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this is bbc news. i'm carole walker. the headlines at 11: at number 10, ministers are said in principle to agree an increased brexit divorce payment to the eu. but in germany, the future of chancellor merkel, one of the eu's strongest voices, is in doubt after the collapse of coalition talks. robert mugabe faces a formal process of impeachment following his refusal to step down as president of zimbabwe. and now they are man and wife. from 1947 to 2017, the queen and the duke of edinburgh have been celebrating 70 years of married life. and on newsnight, merkels plans for a government run aground. what next for germany, europe, and brexit plans now? and should paperchase be forced to apologize for advertising in the daily mail? good evening, and welcome to bbc
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news. the bbc understands there was broad agreement at a cabinet committee meeting that the government should increase the financial offer to the eu, but only in return for moving on to trade talks next month. earlier, the eu chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, said brussels was ready to offer the uk the "most ambitious" trade deal, but only if its terms were met. also today, it's been announced that amsterdam has been chosen as the location for the european medicines agency when the uk leaves the bloc in 2019. another london—based organisation, the european banking agency, is to be relocated to paris. this report from our political editor, laura kuenssberg, contains some flash photography. have you agreed to pay more money, foreign secretary?
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they are never going to agree every single thing. was there a row in there? he said we would get money back when we leave. she said it would cost us billions. will you pay more money? but ministers have tonight agreed that the prime minister can at least promise to pay more to settle our accounts. we have been very clear that we will honour our commitments. but what i want to see is us developing that special partnership with the european union for the future, and i want to see us moving together. "together." notice the prime minister in a factory this morning hinting that one won't happen without the other. the rest of the eu won't get their version of the bill if they don't agree to move on next month to talk about trade and a settling in period, a transition, where factories and firms all over the country can adjust to the idea. that sort of promise is something
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which in brussels simply has to happen. do you want more money from the uk to move forward on brexit talks? if you missed it, yes to more cash from the germans. and the dutch say, get on with it. it has to be concrete and on the table instead of in the press. there are already real consequences of brexit. the moves of the medical and banking regulators from london to the continent, announced like diplomatic bingo today. based on today's voting, we have selected amsterdam to be the new seat of the european medicines agency and paris will be the new seat of the european banking authority. and the chief negotiator, michel barnier, clear the uk and the city can't have all the benefits of the single market, but... if we manage to negotiate an orderly withdrawal,
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there is every reason for our future partnership to be ambitious. this is our preferred option. what was agreed tonight is a long way from a detailed blueprint for brexit. but ministers did accept that theresa may can put hypothetical extra billions on the table, only if, though, the eu agrees to talk trade and about transition. the mood around the table, the government will move, but not on its own. tonight's decision should, number 10 hopes, get the negotiations shifting. but it is notjust events here which will determine if there will be a deal, or we will walk away. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. the electoral commission has re—opened an investigation into vote leave‘s eu referendum spending. the campaign paid £625,000 to clear bills allegedly run up by university student darren grimes with a digital agency,
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before last june's vote. a separate group, veterans for britain, received £100,000 from vote leave. the campaign has denied attempting to get round spending limits, which the electoral commission initially accepted, but it now says it has new information. the progress of brexit talks may also be affected by events in germany. the future of chancellor angela merkel has been put in doubt by the unexpected collapse of talks to form a coalition government. mrs merkel said she'd rather have another election than lead a minority administration. the crisis was provoked by the decision of the free democrats to pull out of talks with angela merkel‘s christian democrats and the greens. this report from our europe editor, katya adler, contains some flashing images. ask a european about strong and sta ble ask a european about strong and stable government, and here their finger will point, germany, a
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country proud of its post—war political stability and careful consensus building. until today. the date angela merkel won the dubious honour of becoming the first leader of germany since world war two to fail to form a government. but it's not over yet. coalition talks have collapsed for now, but angela merkel is nothing if not a seasoned political fighter. she has is nothing if not a seasoned politicalfighter. she has been german prime minister for three terms already. would she consider giving up now? translation: no. resigning was never an option. i have always said that i am ready to serve germany for a further four yea rs. serve germany for a further four years. this coalition failed its negotiation talks, but that does not meani negotiation talks, but that does not mean i will forget the promise i made. earlier today, angela merkel met the german president to discuss what is next. you can set government
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forming or a fresh elections, both 110w forming or a fresh elections, both now carrying a real risk the far right could benefit. translation: this is an unprecedented situation in modern germany. this goes beyond party interests. concern may well start to grow outside germany as well. if politicians do not live up to their responsibility in this, the strongest nation. what does this all mean? it depends on who you speak to. here in germany tonight, the biggest question is will angela merkel survive this, the biggest political crisis of her career? political are people in the german chancellery also has issues elsewhere. the eu feels pretty bullish of late and is planning reform of the eurozone and defence cooperation. all with germany in the driving seat. and what about brexit? sources close to angela merkel insisted to me today germany's
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attitude to break it would remain unchanged despite coalition woes, but is that realistic? with her trying to keep her acts together and form a government with germany adrift, the impact on rigs at is short—term. —— brexit. they can say whatever they want in brussels, but they are all waiting on the signal from berlin. angela merkel promised germany a new government for christmas. that now seems more than unlikely. the irony of a political crisis year if it comes at a time economically they have never had it so economically they have never had it so good. with europe facing international uncertainty, it relies more than ever on a stable germany to drive it. katya adler, bbc news, berlin. robert mugabe is now facing a formal process of impeachment
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following his refusal to step down as president of zimbabwe. the country's ruling zanu—pf party has agreed to begin the process hours after he appeared on national television and demanded the right to continue. he's accused of allowing his wife to seize power and, at the age of 93, of being incapable of governing. the military said there could be a ‘road—map' to a transfer of power as our africa editor, fergal keane, reports from harare. they're still the muscle behind the political manoeuvring. and when the generals speak, people and politicians listen. tonight, they hinted in a rare press conference that talks between robert mugabe and his would—be successor, emmerson mnangagwa, would happen soon. the zimbabwe defence and security services are encouraged by new developments which include contact between the president and the former vice—president, comrade emmerson mnangagwa,
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who is expected in the country shortly. thereafter, the nation will be advised on the outcome of talks between the two. suggestion of talks and a road map has encouraged speculation that robert mugabe is starting to feel the political pressure as, piece by piece, his power is shredded. his mps gathered in harare to begin the legal process of impeachment, removing him from office by parliamentary vote and telling us it could happen in days. we are expecting the motion to be moved tomorrow and a committee to be set up tomorrow, and hopefully by wednesday, because the charges are so clear, we expect that we should be able to vote in parliament. it could be done that soon? yes. in the audience, a first lady in waiting, auxilia, wife of emmerson mnangagwa, who the party wants as president. how are you? will your husband be coming soon? i'm not commenting on that. everybody is waiting to see him.
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i'm also waiting to see him. thank you very much. well, you can hear the emotions are building here, and this is a parliamentary party set on getting rid of robert mugabe. they share that ambition with the people of zimbabwe, with the military. listen, when the people have spoken, that is it. the people have spoken in zimbabwe. zimbabweans are speaking. and we are good to go. but the generals are in a bind. they banked on robert mugabe caving in quickly. however, last night's rambling speech to the nation made no mention of resigning. i will preside over these processes... he appeared detached from reality, talking about presiding over a party congress. the question is why the generals allowed this to happen. partly, it's to do with a changed africa. the old days of shooting leaders are gone. human rights lawyer,
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beatrice mtetwa, was once persecuted by robert mugabe. she says the generals and mr mnangagwa want to be seen to be acting constitutionally. zimbabwean culture has always been that you make the law, you justify your actions on the basis that this is the law, and this is in line with the zimbabwean way of doing things. give it respectability by making it law, however bad it is. the talks mooted tonight might yet end this crisis. but the people are ready for impeachment. and that legal path is about ensuring the legitimacy of those who rule zimbabwe next. fergal keane, bbc news, harare. president trump has announced the us is re—designating north korea a state sponsor of terrorism. the move paves the way for further sanctions to be imposed on the country, which mr trump says will be announced tomorrow. the president says it follows north korea's nuclear programme and support for what he called international acts of terrorism. the united states is designating
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north korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. this designation will impose further sanctions on penalties in north korea, and supports the maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime. our north america editor, jon sopel, says it is a significant move by president trump. this should be seen as part of donald trump's effort to give maximum pressure on north korea to get it to fall into line. perhaps the biggest effect will not be on sanctions imposed by the united states, although they will be announced tomorrow, but in the actions of third—party countries who make trade with the us and with north korea who feel that they may face the wrath of america if they continue to trade with north korea. the us secretary of state was talking today about how some of those countries are now having an effect on north korea, with fuel supply is running short and revenue streams perhaps affected. north korea's state newspaper yesterday
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talked about donald trump again being an old lunatic who with spouting rubbish. well, it is two months since donald trump talked about us weapons being locked and loaded and fury raining down and little rocket man, and has not been a missile test and is then up it may be coincidence, or it may be the noisy diplomacy from america and the removal of economic help from china is having an effect. britain is to lose its seat on the international court ofjustice in the hague for the first time since the united nation's principal legal body was founded in 19116. the candidacy of the uk's judge sir christopher green was withdrawn after voting was deadlocked. his place will be taken by a judge from india. the queen and the duke of edinburgh have been celebrating seventy years of marriage with a family dinner at windsor castle. a series of portraits of the queen and the duke of edinburgh have also been released to mark their platinum wedding anniversary. they were taken by the celebrity
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photographer, matt holyoak. and now it is time for newsnight. political crisis in germany — the world's most powerful woman sees her coalition talks collapse. as angela merkel hits the buffers, has brexitjust disappeared off europe's radar? and where does that leave us? theresa may has won support of her cabinet colleagues to increase their financial offer to the eu. but does that have any weight if there is a power vacuum at the heart of europe? we expect the motion to be moved tomorrow, the committee set up and


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