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♪ helena: the united nations, a climate summit and impassioned teenager calling out world leaders. >> we are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is the money and fair entails -- fairytales of eternal economic growth. how dare you. brent: the popular young activists challenges the german chancellor and other world leaders to stop delivering empty words and to finally take action
to stop climate change. coming up tonight, we have a deal. germany, france, italy and malta agree on refugees and the mediterranean and where those migrants will live. more than half a million vacationers are stranded after the u.k. travel company thomas cook collapses. planes are grounded and holidays cut short, with people asking, how do i i get home? >> here it says police are murdering people. the protesters a are very aggrgressive. the police are maintaining law and order. brent: another side of the protests in hong kong. x police officers say their brothers and sisters in blue have done great work to keep the peace, despite allegations of police brutality. ♪ >> i'm brent goff.
to our viewers around the world, welcome. we begin tonight with trying to save the world as we know it. leaders are convening in new york for a global climate summit at the united nations. german chancellor angela merkel says her country will double its spending to combat climate change. president donald trump made a surprise appearance today after reports he would skip the summit. the unquestioned star of the event has been the swedish teen activist greta thunberg, who sailed across the ocean on a zero carbon emissions trip to reach new york. she gave an impassioned address, accusing world leaders of speaking empty words. herere is heher powerful messag. >> this is all wrong. i should not be up here. i should be back in school on
the other set of the ocean. yet you all come to us young people for hope. how dare you. you have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. yet i am one of the lucky ones. people are suffering and people are dying. entire ecosystems are collapsing. we are in the beginning of a mass extinctioion anall you cacn talklk about is the money and te fairytales of eternal economic growth. how dare you. brent: that was greta thunberg at the united nations earlier today. joining us is alexandra van
nahmen. how dare you. have her words made in an act -- have her words made an impact? >> you could literally hear her outrage and anger and alert in her voice. the speech was meant to shock the audience and galvanize world leaders into action. as the audience applauded, they were impressed, then leader by leader started to pledge to do more to combat climate change and to be committed to more ambitious plans, goals. we have to mention those speeches were prepared ahead of the summit. every leader came here to new york to present a plan that was prepared ahead of the summit. we have also -- we have to say the greta thunberg was right in
saying that many governments here are connected with oil and gas industries. that many leaders use terms like economic growth or job security to excuse themselves from doing more to combat climate change. brent: you make a good point. the speeches delivered by leaders today were prepared, written before the event today. one unexpected event was the u.s. president donald trump appearing. how did his president -- presence go down? alexandra: it was interesting. when he snuck into the general assembly, everyone was surprised. he listened to what angela merkel had to say and the prime minister of india, what pledges they made. it was really difficult to his appearance here. was he trying to show he is
show that there was something like this meeting taking place and i would come by, but i don't think it really matters. what was clear was the reaction in the audience with former new york city mayor michael bloomberg, and the special envoy for the climate thanked president trump, saying he hopes the conversations in the general assembly would help him to formulate his climate policies and the whole audience loved that. it was clear president trump was isolated, at least with regards to the topic, climate change. brent:brent: we caught a glimpse of greta thunberg and her reaction when she saw donald trump walk in. you have been talking to climate scientists. what are they hoping for or expecting to come out of the summit?
alexandra: some of them told us that it is just empty words. they are very disappointed. some of them told us they hope there will be a signal or a message to look up to the promises already made. otherwise, we are not going to meet this goal of keeping the temperature low, well below two degrees celsius. others told us they are afraid that other leaders can follow the example donald trump and just now do not -- to anything. -- do anything. brent: thank you. the world's oldest travel company, thomas cook, has gone bust after failing to get a last-minute bailout from the british government. more than .5 -- 500,000 people are on vacation around the world with the company. many are stranded. >> vacations brought to an
abrupt end. these chemical customers have no idea how they will get home. >> we watch on the news to find out what is happening. no one has phoned us or emailed us. we've had to find out we have arrived. >> nightmare. stressed. not we wanted before going home. what more can you do? >> among the 150,000 brits stranded abroad after the u.k. travel firm thomas cook collapsed. it's part of the largest repatriation of british citizens since world war ii. a total of 600,000 customers worldwide are on holiday. for years, they struggle with mounting debts and fierce online competition. in 11th hour appeall for a government r rese was rejected, putting an end to the firm's 178 year history. >> it is deeply distressing to me that it has not been possible
to save one of the most loved brands in travel. >> before leaving for new york, british prime minister boris johnson fended off criticism. he said bailing out thomas cook would have created a moral hazard. unions slammed the decision. >> you have to question the morality of a government that is prepared to spend more money now and repatriate people that it would have cost to save thomas cook. >> hotspots around the world are now bracing for the shockwave. for example, in greece, some officials have warned their collapse could be a tsunami for the country's economy. >> it will have a financial effect. we need to figure out how to deal with that impact. a, by supporting those businesses and be, ensuring it will not happen again. >> is tomic cook customers who
are bearing the brunt of the closure. in the short-term term, passengers want to board a flight and get home. >> what does the collapse mean for people who are stuck abroad? steven beardsley is here to tech fest through that. 600,000 people? steven: a lot of focus have been on the british tourists abroad. the british have a plan to get them back home. there were also danes, germans and europeans who are struggling abroad. this is going to be one of the biggest mobilizations of the british in its history. the government will undertake it in terms of who is paying for it, it will come out of the insolvency proceedings. it's fair to say they have had some practice. monarch to the same thing in 2017. it collapsed and stranded tens
of thousands of passengers overseas. they had to bring them back as well. brent: how did he get to this point? >> it's one of the oldest reasons they give belly up. -- go belly up. they had a lot of debt and could not service it. your creditors demand more money for it. they could not afford to do it anymore. they do not have the cash on hand. efforts to get the cash are getting so expensive, they could not the bill. -- foot the bill. they loaded on debt and had to write a lot of it down in may. that left it with a lot of less cash on hand to weather some of the normal storms that would hit the agency, including terrorism, or heatwave, both of which have happened recently. other travel agencies have weathered that. the industry is changing itself. it's not as radical as you might think.
there is still a lot of packaging going on. these are mostly older and younger travelers. brent: of course, there is the brexit component. what role did brexit play steven: the ceo mentioned that they have pushed down traveler appetite. he said that could happen in the summer. we know the pound has taken a tumble. that means everything you are paying for overseas is getting more expensive. really though, the biggest problem was debt. it was not brexit. travelers want to go abroad. there were other travel agencies doing fine. they had more cash on hand. it showing. brent: we know thomas cook has a german subsidiary airline known as condor. steven: it is still flying. they are not flying thomas cook passengers. they are still a profitable airline. they are one of the best assets
of thomas code. they are in discussion with the german government for a bridge loan that would keep them flying until they are sold out. it is said to be in the area of 200 million euros. ththere is prececedent for this. the german government has extended it before to air berlin. they did go insolvent but they did pay the loan backck with interest. it might be a better investment. brent: steven beardsley, thank you. here are some of the other stories making headlines. the united nations has announced the creation of a constitutional committee on syria. it will include representatives of the government and opposition. the u.n. secretary-general says he hopes it can continue doing political solutions and end the country's long-running civil war. benjamin netanyahu has met with his political rival after cacalling for unity government.
the israeli presidentnt has invited both of the men to meet with him after recent elections failed to provide a clear winner. both sides have been looking for coalition partners to form a majority and so far have come up short. two people have been wounded in a confrontation outside haiti's senate building when a senator opened fire on opposition demonstrators. this, after hundreds of people marched on the building, protesting food and fuel shortages. here in europe, leaders in multi-have reached a deal on how to resettle migrants rescued from the mediterranean. the agreement is aimed at easing pressure on southern european union union countries. it will be presented to other eu neighbor states next month and they are hoping to resolve one of the most contentious issues that the european union has faced in recent years. >> on land, at last.
migrants rescued off the coast of libya are finally able to disembark on european soil. in many cases, asylum-seekers have been stranded at sea for weeks. onone -- eu countries argue abot who will take them. europe has wrangled four years of what should mike -- should happen to migrants at sea. the eu states that migrants must seek asylum in the first eu country they reach. that has been a major bonone of contention for european countries that border the mediterranean. >> a deal struck by germany, france, italy, malta and finland could see an end to the row over redistribution of migrants rescued in the mediterranean. it's a plan that will take the burden off italy and malta and foresee a swift relocation of migrants to other members. parts of the plan could see germany taking in a quarter of those migrants to help process
their asylum applications. >> the people brought onto land have to be redistributed. the security status can be determined through process of interviews, but it is impossible to determine their legal status in a four year period. the right to asylum will be decided in germany for example. >> these are the bones of the plan. it will be put to the eu's other interior minister's at a wider summit in october. for now, there is hope that could soon be an end to the days when rescue ships packed with desperate people are turned away from europe sports. brent: let's take this story to our correspondent. he is at the eu refugee summit in malta. good evening. this summit, and -- they defined a resolution to this debate of refugees.
tell me about the results. bernd: the core result of this gathering and malta is a proposal. it's nothing that is practical on the ground yet. the ministers say we want to establish an emergency and temporarary emergenency mechahao relocate migrants from italy and malta a to other eu countries. this would only happen if other eu countries joined this coalition. in t that case, italy and malta would be able to reopen the ports for private ships which rescued these people between libya and italy. this is only theory as of now. the decision has not been taken. brent: this is a draft agreement. how likely is it that other european union states are going to back the plan?
do they plan to do the same thing, for example? bernd: there will be a crucial meeting in october in luxembourg. the german minister, i expect at least 12 or 14 to join this coalition government. also to take migrants. it's clear, for example, that hungary and poland will not show solidarity with italy and malta, but others have to. then, the quota system will kick in. germany proposed 25%. france will maybe take 25%. italy, 10. then they have to deal with the rest, which will be relocated to other countries. brent: refugees have -- thousands of refugees have drowned trying to cross the mediterranean in recent years. how will this be handled moving forward?
bernd: i'm afraid nothing will change here. this mechanism is only meant for a tiny portion of migrants, migrants who are rescued by private ships. only 2000 and the last 15 months. people drowning, you canan only prevent that if you rescue them all. they will not send additional ships. they will remain the same. the nine private ships are cruising the mediterranean. brent: thank you. hong kong has seen 16 straight weekends of pro-democracy protests. the battle on the streets have been matched by the battle for the hearts and minds of the people. demonstrators say the city stands with them. government officials insist a silent majority exist, one that
is opposed to the protesters' demands. dw has been speaking with two retired police officerers and tt pro-government camp. >> he is agreed to meet us, although he says he does not trust the press. >> do you mind me recording our conversation? >> he is a retired policice officer, and a stage supporter of the hong kong government and the current crisis. he feels it is not revisited active -- accurately. >> start awarding the news since july. just watching the way the news reports. i can still get in touch with what was happening from those messages from my friends. >> the longer the e prott last, more stridently most -- both camps refused to communicate with each other.
internet forms are polarizing opinions in each groups. rumors and conspiracy theories are rampant. when both sides meet, things get ugly. alfred wong is a retired police officer. when he walks through his neighborhood, it is hard for him to miss messages from the antigovernment protesters. they have set up a wall near his home. >> ekrem imamoglu here it says police are murdering people. in fact the protesters are vevey aggressive. the police are maintaining law and order. >> wong has j just returned froa long stay abroad and says he does not recognize his city anymore. in his spare time, he helps out at police stations as a volunteer, handing out food and drinks to the frontline offices. when he says he understands demands for greater democracy,
he doesn't seem very elastic. >> are used to serve in the colonial police force. then, the british government can decide on everything. now, hong kong belongs to china. if there were problems the hong kong government can't s solve, t makes sense that beijijing interveneses. >> fewer and fewer hong kongers are will into except beijing's authority. the classes are escalating with petrol bombs and bricks being used by protesters and police being accused of deliberately hurting demonstrators and passersby. >> in a recent poll, almost three quarters of responders said they thought police were using excessive violence. joseph started his career in colonial times, he does not agree. >> in my time, writers werere
throwing p petrol bombs s at yo, you should shoot t them with lie roundsds. now, i think they are doing a great job in the sense that they are restrained. >> he is glad he is not on active duty anymore. brent: the paralympics start in just a year from now. athletes across the globe are gearing up to qualify. germany just missed out on the semifinals and failed to qualify. they have learned another valuable lesson in teams. . >> replay aggressive, tempo rich, and well organized football. that's why we will go out there and oust the french, because we are a team. >> they don't want to impress
their opponents.s. they want to instill courage in themselves. the germany team take with them to every european championship game. since 2006, the 34-year-old has amassed 97 appearances for germany, more than any other player. >> the coaches on the sidelined shout instructions to their players, guiding them on when and where to shoot. it is do or die for germany. they have to win their last few games in the group stages to win their semi's. germany are underdogs against france, but not without their fair share of chances. after a foul, it is the french
that take the lead. a moment of joy short-lived. the german captain immediately replies. >> when a blind person notices things, that's amazing. he's amazing at it in the game. he can anticipate the opponents and it is simply great. >> the match and it in a 1-1 draw and that means no paralympic qualification. instead, a lot of perspective. >> it was a great game. we gave it our all. we lack a bit of luck and the ability to pull through at the very end. >> where they finish is important for a much funding they will receive. the tactics part is that helpful part of pre-match preparations.
after a foul, it is germany with the advantage. the germany captain does not miss. >> russia turned it up and match after a spell of pressure. they managed to level things out. >> both sides settle for the draw. >> we are and remain a team. >> the more they say it, the more they believe it. brent: the first german space explorer has died at the age of 82.
in 1978, he overdid the seven days in a russian space capsule. he was a hero in east germany, but remained unknown in west germany. a quick reminder of the top stories. world leaders have gathered in new york for an emergency climate summit ahead of the general assembly on tuesday. greta thunberg took to the podium and gave an impassioned address, accusing leaders of empty promises. i will be back to take you through ththe day after a short eaeak.
two hundred fonts twenty four correspondents around the world. i am ready to see what she fronts twenty four live from paris i marker in tonight's main story house sixteen year old girl told united nations they have failed the world. on climate change. you have stolen my dreams in my childhood with your empty words. t. h. climate campaign a great at the books emotional plea to the u. n. to act now. on climate change. thomas cook goes bust twenty two thousand jobs are risk worldwide a hundred and fifty thousand british tourist space problems getting home from the holiday the perfect storm with debt shifting travel habits online booking and breaks it