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Telegraph front page

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The row in the Tory party rumbles on in the Daily Telegraph, which says allies of Chancellor Philip Hammond have accused Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of being “simple-minded” over Brexit and warned that the transition period may need to be extended until after the next election.

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The Metro says Theresa May has a fight on her hands to stay in Number 10, with up to 50 Conservative MPs said to want her out. “The prime minister is struggling to keep a lid on Brexit tensions after failing to heal divisions within her cabinet over the manner of the UK’s departure from the EU,” it says.

I front page

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The i reports that Brexit Secretary David Davis is ready to mount a leadership bid if Mrs May is forced from office. The paper describes how the prime minister is fighting for her future after the cabinet’s EU truce unravelled.

Express front page

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The Daily Express says fears of “a new Franco-German plot to sabotage Brexit” and keep the UK tied to Brussels have emerged. The paper reports that a fresh plan by French President Emmanuel Macron to offer the UK a flexible new membership deal is expected to win the backing of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Guardian front page

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The Guardian focuses on the election in Germany, saying that Angela Merkel secured her fourth term as chancellor but with her authority diminished after her conservative bloc failed to halt the march of far right-wing populists.

Times front page

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On the same story, the Times says the far-right “stormed” into the German parliament for the first time in 50 years as it capitalised on fears about the influx of migrants under Mrs Merkel. “More than five million voters ignored appeals from Mrs Merkel and other mainstream leaders not to back the Alternative for Germany (AfD),” it reports.

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The Financial Times says Mrs Merkel is heading for her fourth term as German chancellor after winning the election, despite a sharp fall in support for her conservative Christian Democrat-led alliance.

Mail front page

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The Daily Mail says patients trying to see a GP are being screened by receptionists in a controversial scheme designed to cut the number of appointments. According to the paper, the scheme was devised to reduce “avoidable” appointments but campaigners say it is “absolutely ridiculous”.

Sun front page

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The Sun says a holidaymaker got home from France – and found an Ethiopian illegal immigrant hiding in the boot of his van. He had apparently been driven all the way from Calais to Wales.

Star front page

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The Daily Star leads on the decision by Fifa to allow the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland football teams to wear poppies. The four associations were fined when they did so last year.

Mirror front page

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The Daily Mirror also has a poppy story, saying that Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen has complained that he cannot buy wreaths on expenses. The Mirror says he complained: “There are huge costs which can’t be claimed.”

According to the Daily Telegraph, allies of Chancellor Philip Hammond have accused Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of being “simple-minded” about Brexit.

The Hammond camp is reportedly furious about claims that Mr Johnson thwarted his push for a transition period of longer than two years as the UK leaves the EU.

One supporter of the chancellor tells the Telegraph: “The bottom line is that this is not going to be easy, something that’s overlooked by simple-minded Brexiteers like Boris.”

The i claims Brexit Secretary David Davis has a “plan to become prime minister” if Theresa May steps down.

“He thinks he would do a better job than her,” a friend tells the paper.

The Telegraph worries that Conservative splits will allow Labour into power, a concern echoed by the Daily Mail.

“The Tories must stop behaving like lemmings and rediscover their discipline”, it comments.

Labour’s decision not to debate Brexit motions at its conference irks the Sun, which complains: “What kind of party can’t have a conversation about the single biggest issue we face?”

The Guardian notes that Jeremy Corbyn has “avoided an embarrassing row” about Labour’s position on the single market.

“Behind the scenes”, it reports, “senior figures say the party is determined to walk a ‘fine line’ on Brexit.”

Writing in the Times, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer says the party is “flexible” about the best way of retaining single market benefits.

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The German election result is the main story for the Times, the Guardian and the Financial Times, which all agree that Angela Merkel’s election victory has been overshadowed by the rise of the far right.

Germany’s largest daily, the centre-left Suddeutsche Zeitung, describes the arrival of the anti-migration AfD in the Bundestag as “a historic step backwards”.

It warns: “What now comes is nothing less than a test for German democracy”.

The Politico website reveals that Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, set up a private email account to conduct White House business after last year’s presidential election.

The report points out that Mr Trump had routinely excoriated his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for using a personal email account when she was secretary of state.

In a statement, Mr Kushner’s lawyer says “fewer than 100 emails” had been sent to or returned from the account between January and August, and these were “usually forwarded news articles or political commentary”.

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The front page photos show a fairly even Merkel-Markle split.

The broadsheets go with the tight smile of the German chancellor, while the tabloids opt for the beaming face of Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Meghan Markle, enjoying “her first taste of the royal high life”, as the Daily Express puts it.

The Mail says the actress was making her first appearance with the prince at an official event – the Invictus Games in Toronto – albeit three rows and 18 seats apart.

“While she still didn’t have a ring on her finger,” it adds, “there was one noticeable addition – a Scotland Yard police bodyguard.”


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