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    Hard to overstate how withering German press coverage of Britain has been over this election campaign.

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    Four big memes: 1) Why no Brexit regret?, 2) "Global Britain" as post-colonial neurosis, 3) The underfunded British state, 4) Wobbly T May.

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    These are most dominant in the liberal and leftish press, but also on centre-right and in politically neutral broadcast media.

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    For example Deutschlandfunk (~ BBC R4) reported from a food bank in Sheffield on "Britain... a developed country where people go hungry".

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    Or this from WirtschaftsWoche today (~ CityAM): "The Brits dream of Empire once more... But it's just an illusion."

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    Or the venerable Der Spiegel: "What's wrong with Theresa May?" (and her "notorious platitudes")

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    Not to leave Austria out: an editorial on Britain in yesterday's Wiener Zeitung was literally headlined "Weak and wobbly".

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    I'm not saying I think all of this is fair. But it is representative of how much the UK's reputation has suffered here in recent months.

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