tv The Day - News in Review Deutsche Welle January 21, 2022 3:02am-3:31am CET
hers voted 137 in favor to 33 against the measure. the mandate will come into effect. next month, a crowd of demonstrators marched outside austria's parliament in vienna to protest against the vote. more than 70 percent of austrians are fully vaccinated. this is dw news, you will find more on our website at dw dot come there was a collective sigh across much of america in the world exactly one year ago today when joe biden was inaugurated. as the 46th president of the united states, a sense of relief that's been replaced by the feeling. good grief today only 41 percent of americans say that biden is doing a good job. many point to the messy withdrawal from afghanistan last summer. and last night, biden's comments that some say were a green light to russia to invade you crate. today, biden's top diplomat was here in berlin to clean up the mess and to sweep away
doubts that the west is all talk and no action. i'm bored. gov and berlin. this is the day ah, i think the only way out of this crisis is a diplomatic and that path can only be lead through dialogue in the matter which best but chooses. it will find the united states, germany, and our allies, you know, move his dentist. we are convinced that the purpose of this campaign is to create cover for preparing their own large scale provocations, including those of the military nature. boy in the act it in as i think you, this will need nothing less is at stake than the preservation of peace in europe. it is existential for us. and also coming up out of the shadow of america 1st to
a bit that america is back tonight a 1st year report card for you as president joe biden, the most powerful man in the world. we have faced some of the biggest challenges that we've ever faced in this country, is past few years. challenges to our public health challenges to our economy for getting true, ah, to our viewers watching on p b. s in the united states into all of you around the world. welcome. we begin the day with biden blinking and staying on message about the real rush and threat. last night, you as president biden held a marathon to our press conference at the white house to mark his 1st year in office. he said, what was uncomfortable and obvious. nato was not always unified over what to do about russia. and he threw confusion on top of that by suggesting the u. s. and his allies might react differently to a minor incursion into ukraine by russia,
as opposed to a full scale military invasion. his press secretary has spent the past 24 hours explaining what her boss meant to say, and on this side of the atlantic, it was clean up duty as well. for you as secretary of state anthony, blinking on a stop here in berlin. today he once again reassured, key of and u. s. allies in europe, that the us stance remains unchanged. any russian move against ukraine will result in severe consequences piri, the stakes. a high us secretary of state antony, blinking, landing in berlin to try and rally america's allies and prevent a war. unity is the main goal here, blinkin and he is german, french, and british counterparts disgust the intense fears that russia may soon invade ukraine. they focus how to credibly deter moscow with warnings of what could follow even as were relentless in pursuing this diplomatic path. will continue to make
very clear that if moscow chooses the path for the regression, we will impose swift and mass, of course, if one on whose lung thing. and that's why we urgently carl and russia to take steps towards dease collation, either by any further aggression would have serious consequences. see it would not be even the cons. extensive nasty thing. but comments by the us president a day earlier have right questions about whether those consequences really do apply to any active aggression. one, russia will be held accountable if it invades, it depends on what it does. it's one thing influences minor corrosion, and we end up having a fight about what to do and not to which cetera. but if they actually do what they're capable of doing with the force, the mask on the border, it is going to be a disaster for russia. the white house later tried to clarify,
insisting that the west would react come, what may. but the issue has highlighted questions over what level of aggression would trigger what kind of response the u. s. has made it clear that it would expect berlin to target the controversial nord stream to pipeline which linked germany to russian gas. it's also worth noting that gas is not flowing through north street to yet, which means that the pipeline is leverage for germany, the united states and our allies, not russia. for now though, there is another round of diplomacy coming up, antony blinkin will meet his russian counterpart in geneva on friday, seen as one of the last chances to find a way of avoiding war. we have a team coverage of the story tonight on washington bureau chief in his bowl. she joined us from the us and our chief international correspondent ridge walker. he is here with us in berlin to both of you. good evening, let me start with you richard. when it comes to dealing with russia in ukraine, just how unified is the west?
well, there's been a pretty strong show of unity from the west and allies on during this crisis. so far, brent, even to the extent that there was evidence of some exasperation by the russian side last week during the you know, the so 1st intent round of diplomacy that began last week where 1st of all they met the americans and they met all of the nato member states, then they met the members of the wider organization for security and cooperation in europe. the o. s. c. e. last week. it was sort of exasperation at this sort of unity of the message that was being played back at them to the extent that by the end of last week, the russians role may say, well, we're not sure if we want to keep talking at all. but this unity will certainly get tested in the weeks ahead, particularly if the russians do move ahead with some further aggression against ukraine and on a couple of questions is we just heard in the piece there. you know, what degree of aggression leads to what degree of reaction the kind of thing the
biden was, was raising in those comments that cause such an outcry. that is a genuine question, especially here in germany for their social democrat party, which is always been trying to keep close connections with russia, plus how to respond to the bigger russian demand of a total rethink of this sort of european security order. there the french president yesterday seemed to be going off on his own track. so i have to see how far that unity does hold. in as we heard the president last night throwing some doubts on our wide unity. just how satisfied is washington with the position of its european allies of resonant biden is really in a tough spot, right? he of rent on the one sides, domestic political pressure builds up. both parties have indicated that they have very different approaches. and when it comes to roger, russia, and on the other side, this european germany was very mixed messages,
at least in the beginning of the crisis that the ukrainian border. however, as the richer just pointed out, i do think that over the course of the last days, the message from germany is a little bit clearer. actually also with in germany, if you would put in really invade ukraine, he will face harsh sanctions. and you know, last night biden was asked about ukraine's geography, the fact that it borders native members as well as russia and how that should be included in any calculus in the kremlin regarding an invasion them take a listen, what he said, the only word that 1st one should, when it's on it. and when i'm concerned about is this could get out of here very easily, you know, because of what you said, the borders of the ukraine and what russia may or may not do. i am hoping that my report understands that he's short of
a full blown nuclear war. he's not a very good position to dominate the world to dominate the world. but let's look at the fact here. rich, we've got a 100000 russian troops positioned on the border with ukraine. we had ukraine's president last night telling his country to x hill into turned down the level of worry me how concerned is the west of a war breaking out by accident yet? well, there are 2 things we're talking about here. of course, we were talking about the potential invasion by, by the russians of ukraine and, and there were biden, is referring to their, this, this fear of accidental war that this could potentially spill over it to a wider conflict with nato. and these concerns are real. the ukraine has borders with for nato countries, beller. russ, which may get drawn into this conflict to fusion, has been sending russian troops there too, that has borders to, to more nato countries. all of those nato countries are going to feel extremely
vulnerable. if a conflict does break out, they're going to be wanting a reinforcements to come in from nato. so you're likely to see a sort of a pile in of troops into the region from the nato side. and this does raise, of course, the prospect of some potential clashes down the road whether they're intended at this point or not. so genuine fears they and you know, even if you take it to you, even if joe biden had hawkish hands, which we know he doesn't, they would be tied because americans are simply tired of foreign wars. there is no willingness to go to war over ukraine. is there no, not at all. brandon, i'm rather turn traveling the country quite a bit. and i also try to talk a little bit politics with the people when i talk, when i report on other topics and know there's definitely no a will to start a new war to get involved with this, with russia even. you know,
we have to keep in mind as the cold war is long over and people, ma'am people's memories are short. people are much more concerned about at china these days than about russia. and quite frankly, if you would ask an average american aware ukraine over ruth or other countries, and that would be on the map, they wouldn't even be able to show you where they lie. yeah, that is, that is a good point. he does, you know, we're talking about a superpower that is overstretched abroad, and under invested at home. that is the united states that joe biden says he inherited from donald trump biden has now been in office exactly one year. as of today. i'd like us to put together a 1st year report card for president biden to night and we're going to start by taking a look back at what he did in his 1st year. and most importantly, how he did what he did. i, joseph robinson by jr. do solemnly swear. one year ago, large parts of the western world breathed
a sigh of really not so much because of the new occupant. a white house president joe biden, a long term figure in washington. this almost a half a century of policy making experience. but because they hoped that the chaotic chapter that was the donald trump experiment would soon be at an end. david mariners is an award winning journalist and a presidential biographer, that he was clearly the right person for the job. a year ago, he was probably the one democrat who could get elected and stop the trump descendants. but now a year later, there real questions about that, about whether israel person for the next 3 years to start with the positives in his 1st year in office, president biden was able to push a one trillion dollar infrastructure package through congress of feet that no president had been able to accomplish in 60 years, but its impact wont be felt for a long time and people might not reward him with their wont in 2024. what they do
feel immediately, all the increasing prices for basic goods. inflation has risen at its fastest pace in nearly 4 decades, pushing prices up at a 7 percent annual rate for the international community. the chaotic withdrawal from afghanistan raised many questions, especially about how closely the new white house is really willing to work together with its nato partners. one, like most parts of the world, dealing with the co, with 19 pandemic, is a major challenge with mid term elections coming up in november. biden is in danger of losing his raise. a thin majority in the senate and the house biden has to walk a fine line between protecting the american people and scaring or ignoring the concerns of possible voters. with his approval rating at an all time low with
65 percent of americans, believing his presidency is a failure. what could the next steps? b requires more than just job by to requires the entire democratic party to get its act together on which it hasn't been able to do in this last year and getting some luck on the pandemic. and some of it is beyond his control. even one of the most powerful politicians in the world face a severe limits to pushing through his agenda. and in his, you know, most he was president in their 1st year if they are lucky, they are able to get one piece of major major legislation through congress in their 1st year. joe biden, he got to, i mean, you said it, the coven risky plan. the infrastructure bill, why isn't he bragging about these accomplishments and why aren't his fellow democrats in congress? why aren't they bragging about this as well? oh, the problem is friend. as we just turn the piece, it's really, it will take years probably before people are really feel the outcome of the
infrastructure a package. i'm sure that the history books will write about that in 102030 years. but for now people don't feel it. that is a problem and this and also problem with co. 19. i think it's fair to say that joe biden did too many things right in the beginning. he probably failed on putting out enough testing kids to the people, but he provided a country or with the possibility to get vaccinated or without any preparation because the president, donald trump, didn't leave any plan. however, this is nothing and people will remember, but what they feel is the inflation rate. and they also see kind the internal fights of the democratic party. and this is everything are all that is, but the joe biden is blame for that. maybe unfortunately, so yeah, and if we want to be fair here, i mean biden is phased with
a republican party that has obedience to donald trump on it's my not compromise with the democrats on its mind on what you take a listen to what biden said about the g o p. last night. i did not anticipate that there be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that president vine didn't get anything done. think about this. what if publicans for? what are they for? they me, one thing there for, you know, richard joe, by there he sounds as if he didn't reckon with republican blockades while you, i, in is the rest of the world. we reckoned with that bite and came to the white house with the most experience more experience under his belt than any president in modern history. how do you explain this this apparent naivete regarding the republicans? yeah, i think it's navy team really is brent. i think he just has to say that he sees no
tendency of the alternative would be simply to say, to sort of suggest that he himself is to blame for these failures. and of course, i mean, we'll remember, you know, he has a very long career. but of course, in the last big ticket on his career was being vice president brock obama. the last couple of years of that at the very least, were totally hobbled by republican obstruction. is him. so of course he would have expected this to happen, but i think at the moment he so on to fuck that, of course, you know, this is pretty much the explanation he has to offer. it is frustrating as it is. i mean, you know, you deal with this a lot traveling across the united states. what do every day americans, what did they tell you when you ask about biden's in ability to break through the political paralysis in washington? i think a lot of americans are discouraged about american politics overall in i'm in depending where people sit politically. some certainly will blame the president for the lack
of movement and how congress has stalled. almost every piece of legislation and people who sit on the left are definitely disappointed because they believed that they had a moment to make history by passing social policy and, and voting rights. and, and by the obviously many really underestimated the divide in the party between in the demand democratic party, i between moderates and progressives. and that the razor thin majority was made it way more significant than they believed. one thing about the brand, i always experience, and that is, i think, really worrisome is that more and more really more and more people really turn their back towards politics and they don't care anymore. they're not interested anymore. they're so tired of that. and i think this really is a huge threat for this democracy at i agree with you. i think it's, it's a big threat to democracy is everywhere. let's um,
broaden the scope of biden's 1st year in office and place it in a global context. i want you to listen to what you said last night regarding the 21st century struggle between democracies and autocracies. unless you can reach consensus, democracy akin that sustains democracy. and so this is a real test. whether or not i, i, my, my counterpart in chewing it is friday. when he says, autocracies are the only really good for v r because democracies take to, to long to make decisions and countries to divide. i believe we're going through one of those inspection points in history inflection point in history. dennis, president bind sounds like a man who may harbour secret doubts about democracy winning the day and the century against the forces of china,
russia and company. do you agree or, you know, forbidden. i think her, we always have to imagine only days before he took office, thousands of tom supporters really scaled the walls of congress because i believe the election was stolen. and the former president attempted essentially a political cool to stay in office. and this is something i think joe biden is still kind of shaped by and he is still showing, shaken by so and he won't forget that. and i think that he fears that the institutions that one's held, the united states as the so called beacon of democracy are not a certain ground anymore. so he, it definitely is watching his own country struggling to keep a democracy upright. and there are many signs are which lead in that direction. so yes indeed. i think he is not betting on the future of democracy in this country.
yeah, i mean that's, it's really sad. it's certainly not encouraging. richard, let's talk more about this inflection point in his to read it. i mean, it applies a process that's not complete. we're perhaps in the middle of it. we don't know how it will look on the other side. talk to me a little bit about the position of biden's america in this inflection. yet what it is funny is brazil would agree with everything is said to stare and bygone was talking about this inflection point. you raised it a couple of times and speeches last year as well and her at some length in his press conference last night tune was quite and seeing some of this really overlaps with what she jim ping was saying earlier in the week to the world economic forum saying that this is a period where the world is going undergoing very, very intense change and i think there is where biden and she, jim ping, the chinese leader were, would absolutely agree. but i think from the u. s. perspective this, the greatest danger certainly is internal that you have in the u. s. a political
system that is really struggling to deal with these kind of twin challenges from society on the one hand and from technology. on the other hand, which are fueling this, this incredible partisanship, this incredibly at ver, adversarial politics where you have a political system in the united states that is simply not built for that which actually demands consensus because of the extensive number of checks and balances built into the system and yeah, i think it is a genuine concern for the united states that the democracy might kind of eat itself under an buckle under the systemic problems facing up to these technological and so societal problems. and that would be, obviously, it's a very, very damaging signal to the rest of the democratic world and also to countries that where democracy has yet to take hold and flourish. richard, what would a donald trump as the g o p presidential candidate in 2024. what would that be for
your this inflection point in history? well, i mean, of course donald trump is a figure who, who very eagerly stokes this adversarial politics stokes, this kind of device of politics. but i think there's almost a paradox that moment that we, we've seen under joe biden, who, somebody who really doesn't try to do that. i mean, he essentially is seen as a figure who tries to unite, but even under him this, this has not been quelled. that, that what we're looking at here at potentially changes in, in american society, in politics, the, that a structural and don't depend necessarily so much on the individual at the top. all right, so finally for both of you, let's issue this presidential report card for joe biden. enos you 1st on a scale where do the american way from an a plus to an f? what grade do you give the president well, a, how do we grade the president? is it kind of a on a sliding scale?
i did the president passed 2 major pieces of legislator that has major effect on the united states. yes. but has he been able to move any of his domestic agenda? no. so it is really, really difficult. i would give him an a because he beat donald trump and he won the white house, but i would have give him a boring c one year in office. okay, so what are it? will bob take the average of that he give him a b, then from you eaters. and richard, what grade would you say bite has earned? well i'm, i'm just gonna duck that complete brand. and what i am going to say, what i am going to say that from the international point of view, i mean, certainly around the western democracies, there really was this kind of side relief where when biden won office last year, a year on this, definitely worry about the direction that the united states is headed in,
and i think i would say one thing if i was a democratic party strategist at the moment, i would really be hoping that biden doesn't stand next time around. i would be hoping that it is time for a transition, a generational transition in the democratic party at the moment. it looks like a geron ta chrissy with biden pelosi and schumer pelosi is on the way out already. i think if i was a democrat, i would be saying to biden make way for the next generation. it's what ever he said last night that he would be running in 2024 with kimberly harris as the p running me. we will see if he's able to keep his word on that to both of you. thank you. let's do this again. in one years time, we will have the mid term elections to get through and talk about in the meantime, is paul richard walker. both of you thank you for the day is almost dawned, the conversation continues online. you'll find us on twitter, either a d to be news, you can follow me on twitter at bridge. gov. tv. tell me what you think about the show. and remember, whatever happens between now and then, tomorrow is another day. we'll see you then everybody
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