European Media: The Death of a Salesman…

European Media: The Death of a Salesman…

Observer: France, Germany and their neighbours have waved us goodbye.

“Auf Wiedersehen, England!” was how German magazine Der Spiegel reacted in the early hours of Friday. “Der Euro ist wichtiger als die Briten,” (the euro is more important than the British) concluded the German tabloid, Bild.

It was as much in sorrow as in anger that the Germans and French bid a weary farewell to the UK as part of the European mainstream and waved it over into the EU’s slow lane.

Indeed, Le Monde devoted an editorial to all that it admired in its neighbour – from the BBC, to John le Carré, to Elizabethan poetry and Liverpool FC. But its conclusion was blunt: “As dawn broke on 9 December, Europe was right to say No to London.”

Der Spiegel: The man who said no to Europe

“British prime minister David Cameron has completely isolated his country on the European stage – and many in his country applaud him for it. But he will soon have to prove that London still has clout in the UK and that his no to fiscal union wasn’t just a bone thrown to Eurosceptics.”

Inside, a comment piece by Roland Nelles says: “The UK is standing petulantly alone, no longer wanting to play.”

Die Welt : The end of Britain’s EU membership

“Beginning of the end of Britain’s EU membership” is the headline on its main online story. It quotes the president elect of the European parliament, Martin Schulz, as saying: “I doubt whether Britain stays in the long term in the EU. Britain has never been isolated in the EU sun.” He believes Eurosceptics will now seize it as an opportunity to force the UK out of the EU.

Le Monde: Great Britain isolated like never before

“Let’s be fair: The British are nothing to do with the crisis of the euro. They bear no responsibility for the inability of the leaders of the area to solve their problems of sovereign debt. But there is a sense that the British are well away from a movement towards greater economic integration and budget. They are not. They do not believe in the European idea. They are unrelated to this project now well becalmed, but yet it seems more essential than ever to forge a singular entity that can exist as such among the other centres of power of the 21st century.”

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