Newspaper headlines: Brexit battle and Germany election – BBC News

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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.

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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.

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The Daily Express says fears of “a new Franco-German plot to sabotage Brexit”h 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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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