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expertise to work for a wide range of companies. what cane or? worou y >> and now, "bbc world news." >> the dust settles on the use summit. exposing new divisions and problems about the future. nicolas sarkozy promises a legal framework for last friday's deal in weeks. his presidential opponent says that he renegotiated. one man now. david cameron, feeling the heat at home and abroad. -- one man out. david cameron, feeling the heat at home and abroad. hello, welcome to "gmt." also in the program. voting is underway in local searing in elections. many are staying away, fearing
more violence. school is stressful, but japanese mothers are under pressure to make lunch a work of art. it is early morning in washington, mid day here in london. david cameron is due to make a key speech in the next few hours, explaining his lone opposition at last week's european summit. he will do so against the backdrop of criticism at home and abroad. hear, nick clegg says that he is bitterly disappointed. in france, the head of financial regulations says that the british way is the stupidest in the world. his words. and >> britain's parliament is getting ready to hear from the prime minister, david cameron. many of his own mp's will
welcome his decision. but nick clegg says that he is bitterly disappointed. the democrats are said to bitterly cat -- criticized britain. senior leaders are trying to maintain calm. >> the public, particularly the business community, in which we want to continue investing, are not interested in these tribal arguments. " we badly need is complete reassurance that we are -- what we badly need is complete reassurance that we are completely committed. >> presidents are cozy of france has told the newspaper that the legal aspects of last friday's deal will be worked out in the next 16 days. in the meantime, french socialists have accused him of bowling to pressure from germany. >> if i am a elected president, i will renegotiate this deal to include what is here today.
efficiency in the markets. let's hope we are not downgraded before then. >> in brussels, the new european tree is better than first seemed. >> one would have preferred a treaty of 27. but policy-wise, this tree is bold and effective, as well as legally -- this treaty is bold and effective, as well as legally liable. >> setting up tougher budget rolls out in the new accord, britain is the notable exception. david cameron will explain why. >> in brussels, we can join our correspondent, chris morris. peter reported that nicolas sarkozy said that the legal framework would be ready within
15 days. you know, as well as i do, that the legal framework might be ready in 15 days, but that the process can take much longer. >> it can. the aim was to get this done by march. it is not a coincidence that that is when he faces re- election. but you heard the french socialist disputing what the president has agreed to. in both kinds of political skirmishes, they will take place across the euro zone. the summit last week, to try to calm down the market, clearly this new agreement was one of the things it needed to do. and it is there on paper. there are still questions to be asked about how much it will be implemented. there are also legal questions. because britain will not be part of this new treaty, can european
institutions like the court of justice be used to help to secure the details in this new treaty and make sure that they are enforced? the european economic affairs commissioner has been speaking in he says that he believes there are ways that the enforcement can take place, even though it is not a formal treaty. but there could be legal challenges ahead. it does not completely add a sense of confidence. >> we might be able to come back and look at this deal more in a second. let's bring in elizabeth, from paris. you heard the fact that you have got [unintelligible] in france saying that he does not agree with this deal and that if he won the election, he would renegotiate this whole thing. >> yes, but nicolas sarkozy made
an extremely popular decision in france. he looked decisive and in charge. it has immediately added to his numbers in the polls. this is an enormous knee-jerk reaction. he can see this are cozy, who is not likely to wipe his hands of an economic crisis, will win the election. >> what about this comment from your financial regulator? his name escapes me at the moment. he describes the british right as probably the world's stupidest. this is throwing away the diplomatic book, is it not? >> it is a bit more of a return. a remark that karl marx made about the french right in the 19th century. so, we always like to stop above the channel, back-and-forth.
but it has played out in france in the exact opposite way that it played out in england. in terms of fanning the flames of anti-british sentiment, which is easy to do these days. having looked at the male and the sun in recent days, i can see it both days. -- i can see it both ways. >> all the problems that you mentioned earlier, what is the general feeling about -- does this deal fit the bill? >> is a step in the right direction. that is the feeling. but there are other things that have to happen. the euro zone financial firepower has to be increased to protect countries like italy and spain. and for example, bringing forward the creation of a permanent bailout fund next summer. an arrangement to lend money to the imf to support struggling
country. -- countries. but there is the third issue, country's already struggling, they have to implement the austerity measures that they promised. >> all right. chris morris, thank you. let's take a look at the other stories making headlines around the world, today. syria is holding local elections despite the continuing violence between security forces and opposition supporters. the government says that this is part of the reform they are introducing in response to the protest. the opposition has called for a boycott turn out. many places are not willing to risk going to the polls, fearing further violence. a spokesman for the russian prime minister says that claims in the parliamentary elections will not affect the results. president dmitri medvedev
announced, after his page has been inundated with comments -- most of them hostile. a new spy satellite and concerns over the north korean missile program, with launches coming from their space center. officials say that the satellite can take photos of -- photos from space at night and during bad weather. this is the first visit between security forces and protesters in bahrain. a report last night of police using excessive force against protesters. making a packed lunch every day for their children to take to school is a chore facing merit -- many parents, usually mothers, round the world. but in japan is not just about
health. it has to look good as well. the ancient japanese schools -- skills of food preparation have been brought to the lunch box. >> id is lunchtime here at this kindergarten in -- >> it is lunchtime here at this kindergarten in japan. the children are eager to see what was made for them. in this country, a dry sand which wrapped in tinfoil just will not do. the drive lunch has been elevated to -- dry lunch has been elevated to an art form. here, this looks like hello kitty. right next to her, her friend, it looks like a piano. this man is an acknowledged master of making bento, mostly rice-based meals.
she gives lessons to other mothers on how to make packed lunches that her child would be proud to open at school. >> if it is sports day, the expectations are getting high. i feel pressure. certainly, pressure. >> this is a carrot. what else? >> the teacher has kept photographs of her best designs. >> are these portraits? >> this is michael jackson. >> and this is indiana jones. how did she use -- how did she get stubble? >> seaweed. little seaweed. >> and you see these every day? [laughter]
>> it is fun. i enjoy doing it. and my kids enjoy it. >> back at kindergarten, lunch is coming to a noisy head. none of it lasted very long. colorful characters. what took hours to make has been gobbled up in a matter of minutes. roland burke, bbc news, tokyo. >> still to come on "gmt," on the road that in the taliban stronghold known as afghanistan's of valley of death. riot police are out in force this week to protect a theater troupe in paris that is putting on a play that has been judged to be blasphemous by many catholics. >> outside of a theater, by the shores of this river, traditional catholics hold a
prayer vigil. they are protesting against a play that they say blasphemes against their religion. it is an odd, nihilistic work. the set is covered in hamburger buns. there are a series of monologues against consumerism and christianity. whatever the merits and demerits, it is clear that it is a popular play. look at the queue of people behind me. what is not deniable is that the play has bravely offended many roman catholics. phrases like -- the aids messiah -- shocking many church trip -- churchgoers. apart from the police, there is a small group of young traditionalists. critics say that these people
have links to the far right and are a threat to free speech. >> these are lies of civilization. they do not give good publicity for the conflict church -- catholic church. >> for these traditionalists, this and other glass from his works are symptoms of an increasingly anti-christian culture, a product that they quite literally believe is of the devil. >> this is "gmt." the headlines -- the british prime minister, david cameron, will shortly tell the u.k. parliament why he refused to sign the euro zone rescue treaty. local elections are being held
in syria today against the backdrop of continuing violence of opposition forces and security supporters. time for business news. aaron is here with us. staying out in britain, financial service regulators have come out with a report on the big bank and a sublet -- subject of a massive bailout. >> a long time coming, you mentioned it, it is the banking watchdog is criticized for having no bark and no bite. this report into the collapse of the bank of scotland, bailed out to the tune of $70 billion -- you and die, the taxpayer, owns 87% of it. the purchase made by the dutch bank in 2007 for billions of dollars was a deal that was a bit of casey at -- fiasco. the report criticizes management for taking a risk over a lack of
due diligence. but it also criticizes itself, saying that they did not challenge the bank when there were already concerns over finances and asset quality. harsh words, but no one held to account. a big question is why. >> they are saying that under the current legal system, they do not really have a case. and without a doubt, the royal bank of scotland management made huge errors. but you would have to prove that they were actually negligent or fraudulent. i think that going forward, the rules that govern the management of banks will be much tougher. if it happens again, management will be on the hook. >> comments from one particular expert. let's hear from the bank. the chairman of the royal bank of scotland has surprising an unexpected comments. let's listen to this.
>> the banks have to be rescued by taxpayers. they should be freestanding entities of substantial and enduring strength. the idea that they have to go, hat in hand, to the public at large, is shocking. >> who would have ever thought we would have heard that from a banker. there are measures in place, going forward. regulatory consent is needed. the bosses of banks that fail should not be allowed to take on similar jobs at other banks. there can be personal consequences, if they are in charge of when a bank fails. >> it would be remiss of me not to talk about the euro zone. >> loot -- let's move on from that deal.
down, following the move to provide up to 200 billion euros in bilateral loans. so, the question is -- what are the market's looking for? >> some kind of announcement that would eventually help the european central bank to undertake quantitative easing an unlimited purchases of government bonds. but that has not materialized. at the same time last week, the president of the ec beet said that under no circumstances would they buy the bonds in a qe fashion without a change in the treaty. it is just not legal. >> take a look at the markets. this is what europe is doing as i speak. a light euphoria that is pretty much gone. market investors want to see the european central bank had a net term, buying up the debt from these peripheral, troubled
peripheral euro zone nations. >> thank you very much. thank you. in a bbc interview, pakistan's prime minister has admitted that his country and the united states and no longer trust each other. relations have spiralled downwards since 24 pakistani soldiers were killed near the border last month. the prime minister refused to rule out closing of the airspace to the united states. this report from islamabad does contain flashing images. >> the funerals last month of 24 pakistani troops, killed by nato aircraft. pakistan claims that this was a deliberate attack and is still grieving, still angry at the u.s.. when we met the prime minister, he was blunt about the cracks in the relationship. >> yes, there is a credibility
gap. we are working together, still, but we do not trust each other. i think that we have to improve our relationship for the better. we should have more confidence in each other. >> you have not had an apology from president obama. are you angry about that? >> apologies do not make dead men lived. we want to set new rules of engagement with the united states. >> until those rules are written, the relationship is at a standstill. so our convoys carrying supplies for afghanistan. the prime minister told us today that it could be weeks before prime -- before pakistan crosses the border. from strikes could be another casualty. >> are you going to try to stop the americans? >> if there is credible information from pakistan, i
think that it should be left to them. >> the prime minister fought to downplay concerns about the health and political prospects of the pakistan's president, who left the country for medical treatment this week. >> he is improving. he is now out of i see you. he has been shifted to his room. -- he is now out of icu. he has been shifted to his room. >> the president's trip to the hospital sparked a feverish speculation about his future, even talk of a quiet to by the powerful pakistani military. -- quiet coup by the powerful pakistani military. >> what about the army? some suggested is more powerful than the civilian government. >> that might be there perception. >> can you honestly say that the
civilian government has the upper hand? >> we do not want the upper hand. we want to work together. >> there is no pressure coming from the army? >> not at all. >> but the president is under pressure on several fronts. some believe that this could be the beginning of a gradual exit from power. bbc news, islamabad. >> bbc news is currently off there in pakistan because of a blackout by cable operators who objected to a documentary broadcast called "secret pakistan." the prime minister says that his government supports free media and that he has pledged to look into that? -- into that ban. in afghanistan, the taliban remains strong. in october, british troops withdrew from the marines by a quarter of their numbers.
their mission is to protect a road against insurgents. caroline went out with them and sent this report. >> this checkpoint translates as -- the last village. it feels very far from anywhere. this remains hostile territory, where the taliban is still very much in evidence . on the building that you can see over there, probably the closest taliban firing point. soldiers have been fired upon while guarding the checkpoint, but also while out on patrol. to the soldiers here, they feel vulnerable. most of them in a 20's. >> we feel protected in the vehicles. on foot, slightly more dangerous.
>> some have had a miraculous escapes, but several in this unit have been seriously injured in firefights and by roadside bombs. >> i have got a wife and daughter. i tend not to tell them much. the less they know, the better. >> spending christmas in this remote spot, as much as they can, away from family and friends. >> clearly, operations continue. >> back at union headquarters, back to the daily briefing. another busy day. a constant battle of wits with insurgents. there will be no let up, even over the festive season. >> we will be doing operations as normal. the insurgent, i should rightly points out, is quite coming. he will think that we are celebrating christmas. we will have our christmas dinner and service, because it is right and proper.
when he thinks we are back here and enjoying this season, we will be out, securing the road. >> the job is to ensure that this afghan security force will be ready to take over on their own. and the afghan national civil border police are team to prove themselves. sometimes, too much so. they need this training period from 2014, it will be up to the afghan security forces. the search for the political solution goes on. bbc news, afghanistan. >> we have nearly come to the end of this edition of "gmt." before that, i want to take you to moscow in these live pictures. saturday, there was a massive show from opposition groups. this is actually a pro -- protest in demonstration.
happening right now, in moscow. that is it for this part of "gmt." stay with us, here on "bbc world news." there is plenty more to come. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. and union bank.