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>> this is dw news. live from berlin. hundreds of civilians are believed to be trapped inside. russia agrees to a cease-fire. ukraine says the shelling continues. ukrainian resistance sound in towns and cities that lost the fight to the invading army. we get a rare look at life in russian occupied territory.
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plus, german leadership welcome and give once again -- in kyiv once again. i am clare richardson. thank you for joining us. russia's president is calling on the last remaining defenders in mariupol. russia claimed it would pause it's offensive to a lesser to evacuate. ukraine says the facilities were under attack by russian troops throughout the day. >> the battle continues. this video released by the far right shows heavy shelling on
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ukraine's last stand in the city of variable. russia says it is ready for a cease-fire. ukrainian fighters believe otherwise. the enemy has broken through the territory where everybody fighting continues. the russians violated the promise of the troops and did not allow the evacuation of civilians. yet, the u.n. has confirmed that it has successfully evacuated hundreds more from variable during every cease-fire. >> we are accompanied by 11 bus filled with civilians, women, children and the elderly who are seeking safe haven. >> those who have made it out are relieved to finally be safe. but they are also worried about
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the ones left behind. >> i don't know who to ask to get them out of there. if they don't, they will all be killed. there may be hope of a first cease-fire holding. are you in convoy on its way to mariupol is hoping to use this to evacuate. >> i spoke to the u.n. office for coordination of humanitarian affairs and has been part of operations helping get people to safety from variable. i asked him what he had heard from evacuees. >> thank you for having me. i think what comes from my mind is the experience i had with them and my colleagues. the trauma they are facing, the trauma they are experiencing after this, these two months of war here in ukraine. we managed to evacuate almost
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500 people. and the people coming from there that are extrely traumatized. on one of the convoys, i remembered one of the women -- we were controlled by the russian government now. where she could not speak, she could not talk, she could not walk from one to another. not knowing if they would survive here.
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>> what is stopping evacuation from happening to bring more people out? we cannot forget that we cannot minimize the situation. it isecessary. these are highly level engagements with both governments to make sure we can operate. these are equations that happened in the last few days. we are trying to make sure we could look into it. this was the moment --
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>> the u.n. has confirmed that there is a new evacuation convoy on his way to mariupol. how optimistic are you that you will be able to get everyone out that needs to be evacuated? >> if it is going to happen, it will happen. we will acquit all civilians that are trapped in there. it has to be a decision of each person if this person wants to leave or not. this is one of the challenges we faced in the last few days. we have been living underground without seeing the sunlight for two months. they did not know if it would be safe for them to leave or say for them to move around.
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>> thank you so much for taking the time to share that with us. our correspondent is reporting for us from the city. he offered an update from southern ukraine. >> this was one of the cities where the russians approached very closely in the suburbs of the city and the fighting has been quiet intense since the beginning of the war in this area. this is the city that was in odessa. this was one of the targets of russia. this is something they wanted to
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conquer. th were stoppehere. the fighting was pretty intense. shelling has become less here than it used to because much of the artillery that does not have a very long range is not far enough from the city. we have seen some of the positions today andhe two sides have moved on to war of attrition. they are in trenches and shelling each other. the city so far is cut off from water. that is one of the main problems here. water has come from the russian occupied territory of the water supply. there is no water coming out of the tap here.
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>> a difficult situation. so much has been focused on mario paul. the war is playing out across a frontline hundreds of kilometers long. it is either side making gains overall? >> incremental gains. there are some movements along the front lines. we have been hearing the ukrainians have been pushing russian troops further away where they have come very close without being able to enter the city. this seems to have eased a little bit. in the donbass area which is the main area we are fighting right now. things don't really seem to shift a lot. both sides are engaged in heavy battles. nobody is able to break through
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the other lines. russia is trying to break through the ukrainian lines. ukraine has been able to make some smaller gains to push back the russians here and there. >> that is our correspondent in southern ukraine. thank you for your time. quick southeastern ukraine is one of the most dangerous places for foreign reporters. a team from fresh tv went to see how they're doing with the fresh russian occupation. >> they are now choosing their words very carefully. >> they reduced the city to rubble and now they bring aid. >> everything was good and functioning and now everything is destroyed.
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don't talk nonsense. >> she is only here to provoke. aren't you here for the aid? what are you talking about? >> there was tension in the air but somehow life carries on. people are even here getting married. these are the first weddings since the war began. now the flags are red, white and blue instead of blue and yellow. the russian anthem -- the bride and groom beam with joy. >> it is going well. >> we are very happy. >> it is an important day for the city.
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>> we are very proud of the country. >> which country? >> russia. >> the marriage is marked by celebratory gunfire while just a few kilometers away, soldiers killed in occupied areas, russia has instald mayors who say what putin wts. >> we see our future with russia. >> this is also been demonstrated. the central square is being draped in soviet colors. just a few weeks ago, residents protested the occupation and now there is barely any dissent, officially. >> i came with a red flag to celebrate russia's victory. i am not afraid of anything because we have always lived well with russia.
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>> they have raised new flags before it was hours and there are always soldiers here. not ours. >> what do you think about that? >> it is hard to say. we are neutral. let's put it that way. >> the new era has begun i the occupied areas of ukraine. in some places, they are being introduced by -- as day by day. russia looks to expand its influence over all of life. >> and tensions between kyiv and berlin appeared to be easing. they tweeted details of our conversation. zelenskyy extended an invitation to him and to germany's chancellor to visit. the ties with russia during his tenure us for mr. have angered kyiv. he made mistakes, dealing muska.
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while germany's chancellor did not comment on the future travel plans to ukraine, olaf scholz did announce all of this. >> the german president and the ukrainian president spoke very carefully to each other. i spoke in detail to the german president beforehand and afterwards. the result of the conversation is that the foreign minister will soon be in ukraine. course i spoke with thomas sparrow in berlin. he gave us this reaction to the chancellor's announcement. >> it was a surprise to hear olaf scholz stress that the first cabinet member that would travel is annalena baerbock.
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especially after the focus was going to be on the president or on chancellor schultz. after speaking to him in berlin, they had agreed they had decided it would be annalena baerbock. we don't have any concrete details. it is being discussed and it is also important to stress that does not mean that they will not travel. they are also discussing the possibility of traveling. for now, what we know is that it will be al -- annalena baerbock traveling there very soon. >> what do we make of this spat at a time like this? >> it was in no one's interest, neither germany's interest or ukraine's interest to have this high-profile row at this time. especially when there is so much
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at stake. that is why pressure was growing, specifically here in germany. it is important to remember that the german president had intended to go to ukraine in april alongside other european leaders but he himself stressed that it did not seem he was very welcome in ukraine. that is probably related to his past as germany's foreign minister and his relationship back then to russia. that is why it was important to have that conversation now with mr. zelenskyy to resolve all of those differences. something that was clear from the statement after the phone conversation took place. >> thank you for clearing that up for us. let's bring you up to speed with other stories making headlines around the world. at least three people were killed in a suspected terror
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attack in the israeli city east of tel aviv. police say they suspected militants and that the assailants are on the run. they attack people into different locations as israel marked its independence on thursday. new clashes ve erupted as jewish worshipers returned to the compound. the visits have been paused during the muslim holidays. israeli forces cleared palestinian protesters from the flashpoint site. this is essential to the conflict between the two sides. voters in the united kingdom are going to the polls in local elections. the vote is being viewed as a test of boris johnson's popularity in the wake of the lockdown parties scandal. people in the chinese capital of
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beijing are returning to work after the five day holiday. dozens of subway stations have been closed as a preventative measure and schools and dining remain suspended. residents are required to undergo three tests per week. the world health organization estimates some 15 million people have died due to the coronavirus pandemic in the past two years. that is a massive increase over the previous estimate. the calculation takes into account those who died because of coronavirus infection as well as deaths due to the effect of the pandemic such as overcrowded hospitals. among the countries with the highest in death tolls are india, russia, the united states and brazil. thank you for taking the time to
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join us. we mentioned the impact of huge numbers of covid-19 patients on health care systems. how significant of a factor was this? they don't have really robust health care systems. they are easily swamped out. this is the excess mortality. this 15 million is a very conservative estimate. they are still very conservative but it is as much as three fold higher because there is such a
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large impact on many other services and health care quality. >> this is inherently problematic. the u.s. did not even have enough testing in europe. also, many countries have stopped giving out 3 -- giving out free tests. what is the total of deaths in these countries in two years? 15 million is the excess deaths compared to historical averages. these combine both covid as well as indirect deaths from being able to treat patients who have heart attacks or car accident or
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any other diseases because hospitals and health care systems are completely overwhelmed. it was so staggering in terms of how many people died. 13 million were in non-roth account -- non-wealthy countries. >> why would governments have an interest in keeping official mortality figures low? >> for political optics. this was first reported weeks ago. india was trying to block the report. india was the hold out and blocking the report until now. it is the failure of leadership.
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supposedly the swedish model was great. the swesh have more access deaths in the last two years than compared to over -- since over 100 years since the 1918 pandemic. it is horrible numbers and the government just do not want to admit it. >> we will leave it there for now. thank you for coming onto the show. 700 people have been admitted to iraqi hospitals.
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>> this is deserted and covered with dust. to prevent inhalation of sand, face masks have become essential. as a result of the dust, baghdad's hospitals are inundated with people struggling for air and asking what sandstorms are hampering -- happening with increased frequency. this dust is making the situation worse because we cannot inhale all of this. green belts could have been planted.
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they also made sandstorms more likely in a region already prone to them. record low rainfall has worsened conditions. while knowing the next sandstorms could already be approaching. >> returning to the war in ukraine which is threatening the cultural heritage. dozens of cultural sites have been damaged since russia invaded. >> the historic center is protected as one of the world heritage sites. ukrainian authorities are working hard to ensure the centuries monuments here are
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protected. >> at least something is being done to look after the future. >> the society does not choose when it lands. i think that there facing the same danger as mariupol. >> in my opinion, people are already used to seeing this there. we don't see -- we don't feel the same way as people do in eastern ukraine. >> they brought over 6000 objects and paintings to safety. he wants to keep the cities
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cultural heritage. >> at the request of our president, to help support the economy and satisfy the cultural eds of dplaced people, we decided to partly open some exhibitions. >> most of the exhibits rooms are closed -- now they work to highlight the importance of safeguarding ukrainian culture.
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also, items tha can be en and touched. they prove historical facts, prove the existence of the ukrainian people and a longtime existence of its territory. correct many here say the worst is y to come. they are playing a part in defeating russia's invasion. >> i will be back to take you through the day. stay tuned for that.
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mark: welcome to "live from paris," world news and analysis from france 24. these are the helmets. ukraine's president says civilians are still trapped in the azovstal to works, and it attack in mariupol and they will have to be dug out of the wreckage. you green soldiers and civilians are holed up at that site. poland, with the majority of ukrainian review geez, -- with the majority of ukrainian refugees. $6.5 billion so far has been pledged. in france, the left has agreed
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to unite behind jean-luc melenchon and form a union party ahead of next month's parliamentary elections. it could create problems for president macron's majority in the national assembly. this is "live from paris." ♪ thank you for being with us. they 71 of the russian invasion of ukraine. it has been heavy fighting after steelworks in mariupol. 2000 ukrainian fighters are holed up in tunnels and bunkers. a few hundred civilians are also believed to be trapped there, including 30 children. it is understood that vladimir putin what's the propaganda value of the capture of all of mariupol to present to the russian people in time for
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"victory day" on monday, the biggest patriotic holiday on russia's calendar. it marks the soviet triumph over nazi germany in world war ii. meantime, russian forces are accused of atrocities on ukrainian soil. reporter fighting intensified thursday in mariupol as explosions continue to pulverize theesieged azovstal steelworks plant, where the last of the city's defenders are holed up, and also what is believed to be a few hundredivilians. russia said it would begin thursday a cease-fire and open a humanitarian corridor for civilian evacuations. ukraine's military fighters say this has not been honored. >> heavy, bloody fighting is going on. for 71 days, the defenders of the city have been fighting against overpowering enemy forces. the russians have not kept their promise of cease-fire and have not given an opportunity for civilians to seek shelter or to
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evacuate. reporter: moscow, however, has outbreak denied any storming of the steelworks. >> our president and supreme commander, president putin, publicly give the order to refrain from launching an assault on the azovstal plant. no other orders have been announced. reporter: this comes amid growing suspicion that president putin may be trying for battlefield success by the ninth of may, the biggest patriotic quality on the russian calendar, marking the soviet union's triumph over nazi germany. . as well as suggestions that he may escalate military action, possibly even declaring an all-out war, which so far the kremlin has denied. the capture of azovstal, would be a strong strategic win for moscow, establishing a land corridor to crimea, which gets eased in between 314. mark: poland prime minister says six billion dollars have
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been raised in warsaw to provide humanitarian help for ukraine. it was hosted by poland and sweden, and attended by ambassadors representing many european countries as well as countries further, as well as permanent businesses. poland has welcomed the vast majority over five and people that have fled the invasion of ukraine. >> on this confererence, we were able to gather more than 6 billion euros. this money will be distributed to support ukraine and all those who support ukraine. because we know how painfully and how costly it is for the ukrainian nation. mark: israel's prime minister naftali bennett says the russian president vladimir putin has apologized for his foreign minister sergey lavrov's, claiming nazi germany dictator abdel fidler had jewish --
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germany dictator adolf hitler had jewish inheritance. he said he asked putin to consider allowing the evacuation of the besieged azovstal steelworks in mariupol. bennett said he made the request following an earlier conversation with ukraine's president, vladimir zelenskiy, and that put promised to set up a corridor for civilian evacuation. israeli medics say three people are dead and four seriously wounded in what police are calling a terror attacks. emergency services were called to one city in the center of israel. the attack took place as celebrations were going on for israel's independence day. police are linking this to six other attacks in the past month across the country, though at present, a motive for this attack is not known. the political landscape is shaking cheap here in -- is
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taking shape in front of the parliamentary elections in june. a new party has been formed by mike rounds former prime minister, edouard philippe. meanwhile, jean-luc melenchon, who came third in the presidential election, is the focal point for a left-wing coalition grouping. he is exited to contest most seats, with the greens, the economists, and the socialists making up the numbers. the former president francois hollande has warned this deal could finish the socialist party in france. another figure has resigned because he disagrees with the anti-europe stance of the so-called union popular. >> socialist party negotiators, all smiles after an agreement was reached with another party. the historic deal is an attempt to stop president emmanuel macron from getting majority in the parliament. but it caused implosion of one of france eggs most historic
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related faced with criticism by rmer leaders, the former secretary of the socialist party defended the deal. >> i haven't suddenly become friends and bowed. but it would be completely crazy to pass on this and think that because we have disagreements, we cannot govern together. i think the exact opposite. reporter: according to him, this union is the only way to save the party. the party that has been in a downward arrow for almost a decade from francois hollande's presidential victory, 2 -- two the latest candidate's 27%. only 10 years have passed. for other figures in the party, the union is thinkable. neither francois hollande nor his former prime minister back to the deal. a major sticking point was europe, the socialist party has
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agreed to temporarily depart from e.u. rules. the agreement offers 70 constituencies to the socialist party, with the hope of winning about 30. mark: that was our responded with that analysis. let's broaden the picture. my guest is joining us, a lecturer in sociology at the university of exeter in the u.k.. why are people turning to the extremes in this up-and-coming election,ar-lef far-right? what is happening in france? reporter: i wouldn't necessarily call the jean-luc melenchon party extremely. there is debate on this issue. one could suggest that this is a form of left that is a genuine left, not necessarily social democratic, but there is actually, if you look at the program, something more social democratic than the kind of program that you would have found in the party socialiste.
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but we don't see that as an extreme left-wing position. after the party has described itself as the party of rapture or rather the party of change, it is not really rapture from capitalism itself. you can see it as more be rapture with neoliberalism potentially, at least. mark: that reminds me of nicholas sarkozy in 2007. and there was a break away from nothing then, basically it was more of the same. people talk the talk, but they can't deliver. guest: interesting you said that. this is what is killing the party socialist, or the socialist party in france. it has killed it. in my view, it will be difficult to recover from this. it has been on a decline for some 10 years now. but what has been really happening is since 1983, the socialist party has been dominated by movement often
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referred to as the "second left," an anti-marxist, procapitalist strand of the socialist party that claims to be reprenting the ordinary voter. the people. but that discrepancy between a party that claims to be representing the ordinary people, and a party that actually tends to policies like -- that tend to favor the elites and the employers, that this committee has left -- that discrepancy has led to this disfavor. mark: that will play well with the voters? guest: you should think so. but there is a tendency to have a government vision, to be reproduced. the minute vision is that because we live longer, we have to work longer. it seems to be entrenched in the way people think. it is really hard to shake off.
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but why should we? if we live longer, why should we work longer? mark: it is a line that is riddled by the right and the business. guest: also the left, the right of the left, if you know what i am saying. jean-luc melenchon wants better conditions of existence for individuals. and for the majority of people. right? he tries really hard, like the pensions is really symbolic of that. what he wants is people's lives to be better, people to be better off. mark: anti-europe, that is another aspect of this l'union populaire, one major figure resigning from the socialist party over that. i would not call them far-left grouping, they are a left grouping. it aligns them with the
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far-right. the le pen grouping. that is something they have in common, anti-europe. guest: yes. let's just say that this particular issue, melenchon 's party has pitched it in a more moderate way. now he is calling for a disobedience of some form which basically involves not really obeying some of the rules, but then he points out, and i think rightly, you can't deny that to him, many countries disobey already anyway. what he wants is basically to make sure that the policies they have in mind are in place. i don't think you can compare that to zammour's ultranationalist physician. mark: emmanuel macron during with edouard philippe.
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i think i am mistaken, and you will correct me, isn't he the most popular politician in france, or has been for the last five years? guest: i do not think so. mark: as a minister, he was very popular, wasn't he? guest: years. prime minister's who tend to get on well with presidents and to actually agree with presidents, although there have been disagreements, of course, but to be behind the president's shadow or in the shadow, tend to be quite popular, i would say. it is interesting what is going on there. he started his own party. but now we have actually macron renaming his own party. now it is renaissancce. to emphasize his enlightenment values against those obscurantist values. to show it for the difference between his position and the position of the far-right. but it is an interesting --
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interesting change, development i would say, but not a surprise one. mark: do you see president macron as a renaissancce man? guest: [laughter] that is quite a question. how long have i got? mark: [laughs] guest: i can say that i see him that way. he is more of the scene, in all honesty. mark: thank you very much indeed, sir. your goodwill and your good humor and your willingness to answer the questions i throughout you. lecturer in sociology at the university of exeter, thank you. let's bring you another story before we hit our business and other segments, the world health organization estimates that nearly 15 million people were killed either by coronavirus or its impact on overwhelmed health assistance ding the first two years of the pandemic. this is more than double the
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current official death toll of over 6 million, most of the deaths occurring in southeast asia, here in europe, and africa. >> globally, we estimate 14. million eess deaths associated with the covid-19 pandemic by dember 31, 2021. most of the excess deaths, 84%, are concentrated in southeast asia, europe, and the americas. mark: that was a representation from the w.h.o. on this underestimation of the number of people who have been killed by covid. said to be something like 50 million. we are looking for all aspects of this story as it develops -- said to be something like 15
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million. time to turn to business. for that we are joined by you, roy here in the studio. starting article -- joined by yuka royer. yuka: u.s. shares had the worst day since 2020, all sectors sinking amid concerns over inflation. the dow and s&p both finished the day down more than 3%. the nasdaq down over 5%, and just a single word, inflation, is causing the market selloff. the british pound fell sharply as well after the bank of england raised the district for the first time since december. the central bank marched up its lending rate by 0.25%, wringing it to 4%, the highest since 2009 in a bid to tame inflation. elation could top 10% by the end of the year. the boe governor andrew bailey said that monetary policy was working what he called a narrow
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path, amid uncertainty over how the economy would evolve. turkeys inflation has hit the highest level in two decades, rising to almost 70%. there war in ukraine has worsened the situation. prices for basic things like food rose 40% in last month. economists blame the president's insistent on cutting interest rates despite surging inflation. last year, another rate cut the central bank there triggered a meltdown. europe is racing to turn away from russian gas by ramping up storage capacity for liquefied natural gas. germany says it is renting four flirting facilities, as it yields a hub in north seaport. turning off the gas tanks cannot happen overnight -- can happen overnight, but switching to lng requires time, as it requires additional infrastructure.
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joseph keane has the story. reporter: the north seaport here is the future hub of germany's liquefied natural gas. berlin is renting four fluting facilities as it yields a permanent hub. is part of berlin's attempt to reduce its dependency on muska. europe's largest economy currently relies on pipeline natural gas for over one-third of its supply. >> at the end of winter, the storage facilities would be empty but we would, then have two lng terminals. that is the plan, to also become independent from russia's blackmail. hopefully it will work out. but it electricity makes me confident that it can work. reporter: the project has also run into opposition from environmentalists, due to its high carbon footprint. however, analysts say that the terminals will not cover all of the missing russian gas. >> when you look at the german terminals land right now, they
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will reach a capacity. the estimates are a little bit different here, of around 40% to 60% of the gas supplies germany is currently receiving from russia. reporter: u.s. president joe biden proposed to export an additional 15 billion cubic meters to europe this year, and another important terminal was inaugurated in greece. berlinas said it could take until summer of 20 to four and its reliance on russian energy. yuka: the edf says it hopes to steal a deal to build six next-generation nuclear reactors in india, a day after prime minister modi met emmanuel macron in paris to discuss bilateral cooperation. offer to help build sixbinding third-generation nuclear reactors in india's maharashtra region. if confirmed, it would be one of the largest ever export deals
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for the french energy group that would cover 70 nguyen indian households -- 70 million indian households. one committee in the u.s. congress has passed legislation that could expose members of opec to lawsuits. the legislation would change u.s. antitrust laws and revoke the sobering unity that has long shielded opec members like saudi arabia and their national oil companies from being sued for august rating supply cuts to keep prices high. it still needs to pass the full senate and house and be signed into law by president adam. different versions of the legislation have failed in congress for more than two decades. mineral, china has lashed out at washington for stepping up economic sanctions on russia over the war ukraine. the foreign ministry spokesperson said the u.s. should contribute more to the recovery of the world's economy, rather than serving what he called selfish self-interests.
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the. comments came as beijing commented on the recent downgrade by the international monetary fund for this year's global growth forecast, to 3.6%. >> what i would like to emphasize is that global economic recovery calls for concerted effort from the international community. but we regretfully see that in the face of a sluggish and fragile world economy, the u.s. and a few other countries are blandly intensifying unilateral sanctions. fact sure that sanctions cannot bring about peace, but only make the already sluggish world economy even worse. yuka: 11 musk secured a further $7 billion in funding from investors, boosting his bid to take over twitter $244 billion. it comes from a range of investors, including sod prince, and a bitcoin exchange. earlier, he revealed he had sold
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shares of tesla to help fund the purchase. he is also in talks with other parties, including twitter's founder, jack dorsey, the second-largest individual stakeholder of the company, after most popular self. that's it for business. mark: thank you very much indeed, yuka royer, with all the business. let's now turn to our focus. we are looking at the elections in the united kingdom. often seen as a real acid test for the party in power. boris johnson perhaps expecting some sort obey kicking from the electric over how they have handled things like party gate, brexit and numerous other issues. and the issue of brexit has been beaten very hard in northern ireland, where businesses offered because of the lack of clarity over how brexit would be imposed. and of course, people are still a little bit torn between whether they should stay there or join with the republic of
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ireland, and even broader question. since the good friday peace agreement of 1988, there has been an assembly and military coalition, at this time around, sinn fein, the irish nationalist, could become the largest party. history could be in the making. our correspondent in belfast. reporter: the sinn fein leader on the campaign trail, supporting local candidates in west belfast. in this republican heartland, many hope this election will be a turning point in history. for a century, northern ireland has been dominated by politicians loyal to the british crown. [chatter] >> this election, sinn fein has the opportunity to become the largest party, but also take the post of first minister. the significance in historical terms but also contemporary terms, is that politics changed in ireland. that ireland is changing. that we are now more open and more progressive society, but
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also, the journey towards reunification, the ending of partition one century later. we are now on a journey to a reunified ireland. reporter: after 35 years of conflict, the vast majority of people accepted the peace settlement signed in 1988. the politics of identity had largely gone out of fashion for younger voters, until brexit reignited the debate. >> 100% behind a united ireland. i want to join back to europe. the possibility of travel, things like that. do you want to be a part of europe? that is our way in. reporter: but joining the republic of ireland, northern ireland would once again be a full member of the e.u.. many unionists believe this would be playing with fire. during the campaign, rallies like this one were organized to show opposition to the so-called
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"protocol," the brexit arrangements which created a trade border between northern ireland and great britain. the leader of the du p, the largest nearest party, is a brexit supporter. -- the largest unionist party, is a bullet supporter. >> we cannot move forward until unionists are able to support, and that means no protocol. because we do not support the protocol. [applause] reporter: the party has vowed to block all power-sharing in northern ireland until this issue is resolved. >> the protocol has undermined our relationship with the rest of the united kingdom. it is harming political stability in northern ireland, damaging our economy, driving up the cost of living because the cost of bringing goods from britain to northern ireland has gone up substantially. that is why we need to have the protocol replaced with arrangements which respect our place within the united kingdom. reporter: dup leaders are
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beating the identity drum, hoping all unionists will rally around the union jack. ♪ another unionist rally, but the team and remains the same. here in this town, a local trader complained about the impact of the protocol on her business. >> it has changed. i will have to take the consequence. [applause] reporter: beth has been earning her -- running her garden center for over 30 years. since the u.k. left that you pop, she found that growers in england no longer delivered to northern ireland, which has remained in the e.u. single market, because of the export costs. >> we used to get these regularly from england. whatever the protocol came into place, emailed to say, would you still be able to supply them? they said no. reporter: she cannot buy these roses directly from england, she can get them in the look of ireland.
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>> they have been able to bring them across from the same growers, and then sell them back to us in northern ireland. reporter: for beth, the particle also questions her identity. >> is a british citizen, i feel cut off from the rest of my country. reporter: and the other side of the community, many have a different reading of the situation. >> the problem is our experience with the supply chain are about brexit's, not about the particle. the protocol is the answer at least in part to the difficulties created by brexit. reporter: this food wholesaler was particularly affected by the brexit arrangement. it imports goods from great britain and sell them to northern ireland. for this businessman, trade issues are being turned into questions of identity because of a political agenda. >> there could be good, long-term benefits of the protocol if a sensible viewpoint
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and solution is taken in terms of checks and in terms of goods. we understand that we are one island. how do we trade better there and also how do we trade well with great britain? that should be the bread and butter of what we are talking about, not the same things we go back to reelection campaign. reporter: after the election, many voters would expect to see politicians forming a government, but that is far from certain, as the future of the northern ireland assembly is once again, in question. mark:. mark: more from him in belfast very shortly. a short break, and then the news continues year on "live from paris." ♪ >> join us for "europa now" from motor. we have brought you to the european union [laughter] smallest member state. today, it is on the frontline of irregular migration into that you pop.
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multi-also stands out for its civil liberties. it is known as a trail blazer on lgbt plus rights and yet at the only e.u. state where abortion is completely illegal in all circumstances. we will be exploring these issues and more on "europe now." >>
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