprising that the stock market is not reacting in a big way. the dow jones industrial average, only a small decrease. the heavyweight index actually achieved a new all-time high. >> we wait with bated breath. thank you. a day after the fed hiked u.s. rates, the european central bank says it is leaving its key eurozone lending rate unchanged at an historic rate of 0% through until next summer, but it will halve its bond buying program in october and ended in september. after the financial crisis, the ecb started buying eurozone
member government bonds to stimulate growth. since 2015, month after month, the ecb spent over 2 trillion euros on the program. with the bond purchases, the ecb's balance sheet has swollen to over 11 trillionn euros, abot 40% of economic output for the entire eurozone. >> the last several years have been expensive for the eurozone. since march of 2015, the ecb has acquired government and corporate bonds with a total value of around 2.4 trillion euros. they poured lots of low interest capital into european countries. the bonds were intended to o ful inflation, and ecb is pumping about 30 billion euros per month into the market. >> wind hyssop p after september 2018, subject to incoming data, confirming our medium-term inflation outlook, we will
reduce the monthly pace of the net asset purchases to 15 billion euros until the end of december 2018 and then end that purchases. >> the central bankers have left a backdoor open. if conditions change, they may reconsider their decision. key interest rates are expected to remain at their historic low levels until at least summer of 2019. >> over to sarah for an update on truly a perilous situation in yemen. sarah: the people in yemen are struggling through one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, and now, they could face an almost complete cut off in aid. that is as saudi-led pro-government t troops attatacd the country's crucial port city. two thirds of yemen's population depend on supplies that come through that city.
the assault began wednesday, despite mounting international fears about the humanitarian fallout. the humanitarian u.n. council encourage everyone to up with their obligations under international law. >> closing in on their target, a convoy of pro-government forces, filmed by state media, heading to the yemen port city. the saudi troops want control of the port held by iran-allied rebels. houthi leaders vowed they would not give up even an inch of the city. >> the yemeni military has prepared to fight an historic battle to counter our aggression through a long war. we assure the enemies that the occupation is impossible. >> hodeda is the main entry
point for food and aid to the war-torn country, but saudi arabia alleges that the houthi have been using the port to bring in arms from iran. >> militias exploded the port to prolong the war and encourage the suffering of the young men -- teyemeni people. >> tehran has repeatedly denied the charge, and civilians in hodeda have to bear the brunt of the stalemate. >> people are suffering under these conditions. we cannot buy anything for o our childrenen, and we cannot sustan ourselves financially. i have a h household of 11 peop. our r situation is dire, and ony god knows when this will change.
u.n. officials say they are continuing negotiations to keep civilian supply lines open despite the assault and are urging restraint from all sides in the conflict. sarah: a harrowing situation there. we would like to leave you on a lighter note. kenya has for generations written its history in song, and in nairobi is a man who most collectors know as jimmy. he sells secondhand vinyl records and kenyan history books. today, bands are using music to write the latest chapters. take a listen. >> tucked between shops in a bubustling naiairobi market t ia time capsule. jimmy has been collecting and selling original african records from here since 1989. his collection is a journey through the continent's largely undocumented history..
this song, h he explains, , revs migratory pattererns in east afafrica before e colonizationo. ♪ ♪ > it somethihing that was imported from the east indian sea. >> at the titi of coloninial ru, mumusic was used as a tool t to fight backgainst fororeign rulers.. today, one of the hottest bands in east africa is using their music to show a more positive side of africa. with their audacious album, the
four-man band hopes to change the way the world sesees the continent. >> it's thehe s stories we haveo tell our people, the younger generation, so they can be confident that they live here and ththey can give back to this continent, as opposed to feeling like they owe an explanation for being african. >> "voices in the sun," has their name translates, has a bigger dream of uniting africa. >> music i is the one commodity that is traded freely across the continent at the highest rate. >> the group has become the voice of a generation across africa.