The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.
Browse content similar to 19/03/2018. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
Beyond One Hundred Days.
A significant moment
in the Brexit negotiation.
The UK and EU have agreed
terms for a transition,
pending a satisfactory divorce.
Under the terms of the deal Britain
will be allowed to sign new trade
deals with the rest of the world
that will come into force in 2021.
But here's the hitch -
the two sides still have a lot
of tricky issues to figure out,
not least the Irish border question.
Businesses need not delay investment
decisions all rushed through
contingency plans based on guesses
about the future deal. Instead, they
now have certainty about the terms
that will apply immediately after
How safe is our personal
information on Facebook?
The company's share price falls
on news millions of profiles
being used for political purposes.
Also on the programme:
Donald Trump takes aim
at Robert Mueller.
At the moment it's just on Twitter
but is the President loosing
patience with the Prosecutor?
Uber suspends all tests
of its driverless cars,
after one of them hit and killed
a woman crossing a road in Arizona.
Get in touch with us.
Hello and welcome -
I'm Katty Kay in Washington
and Christian Fraser is in London.
British business are welcoming
a moment of certainty
in the otherwise uncertain
Sterling rose today
after the UK and the EU
agreed a deal on the terms
of the transition period.
of the transition period.
What we are
of the transition period.
What we are presenting
of the transition period.
What we are presenting
to you today here with David is a
legal text, a joint legal text,
which constitutes in my mind a
decisive step because we were able
this morning to agree, and after all
those days and nights of hard work,
on a large part of what will make up
an international agreement for the
ordered withdrawal of the United
In the colour-coded chart published
by the two sides today,
75% of the Withdrawal
document is now in green,
meaning "agreed in principle".
That applies to the
financial settlement -
the divorce payment -
and the rights of 4m citizens
in the UK and the EU
affected by Brexit.
Also in green,
the terms of the transition.
It will last until Dec 2020.
During that time London will abide
by EU rules but will lose any say
in the decision making process.
But the UK has got one concession.
It will be able to sign trade deals
with other countries
during the transition;
although they'll only come
into effect after the transition.
The UK won't have any say in EU
rules during the transition
but the two sides agreed a good
faith clause, under which the UK
will be consulted a range of issues.
Let's cross to Brussels
and our Europe
correspondent Damian Grammaticus.
So lots of green, Damian,
but 25% of this document
is in white, not agreed,
and they represent some of the most
difficult obstacles to overcome.
Yes, because the important thing to
remember is that this is a
conditional agreement and you were
saying at the beginning businesses
are welcoming certainty. There is a
big question mark at the heart of
that, so it's not really certain.
And that is because of those white
areas, as you say, and key to that
is the issue about Ireland and the
border between Northern Ireland and
the Republic of Ireland, still that
question bedevilling the
negotiations and how to avoid it.
The agreement today says that in the
legal text there will be the EU's
preferred or option that it has on
the table at the minute, which is
keeping Northern Ireland part of the
UK still in the EU's Customs and
regulatory sort of sphere, so
there's no need for a border. That
is meant to go into the deal and the
agreement today says it will but
that -- but that is still
politically a very difficult thing
for the UK Government, and if that
falls apart this whole deal falls
apart, so still that question to be
So why should we have any
more confidence that they can agree
issues that seem impossible to agree
on today after the magic date of
March of next year, when we go into
the transition period?
a good question. This issue of the
Irish border has to be agreed before
March next year and it has to be
agreed in the coming six months or
so, because it has to be in the
withdrawal text. That's what the EU
is saying at the minute. If it isn't
in that text, then the EU has a huge
stumbling block to get over. I think
the positive thing to take from this
is that the overall picture from the
UK's point of view is that one year
to go until transition, that is in
just nine days, that is when the
countdown starts, businesses have
been sent to the UK Government, we
need a year's notice of what will
happen or we will start can --
triggering contingency plans, so
that is where they need to get the
agreement saying, yes, in principle
a transition will happen as long as
the other things can be agreed, but
there are a lot of difficult things
the UK has already agreed to and
most of the EU's big demands, they
UK being a payer and allowing free
movement to continue for EU
citizens, UK has signed up to all of
Let's speak now to Henry Newman,
Director at Open Europe.
Baseball have to take a leap of
faith that there will be a political
leap of faith -- they still say they
have to take a leap of faith. How
much movement or they have?
they have some movement. There was
good achievement on both sides and
now, I am assuming the European
Council signs this off, they should
have got agreement on the
transition. That is what businesses
have been asking for. This is a
gentleman's agreement from the heads
of government, if you like, that
they will keep things exactly the
same for the period of roughly 21
months until the end of 2020, as
though we were an EU member but
without voting rights. It is
possible things will fall apart in
the later stages of the deal but I
find that hard to imagine. This is
now overwhelming like --
overwhelmingly likely that we will
exit with this transition.
said last week the idea that you put
the order somewhere in the Irish Sea
was not something that was possible.
She would never get that through
Parliament so you wonder why you
would put in the document. Because
if she brought that back the
government would collapse and there
would be no deal. It seems a bit of
a moot point.
What they have done
rather cleverly is parked some of
the most difficult issues, the
governments of the trading agreement
and the questions of the Irish
border, until later in the
negotiations. And that is good
practice. You don't want to do with
the most difficult issue in the
beginning. Some of this comes down
to the problem that the UK has
agreed to things which are
contradictory back in December. Both
sides fudged the December text to
make sure they could get over the
line and we've seen more of that
today. We don't know what the answer
is Northern Ireland and Ireland and
we will have to wait and see, so
that's a key area where there will
need to be lots of discussion.
Henry, in any negotiation there is
give and take. Who has taken more
and has given more?
Probably the UK
has moved further but the EU has
also moved. That's sensible because
it is something primarily the UK was
asking for. We could spend a lot of
capital trying to design bespoke
transition periods or we could focus
the capital of working at the future
agreement, so I think it was quite
sensible for the UK to broadly
accept the EU terms for the
Good to see you. Thank
you for coming in.
Facebook's share price fell sharply
today as the company came
under scrutiny for failing
to protect information on millions
of American voters that may have
been used to influence
the 2016 election.
A joint report by the New York Times
and the Observer newspapers found
that 50 million Facebook profiles
were accessed, without
users' knowledge, to help
Donald Trump's campaign.
The data was used by the UK
firm Cambridge Analytica
to gain information about voters
so they could be influenced
to support the Trump campaign.
Alexander Nix, the chief executive
of Cambridge Analytica,
told BBC Newsnight the allegations
were completely untrue.
A lot of the allegations that have
been put to Cambridge are entirely
unfounded and unfair. We weren't
involved with Brexit. We've been
crystal clear about this. At every
single opportunity. And at last we
are beginning to see in the media
reporting that reflects this. Only
yesterday Aaron Banks came out with
a statement for the first time
clarifying we had absolutely no
involvement. The Guardian, who's
been propagating a lot of this
misinformation or fake news, printed
that, and two days ago another
statement saying we weren't
Do you think The Guardian
is in the business of fake news?
think that there has been some...
Some fairly slipshod journalism in
regards to our involvement in some
of these things, where we presented
unequivocally the fact of the matter
to these newspapers and they've
chosen to paint their own picture,
which is now proving to be false.
Plenty in the weekend newspapers
about this. Cambridge analytical
boasted had 4000-5000 datapoints on
Americans who were voting but they
did tell Facebook reportedly that
they deleted the information they
had harvested. Did they delete that
information and have they been
forthcoming and honest in these
Parliamentary inquiries about the
information they hold? That's speak
to the chair of the Parliamentary
committee in the UK, who is looking
into this. You put out a statement
last night saying you want Mark
Zuckerberg to come back to really
give evidence on what happened. Are
you concerned that Facebook doesn't
have control of what third parties
are doing with its information?
That's right, because they gave us
assurances that they could track
what people were doing with their
data, that if somebody was breaching
their rules they would get that data
back and take action against the
company that was doing that. And
here we have a case with Cambridge
analytical who knew there was an
issue two years ago with data they
had taken and that Facebook had
asked them to destroy. They did
nothing to check they had and they
only suspended them when it was
about to hit the newspapers.
Facebook has been quite aggressive
about this story. First they are
saying there wasn't a breach because
these user profiles were taken for
academic purposes. Then they
threatened to sue The Observer, they
banned them from having a Facebook
account. Do you think the Facebook
response is in any way, and we have
not hard from Mark Zuckerberg
himself, is their response in any
way adequate? -- heard from Mark
No. It just shows you
they can take down accounts really
quickly when they have the grounds
to do it so they are punishing the
whistle-blower for bringing very
important information into the
public domain. They knew what was
going on and they didn't act on it.
They can call it what they want but
as far as members of the public are
concerned, an academic at Cambridge
University managed to access data of
50 million Facebook users and
themselves act to a commercial
entity for them to use in their
campaigns. I think that is a data
breach and I think many will be
concerned about actually how much
data Facebook has on them and that
Facebook cannot keep it safe.
about the chief executive? Keeper
Parliament last month his company
had never obtained or used Facebook
data. Now we know they did and they
did not delete face -- they did not
delete the data they told Facebook
Exactly. We asked him
whether he had acquired data
directly and he said they hadn't.
And that's why we want him to come
back and explain to Parliament his
answers, because I don't think his
answers are in any way consistent
with what we now know and therefore
if Parliament and the committee
believe we have been misled, we will
report back to the Committee on
Standards here in Parliament.
not entirely clear what you or US
investigators can do about Facebook
or Mark Zuckerberg but billions of
our viewers around the world have
Facebook accounts. What would you
say to those viewers?
I think they
should speak up and let Facebook
know how angry they are. I think
it's terrible that Mark Zuckerberg
or an equally senior person in the
company is not prepared to answer
questions to discuss these concerns.
Ultimately this is about data
Facebook others on its users and how
it sells that data to advertisers
and whether it can keep it safe.
This is fundamental to the way
Facebook work some people have a
right to know if their data is being
used properly. There is a bigger
concern is well about the way in
which consumer data gathered through
surveys on consumer issues is being
used in political campaigns, when
nobody really gave their consent for
that to take place. But in terms of
what we can do, we can hold
inquiries to take people to account
but we have also been debating in
the House of Commons today whether
the government could change the law
to give the Information Commissioner
even more powers for tech companies
not to disclose data to a request
for in that nation to make sure data
laws are properly being adhered to.
-- request for information. On the
whole we have to take it on trust
that the big tech companies are
abiding by the data protection laws
that exist in our country and other
countries and I think we need the
right to go behind the curtain and
see for ourselves that is the case.
I can understand why that shouldn't
be Parliament but an independent
investigator could do that.
you. I didn't understand until this
morning the fact that American to
have their data held on harvested
might have stronger legal grounds
here in the UK because the
information was stored in the UK, so
there are Americans now making
representations over here, and
apparently, according to the America
I saw this morning, he said the
safeguards here in the UK are much
stronger than the United States, so
they are more confident in the
system here in the UK. I think the
question will be a commercial one.
There has been so much bad publicity
surrounding the story on Facebook
and so much pressure on Facebook's
executives to come forward and
explain how they have this
information and did nothing about
it, because we saw the share price
falling by something like 7%. If all
of those people with accounts start
speaking up about this and
protesting, I would suspect you
would see Facebook moving a bit more
quickly. Do you know how much Mark
Zuckerberg loss today in one-day?
According to that share for? More
than you or I will ever have in our
lives! $5 billion! Talking, by the
way, of big Internet companies who
have not had a good day, one of
Uber's vehicles, self driving
vehicles, has hit and killed a woman
in Arizona. The car was an
autonomous mode with an operator
behind the wheel when the woman was
struck. Uber has not confirmed the
vehicle within autonomous mode but
it does say it is suspending self
driving car tests in all cities. I
think people will pay a lot of
attention to this, don't you?
think so. We chatted about this
earlier and you said you think the
technology is already there but I
suppose the point is that you have
an incident there will be a public
inquiry and people will have less
confidence in it. And when I sort of
reflect on whether I would be happy
to get into one of these cars, how
long would it take you as a driver
to actually let go of the wheel to
put your faith in the car and trust
in the system? I think that's the
problem a lot of people will have,
particularly when they see a story
Look at those pictures.
That is just brutal. The poor woman
on her bicycle who was knocked over
by this driverless car. People I
speak to in the tech world say that
technology is there, you are right,
and ultimately these cars will be
safer than those driven by people
because robots don't drink and they
are. Texting and driving and they
don't get distracted, they don't
speed, they know what they are
doing, but the human appetite for
trusting driverless cars is still
something like 5-10 years off, and
it would take me something a very
long time -- it would take somebody
like me a very long time to trust a
driverless car. That sets that
But we don't know
who was to blame there. It just
takes me back to that incident
involving a driver being killed and
it became clear after the
investigation he had ignored six
audible warnings and seven visual
warnings on his dashboard.
he was watching Harry Potter, wasn't
That's it. You hear the story
but not the follow-up.
On Saturday, Donald Trump said there
was no collusion and no crime and
the probe should not have been
trusted. This is the first time Mr
Trump mentioned him by name, and
then again today came a total
For the most part there
has been a deafening silence from
the Republican Party protest at the
President's attacks on the
investigation but a couple of
Republican leaders were prompted to
speak out on TV this weekend.
look at the jurisdiction, first and
foremost, what did Russia do to this
country in 2016? That is supremely
important and it has nothing to do
with collusion. So to suggest that
mullah should shut down and all he
is looking at is collusion, if you
have an innocent client, act like
Are you worried that the
president is ordering the fire of
him? It looks like that from his
That would be the beginning
and end of his presidency because...
We are joined by Ron Christie from
New York, who used to working the
Bush administration. -- Ron Christie
in New York. What would the steps be
word Donald Trump to decide to act
on what his tweet seemed to be
suggesting he would like to do and
shut down the Russia probe?
It would be very simple, actually.
He would be within his legal
authority to fire him if he thought
it the appropriate action to do so.
But all that does, as we've seen, is
bring very bad press and attention
to the president, so while it is
within his legal rights to do so, we
have heard so many people talk about
a constitutional crisis, I think the
president would have more people
against him in his own party than he
would be -- than would be
We played a couple there
but so far, the Republican Party has
been pretty forgiving of Donald
Trump. Do you think this would be
the straw that would break the
Repubblica... On getting lost in
that one! With this be a bridge too
It would be a bridge too far.
What little audience I have on
Twitter, I've taken to Twitter
myself this weekend and have said
the president is not acting
presidential. It's an honour for him
to hold that office and he demeaned
by some of his tweets and outlandish
comments that he makes. Let the
special counsel do its work. If your
client is innocent and they have
nothing to find, then let the
investigation go. And you heard one
of the current members of Congress
say, stop acting guilty, Mr
Aside from the fact that
there would be all these
repercussions if he sacked Mueller,
the important point, and that what
his lawyers keep saying to him, is
the obstruction of a non-crime is a
crime, and that is the real danger.
It's good to see you, Christian.
Obstruction of justice here with
United States is a very simple crime
to prove. What you're looking at
here is, has an individual taken
steps to a legal proceeding? To
impede an investigation? And one
could certainly make the argument
that, yes, the president is well
within his legal power to dismiss
the special counsel but it does
bring into question, is that
obstructing an investigation? That
is certainly not a road he wants to
go down. It's a bridge too far. The
question remains, what does Mr Trump
thing and will he act on it?
you've got your into the ground.
What is going on? He's got rid of
Gary Coen, among others. He has an
ambiguous relationship with his
chief of staff. These are the people
who rent him in. The shackles off
now and is this real Trump we're
starting to see? -- these are the
people who rein him in.
I can tell
you the times I've been in the White
House, I wouldn't call it disarray
but it's certainly been very
chaotic. The president likes chaos
and pitting his staff against each
other, and what you've seen, the
so-called adult supervision the
president has, those figures are
largely gone. He likes these folks
being at each other's throats and
running around because that's how
he's always operated. The question
is, it might be good for the
president but is it good for our
country? And of course it is not.
I'm not sure it is for us either
because it's exhausting. He has
often a real spin because there is
so much news!
Thank you for joining us. This is
interesting - the idea of the
president being unshackled. Because
he is also facing the weight of the
Mueller investigation. His business
has been subpoenaed for business
documents. And I wonder where -- I
wonder whether the two aren't
related. He feels he can do things
the way he wants to do. He fired
people and the markets didn't crash.
He lodged a trade war and the
markets didn't crash. He had Korean
trade talks and everything was fine.
And he's saying, hey, I could fire
Bob Mueller and everything will be
Yes, maybe. He's got a year
into the job and thinks he can do it
his own way. Maybe he doesn't
believe the accounts of those
closest to him. Anyway, we will
watch this with interest.
over to my favourite story of the
day. Andy Murray getting woken up by
the comedian Michael McIntyre. The
rude awakening was in aid of Sports
Relief. Let's have a look at the
tennis star getting prank.
..To the Sport Relief
BLEEP morning, and the!
From your favourite TV show, please
tell us who is this person?
erm... That's Daddy Pig.
Brilliant! He gets a high five!
walks in on an unsuspecting member
of the public in that show. And
plays a game show. I love the
cameramen in the tennis gear, Bjorn
Lomborg style! This is Beyond 100
Coming up, as President Trump
unveils his strategy to tackle the
US opioid crisis, we pay a visit to
the country's first opioid court,
getting users into treatment within
hours rather than weeks of their
Plus the Facebook data scandal and
why one author claims it's as much
our fault as it is theirs. All to
Good evening. It is the Equinox and
after a weekend of heavy snowfall,
no signs of spring out there. --
sums lines -- some signs of spring.
Temperatures are on the rise for the
rest of this week as the wind goes
from an easterly direction to a more
westerly one. Still north-easterly
wind across the country and that's
going to fade. More cloud across
England and Wales overnight and that
means the temperatures will be up
and down a bit. Clearer skies in
Scotland and Northern Ireland and
temperatures will drop the furthest
here. Glasgow down to -6 and some
places -7 or minus eight. Occasional
cloud breaks with a frost across
England and Wales. But signs of
change and that's because high
pressure to the north of us is
drifting southwards, and that will
allow wind coming off the Atlantic.
Not for England and Wales to begin
with. A brisk wind coming in for the
north-east. But temperatures up on
what we have seen. -- from the
north-east. The odd spot of light
rain and sleet but most staying dry.
Cloud increases into the north-west
later but temperatures way up on
what we've seen recently. Back up to
nine or ten in one or two spots.
High pressure continues to drift
down towards the south-west, the
Atlantic air will gradually flood
in. That process starts in earnest
on Wednesday. A brighter day over
England and Wales but westerly winds
for Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Occasional rain and drizzle further
west, the odd shower further north,
but temperatures climbing.
Aberdeenshire, 11 or 12. And a few
spots in England and Wales getting
closer to double figures. That
continues into Thursday. At the same
time, the Atlantic weather front
will be gathering towards the West
so the cloud thickening up and some
rain into the West of Northern
Ireland. A dry day on Thursday,
increasing cloud with the best of
the breaks in Eastern counties. It
could hit 13 degrees in parts of
Aberdeenshire on Thursday. 12 or 13.
Also possible across parts of the
south-east, spring will be with us.
This is Beyond One Hundred Days,
with me Katty Kay in Washington.
Christian Fraser's in London.
Our top stories:
A big step on the road to Brexit,
as agreement is reached
on the UK's transition period,
but there are still issues to be
resolved, notably the Irish border.
Facebook's share price
has fallen sharply on news
of millions of profiles were used
for political purposes.
Coming up in the next half hour...
President Trump has continued his
Twitter attack on special
counsel Robert Mueller,
calling the ongoing investigation
into Russia's interference
in the 2016 election a "witch hunt."
Uber suspends all tests
of its driverless cars,
after one of them hit and killed
a woman crossing a road in Arizona.
Let us know your thoughts
by using the hashtag...
International chemical weapons
experts have arrived in Salisbury
to examine the nerve agent used
to poison the former Russian spy
Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
The team from the Organisation
for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons will also visit
the military research base
at Porton Down in Wiltshire.
It comes as police say
the investigation will take months
and EU foreign ministers
meeting in Brussels
have expressed today "unqualified
solidarity" with Britain.
Here's our Diplomatic
Correspondent James Landale.
Though the focus of the
investigation today shifted ten
miles of Salisbury.
to the village of
Here, officers examined and then
removed a car that was used to pick
up Yulia Skripal from the airport
the day before she and her father,
Sergei, were attacked
with nerve agent.
Nearby, at the military research
complex of Porton Down,
inspectors from the global chemical
weapons watchdog the OPCW were due
to start analysing the nerve agent
that British experts believe came
from Russia, a process that
officials say could take some weeks.
In Brussels, the Foreign Secretary
was talking to Nato and European
allies, trying to maintain
the diplomatic pressure on Russia -
looking not just for
statements of support,
but tangible, joined-up action.
There are things we can
and must do together,
tackling disinformation from Russia,
and the UK has been helping to fund
that at an EU level.
Tackling cyber together.
about what Russia is up to.
And for now, at least, allies
standing shoulder to shoulder.
All 29 Nato allies stand united.
We stand in solidarity
with the United Kingdom.
And the UK is not alone.
Earlier, EU foreign ministers
gathered to discuss the attack
and issued a joint statement
solidarity with the UK,
saying they took its assessment that
Russia was to blame
What is absolutely clear is that
solidarity with the United Kingdom
and our extreme concern
about what has happened,
that is really unacceptable.
But in Moscow,
the defiance continued.
As President Putin began his fourth
term of office, his spokesman said
the UK must prove Russia's role
in the poisoning of Mr
Skripal or apologise.
As for Russia's diplomats in London,
well, some of these officials
and their families will be heading
home tomorrow - 23 in all,
with a similar number of British
diplomats leaving Moscow shortly.
Tomorrow, the National Security
Council will meet to decide
Britain's next steps
and there is a live debate
within government -
should they retaliate and escalate,
or simply do nothing?
Should they kick more Russian
diplomats out of the Embassy
here or should they find new ways
of penalising Russia?
The question is, what
further diplomatic price
is the Government prepared to pay?
James Langdale, BBC News.
Global reaction to Vladimir Putin's
re-election tells you a lot
about the state of the world today.
The President's victory in this
weekend's poll prompted effusive
praise from among others China,
Venezuela and Cuba and a rather
frosty response from the West.
Election monitoring groups pointed
to a lack of real choice
in the election in which Mr Putin
won three quarters of the vote.
The main opposition
leader, Alexei Navalny,
was barred from standing.
There have also been accounts of
ballot stuffing and forced voting.
For more we are joined
now by Angela Stent,
an expert in Russian politics
who teaches at
I want to get to the real election
of President Putin in a second but
first the spy story in the UK and
the latest developments. It doesn't
look like the Russian government has
any intention of giving anything on
Of course not, they never
do, they didn't do it with Alexander
Litvinenko and they won't now.
That's how they respond to these
things, with denial, which makes it
more difficult to hold people to
You have written recently
that institutions in Russia have
rarely been as insignificant as they
are today over the course of the
last 100 years. Does that mean
Vladimir Putin is therefore much
Certainly at the
moment. He appears to be very
powerful now. He has just won 76% of
the vote and even if there was some
cheating he's definitely popular.
But I think going forward we will
have to see whether this is indeed
his last term, you start to get
people manoeuvring for succession,
you start to get people questioning
what's happening but right now and I
would say that the next year or two
he will be very powerful.
I want to
pick up on that because their risk
term limit in Russia, and by the end
of this he will have served 24
years. Will his priority shift
because of that jostling for power?
His priority should shift to
economic reform, to strengthening
the economy, and to make sure
people's standard of living don't
fall and people around him don't
start grumbling more. It's not clear
who really will do anything. The
other possibility is more assertive
foreign policy. Going back to the
pre-election speech he made, it had
two parts to it, one was economic
reform and the other was showing off
nuclear weapons and basically
telling the United States, we can
evade any weapons you have and don't
mess with us.
But I wonder if
history and his worldview ensures
that he really does like the way
things are drifting at the moment,
going back to a Cold War and nearer
really where Russia and the Soviet
bloc was all powerful. If you think
back to where he was as an FSB
agent, there was chaos. There was
not a strong economy although there
was more democracy.
His goal has
been to get the outside world to
treat Russia as if it were the
Soviet Union, a great superpower,
people should respect and fear it,
and is on his way to achieving that
despite an economy that is not
functioning that well, despite
crumbling infrastructure and bad
demographics. He has been able to
project Russian power into its
neighbourhood and beyond.
So to what
extent does interfering in elections
around the world, in the west in
particular, and the spy story in the
UK constitute part of Vladimir
It will be part of his
legacy because it is exacerbating
the polarisation that exists in the
west, making people question their
own societies. This will be part of
his legacy, then deploying these
tactics, poisoning, and these tough
tactics which were deployed in the
Soviet times too, but with greater
Thank you for coming
in. Angela Merkel has been in Poland
and top of her agenda
was North Stream two -
the gas pipeline that would ship
Russian gas to Germany.
Mrs Merkel's government has given
it the green light -
but Poland is urging Western
sanctions be imposed on it.
It's not the only topic that the two
countries fail to see eye to eye on.
Berlin is less than impressed with
Warsaw's sweeping judicial reforms.
Poland's Minister of Investment
and Economic Development
and is in London
today to talk trade.
We spoke to him a little earlier
and I asked him for Poland's
response to the alleged Russian
poisoning of a former
Russian Spy here in the UK
and whether he believed the EU
was ready to take strong action?
The United Kingdom can count on
Polish support and I think not only
the Government but especially
European Society and the media
should say very clearly what do they
think about actions like that
because that was not only be action
against the former spy but it was
also the action against his family
up against common citizens who
unfortunately suffered from that.
know that Poland is supporting --
has supported in the past British
sanctions on Russia, and Angela
Merkel is in Warsaw today talking
about the gas pipeline that will
bring gas from Russia into Europe. I
know this is something you seek as a
potential for sanctions, if Russia
were to continue misbehaving.
it's important the dialogue between
Poland and Germany continues, and at
a very high level. At the level of
our Prime ministers. But you're
right, north stream two is something
we do not accept at all in Poland
and we do not concede that
commercial economic undertaking.
That is an investment which could
monopolise the transfer of gas from
Russia to Europe. We think that it
could make not only Poland but
especially Ukraine in a very, very
I wanted to
ask, the German government
spokesperson ahead of Angela
Merkel's visit today said European
Democrats must stand together
against Trump and Putin. Is that how
you see it from Poland's point of
The United States are very
close ally of Poland. You know,
these days. We received strong
support from Nato especially on our
eastern border, and that was
extremely important for us that we
have got now the Nato troops led by
American soldiers of Poland. We have
very good relations in the area of
defence cooperation and now we want
to foster our economic relations
with the United States. So I think
that comparison of Trump and Putin
is not really relevant.
I must ask
you finally about the relationship
between Britain and Poland, 1
million Polish people live in the
UK, you must be encouraged by the
agreement signed in Brussels today
that will assure their rights post
It is very good news for
both Polish citizens in the UK but
also British citizens.
Do you think
Brexit deal can be done?
much more optimistic after the end
of the last year, when the
compromise was made and also by
today's agreement, so I'm much more
optimistic than I was a year ago.
significant moment. Minister, thank
you for coming.
Today President Trump rolled
out his long awaited plan to tackle
the nation's growing opioid crises.
Drug overdoses have become leading
cause of death for Americans
under the age of 50,
a problem fuelled by
a spike in opioids.
The President said that drug
companies must be held accountable
and added there would be stiffer
penalties for high
intensity drug traffickers.
We can have all of the blue riband
committees we want but if we don't
get tough on the drug dealers, we
are wasting our time, just remember
that, we are wasting our time. That
toughness includes the death
Well it is not just first responders
and treatment centres
which are being taxed
by the opioid crisis,
the nation's criminal
justice system is also
struggling to keep up.
In Buffalo, New York they are trying
an innovative approach
which could prove a model
for the rest of the nation.
The BBC's Nada Tawfik has gone
to see the country's first
opioid court in action.
This unremarkable courtroom in New
York might be America's best new
defence against its deadliest drug
crisis. The goal here in the nation
's first opioid court is basic yet
ambitious, to keep people alive.
When offenders who appear in court
are addicts, the judge immediately
puts their case on hold.
to release you today but I need you
to report here tomorrow so we can go
over everything about your
No longer viewed as
criminals, they are given help and
have a chance to get their sentence
We are not going to make
the same mistake as we did in the
1990s because we have the research
and data to show you cannot lock up
an addiction is the second they walk
out of jail they will have the same
need for that substance.
Participants are given treatment
within hours. They agreed to drug
tests, a curfew and daily court
appearances. The judge knows often
this court can be the only support
system some people have, so having
them checked in daily and trying to
form a personal bond is a way to
keep them on track. Carly has been
clean for two months since starting
the programme. She was arrested for
drug possession and says she has
used prescription pills and heroin
for over a decade. In one week alone
she was arrived -- revived three
times after overdoses.
You are a dog
to drug dealers, you don't have any
self-worth at all so when somebody
looks at you and actually cares
about what you are going through in
your life, what your problems are,
how we can help, it reminds you that
deep inside there is a person that
needs and deserves love.
trying to develop a plan for the day
she no longer has to check in with
the courts. She hopes to have a
career in criminal justice, just
like judge Hannah, himself a
difference between me and
individuals you saw today is time.
Once they have spent enough time is
clean as I have, they can accomplish
anything in life.
In Buffalo they
already think it is a success, the
number of overdose deaths has
significantly increased and that has
other cities taking notice.
This is such a huge problem in the
United States, but that proposition
of giving the death penalty to some
drug traffickers will be
This is Beyond One Hundred Days.
Still to come - the actress
Cynthia Nixon announces her
candidacy for governor of New York.
The TV presenter, Ant McPartlin,
says he will seek further treatment
after he was arrested
on suspicion of drink-driving.
He was detained yesterday afternoon
following a collision involving
three cars in south west London.
ITV says his Saturday night
programme broadcast with his partner
Declan Donnelly will not be
broadcast this weekend.
Mr McPartlin spent time in rehab
last year and will take time off
for the foreseeable future according
to his publicist.
Lizo Mzimba has more.
Moments after the Mini
he was driving was involved
in a collision with two cars,
Ant McPartlin at the
scene of the crash.
When police arrived,
he was taken away under arrest,
after failing a breath test.
A number of people were treated
for minor injuries and a child
passenger taken to hospital
for a precautionary checkup.
The evening before,
Ant McPartlin had presented ITV's
Saturday Night Takeaway.
He returned to TV last year,
after going into rehab
visitation to treat addiction
to alcohol and painkillers.
the broadcaster said...
From Britain's Got Talent
through to I'm A Celebrity,
so much of ITV's output is built
on Ant McPartlin, as well as his
co-host, Declan Donnelly.
They will be trying to work out
what all this will mean
for the long-term future of one
of its biggest stars.
Police say inquiries
into the collision are continuing.
ITV said they hoped the presenter
will get the help he needs, police
say inquiries are continuing.
Here is a strange, alarming story.
Police in Austin, Texas,
are warning of a new bomb
threat after the city
was hit by a fourth explosion
in just one month.
Two people were injured
by a device that may have been
triggered by a trip wire.
The previous bombs were stuffed
inside packages and left
on residents' doorsteps.
Authorities have little
understanding of who could be
setting off these devices and why.
Police gave this
update earlier today.
We are clearly dealing with what we
expect to be a serial bomber at this
point based on the similarities
between now what is the fourth
device and again as we look at this
individual and the pattern, and what
we are looking at here, we will have
to determine whether we see a
specific ideology behind this or
something that will lead us to make
that decision along with our federal
Two people died in the
For the latest we can speak
to our correspondent Gary O'Donoghue
who joins us from Austin.
What more do the police know about
They don't know a great deal
and I think that was pretty clear
from what they said this morning.
They don't have a suspect, they are
following up a few final leads but
they haven't lighted on any person
or more importantly perhaps any
motive. There was speculation after
the first three bombings that seemed
to target black people and someone
from an Hispanic background as well,
but last night's attack here was
indiscriminate. It actually affected
two young white men but it was a
trip wire so it could have affected
anyone including children as the
police pointed out this morning.
They sound pretty baffled. They are
offering not just money for advice
and information about who might be
doing this, $115,000, but they are
also trying to reach out to the
bomber himself or themselves to say,
look, we can listen to you and take
on board what you want to say. But
they don't know if this is a hate
crime or domestic terrorism case or
any of the other possibilities.
Thank you, Gary
any of the other possibilities.
Thank you, Gary.
What's the last thing
you did on the internet?
Did it involve handing over
great dollops of private
information about yourself?
It is something most of us do
everyday, as we 'share',
'post', 'like', 'tweet'.
But how much time do we spend
thinking about where all that
information ends up?
The allegations surrounding the use
of personal Facebook data
by Cambridge Analytica offers
another reminder of how much we've
all been willing to hand over.
So should we be concerned?
We're joined in the studio now
by Julia Hobsbawm author
of 'Fully Connected: Social Health
in an Age of Overload'.
We talk about this a lot on this
programme, about how we are deluged
by social media and things on the
internet, so we are really to blame,
We are, yes. I like the
Freudian slip of overlord, it is
actually overload. But we have
reached the point where we feel out
of control and yet we have given the
control away. Research has shown
that less than one in 1000 people
ever read the small print. How many
times have you clicked, yes yes yes,
sign me up. It's a great story, a
fantastic piece of investigative
reporting, but I think there is
another story behind it which is
that we, the public, that down --
download apps, we know they give
data away. It is a well stated
precondition very often so my point
about this story is of course we
should be up in arms about not
knowing that Facebook has lost
control of its data but data loss of
control is everywhere. That's why
the GDPR is coming in in Europe.
will talk about that in a second but
I want to talk about a tweet from
Ian, says funny how everyone is in
uproar about data issues but people
use chrome, android, nobody ever
complains about those companies so
they have been harvesting
information for years.
there is an enormous tech lash, it
is just that Facebook is getting it
in the neck now. The truth is we are
all waking up to something we have
slightly brought upon ourselves
which is for free social media for
the last ten years, we have given
away our privacy and our data. That
is now being harvested, terrible
word to use really, it is being
harvested and sold. We have a choice
in society, what are we going to do
about that and I believe we have to
take our social health, our
behaviours around how we connect as
seriously as we take our physical
and mental health.
I totally agree,
I thought Christian was doing one of
his terrible puns with overlord!
This hasn't been around for long, so
we as a species have to get smarter
about the way we use the internet
and social media. What will it take
to trigger the learning process and
the revolution where we say that is
You are completely right it
is down to the human and not the
machine. A bit like you see people
in the gym and they are reading but
not really engaging, we have got to
engage with what we are doing online
and on the internet. Our data goes
somewhere. Unless we obsessively set
high privacy settings, and even if
we do, there is a back door. Back in
1999 and very prominent net person
said there is zero privacy, get over
it. So the choice is do you want to
be online, in which case why because
really about 20% of our time is now
lost, and if you do, what are you
sharing and why. So we have to take
Yulia, we have to
leave it there. Very quickly before
we go, here is a blast from the
Cynthia Nixon has announced her
candidacy for governor of New York.
Ms Nixon - who's most
famous for playing
the character of Miranda in Sex
and the City - will challenge Andrew
Cuomo for the Democratic nomination.
Who else do we know who did this?
Was he a success?