Most British papers led with the escalating feud between PM Theresa May and her former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson. Referring to Johnson’s inflammatory anti-Chequers-plan column printed in the Daily Telegraph earlier this week, the Daily Express asked: “Does Johnson’s vitriolic assault on PM’s plan signal the start of an audacious bid for No. 10?” The Guardian noted a “rare public rebuke” from the PM in response to Johnson’s column. Papers also reported on the resignation of Chris Evans, one of the BBC’s highest-paid presenters, who is leaving for Virgin. The Daily Telegraph led with a story about Peter Willsman, accused of being anti-Semitic, who was elected onto the Labour Party’s national ruling body.
It seems France had a slow news day. Libération covered a proposal in Belgium to change a pesky French grammar rule. Le Figaro focused on Google’s 20th birthday, using the occasion to question the U.S. search giant’s power. The paper’s headline: “20 years after its creation, more and more voices are rising against [its] ambitions and financial power.” Le Monde highlighted a petition from 200 public figures to save the planet in the wake of Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot’s resignation.
German papers continued to cover the country’s reckoning after far-right protests turned violent in Chemnitz. Der Tagesspiegel covered an anti-Nazi concert in the town, which thousands attended. The Frankfurter Allgemeine focused on whether the far-right AfD party ought to be monitored by authorities.
Spanish papers led with coverage of PM Pedro Sánchez’s proposal of a referendum on greater autonomy (but not independence) for Catalonia. La Razón reckoned that “No political group except Podemos supports the initiative.”