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angela merkel's party wins the german general election just short of an absolute majority but the country's youngest euro skeptic party for some rain on the conservatives parade. syria is a breeding ground for extremist militant groups which could spill over borders to attack russia and its neighbors that's according to president putin. and of egyptian court decides to ban any activity by the muslim brotherhood in confiscate all its assets but it could lead to retaliate. by supporters of the islamist group .
from our studio center here in moscow which just turned eleven pm this is r.t. with international news and comment so i'm going to lose one germany's top job for the third time in a row but the seeming triumph of the chancellor's political course has come at a price the conservative bloc the christian democrats took forty one and a half percent of the vote and that's not enough for merkel's party to rule on their own as their main rivals the social democrats led by pierce steinbrück came in with twenty five point seven percent peter all of a breaks down the ballot. well it was a resoundingly result. however now the big question is just what kind of government will she preside over she's going to have to enter into a coalition won't be the coalition she particularly wanted she would have wanted to deal with the free democrats who were partners going into this election the three democrats didn't even get enough votes to get them one seat in the parliament as did expect the results of the german elections making the front pages in most
newspapers across europe in france and figaro predicting well it could be a long time before we know exactly what form this german government will take in spain place opens up with a picture of a beaming anglo merkel on their front page inside though a picture of the social democrat leader. looking to the heavens as he but moaned the loss by his party over in italy now we've seen talk in the. newspaper that this was a triumph for uncle a merkel but it certainly wasn't a triumph for her party saying that there's going to be a long and and fracture us road ahead what we have seen here in germany as a shift in voter opinion away from liberal politics towards euro skeptic politics the alternative for germany party were only founded seven months ago the italian newspapers are rather skeptical about them saying that they were quite glad
they didn't make it into the parliament but recognising that they've certainly and now it's themselves on the german political stage now they took votes from just about everybody their leader saying that although they didn't get into the parliament they put fear into the hearts of the other parties and that they made democracy in germany all the richer what we achieved in this election for a new party a party which built up everything from scratch just a couple of months ago is a very strong result so we will. just continue what we have started so it's angle of merkel who is going to be german chancellor for a third term that will make her the longest serving female political leader in europe but some of those europeans are wondering what exactly she'll have in store for them four more years until a merkel's election when you see comparisons with another three term female leader on marcus what to do not for a guy merkel is
a follower of margaret thatcher this is that or isn't two point zero america lesson . one similarity policies between the two is they both pushed privatization although when mrs merkel's case that's not been its home but in cash strapped eurozone states. we have this obvious privatization agenda that is an essential feature of european politics it's not people and social needs that get addressed but business angle of merkel supported the decision by portugal to sell off some of its publicly owned companies it's not clear sometimes whether what he is proposing for other countries she will do it itself in germany it's natural that some countries would question whether the call for privatization of countries is a way to open a. room for german companies around the company but by most countries angela merkel has convinced the german people that she's the right person for the job but across europe people are wondering what four more years of her leadership will mean for
them. it is going to be negative that's logical she's the symbol of the recession in europe. this divorce. nothing will change for those when we get more jobs and people have work then we can have growth i don't expect anything from the germans. merkel's critics accuse her of pushing europe in the wrong direction merkel must stop my. must be stopped as well as those who only represent the interests of international finance markets just like under thatcher parts of northern england were devastated we see the same in greece today it leads to years and employment and poor living conditions. whether she's the new lady not was sick for four more years of the merkel. as the world's most
powerful women are all over germany. meanwhile general elections already been dubbed a public acknowledgment of merkel's many accomplishments she's managed to steer germany through the economic crisis where many european leaders have failed at the same time she became a figure of hate and countries pressing them to pay a tough price for bailouts in terms of global politics playing it low key staying away from military operations she opposed the intervention in libya back in two thousand and eleven and has also ruled out a strike on syria dr marcus kerber he's the founder of the think tank i spoke to me he says there's more to germany's political reality than actually meets the. situation is more. dangerous for. the greater victory is or was. to claim it now the christian democratic party is a party that party mood will be. real and practical problems will come up and there
has been a very very important migration of voters from the liberals to several parties and it is indeed a big story because it shows that the established parties have addressed the issues which are really in a way. and while handler merkel is celebrating her party's win the german poll results of course quite a panic in athens where the chance of a victory is seen as a signal for more painful austerity we've got analysis on greece's economic future coming up for you this here on r.t. . in kenya troops have stormed the shopping mall at the center of a violent hostage crisis the country's interior minister said the siege is almost over and police are now in control of all floors of the westgate complex in nairobi . a series of
explosions and sustained gunfire being heard in the area with heavy plumes of smoke rising from the shopping center at least two terrorists are confirmed dead and others are said to be injured you know so it was launched at midday on saturday by a group of somali militants a strong al qaeda connections over multiple media reports state that british and american citizens may be among the fighters investigations being launched into the allegations the country's interior minister says that brutal attack has claimed the lives of sixty two people many of them foreigners and left at least one hundred seventy injured and we'll be keeping you updated on this developing story here on r.t. . the kenyan scenario could potentially repeat itself in russia and neighboring countries that's the stark warning from president putin speaking at this year's summit of the six nation collective security treaty organization being held in sochi of course. as the details. what the russian president did this time was basically to read to
read moscow's longstanding concern that the cough lived in syria may spill over to other countries this time the russian president was more specific about which countries may actually be affected by this possible spillover now some of the countries of the post soviet according to the russian president putin may see a large influx of radical islamists fighting in syria at the moment on their territory countries like to stand in the first place which shares a common border with afghanistan and also other countries which have a predominantly muslim population like. and the biggest and for instance they are in danger of a spillover from the syrian conflict indeed it's no secret to anyone that many mercenaries are fighting on the side of the syrian rebels at the moment and leave it to putin says that there have already been examples of militants finding themselves in other countries and the recent events in kenya in kenya are perfect example of what we can was talking about. the militant groups in syria who do
not appear from finance nor will they vanish into. the problem of terrorists spilling across borders is very real could affect any of the countries who are currently witnessing a terrible tragedy in kenya militants apparently kayleen from another country and it committing a gruesome crimes there on behalf of all of us i would like to express solidarity with kenya and its people and send our condolences to the victims of this. let's hope the perpetrators. so definitely there are serious concerns especially after british defense analyst firm has jane provided a report saying that at least ten thousand of one hundred thousand militants fighting on the side of the syrian opposition currently in syria are jihadists and thirty thousand more radical islamist so imagine a crowd like this fighting itself on in any other countries in the world and
creating havoc there so definitely all this creates a serious concerns among russian leadership. syria is actively cooperating with the world's chemical weapons watchdog in accordance with international deal to relinquish its toxic stockpiles but the members of the un security council are having trouble agreeing on a resolution to support the disarmament process russia says is being blackmailed by the u.s. and its allies or he's going to cohen explains the u.s. says they will stop the work toward securing syria's chemical weapons if russia does not sign off on a you one security council resolution based on chapter seven that would allow use of force so you are upset this is not something that he and u.s. secretary of state john kerry agreed on in geneva the russian foreign minister said instead of using this agreement brokered by russia to get rid of syria's chemical weapons the u.s. is now trying to achieve other goals take a listen. to this and i remember compartments are starting to blackmail us to see
if russia does not agree to a chip the seven resolution in the u.n. to see who will stop working with the chemical watchdog in the hague this completely counters what we agreed on was john kerry namely the chemical watchdog decision and then a supporting resolution from the u.n. a c. but without chapter seven. so your lover upset only extremists will benefit from such a blind approach as he called it he talked about the chaos and destruction in libya and iraq referring primarily to the u.s. he said they simply choose not to talk about how a chain of their actions led to a catastrophe in the region. with the twenty four hours a day coming up this hour working towards a nuclear fuel break we look at how much damage the u.s. sanctions really brought to iran as the country's leader prepares to give his key peacemaking speech at the u.n. general assembly this tuesday that and other stories still to come.
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continues here in our team back to our top story now i'm going to merkel's election victory in germany we can now get some analysis from fred rohde he's a director of the international youth network young voices so fred germany has indeed survived the economic crisis remaining a stronghold within the european union is this all down purely to angular merkel is it all down to her good evening actually germany survived the economy crisis because of a lot of in a way of going on in germany people committing a lot to work to create value and and kill america was probably the reason why
germany did not grow more of the last eight years. definitely if you want to figure out or find a politician which has can take some credit for the shape of germany's economy at the moment you can rather look to. the predecessor of chancellor merkel which liberalized the german labor market made it easier to employ people. and in the long term foster growth for germany ok what about economics beyond germany and the neighbors there for example the debt ridden states like greece and spain i mean she has in many ways been totally and utterly congratulated acknowledge for saving these debt ridden countries for near disaster she saved them so far and yet she's so in popular in those countries at the moment why is that. i would actually say that she did not save these countries from disaster merkel has one exit when she
does european policy she puts the eurozone and europe on two sides of the same equation that means. the merkel government spends huge amounts of money and invest a lot of political power in keeping the eurozone together but actually look let's look what happened the last three and a half years since we have the eurozone crisis use unemployment in greece is about fifty percent that means that every one out of two young people it does not have a job. the depth of these countries is increasing increasing even with having debt cuts or haircuts these countries cannot structurally recover the economic output of greece shrank by twenty five percent in the last couple of years and so i would say that trying to save the eurozone is at the expense of the players it's the southern european economies and their competitiveness and it's the taxpayers' money often
european taxpayers just for grief i think something like three hundred billion euros have been invested so those are those are sturdy measures and those policies are set to continue are you saying then that european states and along with france they will be facing deeper recession in the future and not a positive outlook. yes. offer a cure about chancellor merkel and the european union for the weak countries in the eurozone worse. spending cuts but also tax increases and keeping them in the euro zone and if you look at the growth numbers and the job markets of these countries you see that it did not help the last three and a half years and you mentioned that is using the eurozone much better for these countries show and talk about taxes you mention the taxpayers in the northern parts of europe but of course it's the german taxpayers they're the ones who are going to continue to put their hands in their pockets to help these people and yet they voted for merkel all they really happy to be doing that in the future.
the next four years are going to be very interesting and if you for instance look at the second largest party in germany it's actually the party of the nonvoters a lot of people abstain from voting and other people voted actually for parties which did not jump over the five percent threshold i think in total putting these votes which are not which were below five percent and the nonvoters you are actually the largest party so it's more a freak of the. design of the political system that you have still a market government and really the choices they were. offering anything better in effect those policies haven't got their act together enough to get those votes well the political competitors of america are definitely not capable of winning against her chancellor merkel is a very professional politician she knows how to play the game and how to attract as many voters as possible from the whole political spectrum without making any
precise statements about watching actually wants to achieve with germany or being chancellor of germany she is very far away from a idea driven politician she's more interested in maintaining the status quo so it's not really going to make much difference which coalition partner she ends up with then. exactly whether she ends up with the s.p.d. you know grand coalition or with the green party and christian democratic green coalition the status quo most likely be maintained we will most likely see moderate growth in northern europe and southern european countries as long as they will be kept in the euro zone will not be able to gain competitiveness and unemployment rates will grow sadly but true well i spoke to none of this early and he's saying a third could actually spell disaster for merkel and that's happened to a number of other leaders of course you who go into a third term of office and it didn't end particularly well will she make it through this next term we think. i don't want to look into the crystal ball and.
predict what's going to happen in the next four years i don't know about the future but it will be definitely a very tough four years and it will be interesting to see whether america will actually stay on the same course she has been the last three and a half years when it comes to the crisis mode of the euro zone or if she will be open for new ideas that's going to be very interesting and we all will be happy to observe it fred great to talk to you really interesting thank you very much indeed fred wrote a director young voices there thank you very much indeed thank you very much. to egypt there's been a dramatic turn in the crackdown on islam with supporters of the else to president mohamed morsi of course ruled activities of the muslim brotherhood and now banned and ordered the confiscation of its assets of course want to build true reports now from current this is very significant particularly when you take it in the context of this huge escalating crackdown on the islamist group its members and its supporters now this court case it was filed by a leftist party earlier this year who basically said it was functioning illegally
in its capacity as an ngo due to reports of their weapons inside its headquarters in the capital so what the court now has ruled is that n.g.o.s is now banned and of course its finances will be seized and what we expecting now is for the security the security forces to use this is a kind of carte blanche to go off to all the other mr brotherhood figures who are already in jail that has already been a mouse round up all of the leading members of the most of overheads including its ideal school leader who is already in prison so strong. and even now rank and file picked up in various different protests the mission brotherhood is technically already a band organization it was found back in the one nine hundred fifty s. they filed they basically registered as an ngo in march of this year to give them a kind of legal front now but to go on this could basically mean that the government can do what they want with the organization who are waiting for the moment. to see how this effects our political way in the freedom and justice party
which is registered under separate legislation as a political party but what this really really does is allow the government and security forces to take it one step further and possibly a political party and its members which should really contradict their rhetoric which is one of can include a conclusion they want to include them as involved in the political part of the future of egypt if they do the political parties and the ngo then this is going to seriously contradict that so we expect to see further protests on the horizon and possibly escalating isolation of this already very heavy crackdown you're going suppression of the muslim brotherhood equate to a total failure of democracy in today's egypt that's the view of mohamed spokes person for the activist group british egyptians for democracy what we've seen there was very. surprising this is what all military coups does as soon as they take power they go and go after every single political party that was opposing them.
and the ones they actually took out of power this is really not just about the muslim brotherhood this is about every single political and social party as well as individuals from all backgrounds and from all political parties that oppose the military coup and this is again a politically motivated charge from the corrupted history anything built on a military coup cannot stand what the egyptians want is their voice to be heard through the ballot box not through tanks not through bullets not through the cold killing of peaceful protesters and what we're seeing now is there a modification of this instability on the ground we've got a very unstable economy at the moment the military junta are insisting on driving the whole country in the entire nation through a very very dark tunnel and we are very worried for the future of democracy and the future of egypt. iran's been trying to settle the impasse over its nuclear program
ahead of the nation's upcoming address to the u.n. general assembly the country's foreign minister will join negotiations with the six world powers later this week the standoff has dragged on for years another country's new leader rouhani pledged to restart peace talks in return for an easing of painful sanctions. reports the restrictions are hurting the most fun. the aim of sanctions is to harm the state but the real victims are ordinary regular people what small experience has shown that there's a huge wedge between what ordinary people experience under sanctions and what the. mohamed we heidi is one such case study he's a cancer victim in iran. it is my second chemical program previously each session cost approximately three hundred dollars these days it costs about seven hundred dollars it is also a challenge to get the medication because you have to go to almost every drug store asking for them and also because the prices are way too high i get
a camel session once every two weeks and i am a pensioner. doctors are also frustrated not only is the problem the cost of medication and getting that medication but also getting medical supplies its upkeep can also be a nightmare. if we have a problem getting high tech modern equipment to treat our cancer patients there are numerous obstacles for importing the equipment due to the sanctions in place against iran we have some equipment but it requires spare parts that we can't get anywhere a failure of any single piece or part of this equipment causes us to stop operating the entire machine history has shown that sanctions are a failure but in those few very instances where they do bring about some kind of diplomatic agreement that takes a long time merely prolonging the suffering of ordinary citizens. for more news and updates head straight to our website is a quick look at what we've got in store for you right now in russia in the tories.
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of bankruptcy with to bail out worth two hundred forty billion euros but revenues are falling short of expectations sparking fears that another rescue. which could be needed to keep it afloat now each loan has come at a high price for ordinary people painful austerity measures have brought cuts to jobs salaries and public services and some greeks are asking whether sticking with the euro is worth the cost instead of waiting for another bailout from europe some have suggested leaving the currency union altogether and one such voice as the at our cost to neighbors he is an economist and former member of parliament now i had a chance to sit down with him earlier take a look do you believe that the cycle of bailouts for greece is sustainable policy for this country they are totally they have to be fit because we really. go to google to give us money not to. fulfil our needs but the big book. launch of the bust and the.
bailout to this whole thing raises very the. big guy is why did you go into it when we haven't we will never regain the. strength of our economic strength. to be an economic development to fight on employment in the list the question of your view. is is made. basically for four strong concerts he says. it doesn't feed the not true for our economy now polls do show that a large majority of greeks do not want to quit the euro just yet however more most people also seem to believe that the country's economy will never recover if it sticks to e.u. mandates to cut government spending enough to repay its debts reporting from athens r.t. up next here on all t. it's crosstalk the control is behind the n.s.a.
surveillance has been sending shock waves around the world in recent months are up for debate that's right after the break more news in just about half an hour from now. the macmillan family in canada has decided to defy time itself and keep their family trapped in one thousand nine hundred six sort of like new age only for one year and not their whole lives so to live in one thousand nine hundred the family forbids the use of any technology developed after the mid eighty's they want their children to experience the world they grew up in when you had to read books and if you're outside no one could call you and there were no tablet computers to stupefy children at a moment's notice as a parent i have some sympathy with this idea because i like all of you have seen the technology is dumbing us down a lot i mean how often do you have to memorize a phone number nowadays and we've all seen bad parents just sit their kids in front of the.