Continent’s press looks on at ‘Brexit bedlam’

Europe’s media still all about Brexit.

UK

British papers surveyed the fallout from a day of high drama, as U.K. Cabinet ministers refused to support the U.K.-EU Brexit deal and Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to push the deal through her parliament, no matter what.

— The headlines abounded with images of May’s resoluteness but also her diminishing authority. The Daily Express said a “defiant May” was showing “no interest in backing down.”

— The Times, meanwhile, declared: “Lonely May staggers on.”

— The Telegraph led with a phrase May used at a press conference Thursday evening: “Am I going to see this through? Yes.”

The New Statesman said May was merely prolonging her “Brexit crisis.”

— The BBC‘s Laura Kuenssberg said this could be a “gale that’s weathered in a few days” or a “storm that sweeps the government away.”

— The Daily Mail expressed its “fury at preening Tory saboteurs” who wanted to trigger a no-confidence vote in the PM. “Have they lost the plot?” it asked.

The Times said Environment Secretary Michael Gove was “on the edge” of resigning.

The Telegraph described Gove as holding Theresa May’s future in his hands and looked at the Tories “jostling” to succeed her.

The Guardian asked: “Can you get Theresa May’s deal through parliament?” and invited readers to play its Brexit simulation game.

Ireland

Irish media mostly looked on in horror at the events unfolding across the Irish sea.

— “Brexit bedlam engulfs May” was the cheery headline in the Irish Independent, as it noted that €3.3 billion had been wiped off the value of Irish shares on Thursday.

— The same paper also picked through how the Brexit deal affects Ireland.

— State broadcaster RTE predicted “further unrest” for May.

— Alex Kane in the Irish Times said Ulster Unionism had been “thrown under a bus” by the Tories. The paper also said there was “concern” in Dublin for May’s prospects.

France

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the French press sought to explain what this Brexit chaos was all about. But, would you believe it, France also had some news of its own to report.

FranceInfo had a Brexit deal explainer, and Les Échos outlined why Brexiteers were angry.

Le Figaro said May’s Brexit was “hanging by a thread.”

Libération had a special edition focusing on the anger and political crisis in Marseille, in the aftermath of the collapse of two tower blocks.

Le Parisien wondered if the city was heading for a “flood” of protesters in high-vis jackets blockading the streets on Saturday, angered by a rise in fuel tax.

Le Figaro said a new chapter in the “battle of the ex-es” between François Hollande and Ségolène Royal had opened, with a “discreet war of influence” taking place.

Germany

Brexit also made the news in Germany but most eyes were on the CDU’s leadership tussle.

Tagesschau described “turbulent days” in the U.K. and a “power struggle.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung said the three main candidates to replace Angela Merkel as the head of the CDU had started their campaigns. “All three are devoting a lot of time to refugee policy,” the paper noted.

Spiegel said after Thursday’s three-hour leadership debate, one was left “not much smarter than you were before.”

Brexit ‘revolution’

It’s all about the draft divorce deal for the Continent’s press.

UK

Brexit dominated British front pages after EU and U.K. negotiators struck a draft withdrawal deal on Wednesday.

— The BBC reported that while Prime Minister Theresa May had managed to convince the majority of her Cabinet to back the deal, nine ministers opposed it.

— Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid and Gavin Williamson were amongst those expressing “serious reservations” to the deal, the i reckoned. According to the article, May told her ministers that the deal was the “best that could be negotiated” and that the alternatives were either no Brexit at all, or a no-deal divorce.

— Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg was not amused, the Daily Express reported, saying that London would remain a “permanent rule-taker.”

The Guardian had a brief guide on the 585-page-long draft agreement.

Germany

German media also focused on Brexit, as well as on the donation scandal enveloping the country’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

— “The last judgement is merciful,” Die Zeit reported, referring to Theresa May’s Cabinet’s support for the Brexit deal.

— After news emerged that the AfD had received a €130,000 campaign donation from Switzerland, despite the fact such payments aren’t allowed, several papers reported that the party had also been paid €150,000 by a Belgian foundation. Tagesschau’s story here.

France

It was all Brexit, all day in France.

— Le Monde labeled Scotland the loser of the draft deal, picking up on comments made by the country’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

— Multiple obstacles remain before Brexit can actually happen, Les Echos reported.

— Other papers covered a Tuesday interview with French President Emmanuel Macron with broadcaster TF1. Macron spoke to the media for the sixth time in 10 days and emphasized European issues, Libération reported.

Italy

Brexit was also the hot topic in Italy.

Il Post reported that the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier had called the agreement a “crucial step to continue negotiations.”

La Repubblica focused on the effects of Brexit on soccer. More than half of the members of the U.K.’s Premier League are foreigners, the paper reported. “Brexit: Revolution in the Premier,” was the paper’s headline.


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‘Judgment day’ for May

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UK

Brexit made the front page of every national newspaper (except the Daily Star, which led on police receiving more money to search for Madeleine McCann). And the papers did not hold back in their insistence on how important Wednesday would be in the Brexit negotiations.

— The BBC’s website reported that this afternoon’s Cabinet meeting would be a “showdown” between Prime Minister Theresa May and her ministers.

— The Daily Mail said it was “Judgment Day,” the Daily Telegraph called it a “moment of truth” and the Financial Times a “moment of danger.”

— The i newspaper said, with tongue in cheek, that “now all the prime minister has to do is get it past her Cabinet, the Commons, the Lords, the DUP, and 27 EU nations …”

— The Express focused on International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt’s call for Cabinet to get a free vote on the proposed deal.

— The Times said May had been “accused of betrayal” by Brexiteers, but would nonetheless “claim to have won a crucial battle” over the Irish backstop.

— Backbench Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg wrote in the Telegraph that the proposed deal was “not in the national interest.”

— Former PM Tony Blair had an op-ed in the Times urging Labour to back a second vote.

Germany

German papers took most of their top stories from news in Italy and the U.K. — although camels also featured.

— Tagesschau described the mood in Rome as “serene” after the Italian government overnight decided not to change its budgetary targets despite the possibility of the EU’s sanctions against it. Bild said Italy was being stubborn and is “provoking” Europe.

Zeit Online focused on Brexit, writing: “For Theresa May the political struggle is only beginning.” Frankfurter Allgemeine‘s headline was “White smokes rises.”

Spiegel Online said Health Minister Jens Spahn, who wants to succeed Angela Merkel as the chairman of the CDU, had launched an attack on his rivals Friedrich Merz and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

— The website also said Die Linke would seek to gain ground from the Greens in next year’s European election but that “not all comrades” will like the strategy.

Deutsche Welle said seven camels had been spotted loitering in a supermarket carpark in the northern city of Celle. A circus employee escorted them home but it was unclear why the animals had made their way to the area. Police said they may have been “waiting for the best bargains.”

France

French news focused on mounting outrage over a proposed hike in diesel and petrol tax, ahead of a planned citizen-led protest by the “high-vis jackets” movement, which is set to blockade roads this weekend.

Le Figaro said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was set to announce measures to help struggling people, but according to FranceInfo‘s website, the PM said he would not nix the tax hike.

Libération said the Modem party, which supports La République en Marche, was firmly behind the tax hike.

Le Parisien noted François Hollande was returning to politics. It featured a clip from TV show Quotidien in which the ex-president told a fan: “I am going to come back.”

— Le Monde said “the essential” elements of the draft Brexit deal were done in Brussels, but “everything remains to be accomplished in London.”

Italy

Italian papers focused on the government’s refusal to back down in its dispute with the EU over the national budget.

La Stampa warned the “clash with the EU will cost us €60 billion a year.”

La Repubblica described the affair as the Italian government’s “search for the perfect enemy.”


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‘Judgement day’ looms in Brexit talks

Also making headlines: Michelle Obama’s memoirs and Bavaria’s ‘young, female and Catholic’ government.

United Kingdom

Many papers covered the publishing of Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, as the Brexit deadline drew ever closer.

The Guardian said the book “reveals [her] dread of Trump and how [the news] cycle turns her stomach.” The Independent said Michelle Obama didn’t think her husband could become president because he was “a black man in America.” The Telegraph focused on her meeting with the Queen.

— The BBC news website said ministers were told “judgement day” was looming to finalize a Brexit deal.

The Guardian warned “time is running out” and said Theresa May had told the Lord Mayor’s banquet in London that talks were in the “endgame.”

Germany

German papers focused on the struggling SPD and the new government in Bavaria.

Berliner Morgenpost says SPD leader Andrea Nahles is performing a “U-turn” by dropping her party’s support for the welfare reforms known as Hartz IV. But the paper said the exact changes the SPD wanted to make, other than creating a “friendly” welfare state, in Nahles’ words, were still “unclear.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine said the SPD’s last few months had been characterized by “troubles, heavy defeats and mourning.” Now, the paper said, the party knows there must be “no more moping.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung presented the new Bavarian cabinet — a coalition of CSU and Free Voters led by Markus Söder. The paper described the regional government as “younger, female and Catholic.”

France

French media followed the deadly fire in California as well as developments closer to home.

FranceInfo said the forest fire in California, which has killed 42 people, was “by far the worst in the state’s history.”

Le Figaro said the government’s spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux and Equalities Secretary Marlène Schiappa defended themselves from accusations of overspending in their departments. Both Griveaux and Schiappa went on TV to denounce the figures as false.

Le Parisien covered Monday’s national education strike, but said the threat of jobs being cut only “weakly” mobilized people.

— The website of radio station France Bleu said the police were dealing with the emotional shock of losing Maggy Biskupski, who took her own life with her service weapon Monday night. She came to prominence after the 2016 Viry-Châtillon attack, when a gang of youths threw 13 Molotov cocktails at two police cars in a Paris suburb.

Italy

Italian papers were watching the deputy prime ministers closely.

La Repubblica said bishops were warning the government over its handling of the EU budget dispute.

Il Fatto Quotidiano said Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini promised he would “not oblige anyone” to pay penalties under his pension reforms.

Il Giornale investigated where the other Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio might have got a press card.

Boris Johnson says Britain is ‘the punk of Brussels’

Also making headlines: Horst Seehofer ‘retreats’ from CSU and Brexit is rubbish for Sweden.

United Kingdom

The Telegraph led with former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s column in which he accused Prime Minister Theresa May of “the biggest statecraft failure since Suez” and said the U.K. has “agreed to become the punk of Brussels, signing up not just to their existing rulebook but to huge chunks of future regulation.”

— The BBC reported that some Cabinet ministers had “voiced doubts” about May’s Chequers plan when she revealed it to them in July.

The Times said May was hoping for a deal with the EU “in the next 48 hours” but noted “Cabinet unhappiness with the eventual package is growing.”

Germany

Tagesschau said Interior Minister Horst Seehofer was preparing to “retreat in instalments” — by stepping down as CSU party leader in January and possibly also leaving his post in government. However, “it’s not official yet.”

— Süddeutsche Zeitung said far-right party AfD had received a €130,000 campaign donation from Switzerland, even though “donations [from] abroad are generally not allowed.”

— Bild said it had got its hands on “a secret strategy paper” that shows how the AfD will try to thwart Friedrich Merz’s bid to succeed Angela Merkel as CDU chairman.

Die Welt said in the race to succeed Merkel within the CDU, “the crew wants Merz, the officers want [Annegret] Kramp-Karrenbauer.”

France

Le Figaro said U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin discussed international issues, such as North Korea, at length when they met on the sidelines of the World War I centenary commemorations in Paris this weekend.

Le Parisien reported teachers would strike on Monday to protest the axing of thousands of jobs in secondary schools.

BFMTV carried comments by the mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin, in which he admitted his administration had not done enough to sort out dangerous housing, after last week’s collapse of two apartment blocks that killed eight people.

Sweden

Swedish papers previewed a week in which parliament will vote on making center-right Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson the new prime minister, after seven frustrating weeks of coalition negotiations.

Expressen said Wednesday’s vote would be “historic” and noted that “a new candidate for prime minister had never been voted down in the Riksdag in modern times.”

Svenska Dagbladet said Kristersson had prepared a list of potential ministers, but that “he will probably be the first prime ministerial candidate in modern times to be voted down.”

Sydsvenskan reported that Brexit was threatening a key source of Sweden’s fuel: British trash. The website said “no one knows” how the country will manage to import over half a million tons of garbage, which it needs to burn for fuel, once the U.K. has left the EU.

‘Call me Manfred’

Also making headlines: Soaring anti-Semitism in France and British PM’s leaked letter stokes Brexit tensions.

Germany

The German press focused on new diesel rules.

Bild said the federal government had found a way out of the “diesel crisis” after carmakers negotiating with Berlin agreed to pay out €3,000 per vehicle for hardware fixes in the 14 cities most affected by air pollution.

Frankfurter Allgemeine said the compromise deal struck Thursday was under attack, with critics dubbing it a “trickery” because hardware retrofits would only be subsidized from 2020.

Spiegel Online ran the headline “Call me Manfred,” reporting on the election of Manfred Weber to be the EPP’s lead candidate for next year’s European election. It was “a respectable but not surprising result,” the website said.

Die Welt said Germans believed Friedrich Merz and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer were equally likely to be successful chancellors — but the third candidate for the CDU leadership, Health Minister Jens Spahn, trailed behind them in a survey by Kantar Emnid.

France

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s plan to respond to rising anti-Semitism was a top story in France.

FranceInfo carried the PM’s announcement of a 69-percent rise in anti-Semitic acts in France in the first nine months of 2018. A permanent national team will be posted in the education ministry to tackle the situation, Philippe said.

20 Minutes said a march would be held in Marseille on Saturday to honor the victims of collapsed apartment blocks.

Le Monde carried news of Manfred Weber’s nomination as the EPP’s lead candidate but said he was still not the “best placed” to unite pro-European parties. Europe’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier “are holding onto their chances.”

— The website of broadcaster LCI said 10,000 police and military personnel would participate in World War I centenary commemorations this weekend, with 72 heads of state or government expected to attend a ceremony in the north of France.

UK

The British press was all Brexit, Brexit, Brexit.

The Times published revelations from a leaked letter written by Theresa May, sent to the Democratic Unionist Party, which indicated the British PM would accept the EU’s plan to put a customs border in the Irish Sea if the U.K. crashes out of the EU without a divorce deal.

The Telegraph said the EU was demanding fishing rights in British waters in return for an all-U.K. customs backstop.

— The Metro ran the headline: “I didn’t think it Dover,” in response to Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab’s admission that he had not fully understood the importance of the Dover-Calais border crossing.

Belgium

The run-up to next year’s European election also made the Belgian press.

Le Soir noted Manfred Weber was one “important step” closer to the 13th floor of the Berlaymont.

DH said hundreds of administrative workers from Brussels’ communes took to the streets on Thursday to protest “too much work for not enough pay.”

Trump turns up war on ‘enemy of the people’

Also making headlines: Police foil an attack on the Spanish PM and a controversy over France’s WWI commemorations rumbles on.

United Kingdom

British papers focused on the aftermath of U.S. midterm elections and Donald Trump’s latest attack on the press.

— The U.S. “is split by economics, as always, but perhaps more intensely by culture,” the Telegraph’s Tim Stanley wrote from Pennsylvania.

The Guardian said that after the “midterm distraction” Trump “gets back to business” and “turned his war on the enemy of the people up another whole notch.”

BBC also covered Wednesday’s dramatic press event, reporting that the White House took away CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press access just hours after he and Trump clashed over immigration. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said his credentials were revoked because he put “his hands on a young woman” who was trying to wrest the microphone away from him.

Germany

German papers mulled the implications of Trump’s firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and covered the latest in the campaign to succeed Angela Merkel as CDU party leader.

Die Welt said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation shouldn’t “come as a big surprise” in Washington, given Trump never shied away from expressing his dissatisfaction with Sessions. Trump is stuck in a “vicious circle,” it said: The more he, and his new attorney general, try to cripple the investigation, the more suspicion he’ll draw.

Süddeutsche Zeitung looked at the competition between Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Friedrich Merz to replace Angela Merkel as head of the Christian Democrats. A “confident” Kramp-Karrenbauer proved she’s up to the task and shouldn’t be written off, commentator Stefan Braun wrote.

France

French papers covered the fallout from Emmanuel Macron’s defense of Nazi collaborator Philippe Pétain’s World War I credentials.

Le Figaro said the controversy surrounding Macron’s decision to pay homage to Pétain had thrown a wrench into the weekend commemoration plans, sending the Elysée making a “volte face” and scrambling to fix the situation.

Franceinfo interviewed a historian about Pétain’s World War I legacy and said it would have been “difficult to forget him in order to commemorate 1918.” Macron called Pétain a “great soldier” who made “disastrous choices” during World War II.

Le Monde looked at the heavy pressure that led to Sessions’ resignation, saying: “The president never forgave him for recusing himself in the inquiry into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.”

Spain

Spanish papers picked up a report on a foiled attack on Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

Público had the exclusive, reporting that authorities had arrested a 63-year-old sniper who was planning to kill the Spanish leader over the government’s move to exhume the remains of dictator Francisco Franco.

Italy

In Italy, all eyes were on the impact of the U.S. midterms and what Sessions’ resignation will mean for the Russia investigation.

Il Fatto Quotidiano said Trump’s reputation as an “invincible” politician may have taken a hit, but that the midterms showed he had successfully conquered rural America.

Il Giornale reported the “first government reshuffle” after the midterms had arrived.

Repubblica said the resignation raises doubts about the future of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller and his probe into possible links between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

‘A little lesson for Trump’ across the pond

Also making headlines: AfD expels politician over Hitler photos; Brexit deal possible ‘by Christmas.’

Germany

German papers were awash with news from across the pond, where the Democrats are poised to retake the House of Representatives and the Republicans held their Senate majority.

Frankfurter Allgemeine said the U.S. midterms were “a little lesson for Trump,” adding that the second half of his term in office will now be “more complicated.”

Welt called the election a “vote without a winner,” but said “democracy” had prevailed and predicted the coming years would be “uncomfortable” for Trump.

Bild claimed the U.S. president was getting away with “comparatively moderate losses.” It also ran an interview with Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, who warned the challengers vying to replace Angela Merkel as head of the Christian Democrats against pursuing a “fundamental change of course,” claiming a majority of Germans would be against it.

Spiegel reported that the far-right Alternative for Germany has expelled a member of its group in the Berlin state parliament, Jessica Bießmann, after photos emerged of her posing in front of wine bottles that carried “Hitler labels.”

France

The results of the U.S. midterms also dominated headlines in France.

FranceInfo said Trump’s victory was a “lackluster” one, despite his claims of an “immense success.”

Le Parisien reported Trump was “far from being brought down” and claimed his hold over the Senate was his “true victory.”

— TV channel LCI reported that a fifth body has been found after the collapse of three apartment blocks in central Marseille on Monday.

Paris Match published a survey by Ifop that found Prime Minister Édouard Philippe was significantly more popular than President Emmanuel Macron. Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon also suffered a sharp drop in popularity, according to the poll.

UK

Donald Trump snatched the limelight in the British press too, but nobody took their eye of Brexit.

The Sun evoked the spirit of World War I by declaring the U.K. Cabinet was told a Brexit deal would be possible “by Christmas,” after a “major shift” by the EU. “Noël deal Brexit” read the headline.

The BBC, however, said Cabinet wanted to reach a deal with the EU by the end of the month. The BBC also reported on a leaked plan for how the government would sell a Brexit deal to MPs and the public.

The Telegraph said the historic “blue wave” Democrats had hoped for in the U.S. midterms had “failed to materialize.”

— The Guardian’s U.S. columnist Richard Wolffe wrote that “Donald Trump’s unchecked hold on power has come to an end.” Deep down, the President will know “his own supporters are just not that into him any more.”

Italy

The midterms made news in Italy but the media also focused on pressing domestic issues.

Rai News said Trump was “disdainful” after the results.

TgCom24 said the Senate was poised to vote on amendments to a controversial security and immigration bill Wednesday morning. The populist 5Star Movement warned the League it “expected loyalty.”

Theresa May set for ‘showdown’ with Cabinet over Brexit

Also making headlines: Gérard Collomb gets his old job back and German spy chief saga simmers on.

UK

Most of the British papers previewed Tuesday’s highly anticipated Cabinet meeting, with Brexit expected to be the main topic of debate.

The Times said Brussels was preparing to back a compromise proposal on Ireland in a “Brexit boost” for Prime Minister Theresa May. The paper says “senior EU figures” will put forward an “independent mechanism” by which the U.K. could end a temporary customs arrangement with the bloc.

The Telegraph trailed Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting as “a showdown” after Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab “privately accused Downing Street of undermining his attempts to solve the Irish border problem.”

— The Express said May’s Cabinet was demanding the PM fight back against Brussels or risk Brexit being destroyed.

— The BBC news website said May had condemned a group of people who burned a model of Grenfell Tower on a bonfire. The Evening Standard said five people were arrested over the incident.

Germany

German papers reacted to news that former spy chief Hans-Georg Maaßen had been relieved from his post at the head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

Deutsche Welle wrote that Interior Minister Horst Seehofer was “disappointed on a human level” to have to put Maaßen into forced temporary retirement.

T-Online agreed, saying Seehofer was visibly disappointed at having to fire his ally.

Frankfurter Allgemeine reported on a speech by the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in which he suggested talks were still at an impasse over the “sensitive issue” of the border on the island of Ireland.

Der Spiegel noted that European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans is now the Socialists’ lead candidate for next year’s European election after his only rival for the role withdrew. He speaks seven languages and has the support of SPD leader Andrea Nahles, the magazine noted.

France

The collapse of three apartment blocks in central Marseille on Monday made the headlines.

— The website of TV channel LCI said at least 10 people were missing and two injured. The causes of the buildings’ collapse is unknown.

— Regional paper La Provence said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner was “not optimistic” about finding survivors. President Emmanuel Macron expressed his “solidarity with the nation,” Monday night.

Le Parisien said Macron had annoyed business owners by suggesting they subsidize their employees’ petrol costs.

Libération reported that former French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb was reelected mayor of Lyon on Monday but “has not won the war” and will need to work hard to stay in power after 2020.

Spain

Spanish papers led with the government’s anti-Franco legislation.

El País said Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez was putting forward laws to close public spaces that venerate dictator Francisco Franco. The government also decided it will not allow Franco’s remains to be exhumed and reburied in the Almudena cathedral in Madrid, the paper said.

20 Minutos said at least 17 migrants had been found dead off the coasts of Melilla and Cádiz in the past 24 hours.

— State broadcaster RTVE said judges and prosecutors would strike on November 19 over a salary dispute.

Former spy chief faces boot from Merkel’s government

Also making headlines: Brexit deal hangs at ’50-50,’ and Matteo Salvini’s plans for Europe.

Germany

Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that former spy chief Hans-Georg Maaßen, who was at the center of a scandal over the summer that almost brought down the ruling coalition government, looks set to be fired from the interior ministry after making “explosive comments” in his farewell speech.

— T-Online said the affair had “fired up a debate” about the future of Maaßen’s ally and protector Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

Bild said the CSU had lost “important ministerial posts” in the Bavarian government, as part of a coalition deal struck with the Free Voters.

France

FranceInfo focused on Sunday’s independence vote in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia, where 56.4 percent of voters opted to remain a part of France.

Le Monde‘s correspondent said the margin of victory was not as large as anti-independence voters had hoped.

20 Minutes said President Emmanuel Macron had launched his World War I centenary “commemorative journey” in Strasbourg Sunday night alongside German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

UK

The Telegraph had an exclusive, reporting that Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab had demanded the right to pull the U.K. out of the so-called Irish backstop after three months.

The Guardian quoted diplomats who rated the chances of the U.K. reaching a deal with the EU at “50-50.”

Sky‘s website said citizens of Commonwealth countries who have never lived in the U.K. will be eligible to join the British army, with the defense ministry looking for solutions to plug a staffing shortfall.

Italy

Il Fatto Quotidiano carried Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s comments on Europe, which will feature in an upcoming book by journalist Bruno Vespa. The League leader said he “will force Europe to reform itself.” Also in the book, former PM Silvio Berlusconi wrote it was “probable” that Salvini is envisaging an alliance of the League with the EPP in the European election, but that this is “frankly difficult to achieve.”

La Repubblica reported that 12 people died as a result of storms in Sicily.

La Stampa noted Sicilian President Nello Musumeci had asked Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to declare a state of emergency in the region due to the wild weather.