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friend: this is "dw news" live from berlin. another european heatwave -- temperatures are rising, records are falling. several countries including germany and france record all-time highs for a second straight day. millionsns try to keep c cool aa dangererous heatwavave scorchese continent. britain's new prime minister wants a new brexit deal with brussels. >> the withdrawal agreement negotiated by my predecessor has been three times rejected by
this house. its terms are unacceptable for this parliament and for this country. brent: the european union's top official tells boris johnson the same deal is the only one e on e table. plus, a series of attacks highlighting an alarming uptick in right-wing violence in t the country.y. what can politicians do to combat the threat of f far right extremism? and attack of the arachnids. spider fighting is a filipino pastime popular on the gambling circuit, but some fans worry their web of brawlers could die out. i'm brent goff. two viewers in the united states and all around the world, welcome. tonight, here in europe, the
evening low-temperature this with the normal high temperature should be. millions here in europe are sweltering in an extreme heatwave. across the continent, records are being toppled one after another. rants, paris has a new record high of 42.6 degrees, 100 eight degrees fahrenheit. for the second straight day, germany, the that lowlands, and belgium -- germany, the netherlands, and belgium have each recorded new all-time highs. >> temperatures in liege top records. all-time national records were broken two days in a row. >> these are the highest recorded temperatures for belgium. >> in paris, it was harder
still. the french weather service announced the capital registered its highest temperature ever, smashing the previous record of 4040.4 degrees, set seven decads ago. in the french countryside, farmers are suffering as the high temperature brings drought and fires. >> this heatwave is also conducive to forest fires, and we are a dramatic situation. we have 3600 hectares of forest that have then consumed by fire since the beginning of the summer. >> many places in germany also tipped the 40-degree mark on thursday. on the sweltering streets of cologne, water was handed out to cool down, and many here were in no doubt what is behind the heat . >> of course it is climate change. there's no doubt about that. it goes without saying. the ice caps are melting. everybody knows that.
>> i think there's really something going on with climate change. unlike trump, i'm convinced it's happening. >> record july heat also in the u.k. temperaturures i in the high 3's caused travel disruptions as mamany trainss slow down to pret tracks from buckling. temperatures are expected to drop across the continent on friday. brent: it is defininitely hot outside. to talk about that, ourur reporter's in the netherlandsds where new record highs were hit yesterday and today. good evening to you. what is behind this second extreme heatwave that we are seeing right now in europe? is this the weathther or a alsoe clclimate th we arare dealining with? >> opinions are mixexe i can tellll you. some e experts suggest this is because of w warming from the
sahara and other say it is because of climate change, but i also know there are skeptics in the netherlands, including politicians who say this is all nonsense, we have seen this before, and yes it iss hot, , en recordrds were broken, but nothg to worry abobout. behihind me, people arare stilll stayining in the s sand a and ae beach and d also in n the sea ie of the most popular seasiside areas in the netherlands, but of course thehere is concern about the impact of the heat. several people died in r recent daysys in the seat in the netherlands, so it is quite a serious situation here as well. brent: you are in t the nethererlands, w which is knownr smart solutions to the challelenges posed by motherr nature. just think of the dikes in the country that protect much of the country below sea level.
are the dutch as clever when it comes to dealiling with clclimae change? >> they would say so. at least thehe governmenenbelies so. thth have just i introduced a climate plan, which w would m mn that from next year, e en, many, mamany homes will no longer use naturagas.s. they also plan to close all kikinds of minds here by 2030, d if you look at the summer, there's also a special system mo keepep the roads cool, so that s another aspect of what the netherlalands is doing, but of course, that is also watched by many othther countntries in n e. theyey are watching the nethererlands as well l because tempmperatures havave risenen ny here i in thehe n netherlands, u rightly pointed out, but also in many other countries, records have been broken. some scientists suggest we may well see this many times more in the near future.
brent: trying to keep it cool in this heatwave in the netherlands tonight. thank you. rising temperatures are also having a dramatic effect on the world's lasers. our next report takes us to iceland where we meet a photographer documenting the demise of the ice fields and the effect that is havaving on his country's environment. >> it is considered a saed mountain and iceland, the only glacier that on a a c clear days visible from reykjavik, more than 100 kilometers away. in his latest book, the fragile heart of his country is glaciers. his photos are in the road to nature. his onone of around 300 glalacis and iceland. under ththe ice, there i is an
active volcano. >> when you think about glaciers, this is the first of the big one that will disappear. >> the glacier over the last hundred years has shrunk by nearly half and continues to retreat. >> i was here 40 years ago for the first timee as a teteenager. at thatt time, t the glacier was here, whwhere we'rere standing . >> he wants ththe world to know wh is hapappening in iciceland. >> when n the questition comes m my little e grandchildldren, "granddadad, grandma, why didn't you do anyththg?" i tried. i took pictures to make the world think. >> this plaque will soon be installed memorializing the first of iceland's glaciers to disappear. he will be there when it is unveiled in four weeks time.
scientists have made it their mission to study the diet glaciers. the avaverage temperature in icelanand has risen by one degre celsius since 1960. >> humans have the -- have caused it to become warmer and warmer. that is evident in all our calculations,, and the glaciers are melting more rapidly. within kid of centuries, all glaciers in iceland will have disappeared. >> the shrinking of this glacier has been well documented. icelandic summers are getting warmer and longer. he says even an immediate end to co2 emissions s would not be enough to prevent the glacier's demise. today, it is 15 degrees celsius just below the summit. climate change is not only leaving a mark below the ice. >> this is what we are looking for when we have a day off.
especially if it is covered in snow and we can call it a glacier. then we get really excited. >> but the huge masses of eyes are losing strength and iceland will be a different country after its glaciers disappear. from: climate change was not topic number one when the u.k. prime minister delivered his first address to parliament. instead, he promised the beginning of a new golden age for a global britain outside of the european union. he outlined his approach to brexit, rejecting the current divorce deal, calling it unacceptable, and he appealed to brussels to reopen negotiations, but eu chief jean-claude juncker has already told johnson the
current deal cannot be changed, or does that even matter? johnson has read it clear he is not afraid of a no deal brexit. >> a forthright boris johnson making his first address to parliament as prime minister. he repeated his promise to execute brexit by october 31 under any circumstances. >> i would prefer us to leave the eu with a deal. i would much prefer it. i believe that it is possible even at this late stage, and i will work flat out to make it happen. but certain things need to be clear -- the withdrawal agreement negotiated by my predecessor has been three times rejected by this house. its terms are unacceptable to this parliament and to this country. >> the european union, he says, should rethink its refusal to renegotiate. >> to us, we must turbocharge. if they do not, we will, of
course, have to leave the u.k. without an agreement under article 50. the u.k. is better prepared for that situation than many believe. >> the opposition says johnson is setting a dangerous course and has called for a new public vote. >> the country is deeply worried that the new prime minister overestimates himself. those recklessly advocating no deal will not be the ones who lose out. if the prime minister has confidence in his plan once he has decided what it is, he should go back to the people with that plan. >> earlier, johnson's cabinet met for the first time. they have been labeled team leave, dominated by hard-line brexit years. johnson has set his parliament on course for a tussle with brussels. brent: our correspondent is following the story for us in
london. >> johnsonon's political stratey has alreready been labelel brext on steroids. his cabinet choices showed just how willing he is to shake things up and how serious he is on delivering and his number one promise to deliver brexit by october 31st. he has 98 days to do that and he has said he wants to go back to brussels to renegotiate that withdrawal agreement. brussels has already said no to them. there will be no renegotiation. in that case, johnson has said he is perfrfectly willing to lee wiwithout deall. october 30 first, just crashed out of the european union and face the consequences. at in the case, he needs a majority in parliament and at the moment, that looks very slim. to shake the numbers up in parliament, the only way out be a general election, and it looks like all parties in the u.k. are gearing up fofor that. boris s johnson on the one hanad hahas appointed dominic cumummis
as his chief oststaff. he wantsts them to be a chief campaigner and a possible general election. jeremy corbyn, on the other hand, leader of the opposition labor party, has repositioned his party today, saying that his party would support a second referendum and campaigign to remainin in the european union. the outcome is extremely open as british voters remain extremely divided on brexit. friend: here are some of the other storories makingng headlis arouound the world.. spain's caretaker prime ninister s ailed to foform a governmenen. he was u unable to pupush the -o persuade the far left party to form a coalition with his socialist party and lost a no-confidence vote in richard today. if lawmakers cannot break the deadlock, spain will hold
another national election in november, the order in four years. the governoror of the uniteted states t territory of puerto rio has said that he will step down on the second of august, following more than a week of protests in the capital, san juan, over sexist and homophobic remarks he made in private messaging chats with members of his administration. the president of tunisia has died at the age of 92. he was the north african country's first d democratically elected leader and took power in 2014 after the arab spring. he was hospitalized at the end of june for a severe illness. officials have announced a presidential election will be held on september 15. you are watchingg "dw news" live from berlin. still to come, spider fighting. the philippines, it is both a
betting sport and a beloved pastime, but now fans are worried that this practice could soon die out. we will explain. here in germany, a recent series of violent attacks is shining a spotlight on a potential uptick in right-wing extremism. early in june, the fatal shooting of a pro-migrant politician sent shockwaves through the country and this week, two more incidents suspected of having right-wing extremist motives. late monday, and eritrean man was shot in a drive-by shooting near frankfurt. just yesterday, a left-wing politician in eastern germany was the target of a bomb attack. the violence has left political leaders searching for answers. >> these politicians from across germany were invited to berlin, united by a particular cause. they all experienced severe hostility. some have even received death threats.
>> i received anonymous letters saying i should die a miserable death sooner rather than later because after all, no one would miss me. there was a nail in one of my car's tires and i was driving down the autobahn. it was clear the nail had been put there potentially. my car was also smeared with excrement. >> this politician had also receivived death t threats befoa right-wing extremist had allegedly shot him dead. he had become a t target for righght-wing e extremists becaue stood up for refugee white power music is the gateway for many into the neo-nazi scene. the concerts also earn money to help pay the legal costs of neo-nazis facing criminal charges. experts are convinced that right-wing networks are formed here. >> the networks are dangerous
because they attack, injure, and kill people. they are also dangerous because they create a sense of being threatened in which people no longer feel safe doing their jobs or voicing their opinions. >> unloader represented victims. for years, it of accomplices played active roles in the nsu, killing 10 people, almost all of the migrants, but to this day, it is not clear how big the group was. much of what went on in the shadows stitill has not come to light. >> it is part of the network. most membersrs of the networorke at large and are a threat to many people. >> the militant right-wing extremist network combat 18, the number 18 stands for the first and eighth letter of the alphabet and t the initials of adolf hitler.
germany's interior minister says more needs to be done to tackle the problem, and he's looking into banning the group. >> we believe there are as many as 12,700 violent right-wing extremists. these figures are especially alarming, considering the great affinity for weapons that the right wing extremist scene has. >> the right-wing extremist northern crossnetwork compiled a list of political opponents and even planned to kill them. while most of those targeted are unaware, those politicians invited by president steinmeyer at least had an inkling. for a long time, many did not talk about the hostility they faced and often were not taken seriously when they did. >> above all else, we need an
awareness throughout society that these are not just attacks on individuals, but that the roots of democracy are under attack. >> germany's head of state may be focused on the issue, but it' largely a symbolic act because ultimately, only the government can take action. rent: for more on this now, i'm joined by our political correspondent. what do we know as of today? what has the german government been doing to combat our white -- far right extremists? >> they said they want law enforcement to be expanding surveillance of extremist groups. the head of the intelligence agency said he wants to get more people power. germany is well known for being at the forefront of tough rules about online hate speech. those have come under some criticism, sometimes perfectly legitimate political commentary
online has been caught in the snarl of these new rules. most recently this new week, basically every aspect of the german government is again trying to get public financing taken away from the npd, the neo-nazi political party in germany. they've been trying for years to ban this party, but they faileld and some are tried to get the funding taken away. brent: that has been done in the political world. where's the rest of society in all of this? >> they can only legislate so much. of course, there's many nonprofits and ngo's that research far right extremism, that track them, that coordinate and organize rallies, as we often see when there are far right demonstrations in germany. the counter rally is often much, much bigger. you often see -- there was a very funny, very clever protest
a few weeks ago in an eastern german town where the town bought up all the beer so a far right rock rally could not have the beer. things like that are examples of a civil society trying to fight this. brent: the question has been posed a lot lately -- why does it seem that germany is struggling a lot with far right extremism or far right violence now? >> it is a bit of a perception/reality situation. our of these incidents actually going up or is it that people are paying more attention to them? actual numbers, overall far right crime actually dropped, dropped rather significantly a couple years ago. we are looking at numbers closer to what they were in 2008 before they spiked in 2014 and 2015, but there is certainly a perception. as we mentioned earlier, there was the eritrean who was shot by a suspected far right extremist earlier this week. there was of course in june, the
murder of the local politician by a suspected far right extremist, so at least the perception is there. 70% of germans according to one survey say far right extremism is a growing threat and one that is a threat to democracy. the interior minister said action is a lot more to do with fear than actual threats to life. brent: as always, we appreciate your reporting. thank you. and sports now, to the french out with the first of three defining days in the tour de france saw the overall leader retain the yellow jersey after a grueling stage 18. the colombian w states to move to sixth in the overall standings, but the leader took the headlines after recovering lost time. he remains on track for a first tour title with just three stages remaining.
to the philippines now and the popular betting sport of spider fighting. enthusiasts worry this bit of filipino culture is in decline. some point the finger at a runaway spider trade fueled by internet sales, while others say humans are encroaching on spider habitats in the wild. >> that't's a winner. see? >> for some, it is a cruel bloodsdsport. for others, spider fighting is a beloved childhood game and national pastime. this man keeps hundreds of spiders as pets, hand feeding them diced shrimp and making sure they get enough exercrcise. he says spiders are an important part of filipino culture and
he''s worried they are on their last legs. >> we cannot say if these kind of creatures will be here 10 more years. >> spider fighting is best known as a schoolyard game for children. they cost roughly a euro each, meaning almost anyone can afford to play. more recently, it has turned into a popular form of gambling, and illegal derbies can mean big money. to meet the demand, spiders are shipped to buyers all over the philippiness, a trade scientists have warned could threaten populations in the wild. it is a trend spider collectors have seen for themselves, but they blame new housing developments for destroying natural habitats and making it harder than ever to fight the arachnids. , someday, where are we going to
find spiders, if our children are going to experience these kindnd of a gingerer zee? right now, it's really hard for us to find these spots, a place where we c hunt. > they searchch by night when spiders build their webs. scieientists fear taking spiders out of the wild could spell disaster since they protect crops by eating harmful pests, but there's plenty researchers don't know about local populations and in the past, hobbyist like these have provided crucial information about species. >> you can see this one is making a web. >> it's not just taken -- taking . the hunters know they need something left to catch in the future. that's why they have right back spider egg sacs to release in the wild.
aficionados want more research done in two spiders and ththeir habita a as the first stepp toward saving them. it's the only way their children will enjoy the same thrill of catching spiders with their friends. brent: you're watching "dw news" live from berlin. after a short break, i will be back to take you through open of the day." europe turning up in another heatwave. we will take the temperature. stick around.
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