With headlines and soundbites now emerging from today's Brussels summit where David Cameron is the star attraction, here is how both the British referendum as well as the EU summit are being viewed elsewhere in Europe.
First, here is a snapshot from the German newspapers.
- The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung says the referendum has become a "bad joke" and accuses the Brexit camp of having no strategy.
- Left-wing Tageszeitung says Chancellor Merkel is "biding time as usual" but her SPD coalition partners and other EU states are "piling on the pressure".
- Finally, Die Welt says billionaire investor George Soros is betting 100m euros against Germany's top Deutsche Bank which is vulnerable in the "Brexit storm".
And now, here are the French:
- The conservative daily, Le Figaro, says France and Germany "still have no idea how to respond to the challenge" of Brexit. Its editorial says "a conspiracy of the deaf" is emerging, stretching from London to Berlin and Brussels, which is aimed at "ignoring the voice of the nasty secessionist people." "Britons have the upper hand since no-one can press the EU exit button for them," the paper says. "But neither Cameron nor Johnson appear to know how to do so or where to start".
- The centre-left Le Monde daily sees EU states as being "helpless in the face of British chaos".
- While, left-wing daily Liberation says France wants to "rebalance Europe in favour of the Mediterranean countries" but Germany wants the EU to bide its time.
It would appear that there is much disunity even among the press of a united Europe.