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:
Last time Juncker reckoned May was living "in a different galaxy". Now her "crowing" was gone and May was "begging for help".
May stressed that she'd taken political risk by asking for two-year transition phase. Implied friend & foe at home breathing down her neck.
May told Juncker she had no more room for leeway, says FAZ account. The Europeans would have to create it for her.
Juncker's impression: May seemed scared, despondent and dejected. He later told colleagues that she seems to trust hardly anyone any more.
May reportedly asked for the dinner at the last minute [NB this contradicts No 10 claims] in what FAZ describes as "cries for help".
She had also spoken to Merkel but the "dry" response (attributed to "the chancellery") was: we can't solve Britain's problems for you.
But Brussels, Paris, Berlin would prefer May to Johnson. So they calculate that "her defeat should at least come in nice packaging".
Piece implies images of warm goodbyes after dinner and May in discussion with Macron & Merkel at European Council summit were part of this.
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.
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.
"Seen like this," FAZ concludes, "perhaps it wasn't such a bad week for the prime minister after all".
Another v well-briefed account by Thomas Gutschker chiming with what officials saying in Berlin. [That link again: faz.net/aktuell/politi…]