Most of the British press on Tuesday focused on Brexit. The Times carried comments made by the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier that an agreement on a withdrawal deal is “realistic” within six to eight weeks. The i reported that EU leaders are rallying around the British PM, dubbing it “Operation Save Theresa.” The Guardian led with a report that found women in the U.K. are dying earlier than in most other EU countries. In another front-page story, the paper noted that Boris Johnson was continuing his assault on Theresa May’s Brexit plan.
German papers focused on the fallout from Sweden’s weekend election. Frankfurter Allgemeine reported that Stefan Löfven would remain Swedish prime minister as parties attempt to forge a government in the wake of the unclear election result. Die Tageszeitung’s headline: “Swedes remain democrats.” Frankfurter Allgemeine also featured a story on the head of Germany’s domestic security agency, Hans-Georg Maaßen, who is attempting to walk back his earlier comments claiming there was no evidence of a “witch hunt” of migrants in Chemnitz.
Le Monde wrote that the Swedish establishment has been “weakened through the push of the extreme right.” Le Figaro reported on President Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to regain the authority he lost during the Benalla affair. Libération reported on the president’s pension reforms.
Secessionism was back on Spanish front pages, with papers covering Tuesday’s Catalan national day, Diada. La Vanguardia reported that pro-independence protesters wanted their jailed leaders freed. El Mundo led with a report about Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria, the former vice president of the Spanish Popular Party (PP), who announced on Monday that she will abandon politics. Sáenz de Santamaria lost her job in an internal PP election in July to Pablo Casado.