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from berlin. a rupture in transatlantic relations. german chancellor angela merkel was down on her warning that europe can no longer rely on the united states. her foreign minister goes even further, accusing donald trump of weakening the west. also coming up, french president emmanuel macron tells a vladimir putin that he is open to approving economic ties with moscow. he also warns his russian counterpart that he e will not
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overlook human rights abuses or the use of chemical weapons in syria. and british police released new pictures of the manchester bomber one week after he killed 22 people in the city. that, as intelligence services launched an internal investigation into whether they could have prevented the attack. ♪ sarah: i am sarah kelly. thank you for joining us. german chancellor angela merkel has reiterated her warning that europe can no longer rely on some of its closest allies. although she did not explicitly mention donald trump, other members of her government did. her foreign minister chastised trump for weakening the west with shortsighted policies. this sea change in transatlantic relations comes after an eye-opening g-7 summit in which trump refused to endorse the
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paratransit a court, would not sign a free statement in helping refugees. reporter: the german n chancellr let off some steam after voicing her disappointment at the g-7 summit in italy. shshe w was clelearly disisappod with u.s. . president donald trp and reaffirmed her frustration monday at a sustainability conference in berlin. >> the last few days have showed me, however, that ththe days whn we could completely rely on others are over. we are and will remain close partners. germany of course is a close partner of the united states. we are and will remain convinced trans1 assists. -- transatlantasists. but we have toto take our destiy into our own hands. reporter: a clear message -- europe must make itself stronger
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on its own terms. >> that is why add to say that these discussions were very unsatisfactory. although i think it was good that we did not gloss over our differences. it was inevitable that germany, france, great britain, italy, japan -- six of the seven states would expresess their firm determination to support and implement the paris climate agreement. reporter: her feelings are shared at home. >> it seems right that the eu could be a bit more self-reliant. that we have to work together and define our shared ideals. we have to fight for that. >> yes, we should stand up for ourselves and be less dependent on the americans. also with regard to trade relations. germany is an economic powerhouse. reporter: germany's foreign minister also highlighted europe's split with the u.s., a
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new world order where the u.s. is no longer the leader. >> what we used to call the west, which was a geographic location but a shared ideal centered around human rights, democracy, freedom of expression and peace. well, this west is just now a bit smaller. reporter: after the latest g-7 summit it appears the leader of the western world is looking to is angela merkel. sarah: macron -- merkel's called true strong reactions online. edward snowden called her comments an era-defining moment. a fellow with a u.s. think tank speculating whether, quote, merkel's seemingly seismic words might be seen as a sign that the eu has finally decided to take more responsibility.
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richard haas the president of the u.s. think tank added some food for thought, tweeting, it would be ironic if one union would be the emergence of a stronger eu. that is what seems to be happening. meantime i'm a u.s.-based -- u.s. tweeter says -- but brussels-based the journalist writes it is striking that americans are reading for more into merkel's comments than most europeans are. meantime in other news, france's new president emmanuel macron has held frank talks with his russian counterpart vladimir putin. macron left the door open for improving economic ties with russia but he also warned his guest that he would not overlook human rights abuses in chechnya, nor for the use of chemical weapons in syria. it was plain speaking, at odds
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at the talk's opulent setting. reporter: a meeting that could shape french-russian relations for years to come. it was a chance for emmanuel macron and vladimir putin to take a measure of each other with a host of thorny issues on the agenda. chief among those is the war in syria. russia strongly backs the regime of assad. they tried to find common ground battling the so-called as long state terror group in the country. >> are fundamental priority is the fight against terrorism and the eradication of terrorist groups. in particular, the islamic state. it is the guiding principle of our actions in syria and above and beyond our work in the coalition, we can reinforce our partnership with russia. putin said he would not abandon
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his syrian ally. >> terrorism cannot be fought by destroying the sovereignty of countries that are already fighting internal conflicts. i am sure that together we can unite to fight against terrorism and achieve positive results. reporter: but despite some areas of agreement, contentious issues remained. putin demanded a lifting of sanctions imposed on his country after russisia's annexation of crimea. france has accused russia of trying to influence the recent presidential election on behalf of macron's far right opponent, marine le pen. putitin disputed those claims. >> on the question of our intrusion in the french elections, the president and i did not speak about it. on m my p part, i believe it isa
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problem that does not exist. reporter: a tentative start for diplomatic relations between two of europe's most powerful leaders. given the issues, such a beginning could be the best that could have been hoped for. sarah: for now we are joined by a french journalist and berlin correspondent. thank you very much for being with us this evening. as we just saw, there is bad blood between these two leaders, at least going into the meeting. is that now all water under the bridge? guest: mr. putin said -- president macron made a clear statement saying why he excluded some russian outlet from the campaign earlier this year because it is a propaganda agent from the russian state.
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it was a clear statement but not the point of the meeting today. it was more reaching out and trying to look to the future. sarah: when of the things that was so top of mind for these accusations that russia hacked macron's emails, releasing them the weekend before the election. and that putin met with macron's challenger in moscow. guest: i think they tried to put the issues aside to look towards the real challenges on the table. russia, ukraine, bringing the country together. that was mainly the focucus of e meeting, trying to build up new relations between france and russia with this new administration in france. sarah: new relations. do you think it is possible? luc: i think so. macron has kind of a mix of the position of the former
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president, of which he was an aid. with syria, it was like an early hollande thing, we will retaliate. at the same time it was also saying we will work on the transition process, including mr. assad, which is a step towards mr. putin. sarah: who had the upper hand? was it the newcomer or the veteran? luc: i think macron showed strength and determination. putin evoking the hack during his campaign. but putin was his guestst, they wanted to have him and recogogne framework and trying to build new ties. i don't think -- nobody was supposed to be humiliated today. sarah: you mentioned putin was macron's guests. he was invited by macron.
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what was the strategy there? luc: there is an exhxhibition in versailles that gave a recent draft president putin -- reason to have president putin there in to see the beautiful scenery of versailles. and also putting them on a quite nice level. but the strategy is, he is in office, and now mr. trump is striving out of europe. so europe needs to gain new strengths. and showing will to deal with russia on the major topics on the world's agenda. sarah: we will see that will indeed be possible with so many questions about possible shifting analysis -- shifting alliances. thank you so much.
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one week after the manchester arena bombing, british police are appealing to the public for clues about the suicide bomber who carried out the attack. they have released an image of salman abedi with a blue suitcase in an effort to re-create his movement in the days before the attack. police believe he had the suitcase with him at two locations in manchester. the suitcase was not used in the attack. 22 people were killed in that attack. 14 people are currently detained in connection. as the search for accomplices goes on, britain's mi-5 is probing why they fail to stop the alleged attacker. he was known to authorities in much the way that berlin's truck attacker was known to police here. have a look. reporter: a week after the terror attack in manchester, rates and arrests are still the order of the day. the attacker appears to have had
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compasses and was known to authorities. that is a situation germany is familiar with. the authorities here were also aware of the man who attacked the berlin christmas market last december and was on their list of suspected extremists. the president of germany's to mystic secret service has an warning against the increasing threat extremists are posing.g. >> is a tough task for our security forces to monitor these people and stop them from conducting terror attacks. reporter: for britain's security forces, that task has twice proven too tough. last week in manchester, and last march when it was an attack in central london. experts say there is no pattern in the choice of t targets. >> so-called islamic state sees europe in general as a target. he does not differentiate between germany or britain or
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france. it just chooses the weakest target. that is why germany's intelligence services are calling for greater cooperation. also with the u.s. cooperation on intelligence remains reliable. >> as far as security affairs are concerned, our core operation with the new u.s. administration is excellent. it is highly professional and a great asset all for our country and the rest of europe. reporter: but the german interior minister added that prevented -- preventing attacks isn't only the security force's task. it is of paramount importance if we are -- sarah: you're watching "dw news ." still to come, a german jihad at the u.s. threatening to seek trade elsewhere. but what would that mean for the bottom-line?
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helena has that story. we are back in a minute. stay with us. ♪
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♪ sarah: welcome back. a quick reminder of our top story. angela merkel has repeated her warning and europe can no longer -- that europe can no longer rely on allies such as the united states. he shift in relations comes following a challenging g-7 summit and policies from the u.s. which germany says are weakening the west. so what would be the price of less than amicable relations with the united states? helena humphrey is following that on the business desk. helena: we think it is safe to
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say that relations between the united states and germany have been better. much better, in fact. u.s. president donald trump has been threatening german companies with high tariffs. the german economics minister written -- says the threat remains real. the german chancellor warns that europe can no longer r rely on s biggest ally. reporter:-- they remain convinced the free trade agreement between the usa and european union can still be signed. her comments come after donald trump met with your people leaders last week and reportedly threatened to take action against german automakers. in wake of the recent g-7 and nato meetings, angngela merkekes convininced that europe now haso rely on selelf.
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-- on itself. >> we e year contest to take our destininy into our own hanands well-meaning friendsds with the usa and briritain and good neighbors s with russia a and oe cocounies. bubut w wmust know that we haveo fight fofor our future as europeans.s. reporter: trump has been dismissive of merkel in the past but will at some point have to work with her. >> she is the longest-serving national leader. and if mr. trump be to listen to someone in europe, it would probably be her. it will be interesting to see what will happen between now and the g 20 meeting in july where mrs. merkel will be the host. reporter: at stake our jobs, good relations and a lot of money. the bmw factory in south carolina is the carmaker's biggest plant in the world. the local workforcece of 8800 is
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open for a win-win situation. helena: unsurprisingly, the rise of protectionism in the united states is pushing the eu to look elsewhere for promising trading partners. india is one of them. angela merkel has been meeting with the indian prime minister today. both sides have feelers out for a potential free-trade deal. the eu would definitely profit from such a deal, at least according to a study from the institute for economic research. reporter: a free trade agreement could be key to a more successful trading relationship between the eu and india. that would be good news for germany. it is already india's most important trading papartner in e eu and the eu is looking to offset a potential decline in trade with united states. for germany, expanding trade with india would add 4.6 billion euros to gdp.
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the current trade volume between germany and india adds up to 17 billion euros total. with exports to india making up 10 billion of that figure. german investment in the country is close to that amount as well. the eu and india have been trying to negotiate a free trade deal since 2007 with little success. the talks came to a standstill in 2013 are now about to be revived. the obvious winners would be german car manufacturers and machine suppliers. but i.t. service providers and textile companies would lose out. lower wages in those industries mean it he has a competitive advantage. helena: if a deal would be agreed upon come in yet would likely to -- would be unlikely to replace the u.s. here is what our correspondent told us about what these talks really mean. >> there is an alternative for the future but the future will be far, far ahead.
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the emphasis is on the word potential because when you look at the benefit, 4.6 billion, it sounds like a lot but is dwarfed with the kind of business we have with united states. german exports to the head states, -- the united states, they are the biggest customer for that period. india is on the list, number 25 for germany. the total trading volume, germany and u.s. is about 10 times india at the moment. there is very little threat potential with free trade agreement with india in terms of donald trump. helena: our fun our -- passengers are facing a third day of disruption as british airways continue to struggle with the follow of the global computer crashed. since of thousands of passengers have been stranded since the weekend.
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they will have to dish out compensation. parent company shares have been dropping. then there is their reputation. this is a full on disaster. how many customers are set to walk away? the bill looks set to be steep. reporter: it was a weekend british airways would likely forget. and one stranded passengers are likely to remember for a long time. >> we arrived here late saturday morning. and all the flights were canceled, which we expected when they told us. but we have been here for three days. it was supposed to be four hours. we missed our r cruise ship in rome. we already weree booked for two different flights. we are flying today and we have no luggage. reporter: some 75,000 passengers have been affected by the disruption. the british airways ceo appeared contrite. >> we apologize prefer to surely for the hardship that these
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customers of ours have had to go through. we know there have been holidays interrupted and personal events that have been interrupted. people waiting in queues for a long time. we profusely apologize for that and we absolutely are permittedd -- committed to provide compensation rules that are currently in place. reporter: some analysts say the debacle could send british airways 100 million euros. but the cost to its reputation could be even greater still. helena: that's the latest from the business desk. back over to you. sarah: thank you. american golf star tiger woods has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. the sheriff's department of palm beach county in florida has released this mug shot. mr. woods was picked up early monday morning near his home and released a few hours later.
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he was the world's top-ranked golfer for much of the 2000s but has struggled with injuries in recent years. in april he will -- underwent back surgery for the fourth time. his soccer, barcelona has a new coach. he will replace the outgoing coach who leaves the coach -- the camp after three seasons. he spend two seasons of barcelona as a player. he is now joining after four years on the spanish side. his challenge will be to take barcelona back to the top of spain's first division after they finished behind in this year's title race. in motorsports, sunday's indy 500 race featured the first when for a driver -- first win for a driver from asia. the reason is known as the greatest spectacle in racing and it lived up to its billing. reporter: 33 drivers were
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battling it out for the prestigious title. the pack was led by former winner scott dixon come hoping to claim victory eight years after his first triumph. but history was cut short inlet 53 when he was involved in a crash that sent his car flying and reduce the vehicle to rubble. at the end not much was left apart from the driver's survival cell. luckily the new zealander and his competitors escaped serious injury. later on, fernando alonso took the lead. the mclaren formula one driver made his debut in the 500 but had to retire after engine failure in lap 179. with just five less to go, japanese driver takuma sato claimed the lead and held on to the 200th and final lap.
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he became the first asian driver to win the race and dedicated his victory to his home country. >> it means a lolot to me personally, and it means a lot to japan. 250,000 people still living in temporary housing. it is suffering. hopefully this is some energy back to japan. reporter: he certainly energize the crowd with his surprise when, cruising -- surprise win, proving everyone loves a an underdog. sarah: a quick reminder of the top stories we haven't following. during lunch -- german chancellor angelela merkel repeated a wararning that j just just that europe can no longer rely on allies like the u.s. it comes after a challenging g-7 summit and policies from the u.s. which germany say are weakening the west. the leaders of france and russia have vowed to improve relations between their countries in their first face-to-face talks. emmanuel macron and vladimir
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putin discussed a range of difficult issues including the war on syria. macron warned russia to expect reprisals in the event of any further chemical attacks by syrian forces. you are up-to-date on "dw news." thank you for watching. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit]
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>> welcome back from paris on france 24. hour...stories this peace talks for ukraine, a bout toover syria and a group. the islamic state 14 people now this custody over last week's manchester attack. intelligence services investigate how the bomber was able to slip through the net, warnings overed his extremist views. isishe army says it has fighters surrounded, but civilians -- this


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