Europe grows together — ‘at least musically’

first_imgFranceThe French birth rate — which has dropped three years in a row — led front pages this morning, along with reactions to Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Calais ahead of his Thursday trip to the U.K. GermanyThe German press mostly took a break from coalition talks this morning, and instead focused on animals and music. Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote about inflation being a concern for consumers and canine intelligence. Frankfurter Allgemeine featured an interview with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz ahead of his visit to Berlin. Die Welt profiled an Icelandic rapper and a music festival in the Netherlands popular with Germans, concluding: “Europe is growing together. At least musically.” UKBy contrast, things were a bit grim in the British press this morning. Coverage included the fallout from government contractor Carillion’s collapse, Prime Minister Theresa May’s appointment of a new “minister for the lonely,” and a police chief endorsing teaching five-year-olds the dangers of knife crime. But one bright spot on the British horizon: The Times reported that French President Emmanuel Macron would allow the Bayeux tapestry, which depicts the Norman Conquest and has been in France since the 11th century, to be loaned to Britain.center_img SpainThe press focused again on Catalonia, where the parliament is due to sit Wednesday for the first time since it was dissolved by Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy over an illegal independence vote. Separatist parties, which won a narrow majority in a December 21 election, intend to choose ousted regional chief Carles Puigdemont, who is in self-exile in Belgium, as their leader. Rajoy threatened to continue direct rule over Catalonia if Puigdemont attempts to govern from Belgium.last_img read more