Today, after Theresa May‘s election debacle, most media commentators were going for the jugular.
‘Vote slap for Theresa May,’ said Germany’s best-selling newspaper Bild.
It added; “An election debacle before the start of Brexit negotiations. Theresa May is facing an exit from her own party.
German media is mocking Theresa May and the conservative party after the election results
An election debacle before the start of Brexit negotiations
“With the election she wanted to expand the parliamentary majority of her Conservative Party and win more tailwind for the Brexit negotiations with the EU.
“But now she will probably lose her office. After the fantastic poll values of four weeks ago, this is a bitter slap for May!”
Spiegel magazine, using German wordplay to compare her to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, called her instead Die eiernde Lady – the wobbly lady.
“Britain’s Prime minister Theresa May has been playing poker – and has lost almost everything. After a memorable night, the country is politically paralysed. And it’s completely unclear where it goes from here.
“It is not stable any more – at least not for her job. So the tasks now are enormous: the government must organise the divorce process with the EU, for which there is no historical role model; It must tame the centrifugal forces in its own country and, in particular, look to Scotland and Northern Ireland to ensure that the United Kingdom remains a United Kingdom.
“It must comply with almost unsustainable promises it has given itself, and take care not to torpedo the domestic economy.
Mrs May has lost ministers expected to take part in the Brexit negotiations
Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party have gained 29 seats
“It is a situation in which the country can actually use a strong and stable leader. Theresa May looked like this for a while. Two weeks ago, she was compared to the British media with the “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher.
“She’s only been a wobbly lady since Friday morning.”
Die Welt declared; “Theresa May pays for her risky game.” It condemned her campaign as a “disaster” and also questioned how long she could remain in office.
“Election disaster for May – what now for Brexit?” asked the Merkur.de news website.
It went on; “MEPs are uneasy about the Brexit negotiations because of the weakness of the British Prime Minister Theresa May. ‘The time for a sensible negotiation of the British EU exit is very scarce, given the unclear leadership situation,’ said the Green Europe chief Reinhard Bütikofer.
“The CDU MEP and Brexit expert Elmar Brok described Mays’s authority as severely damaged. ‘It is now very exciting for the negotiations,’ he said.
“Hard Brexit? Soft Brexit? The message of the British electorate is not easy to decipher, given the unclear majority situation. It is clear that may does not have her own majority for her very tough negotiating line without any major concessions to the EU.
“Will May be able to get a government that can vigorously defend its positions at the negotiating table at all? Will it be dependent on partners who bring more willingness to compromise? Are there even fresh elections planned and therefore a further month-long suspension?
“Brussels is looking to the United Kingdom with unease.”
The Berliner Zeitung said; “Setback instead of tailwind: British Prime Minister Theresa May is standing in front of a pile of debris after the reelection that had been put forward on her initiative.
Ben Gummer, tipped to be part of the Brexit negotiation team, lost the Ipswich seat
“In Parliament the Conservatives lose their majority – the clear mandate they want for the Brexit negotiations with the European Union does not exist. No one knows whether, in these difficult circumstances, by March 2019, an orderly and all-enduring EU exit of the United Kingdom will indeed be successful.”
“Brexit timetable spoiled,” said business bible Manager Magazin. “Germany industry concerned.”
It added; “The German economy is very concerned about the electoral outcome in the United Kingdom. With the parliamentary election, the uncertainty in the German economy is rising, leading the chief executive of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry Martin Wansleben, to lament: ‘The roadmap for the Brexit negotiations is now wasted.’
“Foreign Trade President Anton Börner is also expecting new uncertainties around the Brexit. ‘This is not a cause for Schadenfreude because this is bad news for Brussels.”
“May loses absolute majority in parliament,” said the broadsheet Sueddeutsche Zeitung. “What this political insecurity means in the short term for the exit negotiations with EU remains unclear.
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