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berlin. the eu agrees on who it wants to be its new chief executive. ursula von der leyen hahas one of the eu backing and cannot become the european commission first female president. she is a compromised candidate. she was not the leaders first choice. you will get the latest from brussels. also coming up, and italian
judge releases the german skipper of a migrant rescue ship after she was arrested for docking on an island. italy's interior minister wanted tougher treatment. he says he will expel her from the country. it was the hottest june ever on record worldwide. parts of europe and asia swelter in 45 degrees celsius heat. 10 degrees higher than usual. eu scientists say global warming is amplified -- amplifying the problem. brent: i'm brent goff. welcome. it took three days of marathon talks, but eu leaders have finally reached an agreement on who should become their new chief. ursula von der leyen
germany's current defense minister and a close ally of angela merkel has been nominated to become the eu commission president. if approved, she would make history as the eu's first email leader. who is ursula von der leyen ? >> she is considered a close ally of angela merkel. she is the german defense minister, christian conservative and longtime politician. a medical doctor and mother of seven, she joined angela merkel's party in the early 1990's. she later headed the ministry of family and women before serving of mr. of labor. as germany's first female defense minister, she aimed to revamp the armed forces. she has recently drawn criticism for poor management in the ranks. several scandals including revolutions of far right
extremists in the ministry -- deadly menace -- military plate -- plane crashes have plagued her career. a european at heart fluent in english french and german, she has long been seen as a possible successor to angela merkel as chancellor or as the next head of nato. european leaders have now agreed to choose h her as the next president t of the eu commissio. if the european parliament endorses her, she would be the first woman to fill the influential post. brent: our coverage continues now with teri schultz we know that she was not the first choice not even the second choice. is she a good choice? teri:: she is the one name that
all 28 leaders could agree on. that makes her the only choice. and the best choice. neither of the leaders that came out of the nominating process would have managed to get the other leaders. there was no other choice but to move on. that may come back to bite the leaders as they work to get parliaments approval. brent: we don't to three days to reach the point where we are right now. angela merkel spoke to reporters about this let's listen to what she had to say. >> it is important to understand that we were able to reach a unanimous decision today. it is important because it influences the ability of the eu to work in the future. we all had to compromise a bit. we had to shift our positions.
the european council leaders have proven they can do so. given the different once a view in europe and among the various party groupings and prime minister's, i think we have successfully shown the european council is capable of taking action. brent: we have the german chancellor there saying we have proven that the eu is capable of taking action. how true is that really? teri: they did take action after two failed summits. action that came across after ugly negotiations. some people saying terrible things about the candidates. emmanuel macron came out and said this is a failure, this is embarrassing, this is tarnishing our image as the eu. it was not a pretty process but today is a better day than
yesterday. i virtue of the fact that they have their candidates. they have nominated them, they seem popular enough. none of the 2018 leaders opposed the nomination of ursula von der leyen and christine lagarde brings much respect. you have to take the candidates of -- that will get the approval of the other 28 leaders. none were the first choice but with 28 heads of state arguing over these things, you simply have to come up with a conclusion and a compromise. brent: we are talking about the head of the new european central bank and the president of the european commission. why are these jobs so important? teri: the president of the european commission gets to decide which countries will get which posts in the commission. a five-year post is a very
powerful commission -- position. they will decide who will take the agriculture job, who will be in charge of the digital agenda, who will be in charge of the economic policy. these are significant posts that will have a lot of impact that the eu takes for the next five years. that is obviously a very visible job. if it is ursula von der leyen she will be the face for the next five years. that carries a lot of weight. the fact that christine lagarde has managed the imf through choppy waters over the next several years makes her a very strong candidate. it is not have to be rushed seem to be a lot of oppositions. nobody seems to be worried about the nomination. brent: thank you. earlier, i spoke to max hoffman
and i asked him whether the lawmakers will approve the eu leaders pick for commission president. max: parliament on a daily basis said they would only approve a candidate who was a lead candidate for a certain party. that is presented in the european parliament. there were only two of those. one was a social democrat who seemed to be the front runner. the second one was the official candidate of the conservatives. the european people's party in the parliament. also, the part -- party of angela merkel. also the party of ursula von der leyen
which is now the official proposal of the leaders for the commission presidency. hohow will the european parliamt now deal with a candidate that has not been a lead candidate? you migight get the c conservats on your side because she is a conservatitive but the social democrats will have a much harder time. what we are hearing from them is that ursula von der leyen is not acceptable. brent: what happened if ursula von der leyen is rejected by the parliament? max: then it's back to square one. you need a double majority. you need a majority in the council. you need the approval of the european parliament. otherwise, you cannot become commission president. the vote will be in two weeks.
you can also bet on pedro sanchez. the prime minister of spain who himself is a social democrat having his own way of convincing those social democratic mep's. there was a constant contact between the leaders in brussels and the mvps. we think we can make that fly but there might take some time. brent: why has it been that difficult to agree on one candidate? max: one of the reasons is right here. the city where the european parliament resides. for the first time, the first two big parties -- yoyou needd a
third party. it's probably good to have a fourth one. right now, you have a deal with the liberals. that is what makes it so difficult. it's not enough to say social democrats get this and democrats get this. you have the legitimate party interests right there. the second part is you have a divide in the european union that is getting larger. what you can call nationalists or populists -- and those who are functioning more in a traditional european union way. you can see that for example this new nationalist movement blocked the social democratic leader candidate and who looked like the front runner. brent: that was max hofmann from
strasburg. let's look at other headlines. indonesia is returning dozens of shshipping containers of waste o developed countries including the united states, france and germany. customs officialslsay the contents included hahazardous materials that a violated import rules. the country is the latest of several southeast asian nations to reject being used as dumping grounds for international trash. russia's defense ministry says a fire on board a deep sea submersible has killed 14 crewmembers. the vessel was surveying the seabed and waters near its base. the fire has since been extinguished. the crew was apparently poisoned by fumes. authorities in russia say at leastt 18 people have died and more remain missing after a devastating flood hit the
country. thousands of homes were affected after torrential raiainfall hit siberia causing rivers t t overflow in -- a hundred communities. it is been confirmed that june was the hottest year -- month ever worldwide. european temperatures alone were recorded at two degrees celsius hotter than normal. climate scientists say scorching weather like this is much more lilily becausese of glglobal warming. >> june saw the temperature record smashed. in paris, people cooled off forever they could but in the country's south, strereets were empty and tourist attractions deserted. in the u.k., the glastonbury music festival baked under the hottest day of the year.
parched fans took on water and sheltered from the heat as best they could. in spain, the consequences were more serious. wildfires raced scorching 6000 hectares. in india, delhi's altered under 48 degree heat. people queued anxiously for drinking water and scarcity interviewed tribute to 78 heat related deaths in june. danish climatologist picture of huskies apparently walking on water in greenland went viral showing normally intact icefield melting in the june heat. according to experts, this extreme heat is the new normal and climate changes driving it. the european heatwave was absolutely consistent with
extremes linked to greenhouse gas emissions. thatould see not just increased temperatures that more extreme phomomena like t the recent storms in mexico that left cars and trucks very under mountains of hail. brent: the record-breaking heat in germany plus less rain than usual are contributing to dangerously dry conditions in the north of the country. that is not helping firefighters. they have been struggling to contain a massive wildfire that is raging in a forest area at a former military training ground. hundreds have been evacuated and there are fears that the boys could triggeger unexploded munitions. >> flames and smoke as far as the eye can see. the fire now covers more than four square kilometers. it is the largest fire ever seen in northeastern germany and it shows no sign of winding down.
now it is all about preventing it from becoming worse. >> this is not about eradicating the fire. it is about protecting lives and securing the villages. >> approaching the flames from landnd is difficult so helicopts have been brought in to fight it from the air. nearby water sources are becoming scarce and the task is being rented difficult. stoat ammunitions written to explode anytime in the heat. >> we will now prepare have so the fire brigades can continue to advance to keep the fire from spreading. >> around 1000 people have already been evacuated but local officials want to assure the public that they are doing all they can. >> this will certainly affect the area significantly but there is always something good with the bad.
what is already burned cannot burn again anytime soon. >> more than 2000 firefighters are deployed around the clock that strong whence are expected to flow over the region threatening to worsen the blaze. brent: another developing story this evening. a sicilian court has released from house arrest the german skipper of a migrant rescue ship. see watch captain was taken into custody after forcing her boat which was carrying or he migrants into port on the italian island. in doing so, she collided with a customs patrol boat area the italian judge said today that the german captain was doing her duduty, saving human lives which -- when she docked the ship. we are in a sicilian city with
this story. the see watch captain freed and no longer under house arrest. does that mean shehe is a free person? can she get home?e? >> it dodoes mean that she can walk out of this apartment and she has been under house arrest for two days. it is not clear if she cacan lee italy at thihis point because it n not car s she will not be chcharged witith her -- or their crimes. ththat could be e imes of hehelg immigranants. there are still a lot of questions of in the air. for now, it is definitely a sign of relief for her and her relatives and the team that has been working to help her. >> what about the reaction where you are in sicily, have you been able to speak to peoplelend find ouout what ty t think aboutut wt she did? >> you can see behindd me a crod
of journalists waititing for her toto come out, ththere are a lof people mixed in ththere. they are fans and people i hahae talked to who live sasaid she ia hero she did something thahat they wantnted to do which h is to pur life att ris and their safetetyt risk to o help people anand thas how they see her. it is also brought negatative reactions. there was a bit of atandoff withth people holding the sign saying t they were with her. another person make a mamakeshit sign. they had a bit of a statandoff r hihim. i talked to him a little bit i n broken italian. hehe said she is ann outsider, e does not have e any business ringing migrants to italy. >> we heard today that the interior minister said he may consider expelling her from the country. what does that mean in terms of her being released? how significant iss it that she hahas been r relsed? >> it is significant because a
lot of people arare looking t to this moment to see if the courtt hehere were walking with italy's farr rigight. one who has been very outspokenn has beenalliling f for pununisht anand to be t ouout from t the country and never lelet back in. the court decided thahat she was just doing her duty. it is s up in ththe air whatt fe courts will l decide. itit is cleathere e is a divivie here between the courts and the right wing in the government. also a p people who wiwill see r asas an outserer. brent: thank you. the united states is considering more sanctions on iran. washington has made it no secret that it wants to bring iran's exports to zero.
streets. this region is of little significance to the smugglers. they see themselves as being able to flow freely. one of the most lucrative product is diesel. accidents are frequent. smugglers risk losing their cargo and transport as well as their lives. the illegal trade and fuel is also taking place on the high seas. the coast guard is quick to respond with deadly force.
back on the road, the incident sparked protests. the providence is one of the poorest in iran. they believe they are being discriminated by the shia regime. with poverty rampant, that's the only thing slowing down the smugglers. brent: china has condemned what it is calling a gross interference by outside countries and hong kong affairs. that is after protesters broke into and vandalized the parliament building. charlotte -- china went on to reinforce its resolute statements in support of the demonstrtrators. a tense calm has returned to the city.
>> a cleanup is underway. police moved in after the protesters had smashed their way into the building and left the scene. >> the legislative council has been swamped. the police is now gathering evidence in the complex. this undermines hong kong. >> hours before, the protesters were able to take over the legislature with nobody standing in their way. a demonstrations had been largely peaceful but with lawmakers under limited concessions, they said they had to take more forceful action. >> we also understand t tt not everyone could agree on t the behavior of activists during the
storm and legislative council action. otheher than the s storming act, is there a any more effective efficicient way that could realy put the pressure on government? i still have no answer yet. >> on july 1, beijing usually celebrates the return of hong kong to china. this year the rulers broke their sirens -- silence over the unrest. activists want to -- what the bill to return pririsoners too chchina to bee scrapped. >> i thihink this will be a long-term fight and we e have nt yet come to o the conclclusion t we have failed.. there is much hope in the younger generation. i think we will prevail. >> with china now demanding a
critical investigation, it is still a long way off. >> in tennis, the second day of wimbledon has seen the favorites return after a series of shocks yesterday. roger federer got through his first round only after losing his first set. his great rival rafa nadal had a slight early wobble but the spaniard soon saw the japanese player. the women's champion started the two-week event in style. maria sharapova pulled out with an injury. serena williams advanced easily. she is aiming to equal the record of 24 grand slam singles titles in london. here's a reminder of the top
story we are following. eu leaders have nominated germany's ursula von der leyen defense minister to be the next president of the european commissionon -- commission. that is if confirmed by the european parliament, she will make history as the first female commission p president. christine lagarde the head of the international monetary fund is nominated to be the head of the european central bank. after a short break, i will be back to take you through the day.
twenty four and france twenty four dot com. yeah but it is welcome to live from paris world news and analysis from france. twenty four i'm margot in these are the headlines. europe decides last new names of europe's top jobs to replace to scan and you'll cut belgian shall michelle is set to become the new president. german first left on the land. first woman to be european commission president the question now is will the decisions be approved. the captain of the michael rescue ships see watches been freed and praised by an italian judge could doing shooting to save lives. it was far right deputy prime minister southie says you'll be porter