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this is home massive churches it's towers that pierce the clouds like skyscrapers are 3. contest of the cathedrals starts people 12th on d. w. . america's top diplomat is in europe and on a mission to rebuild the alliances former president trump pushed to the brink yesterday we saw western powers target china with sanctions and now nato is focusing on the threat from vladimir putin's russia but is everyone on the same page tonight germany and the u.s. on a collision course over russian natural gas berlin says this is about good business washington says this is a bell poor judgment i bring gulf in berlin this is the day.
the main reason i am here and the president by asked as is to be here this week is to reaffirm strongly the united states' commitment to nato to this alliance which has been the cornerstone of peace prosperity stability for the as a land community for more than 70 years the united states wants to rebuild our partnerships 1st and foremost with our nato allies. also coming up the german chancellor says that her country is now in the grips of a new pandemic what is it new germany's seemingly never ending lockdown and a vaccination role well that looks more like a crawl well. yes we basically have a new pandemic the mutation from great britain has taken it out. which means we
have a need virus. again and it's clearly more lethal more contagious and contagious from longer. i've come here to express the united states' steadfast commitment to that alliance which has been the cornerstone of peace prosperity stability for the transatlantic community for more than 70 years the u.s. secretary of state comes to europe and there are bridges that he wants to repair to our viewers on p.b.s. in the united states and to all of you around the world welcome we begin the day with the transatlantic ties that bind more or less u.s. secretary of state anthony blinken is meeting with his nato counterparts this week he brought his tool belt with him because he plans on doing a lot of repairing and rebuilding u.s. president biden has promised to make good on the past 4 years in which trump's america 1st policies left u.s.
allies feeling as if relations were going from bad to worse america's new top diplomat wants relations between washington and data members to be closer than ever before and to be more unified than they have ever been. is lincoln's wish list more like wishful thinking as pulling our correspondent terry scholtz terry has covered nato for years the been the flow of the transatlantic tide good evening to you terry's of how would you describe u.s. nato relations tonight are we talking about a high tide or is it more like a low tide. well definitely a rising tide brant but there really wasn't anywhere to go but up after the 4 years of president trump as you mentioned very difficult years for nato in which trump criticize the alliance criticized allies by name germany in particular you know people told me constantly that they felt like they had to be watching twitter to find out what the u.s.
policies would be and that was was really nerve wracking for an alliance that needs to show a united front to deter all enemies i was actually joking with secretary general stolzenberg today that it sounded like secretary blinken had stolen some of his lines and he left in a way that you could tell he's very relieved to have this kind of narrative coming out of the biggest yeah that's definitely a relief for him what is nato hoping to see from this new president and his new administration. well i think they're already seeing it and you picked up on this word repair this is a word that secretary blinken is using a lot and they know exactly what that means to allies he says we're going to revitalize the alliance starting with nato and you know brant it's not only secretary blinken he's the 1st to come here in person but defense secretary lloyd austin's 1st foreign phone call was to secretary general stoltenberg that also was designed to send a clear message and we've just learned tonight brant that
a president biden will be joining a summit of european union leaders of virtually on thursday so it's clearly a hole of administration approach to to really revitalize these trans-atlantic ties those are the positive signs there is a possible fault line though in the alliance and it's called the nord stream to natural gas pipeline linking russia to germany take a listen to how the u.s. secretary of state describes that deal president biden has been very clear in saying that he believes the pipeline is a bad idea. bad for bad for europe bad for the united states ultimately it's in contradiction to the use on energy security goals it has the potential to undermine the interests of ukraine poland a number of other close partners or allies and terry the u.s. president and democrats and republicans in congress they are all on the same page here do nato members do the share washington's concern that germany's energy deal
with russia is a band deal for european security. well remember brant there are 30 members of nato and so there is a really wide divergence of views but clearly there are some that very definitely share the u.s. view the baltic states poland and they've been complaining about north stream to for years let's listen to what our brussels bureau chief alexander of a nominee got out of secretary-general stolzenberg when she asked that question this afternoon the reality is that. since that was based on consensus nato us and lines have not made an decision on north stream. we are focused on how we can increase the visit diversification of supplies on the deceased society to security of and the supply but we don't have any position on north seem to yet as he mentioned they don't take any position because they need to all agree on
one stance and that's not going to happen when it comes to nordstrom to it's also just not the kind of thing nato would really make a statement about the foreign ministers terry of nato members are meeting this week to prepare for this summit of nato members leaders president biden he knows everyone at the table including stoltenberg you also into this just don't beg so do a comparison force here between stoltenberg and donald trump versus stoughton bag enjoyed by the dynamics be the differences. well brant stoltenberg was actually known as the trump whisperer and people were very relieved that he somehow managed to keep a lid on president trump most of the time and when he would go to washington they would you know get along is as well as could be expected and stolzenberg is is pretty implacable but you can certainly see immediately when when joe biden was elected stoltenberg put out photos of him having having met biden at the munich
security conference they were smiling they were sitting next to each other it was clear that that he is relieved to have somebody who is not afraid to say that they are a huge supporter of the alliance so it's a much easier job for a young stolzenberg heading into the future now it's good to hear that the stress factor is at least a little less than it used to be our correspondent terry scholz with the leaves tonight from brussels terry as always thank you. were germany is set to begin its 6th month and a nationwide coronavirus lockdown and it will be the most restrictive since the pandemic began after discussion into the early hours of the morning chancellor angela merkel along with regional leaders agreed that the lockdown must be longer and definitely not lighter so teague levels are high and it did not help soothe anyone's nerves when the chancellor said that germany is now in a new. germany is once again gearing up for another months of lockdown only weeks
after a tentative loosening of rest a year interdependent make the opposition says the government's handling of the crisis has been chaotic and this latest action is no help and minute people are just as exhausted from the measures as they are from the pandemic the response has been too late too slow too hesitant and the losing of restrictions at the beginning of the months was not rolled out it was the right protection in place one if you want to lick mature. fear that public acceptance as regards to measures which india and are for people's own protection will further decrease and people will lose trust in the governments professionalism and ability to act. in that state premiers involved in the talks said the decisions are justified by germany's exponential growth in infections yes that happened to figures in our state where once again significantly higher yesterday an incidence rate of over 80 that's why we unfortunately need more new measures to try and curb the 3rd wave in the hope of
creating new prospects for the future enough i don't buy it and the current. prospect of another months of restrictions do a mixed response on the streets of berlin. in principle i think it's good of course it has serious consequences for students businesses and hospital ety industry but obviously they're hard to draw a tough line in order to contain the pandemic. the guy. that had a gun it's a total catastrophe it's incomprehensible we have to live with the disease completely it's completely of rights otherwise we'll never get a handle on it. the whole circus the back and forth and merican always proclaiming she's invented a new word for something it true really annoys me and often thrown out i didn't know how well can a vaccination center and see how the place looks and how people are affected there should definitely be
a longer look. a year into the pandemic pragmatism seems to be giving way in some cases to resignation and skepticism are listening to a story out of washington d.c. epidemiologists and health economists joins me now eric it's good to see you again i'd like 1st to start by listening to how the german chancellor described the pandemic in germany last night take a listen in that interview was that's the view fundamentally we face a new virus of the same kind but with 3 different characteristics more deadly more infectious and infectious for longer. and this means that we have to deal with elements that we didn't know about a christmas. via. the chancellor called this a new pandemic now the situation we all agree is serious but new pandemic is of that term is it bordering on scaremongering i mean is that what we need to be
saying to the public right now. i don't think it's scaremongering i think it's a reality that the old old 1.0 most common strain has basically almost disappeared it's almost entirely gone from the u.k. and disappearing quickly from mainland europe but now the p $117.00 u.k. variant is dominating as well as many other variants and it has very different properties it is about what is the percent faster transmission it is about 60 percent greater risk cost of the asian and f. and it is. infectious for a longer period of time and initial initial hires so it has many many to procreate but the one property that is still the same is a response to the vaccine so there are many things that make this are so much different and what used to work for containing the whole virus anymore for this one and that's why it's appropriate to use new pet is it safe to say though that if the
vaccination rollout here in europe and in germany if it had been earlier and more efficient we would have more people vaccinated there would be fewer bodies fewer hosts for the vaccine to mutate in. yes you were host for the virus mutated yes and if the rollout in continental europe was as fast as it was here in israel u.s. u.k. i think it would be much your case and i think the risk of another huge surge is much lower but the truth is right now there is a potential risk for another search and the risk is happening and just look at brazil brazil has a new variant that variant is much more transmissible and it hasn't completely swamped intake and collapse there of your system we do not want that and we need to get ahead of it so and that's what new zealand got ahead of it and took the long
road to seeing if we get ahead of it now we can actually enjoy the spoils of the delayed gratification yeah i mean the vaccination rollout has been sluggish here in europe partly because astra zeneca has not delivered the doses the amounts that it promised but also because the public is hesitant about getting this shot from astra zeneca today there are new concerns about this vaccine coming from the united states tell me what are these new concerns well it's not a real concern it was just actions and in their press release reported an older 79 percent as you can see whenever the newer data it was showing 69 to 74 percent africa see now though that's still good but i don't know why it needed to be. used to hide that number. obviously the full data will be disclosed the f.d.a. but the fact that you were putting their numbers
a little bit in their press release and when everybody knew there were newer data is a little concerning but at the end of the it doesn't change the reality that this is going after barely ever actually being very generous when i hear of a pharmaceutical you know trying to fudge the numbers and what need to take a vaccine a shot in the arm that is it's alarming because the trust factor is basically at 0 . so i would say yes that's alarming but at the end they ultimate arbiter the ultimate arbiter is the independent f.d.a. the f.d.a. will how all of it will not be a press release based news it will be all the data it will see who are through all the data and investigate and interrogate and she's going to come around every single number and so he can't get away with the we're just trying to make a good p.r. show and news hits but at the end of the day it's the f.d.a.
there will be. this and that's why we should still trust is going to want to show you something that was posted on twitter today by the turkish sociologist and writer zen to fish she now she writes this fumi i supported a us trial of astra zeneca so it could undo the unnecessary damage to vaccine confidence from their botched initial roll well yesterday i was cautious because again press release no data it turns out astra zeneca is botching this rollout. all right obviously very frustrated person there i mean this is a p.r. disaster for astra zeneca what does it mean the in terms of ending the pandemic. well i think it is a p.r. disaster again in the end we know that the back scene is efficacious from the previous trials and with the new trials hopefully when it's reviewed by the. cages
but i think the presidency i agree it's going to create more has been and slower uptake of this vaccine for sure and there's other proxying it's not the only vaccine in the world although i know its contents like europe other than pfizer it is mostly the only vaccine available many places but this is why we need to get the other ones approved novak's johnson and johnson all these are other vaccines approved so that presidency issue will not be an issue long term because to get to the top of who's more contagious the $117.00 we need to get to 8590 percent of people need and that is something we have to really take leadership to get to that number you'll be asking well we have to hear about what's going on in the united states and about 25 percent of the population has had at least the 1st shot are you beginning to see in the population the the impact of this growing number of people
who have been vaccinated. you know i think we have a lot of people who are partially vaccinated and you know i think has gotten way ahead of his 100000000. a shot in $100.00 days promise he hit that $58.00 so u.s. death mean ahead of the curve and i'm hopeful but at the same time if you when something is also growing in the u.s. it's it's already surpassed 50 percent across the country estimated and with that we are concerned that it will grow much faster than our uptake of vaccine will help and slow down so we i think there might still be a surge in it may all be a probably a smaller one than we had before you know it is definitely a race against the virus and against the clock eric feingold in joining us tonight from washington d.c. as always we appreciate your time and your insights thank you.
all sounds rising numbers of latin american migrants among them many unaccompanied children are trying to enter the united states through mexico and that's despite the biden ministrations warnings not to make the journey many of the migrants have been making their way on foot north to the border with the u.s. trying to avoid the mexican national guard the flow of migrants is testing joe biden's promise to end former president donald trump's hard line immigration policies. if more now i'm joined by our washington correspondent carolyn is is covering this story for us and she's been to the us mexico border reporting carolyn it's good to see you how big is the surge in migrants heading for the border tonight. data from the u.s. customs and border protection shows that there has been indeed
a 28 per cent increase in immigrants arrested on the southern border including unaccompanied minors but it is important to to stress that this is not a search that can be attributed exclusively to the by an administration and to his politics and the current increase in people being arrested on the border in a predictable pattern of seasonal changes in undocumented immigration the war it gets the more people there to make that dangerous journey to north america and it has always been like that also under the terms of ministration but now many of the immigrants have also heard that president biden spoke about having and planning to have a more humane immigration policy and that has of course also motivated them as well to to make this journey let me show you what i mean we went to the south and border and we reported from both sides that means also from the mexican side and there we visited a shelter and that is fully packed of immigrants seeking asylum in the united
states let's take a look. pester abraham barberry lives in the united states but tries regularly to his church on the mexican side he's an unconventional priest he migrated to houston over 3 decades ago with his mother. after a difficult past into drug scene he started a new life and became a baptist minister he's now one of the few people on the mexican side to the models . many immigrants as possible in his church it's here on the mexican side where people arrive from a long and a very dangerous journey they're waiting to apply for political asylum in the united states many of them don't know how long they're going to wait to. currently there are 74. immigrants from central america mexico and cuba sheltered here many of them are also from chiapas
a region in mexico known for drug trafficking and or a criminal activity against indigenous people is very high. and chip it's nice it's not safe and she has pass not for my kids this is why we're asking for political asylum because we know that kids are safer there so we must put in my support that soon with. my goal is to arrive in the u.s. and be granted political asylum to have freedom and peace for me and my kids and i trust the president biden is going to help us see the. casinos by you know that presser abraham's mission is to help something he has been doing for years with his unconventional rapper church by attempting to attract young people from the area to his congregation but some weeks ago he notice he has to do something to help the immigrants on the streets of my thumb or us but that was how. we noticed there were so many people they didn't know where to go. we're going to help them when people
ask me if i think they're going to make it over to the u.s. or tell them the truth. i don't think so if you want to. know. however having a skate from repression in cuba or live threats by the drug mafia in on us they are convinced anything else is better so they wait and keep hoping. there was a story there we heard one margaret say that she hopes president biden will help the plight of latin american migrants and let them into the united states and we can understand that she wants that to be true is it going to be true. it's difficult to say president biden promised during his campaign that he will have a more humane immigration policy and he stopped indeed the construction of the border wall he stopped the muslim travel ban he decided that the people who have already
applied 2 years ago 1 of for asylum in the united states that they are allowed to enter the united states instead of waiting in mexico but all these changes were done by executive orders changing the whole system of immigration policies meaning meaning of making it easier for this people to apply for asylum granting a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the states and so on this all would mean. entering and passing that immigration bill and that is a difficult point because it's not clear if the senate would pass. well a very democratic so to say immigration bill the migrants who are coming from central america they have to traverse the entire links of mexico to get to the border with the united states is there a sense in the u.s. that mexico is doing all that it can to stem the tide of migrants.
a few weeks ago the leader of the republican party in the house of representatives mr mccarthy he paid a visit to the southern border with 10 more congressmen from his party and he talked about a crisis created by presidential policy is of the current administration so it's pretty clear that this whole immigration issue is being used in a political way they're trying to make a threat out of it a threat to national security in their words and this is something that could be out of the playbook of donald trump they are creating fear and it reminds me actually of the situation in germany with angle americal when 2015 the nationalists they also tried to create a fear out of the immigration situation in the country yeah there's hordes of heroes for sure that we will see what happens clearly to more on the story boards in washington tonight carolyn as always thank you. well the day is almost done but
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this is g w news wire from the lead tonight israel of waiting until election results exit polls shows no clear winner again by minister benjamin netanyahu slick whose party seems the strongest but may have lost seats in the knesset a long balland kept and coalitions all lie ahead also coming up tonight germany is headed for an easter shutdown leaders have announced the country's most restrictive lockdown yet public life will come to a halt for 5 days starting april for obsessed.
i bring golf it's good to have you with us they are calling this groundhog day in israel for the 4th time in 2 years voters have gone to the polls and once again the prospect of a stable government emerging from this election well that prospect seems very slim exit polls published just an hour ago showed no clear winner party headed by incumbent prime minister benjamin netanyahu is projected to be the largest party netanyahu stood despite being on trial for corruption now the center left yes the tea party is forecast to be 2nd. are this put this into some context and let's get our correspondent tanya kramer she was following the election night force in jerusalem good evening to you tanya prime minister benjamin netanyahu is right we could emerge as the strongest force in the exit polls will netanyahu will be able
this time to easily form a government. well i think everybody can agree on this was not to be a tough said he would be doing easily i mean he emerges as the strongest party but he didn't get as solid a parliamentary majority he would need the $61.00 out of $320.00 knesset seats of course he wouldn't be alone as a party with his likud party but he has to form a coalition and it's going to be very very narrow if you look at the exit polls now we're talking of course as you also said about exit polls and now of course every you know exchange in the coming hours could change that he would most likely go together with his national allies who are also docks parties and another far right extremist party of indigenous zionism who already have pledged their. alliance
to such a coalition but he would still need another party and that's why everybody is looking now at mena that's not the right wing party and enough tali and its leader enough tony bennett he has actually left it open but he has also opened the challenge benyamin netanyahu that he wants to be the next prime minister so it won't be easy for binyamin netanyahu to form such a coalition especially maybe if you know want to 2 seats might change in the course of the night because counting just starts now and that could all change and tom you know there's been a lot of talk around the world about these elections about the possibility of benjamin netanyahu enjoying a boost because of israel's successful vaccination role well but looking at these numbers are not we're not seeing much of a vaccination bluestar. no we i don't think we do because if you look at the last election he could. spend at that time he
lost a couple of seats and it will be more difficult even to to form a coalition although he's in a much better position than. his opponents who ran on the anything back netanyahu ticket as you mentioned them yes teeth and. right wing parties and center right and left parties the problem for them is they are all coming from different backgrounds so you have to see you know mr netanyahu binyamin netanyahu is a divisive figure i mean his supporters would have wanted fine anyway whatever he has done. during the past year but they're also not of people who are saying you know israel has become too polarized about him now a lot of experts were saying it could give him an edge this vaccination campaign a lot of people do give him credit for this but it might not have made so much
difference for him now in this election campaign all right our correspondent on the cramer with the latest on these election returns tonight in jerusalem tanya thank you and here's around of other stories that are making headlines around the world investigators in bangladesh are looking into what caused a massive fire that swept through abraham job refugee camp on monday the united nations says at least 15 people died more than 560 were injured tens of thousands have been left homeless nearly a 1000000 refugees live in camps in the region in the united states the jury has been selected for the george floyd murder trial floyd's death at the hands of a police officer in may of last year sparked a nationwide protest for racial justice and against police brutality the trial of the former minneapolis police officer charged with his murder is due to start next monday. germany has summoned the chinese ambassador in berlin to complain about sanctions imposed on its politicians and scientists calling them unacceptable china
was hit by european union sanctions on monday for human rights abuses against its winter minority beijing responded by saying finding a number of european or us. here in germany people have been told to prepare for the country's toughest coronavirus lockdown since the pandemic began beginning on april 1st most shops will close for 5 days easter church services will be cancelled and while all but essential travel is banned within germany holidays abroad are still allowed in many cases. by the time they had finally wrapped up night time to morning energy had given week to exhaustion and what began as a one month partial looked on newsnight nearly half a year long chancellor angela merkel summed up the seriousness of the situation facing gemini. we basically have
a new pandemic. the mutation from great britain has taken over which means we have a new virus of course of the same kind that with very different properties it's really felt that. guns and them so it's clearly more lethal more contagious and contagious for longer. that's why restrictions on public life will be extended until april 18th and gatherings over easter effectively cancelled. will slow down the easter lockdown will bring everything to a standstill for 5 consecutive days it will take the wind out of his sails of a pandemic and prevent new infections but i know it is a great strain for many many of you hoping to go on holiday over easter but that is a hope that we were all have to put on hold. not everyone germans will still be free to fly in search of some sun providing they test negative before they return
home the holiday dispute comes amid a backlash over rules that allow tourists to fly to spain but not to holiday within germany. meanwhile the aim is to keep schools and childcare centers open with the help of regular testing for teachers and pupils longer term leaders are hoping that injecting some margin c. into their vaccination program will help end the lock down. isn't that blow off we're in a race to get vaccinated and to feel its effect as soon as possible and for us there are now 2 main strategies caution and flexibility here is. the meeting laid bare the growing tensions between germany's outgoing chancellor and regional leaders in a relationship increasingly more of a conflict than consensus. i'm joined by cancun from smith he's a science journalist and molecular biologist here in berlin kinds good to see you
again the german chancellor she says that the spread of the variant that 1st emerged in the u.k. she says it is like a new pandemic but that's something we've known for months and the same time we saw the german government ease restrictions at the beginning of march is the chancellor has she has she stopped following the science. well i mean it's kind of hard to know what the chance for herself of course is following exactly but certainly the actions of the government are not what science has said and what scientists have argued for i think loosening the restrictions in early march when we had the new variant spreading which is more dangerous than than the variants we had before when we had case numbers rising and when we had very little immunity in the population was the opposite of what most scientists argued for and said was necessary and you know the 1st time i've heard this phrase of this being a new pandemic the 117 was in early january when 2 u.s.
scientists wrote a very good piece arguing what should be done to curb the 117 spread so i have been watching this new pandemic you know build for weeks and months and so have most scientists but what about this term new pandemic i mean we're not talking about truly a new pandemic we're just talking about a variant of the same virus do you think it has the potential to scare the public. well i i'm not sure whether you know scaring the public is what i mean we just have to be clear about the facts and those facts have been pretty clear for weeks and months there is there was a variant spreading in germany that had certain characteristics and that is now being replaced and has mostly been replaced by this new variant the 17 which spreads more easily which also seems to lead to more serious disease and so we've we've known this we've seen this you know rise and we knew that the measures that
we had were enough to curb the spread of the old variant of lot of the new burial and so yes it is a new situation but it's not a situation that suddenly sprang you know into reality today it's been building for weeks and we know that virus has less chance of mutating if it doesn't find a host which means it pays to get people back to need quickly and yet that is not what we have seen here in germany have we as the german government has it created this crisis that we're in right now. i think if you look at everything in perspective i think the biggest problem i have is that we keep talking about loosening restrictions with the argument that we need to avoid you know endemic fatigue or we need to take people's teeth seriously but to take as a paper teeth means you're doing something that is hard what i would like to see the government doing is to do whatever it can in terms of both vaccinations but also testing and other things to make sure that this ends a soon as possible and then to motivate me to keep doing you know what i'm doing in
spite of my fatigue because i am doing my part and i'd like to see the government do their part and to lay out the reasons why we all have to keep doing this and i think to the extent that the government hasn't done this it has created some of the situation that we find ourselves in right now of course. science journalist always we appreciate your time and your insights tonight thank you. thank you. huge swathes of eastern australia remain under floodwaters after a week of relentless rain emergency services which were last year battling unprecedented bushfires are now rescuing residents from inundated homes new hazards are emerging with dangerous debris lurking in the flood what. to mention the rains have been unstoppable in australia's east bridges roads. cars and buildings all surrounded by water. the flooding has
forced tens of thousands of people from their homes. rescue efforts are underway to assist those left behind. alone you know anybody. days of heavy rain have caused rivers to burst their banks and water levels to rise to day breeze making recovery efforts all the more difficult. coming up one of the problems we've been encountering. couches things like that are quite dangerous at this point. and it seems that boats are the only option to save those stranded in the terrain. some residents have decided to stay home and whether the storm people around the house in their. neighbors are. lucky several areas have been declared disaster zones with floods and severe weather warnings issued from south east queensland to
the border area and the cost of the damage is already being felt. a fair bit. the water started almost too much. so i thought to talk quickly. to become more. and more. authorities are also offering funds for the displaced they're warning residents to be on high alert. overnight unfortunately some conditions have and. many communities will experience increasing heavy rainfall and as we had 5. 1000 people have been evacuated and regrettably we have warnings now for an additional $15000.00 people that may need to be
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