tv DW News LINKTV September 27, 2018 3:00pm-3:31pm PDT
♪ ♪ ♪ anchor: this is dw news live from berlin. tonight a nod to human rights and a big win for german football fans. >> so the host of the euro 2024 will be germany. [applause] anchor: today germany beat out turkey in the competition to host the 2024 european football championship. turkey's problematic record on human rights may have been the
reason they fefell shohort. also,, turkey's president heard ththat news as he was here in germany. he in berlin on his first state visisit, aiming t to defuse rect tensions between the two countries. and -- >> dr. ford, with what degree of certainty do you believe brett kavanaugh assaulted you? >> 100%. anchor: professor christine blasey f ford telells u.s. senas she was sexually assaulted by president trump's supreme court nominee, brett kavanaugh. kavanaugh denies the accusations and is delivering his testimony to lawmakers as we speak. ♪ anchor: good to have you with us. we begin tonight with a winner and a loser in european football. today germany clinched the right to host football's european
championships in 2024, the first time since the 2006 world cup that germany hosted a major soccer event. the announcement was made by european football's governing body after germany won by a vote of 12-4 over turkey. >> so the host of the euro 2024 will be germany. [applause] reporter: german football association president reinhart grendel pumped his fist. the relief was palpable. germany's bid to host the championships was his project, and he put his job on the line. now after a long drought of disparaging news, he found good news. on the other side of the room, the turkish delegation s sat stononefaced, having failed for the fourth time to lure the tournament to turkey. the germans already have visions of repeating their success of hosting the 2006 world cup.
>> the nice thing isis that wewn have another huge party in germany. everyone can look forward to it. we want to take everyone along for the ride, and we can also liberate a tremendous football festival together in europe, something i think the sport can offer. >> those who experienced the tournament like i did, in my own country, know what it means. back then our people, the germans, were emotional as never before. it was a huge partyty. we look forward to doing it again. we are well prepared, because we have done it before. reporter: he love to the 2006 world cup. germans still call it the summer fairytale. so did a selection of folks just after the announcement in munich. >> i just heard germany's chosen toto host euro 2024. i happily remember 14 years ago,
when we had a super summer here in germany. we were all happy. world cup fever. maybe we will have the same again. >> of course i am happy if we have guests. i would not have liked it if it were in turkey, for political reasons. >> we can celebrate h here in geanany ain.. i think it will be like the world cup in 2006. it will be very cool. reporter: a repeat of a nationwide, month-long festival is what germans are hoping for as they look ahead to 2024. anchor: from our sports desk, here to help explain what happened today. germany is hosting euro 2024. not a big surprise, is it? reporter: it is not. they were favorites to begin, but near the end it looked like it would be a very close vote. germany of course, the safe choice.
everything that you look for in a host, germany had. they are masters of organization, you know? they have hosted previous world cup sporting events, track and field events, the olympics, everything. of course, you also have the infrastructure and transportation. they have the stadiums. germany is basically ready to even host tomorrow, if they had to. and also, politics, politically they are a lot more stable. the economy, compared to turkey. anchor: and the idea of human rights, human rights being respected, that continues to be a problem in turkey. we have been hearing reports that that could have been the reason why uefa decided not to give it to turkey. reporter: this is obviously, for uefa, this was the first time in their decision-making process that human rights was going to play a role. still, at the end, uefa is a business. it is sometimes wishful thinking to think it was really human rights. i honestly think it had more to
do with the fact the risk was just too big, to let turkey host. the lira has dropped, what is it, the value has dropped. politically the situation is so precarious. we don't know what's going to happen there six years from now. also, i think they were afraid that the, the fear of investments. and turkey in the campaign made promises of tax breaks, of allowing uefa to basically rent-free let them use the stadiums, and i think now that they see, economically how they are doing, they probably knew a lot of that was not going to happen. and also, i mean, turkey is so close to syria, and one of the host cities was going to be close to syria. anchor: and geopolitically we don't know. the assessment report on turkey, i understand, that was done by uefa, was not made public, so we really don't know what the big risk factors were, we are just
guessing there. but when you talk about money, the almighty euro had to pay a big role, didn't it? reporter: we can romanticize football all we want, but at the end it comes down to money. even the president of uefa has not shied away from that. if you look at it, they even said if you look at the overall capacity of all the stadiums in germany, they would have had around 300,000 more seats, and more seats equals more tickets, equals more money, and those people making the decision, voting at the end are the member states. so they know that however profitable this event will be at the end, more money ends up in their own pockets. hard to resist. anchor: from our sports desk. as always, thank you. well, turkey's present -- president watched the announcement from a hotel room
or here in berlin. he's in germany on his first state visit as president. mr. ertl on -- mr. erdogan and chancellor merkel hope to ease recent tensions. >> reccep tayip erdogan's airplane touching down in berlin. his first state visit, but not without controversy. he faces questions about the rule of law in turkey, and hopes that this visit will lead to closer cooperation. he received a mixed reception in the german capital. many supporters waited on the streets s hoping to cacatch a glimpse of his m motorcade, but there were signs of protest outside the turkish embassy. the president's visit was hotly debated in parliament, with criticism coming from all sides. the somewhat arbitrary imprisonment of german citizens has taken a heavy toll on bilateral relations. german citizens remain behind bars on charges of a seemingly
political nature. >> the government is rolling out the red carpet for erdogan, even though he has not changed his ways. since july 17, absently nothing has improved in turkey. that's why i think holding the state visit now sends the wrong signal. [applause] >> erdogan is not here because he suddenly rediscovered his love and affection for our country. instead, his economy is in tatters, he needs money and investment from our businesses. but those who suffer from inflation and economic disaster are the ordinary people in turkey. reporter: erdogan will next travel to cologne, where he is scheduled to open a mosque on saturday. anchor: earlier we asked our political correspondent wide germany and turkey are now trying to turn a new page. >> in germany there are more than 3 million people of turkish descent. about half of them even hold a german passport. that alone makes german very --
turkey very important for germany. and then there is of course the role that turkey plays in the middle east region, the most volatile region that we have here at our doorstep. without turkey, there will not bebe any solution in the crisisn syria, or the crisis in iraq, or even with iran. and of course, we have to see that turkey is one of the most important partners in the refugee crisis. without turkey, we would see much more refugees coming from the middle east region. that alone makes turkey a very important partner. president erdogan is here because he seeks help, as we have heard in the report, from his crippled economy. he faces a currency crisis. the country has enormous debt. he wants help from chancellor angela merkel. this is the setting in which the visit takes place. anchor: speaking with us earlier. erdogan's visit takes place against the backdrop of economic
uncertainty back in his home country of turkey. more on that -- it is not easy there. reporter: no, but as is so often the case when there is economic uncertainty, there could be profit to be made. some investors say it's a good time to invest in turkey, as president erdogan visits berlin. his country is in a currency crisis. below lire -- the low lira makes things cheaper, but many investors are wary of the situation and are pulling out. the economy could soon need a boost, despite impressive growth figures, because the boom is mostly debt driven. this year, turkish external debt ballooned to 398 billion euros, just over half the nation's total gross domestic product, and that debt is getting more expensive by the minute. after washington imposed sanctions on turkish metals, the lira lost 40% of its value against the dollar, so
ankara will have to pay back more than it borrowed, hurting investor confidence. the central bank has raised rates to fight inflation against the wishes of erdogan, who is afraid it cuts growth. turkish economic health is on the table. both countries have rolled out financial aid for ankara. reporter: they raced through the countryside at more thanan 300 kikilometers perer hour. high speed trains made by siemens are already running on tracks in germany. the manager is hoping for more orders. according to media reports, ankara wants german support in setting up a high-speed rail network worth 35 billion euros. no decision has been made, b but the latest siemens model could take a part. >> in 2013 we had a a order to delivever sevenen high-speeeed , to d do 300 kilometers per houor between thhree cities.
in april we got a follow-up order for 10 more trains, and they are under conststruction n. reporter: it is not only big german corporations that have business ties to turkey. so do medium-sized companies. entrepreneur from bremen installs business software for parking garage operators. he employs 120 i.t.t. specialiss in bremen and you stumble -- istanbul. >> apart from that we do a lot in software developer and's, softwarere selection p processe. we have various projects during which we help a company make processes more efficient and save money. reporter: he moved with his family to bremen when he was a child. he studied economics and worked for consulting companies before setting up his own business. he comes from a humble background, his f father a weldr
in a shipypyard, his m mother a housewife. >> i consider myself a northern german. that's how i behaveve in my busineness dealings. that is how i was socialilize here. discussions s ke migrantnt, chid of immigrants, only serve to marginalize, and i reject them, for myself and my children. reporter: among his customers are high-tech companies across germany, including bremen-based space company ohb, which buildd sasatellites and has just opened an office in ankara. he sees the economic crisis in turkey as a good opportunity for investment. >> you can invest anti-cyclically now. the lira has had a drastic decline and the euro is strong, so you can invest a lot in turkey for less money. that is what i would recommend now. reporter: and despite the current strained political relatitions, german and turkish companies share many interests.
anchor: from our parliamentary studios -- first the political question. erdogan has come with a wish list, support for the fight against kurdish militants and the gulla movement he blames for the failed coup. what sort of position is he into be making demands? reporter: quite frankly, politicians can and do demand a lot of things, but the reality is that turkey's still in the middle of a very difficult economic situation, and the political relations to the u.s. are still difficult. there's no alternative economic partner from europe. this negligence of taking the imf on board to tackle the problem. so germany, historically, has been the most important investor and trading partner, and the reason why the president is here, obviously, is to find
support and improve political relations, but in the midterm also to improve economic relations. anchor: the country is keen on any sort of economic aid, although business ties are strong between the two nations. how reliant is ankara on europe? reporter: this is indeed a very difficult situation. political developments in turkey are from the european perspective difficult, but there are options, you know? it is kind of a conditionality that can be proposed, and there's infrastructure investments that are going to prove the -- improve economic conditions in turkey. it is important to reduce turkey's dependency on energy, a major driving force for inflation. here, this is rational to do it, to support turkey in the short-term, even with direct financial acts.
german companies that would conduct this sort of investment in turkey, because it is stabilizing the economy. that is an interest oriented policy. anchor: thank you for the analysis. italy's populist coalition government released a budget, after earlier fears of an extended dispute between the party leaders and the economic minister. the party aims -- plan aims for a deficit reduction target of 2.4% of gdp, 0.5% higher than the prime minister wanted. the coalition needed to find ways to fund tax and welfare promises worth 75 billion euros a year. the central bank fears that increased deficits will send italian debt spiraling out of control. the world trade organization downgrading its global trade forecast the next few years, thanks in part to the simmering trade conflicts around the globe. the wto expects world trade to expand 3.9% this year and around 3.7% in 2019, down 0.5% from previous forecasts.
in a statement, the wto cited anti-free tradtrade measures, evidently a critique of u.s. president donald trump's policies. let's go to the new york stock exchange. what is the growth outlook for the u.s., by the way? it sounds like things are going quite well, going to plan. and we have another interest rate hike on its way. [laughter] reporter: well, i mean, we are basically experiencing, or we are approaching, 10 years of straight economic growth here in the united states. the u.s. is pretty much experiencing the longest expansion phases in its history. we just got confirmation on thursday, the u.s. economy grew by 4.2% in the second quarter. that is pretty remarkable at this stage. we also heard, on thursday, that
the trade deficit actually reached the highest level in six months. that could be a bit of a damper for growth looking forward, and most economists believe growth rates won't remain as strong, they will probably soft and a bit -- soften a bit towards 3%, still pretty solid. but one thing we should not forget, some of this expansion, some of this growth, is also borrowed from the future. we sought his massive tax cuts earlier this year, so that certainly got the economy going, but that is also money that is going to be missing in the future, especially for washington. and also debt levels are sky-high. for corporations, for the government, but also for private consumers. but so far, so good. right now it doesn't seem that this growth story is over yet. anchor: in new york, thank you. an explosive day of testimony in
the u.s. senate. reporter: that is exactly right. an extraordinary senate hearing underway in washington, d.c. that could seal the fate of president trump's nominee for the supreme court. brett kavanaugh faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. his initial accuser, christine lazy forward, completed -- christine blasey ford, completed four hours of testimony, giving an emotional account 36 years ago when she says cap not tried to rape her at a party, and she repeatedly stated she's 100% certain her attack is -- attacker wasas brett kavanaugh.. herere is an excerpt f from dr. ford's testimony. >> can you tell us what you don't forget about that night? >> the stairwell. the living room. the bedroom. the bed, on the right side of the room as you walk into the room. there was a bed to the right.
the batathroom, in close proximity. the laughter. the uproarious laughter. and the multiple attempts to escape, and the final ability to do so. anchor: that was followed by an angry kavanaugh, denying the allegations and labeling them "vicious." he also called into question christine blasey ford's account of the attack. >> i am not questioning that dr. ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person, in some place, at some time,. but i have never done this, to her or to anyone. that's not who i am. it is not who i was. i am innocent of this charge. anchor: joining me now at the big table, an expert on u.s.
politics, from here in berlin. good to see you again. we know the testimony from brett kavanaugh is going on right now, giving his side of the story. he has come out verbally fighting. what do you make of that? and did he have a choice? guest: to most observers that was not much of a surprise. he just read out his testimony, which was printed up front anyway, we were able to read it before hand. now some back and forth between rachel mitchell, the prosecutor, that is a bit of an unlucky term, for the republicans. what has been surprising was the tone of his testimony. there was, it came across to many as angry, perhaps also as speaking of a position of entitlement, self-pity. i am not a psychologist, i will not evaluate the symbolic
aspect, but i think it will have an effect. anchor: it is not a criminal investigation. guest: true. anchor: it is a hearing, and the vote is scheduled for tomorrow to confirm him. so, what are we seeing there? is this, we see him crying, for example, are these true tears of anger, or is there theatrics here that he knows he has to deliver? guest: again, i am maybe the wrong person to ask this, because i don't have a psychology degree yet. but of course it is a highly symbolic event, series of events. it is also very effective of the polarization of the u.s. political system. i think it reflects also certain pressures that are mounting, especially for the republican party as the congressional elections come closer. so of course for the gop there's immediate interest in getting this thing done with as fast as possible, but i think now the
cost-benefit analysis, will this backfire, will it hurt us? anchor: we what we heard today from christine blasey ford, will that have any impact on ththe ve tomorrow? guest: well, if anything has an impact on the vote tomorrow, that will be it. the question is basically if this investigation, or if there will be some kind of investigation, this has been a contentious issue of along, something the democrats have been pointing out many times today. so the question is, will they go forward and confirm, and therefore that the senate decide, maybe as soon as the weekend? or will there be some reconsiderations? anchor: when you look at -- this is so politicized. we know during the anita hill hearings many years ago, 1991, we know there was an fbi investigation that took three days, and then it was done. that did not happen this time. doesn't the show power politics in action? the republicans have the majority on this committee. they do what they want to.
the democrats really have no recourse, do they? guest: good point. the question of legitimacy at some point will be posed. the public attention right now is tremendous. people are watching this. so there is of course a spotlight on these kinds of questions, and democrats have been, well, strategically moving in order to bring it to the attention of the viewers that this kind of investigation could have happened 11 days ago, or a month ago. theanchor: if brett kavanaugh is confirmed, to the u.s. supreme court, what will that mean for the court? guest: well, regardless of all the allegations and accusations, of course it is, and that is why the stakes are so high, it will tip for a long time the balance in favor of the gop. it will have a long-lasting effect. anchor: what about legitimacy? you mentioned that earlier. what about the legitimacy of the
court being independent? guest: this is certainly speculation. but if it turns out that at some point that these allegations hold some truth, this would be the second case it came along, there would be a legitimacy problem. anchor: as always, we appreciate your insights. good to see you. and here's a reminder of the top stories we are following for you. uefa has chosen germany to host the 2024 european football championships. germany saw off competition from turkey to nab the tournament, the first time it hosted it since 1988. supreme court nominee brad cavanagh has angrily denied allegations he sexually assaulted christine blasey ford when the pair were teenagers. blasey ford testified to u.s. senators that she was "100% certain" that kavanaugh had attacked her. you're watching dw news, live from berlin. after a short break, i will be