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>> this is "dw news" live from berlin. after an all nighter, german politicians -- politicians have made a breakthrough in forming the coalition government. also on the program -- tunisians kicked the streets, voicing their anger over government price hikes. over 800 have been arrested this week. will authorities be able to contain the unrest. america's president trump
accused of using folder language to describe african countries and haiti. he denies the reports, but one prominent democrat says that he heard the president use those words. and pakistan declared one of the worst places on the planet to be female. one pakistani artist using her art to challenge stereotypes that has gone viral. ♪ phil: i'm phil gayle. welcome to the program. clinical leaders have now agreed to enter formal coalition negotiations. chancellor merkel and the democratic leader announced the agreement, but the deal is not done. they must now convince their party members to say yes and allow formal coalition talks to begin.
reporter: it was a long time coming, including a tweet four-hour marathon session last night your it now there is an agreement on paper, but with some rough edges. the parties are working from very different cap worms and promises to constituents. tired, but proud, they announced the successful outcome and compromises. they say they can imagine working together in a grand coalition. >> i think this document is the result of give and take and that is the way it should be in a society filled with such a variety of people. we will have our work set out for us when a new government is formed and we set out to put it into practice. reporter: but the onus is on this man. the stb party chairman martin schultz is under pressure. after the election, he said he did not want to enter another grand coalition, but he has to convince his party to do just that. >> we have three goals.
solidarity, that we want to organize, innovations that will take us forward, and trust in each other. that is essential in a government. we want to see if the spirit of cooperation was there, and i think the answer was positive. reporter: angela merkel under pressure as well because for over three months, germany has been functioning without a government. she would like to see germany active on the european stage. the conservative party advisory board stands behind negotiation results. but things look different with the social democrats. six of the party members voted against moving forward with coalition talks. there are fears about how the party's base will react. >> i think we are on the right,
but we have to be careful to remember this will not just work out automatically. reporter: the 28-page document is under heavy criticism from the opposition, just as expected. >> there's no answer to digital change, no flexibility in the pension system. on the contrary, it seems to do injustice to future generations. very expensive measures have been agreed upon. reporter: angela merkel wished success to her would be coalition partner. now it is up to martin schultz to get party members to vote yes. if all goes well, germany could avenue government by spring. phil: let's get more from our political correspondent. welcome. what is in this 28-page document the parties have agreed on? reporter: every imaginable topic -- transportation, education foreign policy, a wide range of
issues all explained in a very general way. two aspects stand out. one, the idea the parties agree to work closely on european integration in particular, alongside france, and second, the issue of migration and the proposed limit on the number of migrants that could arrive to germany, as well as family reunification, an issue that was contntroversial in recent d day. those are certainly the issues presenent in that 28-page documement, but it is importanto stress this is only a road map, if you will, a set of guidelines in this first round of talks, these exploratory t talks. it will be very different if the parties do get into this formal negotiations. phil: so which of the parties will have the biggest problem selling this to their membership? reporter: certainly the social
democrats on the head of the social democrats, martin schultz. he will be in bonn on n the 21st and on that day he will have to convince party delegates allll f the idedea of entering formal negotiations, and in pararcular, some m members of the spd, the youth branch, are againstst any new version of the grand coalition. they see that as a big problem fofor the party, in particular d trying to have a clear profile after the elections where the spd had very bad results. it is under no circumstance clear that the spd and, in particular, martin schultz, will give the green light when they have the party conference. i would say from all of the parties involved, conservatives and social democrats, the social democrats have the most difficult part ahead. phil: briefly, if talks fail, or
the membership on either side rejects any deal, what happens next? reporter: germany would be faced with a minority government led by the conservatives are would have to go to fresh electctions, but fresh elections is something that basically everyone in germany wants to avoid. that is why the pressure is so high in the hands of these coalitions to try to find an agreement. phil: thank you so much. so, what do people think? well, dw has been on the streets asking people how they feel about the outcome so far and what they are expecting no. -- expecting now. >> i think it would be good to have a grand coalition sin. the one we had in the last few years was not too bad. >> i'm glad it's finally over, that they could reach an agreement. >> in general, i am not so keen
on the grand coalition. i was not so impressed with the last one. i ththink pepeople who voted foe spd have hopes that they cannot fulfill in a coalitionon. >> it's good they are finally building a government. >> germany still needs to be a stabilizing force in europe. if they manage to resolve their interior conflicts and find ways to work together, that will be a good thing for everyone, especially the current temperature -- current situation in europe. phil: to to me as you now. protesters are demanding an end to austerity measures. this is the run-up to the anniversary of 2011's arab spring uprising. >> [indiscernible] >> way rejects the new financial
law. that is what these protesters are telling the government, but so far, lawmakers are not backing away from the measures. there were hopes the 2011 revolution would improve people's circumstances, but many say change is not materialized for them. with fresh prices for goods and new taxes, they have taken to the streets since monday. >> this law is starving us. it's depriving us of our money, and it's marginalizing us. >> we are protesting peacefully here. we're not trying to overthrow the government. we want this unjust law to be scrapped. reporter: the tunisian government has already vowed not to back down on the austerity increases. it also accuses the opposition of stoking violent protest.
hundreds of protesters have so far been arrested. >> the s situation inn tunis, te capital city of tunisia, has calmed down. there hahave been aa few scuffls between police and protesters, but noththg compareded to preres days, previous nights. whether thisis will changnge and violenent proteststs flare up an this sunday when tunisia celebrates or marks the ananniversary of arab s spring, nobodydy knows. one fact is here to say -- tuesdaday. prprotesters are saying they are ready to takake t to the streets long as the finance law introduced january 1 is not drop. -- is not dropped. phil: now to other stories making news. hundreds of palestinianans have clashed against is really sesecurity forces. this comes as funerals were
being held for two palestinian teenagers during recent demonstrations. the u.s. decided to move its embabassy to jerusalemm last mo. rescuers are still searching for several missing people in the u.s. state of california after 17 died in massive mudslides. heavy rains have called -- caused walls of mud and debris to slide down hills north of los angeles. protesters took to the streets of greece's capital athenss with demonstrations against a new austerity bill. there were strikes across the city that disruptpted public trtransport. more disruptions and work stoppages are planned for nexext week. the e white house e says presidt trum willl reapproved the nuclear deal with iran, which grants sanctions relief to tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, but his administration has more to this is the final time he will approve it unless it is changed
significantly. he has repeatedly denounced the agreement as bad for the united states. staying with the u.s., president trump has disputed reports of his alleged use of vulgar language to describe immigrants from haiti and several african nations. he reportedly said why are we having people from all of these countries coming here, instead of accepting immigrants from places like norway instead? one senior lawmaker has come forward to say he heard the president used the vulgar term. the president said that was not the length he used, but admitted to using strong words. this is provoking reactions at home and in africa. reporter: in kenya, they are not very happy about u.s. president donald trump's remarks. >> he is a disgusting embarrassment of a president. >> that is racist and not good.
>> africa gave america president obama. so one of the greatest gifts that africa gave to america is a president who brought dignity and grace and eloquence to that particular office that trump is in today. reporter: in south africa, the governing party, the ancnc, felt momoved to speak out. >> ours is not a -- country and is extxtremely offensive for president trump to make statements about other countries that are really not complementary of the u.s.'s position or policy position on those countries. reporter: the mood on the street and johannesburg was not much better. >> we are not a [bleep].
-- we are not a [beep] we are people. we are just like you. reporter: people were angry in nigeria, too. >> it was not unexpected from somebody of his nature. reporter: his marks of not done well with the haitian community in the united states either. >> they were racist. they were divisive. he is basically saying that all he wants are the blue eyes. he does not want people from africa. he is the president. his words matter. phil: dw's correspondent is in nairobi. i asked her how regional leaders reacted to mr. trump's comments. reporter: the africa union has made it clear they are surprised
by the statement and are very keen to remind president donald trump the u.s. economy was actually aided by, you know, immigrants from africa, taken as slaves to work in the fields of america. so that was the strong statement that came from the african union. we also have the president from botswana who said he is equally appalled by the statement, but also summoned the u.s. ambassador to explain that particular statement, even though donald trump has come out to tonight it. there is no hiding he did use those words and it has created a lot of reaction. so he wanted the u.s. ambassador to explain what that means for botswana and what that means going forward. that is one of the strongest african economies we have on the continents. phil: let's bring into the
conversation carsten in washington. welcome. the president is facing charges of racism on a day when he was set to honor the civil rights leader martin luther king jr.. how is the white house reacting? reporter: not that much. when donald trump was asked by reporters about those alleged remarks during the ceremony, he did not react to it, and we have seen between in which he denied that he used those exact words, but one of the leading members of the democratic party, senator dick durbin, who was in the room when donald trump was said to of made those comments, he said he did it. he said -- he used those words and not just wants. other people have also confirmed this. if you have denied it. whatever you believe -- a few have denied it. whatever you believe, the crisis management of the u.s. government is really not that
strong. i just saw the ambassador of haiti a few moments ago talk about this. nobody had reached out to him. he hoped that the president would apologize. also a number of democrats of called on the president to apologize, even a few republicans, but knowing donald trump, that is not very likely. phil: mr. trump is suggesting immigrants from africa are a burden on the u.s. system. does the kenyan example support this view? reporter: no, it does not support this view. in the sense that a largege numr of afrfrican immigrarants go toe united states to study, go as professionals or go through the lottery system, which is one of the issues we have discussed in america that brought about the statement by president trump. but when you look at the specifics, you have african immigrants who are among the most highly educated immigrants
america has compared to its citizens -- in one case you can look at african immigrants having at least 40% of african immigrants having bachelor's degrees and over, compared t to 30% of american citizens. but when you look at the specifics when it comes to kenya -- kenya, the remittance of kenyans living in the diaspora has surpassed tea, coffee, and tourism. those kenyans living in thee uniteded states have remitted 10 $5 million to the economy in 2017. they are not really a burden to the american economy as such. these are clearly productive people. phil: thank you both. let's take you back to our top story now, the successful exploratory talks to build a government here in germany.
daniel winter and has the rest of the day's business news. daniel: they love complaining, don't they? it's not all doom and gloom. there is some e good news in their. a tax to help german states dating back to the 1990's will be cut. that could drive infrastructure investment. the fact that a new government could be on the horizon is a reliefef, but exporters and multinationals are taking a pretty dim view of the talks all right. reporter: most economists feel it has been much ado about nothing. the german chamber of commerce president eric schweitzer was disappointed. he said this willingness to enter into workable compromises fails to address important future issues in many areas.
there is still no hint of competitive tax reform. taxes may not be cut business. other countries like the u.s., france, and britain have all pledged corporate tax cuts. another says this is not forward-looking and is anything but a fresh start. others hope for more ideas and balance when it comes to digitalization. they say the results are middle ofof the road. >> it has all the right ingrgredients. we get a bit of tax relief. we g get a little investment in education. it will not make germany the big reformer, european champion, but it will help the economy. reporter: but briefly, it it may
not be a groundbreaking agreement, but it is full of good intentions which may not help anyone in the current economic climate. daniel: facebook shares have tumbled more than 5% after announcing an overhaul of its news feed. from now on it will prioritize posts by friends and family over unpaid content by media ganizationons. ceceo mark zucuckerberg says the changes should make people spend less, but more valuauable time n facebook or the company is responding to a growing tide of criticism about its role in society. last year, saudi arabia's king salmon decreed -- king decreed an end to the ban on women drivers. the band has restricted -- the
ban has restricted women's rights. there is still a long road to travel, but some changes are already visible. reporter: saudi women lost no time flocking to jeddah's first automobile show specifically for women. >> i've always been interested in cars but we did not have the ability to drive. now i am interested in buyinina car. i would like the payments andd prices t to not be verery high. reporter:: saudi arabia is the only country with a ban on women drivers. the ban beieing lifted is said o be part of a progressive trend. this whole mall is run by women anyway. that is firstly. all of the cashiers are women. everyone in the restaurants are women. the idea is to make everything
in the car exhibition run by women. the jetta exhibition focused on fuel-efficient cars and provided a team of sales women to help this burgeoning customer base choose the right model. reporter: -- daniel: so that is it for your business. now back over to phil and a story on how the power of art can change minds. phil: got a m1 one, daniel, thank you. -- got it in one, daniel, thank you. an artist trying to bring about change with her art. reporter: women wearing the hijab, riding motorbikes, navigating public spaces. a salvation wonder woman.
pakistani digital artist art cutsts through the patriarchal consciousness, and judging by the viral impact online, she has struck a chord. >> my art mostly deals with identity, trying to figure out what it meanans to be youngg and pakistani, having influences fromom the west and the east. what would that look like? reporter: accordiding to a repot publishehed by the w world econc forum, p pakistan ranks second o last in terms of gender equality. one social media star was strangled to death by her brother, a so-called honor killing. she wants to challenge thehe status quo in which women are held to the e suffocating standards of p patriarchy. >> i was feeeeling a lot of
pressure for getting married and i wanted to draw this woman who was comfortably saying i do what is my destiny. i can do what i want with it. reporter: thanks to the bitter legacy of colonialism, fair skin and still prized impact is no. growing up, she remembers her use of potentially toxic concoctions to lighten her skin. >> it was only being surrounded by women of all colors of broad that she felt beautiful. reporter: it was very --- >> it t was hard to go outside. something like going for a walk was an anxiety ridden experience. i ended up drawing about it. i will give myself these role models and arts. i had not realized i would resonate with so many women at home and abroad. reporter: she realizes her work
has gone virabecause it speaks to colctive trauma. women share it to communicate their own struggles through the medium of her art. phil: now here is her miter of the top stories we're following for you at this hour. german chancellor on don merkel's conservatives in the social democrats of agreed on a blueprint for -- angela merkel from conservatives and the social democrats have agreed on a blueprint for talks. the german government has been without a government since the election last september. german -- u.s. president donald trump p has denied using vulgar language. he is said to have insulted haiti, el salvador, and several african countries. we will leave you with pictures from northern russia. it had been weeks since the long,, dark winter days, but now
a few sunbeams have returned. have a good day. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] ["here comes the sun" playing] >> ♪ here comes the sun do do do do here comes the sun and i say it's all right little darling it's been a long, long lonely winter ♪
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