Newspapers continued their coverage of the negotiations between the 5Stars and the League, who are still locked in coalition talks and attempting to decide on a prime minister suitable for both parties. Il Gazzetino reported there was a “cloud of smoke” over Italy’s future PM. La Repubblica wrote that as “the EU worries, Putin cheers,” reporting that League leader Matteo Salvini promised the negotiations will be concluded Monday.
German papers reported on the European Commission’s decision on Thursday to refer Germany and five other EU countries to court for breaching the bloc’s air quality standards. Der Tagesspiegel wrote that the EU’s environment commissioner had declared that there had been “plenty of last opportunities” to meet standards. Die Tageszeitung led with a story on the EU’s new data protection rules, asking “What the hell is that?” and warning that many small businesses are afraid of the repercussions if they fail to comply.
Aside from the impending royal wedding, British newspapers focused on Theresa May’s plan for the U.K. to temporarily remain inside the EU’s common external tariff in an effort to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. The Daily Telegraph and the Guardian both focused on Irish leader Leo Varadkar’s response. The former led with the headline “Ireland says U.K. must keep single market ties,” while the latter relayed Varadkar’s warning that a new customs arrangement “might not be enough to avoid a hard border.” The i went with a different lead story, reporting that the U.K. had joined the EU on a “collision course with the U.S.” in the efforts to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive.
Le Monde led with a story about “Morocco’s lost children,” about “isolated and violent youths” living in Paris. According to the paper, many children left Tangier for Europe to support their families, and their plight represents “the other side of globalization.” Libération led with a story about France’s loss of wildlife due to growing urbanization and pesticides, running the headline “The great extinction.” La Croix splashed on a Vatican report, released Thursday, that railed against the “excesses of the financial world.”