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    The FAZ has account of May's dinner with Juncker on Monday. Fewer details than the "disaster dinner" piece, but one or two interesting ones:

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    Last time Juncker reckoned May was living "in a different galaxy". Now her "crowing" was gone and May was "begging for help".

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    May stressed that she'd taken political risk by asking for two-year transition phase. Implied friend & foe at home breathing down her neck.

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    May told Juncker she had no more room for leeway, says FAZ account. The Europeans would have to create it for her.

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    Juncker's impression: May seemed scared, despondent and dejected. He later told colleagues that she seems to trust hardly anyone any more.

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    May reportedly asked for the dinner at the last minute [NB this contradicts No 10 claims] in what FAZ describes as "cries for help".

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    She had also spoken to Merkel but the "dry" response (attributed to "the chancellery") was: we can't solve Britain's problems for you.

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    But Brussels, Paris, Berlin would prefer May to Johnson. So they calculate that "her defeat should at least come in nice packaging".

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    Piece implies images of warm goodbyes after dinner and May in discussion with Macron & Merkel at European Council summit were part of this.

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    A senior source says saying: to break deadlock on money May must explain to Brits why a chaotic Brexit would cost more than Brussels's bill.

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    Therefore, adds source, every bit of bad news about Brexit is good for May. The worse the prospects, the easier for her to open her wallet.

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    "Seen like this," FAZ concludes, "perhaps it wasn't such a bad week for the prime minister after all".

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    Another v well-briefed account by Thomas Gutschker chiming with what officials saying in Berlin. [That link again: faz.net/aktuell/politi…]

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    NB: To be precise this piece is by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, the Sunday FAZ.

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