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anchor: this is dw news live from berlin. italy'y's deputy prime minister calls for a vote of no-confidence. matteo salvini says it makes no sense for his far right party to continue in the coalition government. he wants a new election. also on the program, a movement and's in the swiss city of lausanne with a climate duration -- declaration calling for policy to be based on the best scientific research.
and russia's vladimir putin, 20 years in office. what is behind his hold on power? i'm phil gayle. welcome to the program. italy's far right league party will call for a vote of no-confidence in its own government. party leader matteo salvini announced that political differences with populist coalition partners could not be mended. the prime minister has accused mr. salvini of fabricating a potentially destabilizing crisis. reporter: this is not an election rally, but it looks like matatteo salvini is gearing up for a vote. >> i do my job with my heart,
with honoror, with pride if i cn do it freely. if i realize that someone is trying to stop me, the decision must go back to the italian people. it will be you who decide. you and no one else. reporter: salvini is leader of the far right league party currently in coalition with the five-star movement. after the parties failed to agree on the financing of a train line, salvini called for fresh elections although he has no power to do so. italian prime minister giususepe conte is not a member of either party, but he did criticize salvini. >> it is not t up to matteo salvini to cononvene parliliame. it is not up to him to set the timeframe for a political crisis where other instititutional figures will have to step in.
on the contrtray, it willll be p to him to explain to the nation and justify in front t of the voters who believed in the promise of change the reasons why he has decided to disrupt the workrk of government. reporter: but conte has agreed to convene parliament for a vote of confidence in the government. as for salvini's coalition partners, the former deputy prime minister from the five-star movement says they want to do the job of government and go to the electorate. >> good work can be done by senators and deputies voting to cut their numbers and saving italians 500 million, then everyone can go to the polls. reporter: t the coalition has oy
been in existence for 14 months. salvini's league party has doubled in popularity. close watchers of italian politics will be wondering if that has more to do with the timing of his demands than any internal bickering. phil: let's bring in dw journalist julieiet in romome. it is being said that matteo salvinii has manufufactured this politicall crisis because he thinks he can win an electition without his five-star coalition partners. could he? > his popularity has been increasing in the last year. recently, polls put him at 37%. it is quite astounding. that has allowed him to have free reign within the government. the five-star movement has fallen back 20% to third place. it is looking likely that he
might win an election if it were to take plplace. phil: soo he calls for a vote of no-confidence in his own government, then what happens? it is hard to tell if this is a crisis or just how italy does politics. >> sometimimes how italy does politics does take place in a coconstant crisis situation, but it does look likely that elections will happen. a government reshuffle does not seem to be on the table. on monday we will have a clear idea w when the votete of no-confifidence might t happen. depending on that result, italy's president of the republic will likely call for elections. phil: so this happenss on monda. the i italian p parliament is on recess, right? >> italian parliamentarians have
been called back to convene and have to vote on this vote of no-confidence. salvini has pointed out how parliamentarians should start coming back to worork as therere things that need to be done. phil: matteo salvinini, let's prpresume thisis is about h him. what does he wanant that he c't achieve within this coalition? >> there have been many problems between the coalition partners. starting from the beginning, they had to agree on a a coalitn contract to try to govern togegether. one program was a famous flat tax, trying to level the tax system so that taxes would be on the same level andnd reduced for eveverybody. the fifive-star movement has ner really beeeen in favor of that.
that was one of the main points. phil: thank you. we will take a look at some of the other stories. officials in myanmar say a landslide caused by heavyvy monsoonal rains has killed at least 13 people and injured dozens more. the floods have forced tens of thousands to fleeee their homes. a former nuclear plant in the west of germany has been demolished a after b being out f use e for more than 30 years. germany plans to abandon nuclear power because of safety concerns compounded by the fukushima disaster in 2011. dozens of women have been protesting in the dutch capital against a new law. since the beginning of august, the wearing of face covering veils has been banned in public buildings and public transport,
but the dutch law does not ban wearing the burqa on the street. 450 student activists have begun a summit in switzerland by adapting a climate declaration. the announcement comes as hundreds of thousands of young people skipped classes in more than 120 countries. the global movement was inspired by an environmental campaign in sweden. let's get more on this declaration from one of the organizers. sophia lehman, welcome to dw. this declaration is what? >> basically it is a representation of our realization as a global movement that this is a problem affecting everybody across the world. i think that is a really big step for us to take. there are a lot of countries
where politics are not reflecting the ideals and demands we are putting forward. phil: one wonders why it takes three days or five days to come up with this. it doesn't sound like there's anything we didn't already know. >> i guess that is true, but i think there's a big difference between knowing it and saying it. you may know these facts already. the science has not been created in the last two years. we've known this for decades. the difference is that we are coming together to say this is something we are scared about and this is something we will continue to fight for as a group. phil: the main points are what? >> first and foremost, holding the 1.5 global warming goal in our view. this is going to be very important to minimize the effects of climate change. another commitment that we want
to make is that we as young people use our voices in politics to continue to fight for climate justice, which i think is also important to have written down and stated collectively. phil: somebody could look at this and say 450 of you have traveled to switzerland to tell us what we already knew. how does that benefit us? >> i think it gives people courage, it gives people hope, it gives us an inside view into what other countries are doing. phil: what is the inside view that you've gained? >> there are many different political actions being taken around the world, but there are the same fears in every student. phil: you didn't know that before? >> i think it is different to hear it from the people you are sitting with. i may be half a world away, but i'm also afraid for our future.
phil: how did we get to this conference from all over europe? >> a lot of us took trains and some of us flew. phil: how do we feel about that? >> we feel conflicted. phil: is this not -- are you not now part of the problem, by flying across europe to get together to say things that you already knew to produce something that changes nothing -- how does that benefit the planet? >> i don't think it changes nothing. we have immense power as a group. standing together and sitting together at this table and discussing these things makes us feel like the problem is being addressed. we are not sitting at home and thinking, i'm scared about my future. phil: are you not like the very
politicians that you don't like for having done nothing -- that is what they do. they fly all over the world to sit down and talk about things they already know. >> i don't think i can say that. i feel that what we are doing is turning our words into actions. phil: what actions? >> striking every friday has helped with the e.u. vote in the spring. we saw an increase in berlin in votes for the green party. phil: had the movement not existed, then the e.u. parliament would have voted a different way? >> i think so. that has brought this issue to a lot of dinner tables where politics would not normally get to. if you are talking about politics, if you see it on television, if you hear it in the news, maybe it doesn't affect you, but if your child is telling you, what about climate change, i think it hits you in a different way. that is our job.
to work on the social aspect. we can't make policies ourselves, but we can advocate for policy change. phil: what do you do, if you don't mind me saying this, when you grow up, when you finish college or finish school and nothing has changed? do you go to work or continue this sort of action? >> i think there's a lot of ways to combine the two. i'm going to be studying geography. i think there's a lot of possibility to enter the job market and be a person who says, i find work where i'm pushing for these values. we can also work as activists to make pressure from the street. there's a lot of ways we can still use our voices. arguably the most important way is by voting. phil: thank you for joining us. fridays for future was started by a high school student in sweden.
it quickly went international. here's how foreign correspondence around the world are experiencing this youth driven g green revolutioion. reporter: here in the united states, fridays for future and other environmental groups have seen a steady increase in supppport and in the number of prototests, but they faface many challenges, m most notatably frm u.s. president donald trump, who said that climate change is a hoax and pulled the united stateses out of the e climate accordrd. but the protesters say they are going to makee sure their voices are heard to coincide with the climate summit in new york. >> as s part of thee globabal fs for tuture movement, india sawaw some of its first strikes agagainst climate chanange. hundreds of schools came o out o protest, urging the government
to take steps t to reduce carbon emissionons. india's politicians haven't reacted so far, but actctivistss have achieved one adjective. -- o objective. they h have contributed toto awareneness at climate change. india is grappling with hazardous pollution levels, droughts, floodods, and a w watr crisis. many of these phenomena are blameded on extreme weather patterns which experts say are intensifying because of climate change. >> in western europe and especially here in belgium, the fridays for future protest attracted huge crowds. although they took place on thursdays for belgium for whatever reason. the students put climate change on the political agenda again. in practical terms, nothing has happened yet. the europeanan union was not abe to agree on additional measures
to protect the climate. the new commission president promised to table a new law by the end of the year. the fridays for future protests are set to continue after the summer break. phil: vladimir putin became russia's prime minister, singled out by post-soviet leader boris yeltsin. he was a relative unknown. no one had any idea how he would change the country's constitution to cement his grip on the country. during his first presidency, russia's economy grew for eight years and putin won public support by cracking down on separatists in chechnya. he went on to win a series of election victories. in 2014 he received international condemnation when russia seized ukrainian territory of crimea.
since then the russian economy has been squeezed by sanctions and oil prices. relations with the united states are tense. both sides recently walked away from a nuclear missile treaty. despite russia's international status, vladimir putin enjoys support at home, though there is growing opposition. dw has been out on the streets of moscow, asking people what they think about the president. >> good and bad at the same time. good because he has the experience. we are not moving forward. >> it is too long. young people should rule the country. they have more courage. old people have to be retired, like me.
>> the situation is tense in the country. i'm afraid to talk about politics. >> there has never been a tradition in russia to give up power voluntarily. for several hundred years, they ruled until death. the traditions are capped. we have jobs. the country is on the rise. the army is on the rise. what else do we need? >> i quite like putin. i think stability is a good thing. as of today, i don't see a fit replacement for him. phil: here is dw moscow correspondent emily sherwin on how vladimir putin has held onto power. reporter: vladimir putin was largely unknown when he became prime minister 20 years ago today. when he became president, onee
journanalist famously asked, who is mr. putin? he has always represented stability. he was very much in contrast to boris yeltsin as president who was known as a bit of a drunk. putin represented a fresh face. he represented stability. he came to power just after the 90's, which was a decade of huge social upheaval. a decade than many here in russia still see as traumatic. vladimir putin was aided by rising oil prices which brought economic upswing of sorts. still, that sense that he has raised russia from its knees as many people say about him, that
is still at the core of his popularity today. phil: like many european cities, berlin's local government is struggling with skyrocketing rent and shortage of housing. many tenants are still worried about being priced out of their neighborhoods. dw has met with tenants facing an uncertain future. reporter: this is east berlin. alexander likes this historic area where hisis grandmother lived. >> this is my home. i grew up here. this is where i went to school. about a kilometer away is where i graduated high school. this is what i know and love. phil: he received a letter informing him that all the units in his apartment building will be sold.
there are already potential buyers. >> they were foreigners from south germany, not from berlin. the potential buyers were friendly, but made it clear that they plan on living in the apartments themselves. reporter: the other renters are fighting back. if the apartments are sold individually, almost all the tenants cocould be given noticeo leave. most of them can't afford to relocate in the same neighborhood, so they y decidedo jojoin forces and find a buyer r the entire building. they are looking for an investor with a big heart. >> we want to find someone who says, i don't want the renters to have to move to the suburbs. someone who wants to give berliners a chance to keep living here. reporter: that is not so easy.
most investors are looking to maximize profits when buying an apartment in berlin. >> the real estate prices are rising. buyers have to pay a high price for these apartments. to get a return on their investment, they have to charge more rent, or some decide to use the apartments themselves. reporter: this has resulted in the rent doubling over the past few years in berlin. foreign investors have played a role in this, but supply and demand has helped push up prices. alexander and his neighbors are hoping an investor will come to their rescue, but the price is high, almost 7 million. they only hahave a few weeks to find a buyer. phil: football.
in germany, all eyes are on hamburg. the forward remains under investigation. hamburg is standing by their man for now and are being backed up by authorities who said the passport he presented on registering with the club was valid. reporter: the man whose identity has been called into question by a german tabloid. they claim he's 23 years old rather than 21 and a former player at several african clubs. the refugee arrived in germany in 2015. hehe said he was 17 and was received as an unaccompanied minor. new claims are now being investigated by local authorities. >> the law in this type of case favors discretion.
then the question is, will the residency permit be retrospectively withdrawn? then we have to decide how we deal with this. reporter: t they signed him in 2016 and had his age medically checked at the time. they stand behind their player. they wrote in a statement, i personally find it unbelievable and shocking that our player is being forced to run a public gauntlet. he has confirmed once again the correctness of his passport tales. they could already be sporting consequences. he was on the pitch as hamburg won on monday night. the opponent has appealed the result. phil: the english premier league kicks off this weekend. they will have to start without star players because of security fears.
they have been left out of arsenals squad for sunday's season opener. police are investigating further security incidents. two weeks ago they were attacked in london in an apparent attempted robbery. basketball without borders training camp took place in senegal. african nba stars coached the continent's best under 17 players for a weekend and left a big impression on boys and girls dreaming of glory. reporter: aiming high. the senegalese basketball fanatic dreams of playing in the olympics. the basketball without borders africa camp organized by the nba. youngsters from across the continent received coaching from
nbaa players. boys and girls alike take part. >> here in africa, women don't always have ththe samame opportunities as men. but in senegal, we are modernizing. everybody is e equal. they have the same opportunities. reporter: a former wnba champion is also a coach at the champ. basketball runs in the family's blood. her daughter started shooting hoops aged eight while living in the u.s. and has become enthusiastic about turning the sport into a career. for her, as for the rest of africa's basketball lovers, the future is looking bright. phil: a and here's aa reminder f our top ststory.
italy h has been plunged into political crisis as the far right league party led by matteo salvini said it will call for a no-confidence vote. salvini says his coalition with the five-star movement has collapsed. this is dw news live from berlin. back in just a moment with the day, the news in review. stay tuned.
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