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brent: this is "dw news," live from berlin. tonight, a legal win for u.s. president donald trump's controversial travel ban on immigrants. >> this is a great victory for our constitution. we have to be tough and we have to be safe and we have to be secure. brent: the u.s. president hails a supreme court decision to uphold hisis travel ban on sevel muslim majority countries. we will geget more from the u.s. capitol. alsoso coming up, malta says it will accept a migrant rescue ship it previously turned away.
several european countries agreed t to take a share of the 200 migrgrants on arard. yet passengers on the ship say they have heard nothing about anher government and her job on the line because of migration. german chancellor angela merkel is trying to deliver immigration policy to satisfy the most conservative members of her coalition government. she has added that a plan is the answer but time and public opinion are not on her side. and we have the latest from the world cup as groups c and d come to a close. argentina addled nigeria for the last 16th spot. all the world cup action is coming up. ♪ brent: i'm brent goff.
it's good to have you with us. tonight, u.s. president donald trump is celebrating a major victory. the u.s. supreme court has upheld his travel ban which blocks people from several mostlyly muslim countries from entering thehe u.s. signing the executive order to ban entry into the country was onone of the first things thatat trump did after taking office. the move triggered protests across the u.s. and chaos at airports. the initial ban and a second version were struck down by a lower court, but a third amended version went into force la december. the supreme court ruling found that the u.s. president has authority to restrict entry into the u.s. it did not mention muslims or the claim of religious discrimination. the policy applies mainly to travelers from five countries with overwhelmingly muslim populations.
their citizens are expected to feel the greatest impact. travelers from north korea and certain venezuelan government officials soal included that ban. we want to hear from one of the communities affected by the ban. the founder and president of the national iranian american council. it is good to have you on the show. what we're initial thoughts -- what were your initial thoughts when you heard the ruling? >> i was not surprised, having seen how the court had reasoned on similar situations. it was quite clear that the philosophy of the specific supreme court this specific political tilt would not likely shootdown president trump's travel ban. it is also important to understand that the opposition does not just follow one path.
there is a legal path and that course has now come to its conclusion. but the legislative path is not even begun. that is an effort to block this band from congressional action. that path remains quite open and has a much higher likelihood of success. brent: talk to me about how this travel ban affects people maybe you know or radians who'd would like to come to the u.s. trita: this is had a devastating impact to the iranian community who want to come to the u.s. it has contributed tremendously to the united states. almost all of them have families and other contacts in iran. many relatives come to the united states. now they are all treated as second-class citizens because a simple ban has been put on them not because of specific security concerns, just a broad
conclusion that if you are from a specific country, you are by definition a security concern. this is why this ban was being challenged. this was a ban that is discriminatory and not particularly effective to begin with. brent: the u.s. president a as u may imagine has been praising the ruling. take you listen to what he said just a couple hours ago. today's supreme court ruling just coming out, a tremendous success, a tremendous victory for the american people and for our constitution. this is a great victory for our constitution. we have to be tough and we have to be safe and we have to be secure. the ruling shows that all of the attacks from the media and the democrat politicians are wrong and they turned out to be very wrong. and what we are looking for as republicans, i can tell you, is strong borders, no crime. brent: that is the u.s. president speaking there. he says the iranian regime does
not meet u.s. standards for vetting security risks. in other words, identifying iranians who might want to travel to the u.s. to harm americans. do you agree that the u.s., like all other countries, has the right to determine who may or may not enter its borders? trita: certainly any country has the right to determine who can and cannot come in. but within that statement, as you asked, it is also focused on singular individuals. that is not what this ban does. this ban makes a blanket prohibition against people, specifically if they are from certain countries. even if the u.s. own internal investigation system has shown that it does absolutely nothing to enhance security, because nationality is not a good predictor of whether you are going to be committing an act of terrorism. in fact, when you lookok at thee
different countries, not a single citizen of those countries had committed any a at of terrorism in the united states with a lethal outcome. so this is much more a politically motivated ban that his post on him trying to impose something on muslim countries that does not cause a disruption to u.s. relations. these are all countries that have better relations with the u.s. he did not include saudi arabia, that produced 15 of the 19 terrorists who attacked the u.s. in 9/11, because saudi arabia is an ally of the u.s. this is nothing to do with security or protecting the country. this is completely politically motivated. seems to have a bigoted foundation. unfortunately today the court essentially ruled that even a ban of that kind would be able to stand, according to their interpretation of the constitution. brent: trita joining us tonight
from washington. we appreciate your time. thank you. trita: thank you for having me. brent: now turning to europe's challenges with immigration. malta says that it will allow a rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants to dock, having previously joined italy interning that both away -- boat away. the change of heart comes after several european countries agreed to take a share of the 200 asylum-seekers on board. the german ship, called the lifeline, has been waiting for days to get permission to dock. reporter: the men, women and children on board the lifeline have been stranded at sea for six days. now their wait could finally be over. the german ngo vessel has permission to dock in malta. the migrants will only be allowed to disembark on one condition, that they are distributed among eu countries.
malta and italy are willing to take some of them. france, portugal and germany have also offered to help. under the so-called dublin regugulation, asylylum seekers t be processed in the country where they first arrive. but this rule has long been the subject of heaeated debate, as front-line states italy and greece bear the brunt of many arrivals. italy feels left alone. it refuses to left -- accccusing them of f aiding the traraffick. >> blocking the business of illegal immigration means blocking the dangerous intervention of these foreign ngo ships. besides risking the safety of the libyan coast guard and the migrants, they act with absolute disregard for any international rule. reporter: ngo's say the problem
is closed borders. >> if you want to stop traffickers, you need to take away the economic incentive, and that means opening the borders to those who need protection and who have the right to protection. reporter: a number of eu leaders met on sunday to seek a joint approach on tackling migration, but they failed to reach a conclusion. regardless of the political crisis, a danish cargo ship carrying migrants was today allowed to dock in a sicilian port after several days stuck at sea. these migrants' odyssey is finally over. brent: as we heard in that report, a europe-wide solution to the migration crisis remains elusive. that has left german chancellor angela merkel in hot water. she is holding crisis talks here tonight as a challenge from her right wing conservative alliance, as they threatened to bring down her coalitition
government. among those at the meeting is horst seehofer, the sister party to merkel's christian democrats. seehofofer is pushing for tightr border controls. the row is threatening to splinter the alliance between the parties, which could see merkel lose her overall majority in parliament, meaning she could lose her job. i am joined now by our political correspondent outside the german chancellor rehear in berlin. a lot is at stake here for merkel in this meeting. >> exactly. this is definitely one of her most important weeks in her political career. it could see the collapse of her goal in -- governing coalition. you mentioned the closest ally is putting angela merkel under tremendous pressure. they have essentially given her
an ultimatum. they say the interior minister says he will close the borders beginning of next month to asylum who have already been registered in other eu countries if merkel fails to deliver a european solution. she has said that a national solution is no solution. she needs to talk to pars and they need to come on for. but seehofer is adamant so far. we are beginning to see signs of the front of weakening a bit but so far it is still unclear whether this coalition government will persist until next month. brent: nina, to our viewers watching this, it has to be clear to them that this crisis seems to be a homemade crisis. there is a lot of pressure against merkel coming from these bavarian conservatives that is the issue. what is their agenda? nina: the irony is of course that we are no longer faced with
a similar amount of people coming into germany as we were in 2015 at the climax of the migration crisis in germany. the numbers haropped significantly. but we must keep in mind that there are state elections in bavaria in october, and so the conservatives in the south are under tremendous pressure from the far right anti-immigrant party and they do not want to lose ground. brent: there was a time when we talked about angela merkel's open-door policy here in germany. is that now something that is just a thing of the past? nina: well, certainly the tone of the debate has changed and the amount of people surrounding angela merkel who support her minute. approach to dealing -- support removing -- we saw the spanish prime minister on her side but other than that she's pretty much alone.
that chapter is beginning to draw to an end. the focus is much more on strengthening external borders and it will be much more difficult for migrants to come to europe. brent: nina ossa outside in berlin. thank you. here are some of the other stories now that are making headlines around the world. the european union his opted to extend talks with albania and macedonia at the end of 2019. officials say that membership proceedings will only go ahead if the two countries make sufficient progress in combating corruption and strgtheni the rule of law. ethiopia has rolled out the red carpet for a eritrea's top diplomat as the neighbors take a major step towards ending of decades of conflict and hostility. ethiopia's prime minister seen here on the left said that the issues dividing the nations are miniscule compared to their eagerness to mend ties.
high drathe mat rld cup today. joining us is emily from dw sports. what a day. argentina looked down and out but they came back in spectacular fashion. >> they knew they had to win but it was a bit of a roller coaster of emotions. they started out on a high because leno messi scored the opening goal from argentina in the 14th minute. they felt safe. this is what they were hoping for. but they continue to struggle of low bit -- a little bit. here you see the penalty. that was the equalizer in the 51st minute. now everything was open again because the score would put nigeria through. everyone was nervous. but then argentina scored and
there were tears of joy from the argentinian fans and the players. brent: what about croatia? >> they had a bit of a more relaxed situation because they knew they were going through and would most likely go through as group b. iceland had everything to win and everything to lose. but croatia to the opening goal, 1-0 in the 53rd minute. a fantastic kick. but iceland was not done. they scored the equalizer in the 76th minute through a penalty. another goal would have seen them progress. but croatia sealed the deal with a 2-1 win. brent: let's look at group c. who joins france in the next round? >> france placed denmark.
france was confident, they knew they were going through. denmark relied on defending. france played a lot of players who usually do not get a lot of minutes. it was the first 0-0. australia was playing peru. but peru after 36 years, they finally scored two goals. the south americans were incredibly happy. 1-0 in the 18th minute and later followed with 2-0 in the 50th minute. brent: what does all this mean for the next round? emilie: croatia will face denmark. argentina will face france in the round of 16. what a huge game. brent: we know germany are
gearing up for the final group stage match tomorrow. has the mood improved? emilie: definitely. it improved after their win against sweden. that was a huge boost for their mentality. in terms of performance it is still a ways to go. the second game was just a little better. they really have to improve. south korea is a good opponent for that because it is supposedly the weakest team in the group. they need a solid when. -- win. brent: how do you see the german chances? emilie: it is difficult to tell. they need the points and the win for th brent: we will see. thank you her and watch. -- thank you very much. we're going to switch gears and talk trump trade tariffs. we're talking the backfire. daniel: donald trump has it back at harley davidson after the motorbike maker said it would
send some reduction abroad to avoid levies. the u.s. president said harley davidson would be taxed as never before. , meanwhile, the eu trade commissioner is giving her two cents, telling trump there are consequences for not respecting global trade routes. >reporter: the harley davidson. an iconic american brand and now a symbol of donald trump's protectionist trade policy. the eu's decision to impose tariffs came after washington introduced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. instead of stepping on the america first bandwagon, harley davidson responded by saying it would shift some production overseas. unsurprisingly, that did not go down well with the protectionist president. in a characteristically fiery tweet, he wrote, harley must
know they willll not be able to sell back into the u.s. without paying a big tax. trump also claimed that harley davidson had decided to moos jihad -- moves jobs a abroad before the eu introduced retaliatory tariffs. the motorcycle maker denies this. among those criticizing trump's trade dispute with the eu is the governor of wisconsin, where harley davidson is based. scott walker tweeted that a no tariff policy would be good for wisconsin manufacturers and farmers. but as the tit-for-tat trade spat continues, there could be more tariffs down the road. daniel: the u.s. has warned its allies to stop importing oil from iran by the fourth of november face sanctions. this is aligned with resident donald trump's decision to withdraw from the iran nuclear deal.
november would mark the end of a six-month grace period for trading partners to wrap up business with iran. the state department said talks with top iranian oil importers china, india and turkey were in the pipeline. jens korte has got more on this from wall street. it was kind of expected but a shock nonetheless. now it seems investors anticipate they will comply and the oil supply will tighten. what do you see? jens: china, india, korea and turkey are the biggest importers of iranian oil, and it really remains to be seen if they will go along and stop buying iranian oil when it comes to november. having said that, what also remains to be seen, who could fill in the gap. just recently iran exported about 2.5 million barrels of oil a day. that was up about 1.5 million
barrels in comparison to 2015. for example, we don't know if saudi arabia could fill the gap. we saw quite a move when it comes to the price of oil, that increased by a good 3%. western texas intermiary crossed the $70 mark per barrel. daniel: general electric shares shot up after announcing it is spinning off two businesses. what is the thinking behind the move? jens: if you think of a short-term, it brings more money to investors and also more money to general electric itself. they had quite some trouble in the past couple of years. in 2000, ge was worth almost $600 billion. it was then the most valuable
u.s. corporation. now it is down to about $100 billion. if it is a good decision in general, especially to sell, or get rid of the health care business that was growing in the recent past, remains to be seen. long-term, questionable. short-term, good for investors. today was the best day for the ge stock in about three years. by the way, this was the first trading day for general electric in over one century that it was not a member of the dow jones industrial average anymore. it was replaced on tuesday by walgreens. daniel: positive news coming out eventually for g. jens, thank you very much. some good news about tariffs. all of a sudden china is slashing tariffs on thousands of imports from five asia-a-pacific countries asas its trade row
with the u.s. continues to simmer. from agricultural produce, metals, and clothes shipped from bangladesh, india, and sri lanka. some products like soybeans will no longer be taxed at all. this comes five days before the u.s. tariffs on $34 billion worth of chinese imports take effect. now back to brent and a noteworthy, even poignant royal visit. brent: that's exactly right. with all the world cup action going on right now, britain's prince william has been getting into these. -- into the spirit. he is in israel right now and he took the time to watch a football match. the prince was a definite star of the show and he put his football skills to the test, much to the delight of onlookers. for many visitors to jerusalem, it is tradition to get a tattoo
to commemorate a visit to the holy land. that is not on the agenda for william, but one tattoo artist claims his family has tattooed three members of the british royal family, albeit 300 years ago. and he thinks he has just the design for prince william. reporter: in this tiny tattoo shop in j jerusalem, a tradition takes center stage. here, christian pilgrims, tourists, and anyone else who wawants a lasting souvenir from the holy city. the place is always busy. >> it is a tradition for pilgrims to come to jerusalem and get a tattoo to commemorate their poker match. -- their pilgrammage. sometimes they choose across. sometimes a crucifixion of jesus or the resurrection of jesus. reporter: they have been tattooing pilgrims visiting
jerusalem for more than five centuries. he took over after two artist from his family -- father a decade ago. what makes this place so special of a wooden stamps that serve as stencils. the most famous design is the jerusalem cross. one version of it is believed to have been inked on british royalty. prince albert and later his sons in the 19th century. >> the diaries of the british kings and royalty who have come to jerusalem and did the cross tattoos, we know for sure that they had received the jerusalem cross tattoo. this is the jerusalem cross. this is what i was suggest for prince william to do, if he decides to do a tattoo. it probably was the one that was used to do his ancestors.
reporter: c chances are that tattoo was done by a member of his family. a very special tattoo, that is something that prince william might contemplate this week. they are certainly ready to help give him an ink souvenir of jerusalem. brent: prince william with a tattoo, had to think about that one for a while. you're up-to-date with dw news. after a short break i will be back to take you through the day. stick with us. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]