Seehofer’s ‘victory’ after Spanish refugee deal

Germany
Die Welt and Frankfurter Allgemeine both covered the deal struck by Berlin and Madrid, under which Spain agreed to take back asylum seekers from Germany who were already registered in Spain. Die Welt wrote that the deal was a victory for Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. FAZ reported that negotiations for similar agreements with Greece and Italy continue. Die Tageszeitung sarcastically thanked Ryanair employees for striking, writing that it “really helps the climate” to ground flights in the middle of this year’s hot spell.

France
Le Monde led with a story on a new Israeli law that defines the country as a nation-state of the Jewish people, which continues to provoke heated debate across the country and beyond. Le Figaro covered plans to establish a legal framework for protecting marine biodiversity at the United Nations in early September.

United Kingdom
British papers continued their coverage of the backlash to former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s remarks about burkas. The Daily Mirror reported that 15 top Tories had condemned Johnson for his statements and demanded he apologize. Other papers focused on how the saga may affect Johnson’s chances of becoming PM. “Tory civil war at prospect of Johnson in No. 10,” was the i’s headline. According to the paper, a number of senior Conservatives vowed to quit the party should Johnson become prime minister.

Italy
Il Messaggero and La Repubblica focused on the new government’s planned fiscal reforms, including plans to change pensions. The government is however divided over whether to increase the VAT, according to La Repubblica.