European media see bleak future for May
The hung parliament result of the British general election has surprised commentators in major European Union countries as much as at home.
Many question whether Theresa May can hold on to the premiership, and speculate on whether the negotiations for Britain to leave the European Union will be derailed.
Germany's N24 news, like most TV channels, leads its coverage with the "question mark over Theresa May's future" as she faces "new battles in her own party".
The London correspondent of France's centre-right Le Figaro, Florentin Collomp, asks the key question "should she stay or should she go?", given her "disastrous electoral performance" and calls from within her own party for her to resign.
He concludes that sooner or later "the knives will come out for her".
French CNews TV channel's Cassandre Mallay also sees Theresa May as "fatally weakened" as she tries to preside over a "a Disunited Kingdom".
Wolfgang Hansson of the Swedish centre-left tabloid Aftonbladet says the result is a failure for Theresa May personally, and questions whether Britain has now been rendered "ungovernable".
In Le Figaro, Arnaud de La Grange sees the result as a cautionary tale about the "inexact science" of gambling on early elections, and wonders whether Mrs May "really thought herself immune from Continental mishaps… given that her lead over Labour was shrivelling like an empty wineskin in the sun".
Aldo Cazzullo of Italy's Corriere della Sera says a "credible" Labour leadership might have won the election outright, as "many voters are tired of seven years of Conservative rule", and sees another election as a real possibility.
Nonetheless, he praises party leader Jeremy Corbyn's success in "winning over the young, the excluded, and large numbers of urban voters with his social reform programme".
He thinks the Labour leader's "ambiguity on Brexit" allowed him to attract votes from both pro-Europeans and Eurosceptics.
The Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad's Geert Langendorff says voters "punished Theresa May for her arrogance".
Philippe Bernard of France's centre-left Le Monde agrees that Jeremy Corbyn "managed to mobilise abstainers and young people disgusted at increasing inequality and poverty".
Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, the foreign editor of Germany's centre-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, says the early election gamble "rebounded on Theresa May like a boomerang", and thinks the "cost for Britain will be high".
He says she failed to make the election a "a second and decisive vote for Brexit" because the terror attacks in London and Manchester put security at the top of the agenda, exposing her to criticism over her cuts to police funding as home secretary.
Maciej Czarnecki, of Poland's centre-left Gazeta Wyborcza, says Mrs May's "catastrophe is bad news for Britain and for its Brexit talks".
He says that instead of preparing for the talks, "Britain will be preoccupied with horse-trading" over the formation of a new government".
Christian Zaschke, of Munich's centre-left Sueddeutsche Zeitung, says Mrs May's tactics of "disappearing from view when the going gets tough" was evident during the Brexit campaign.
Corriere della Sera's Aldo Cazzullo says Europe is "now resigned to losing London", and will want to press on with the talks to avoid "Byzantine negotiations full of uncertainties".
Eva Lapido of Germany's daily Die Welt says that "once again British voters have defied expectations… and British politics is sinking in chaos".
She says this uncertainty means a "massive, costly, almost negligent loss of time", as it could possibly be months before the British government is prepared for Brexit negotiations
Spain's conservative ABC, ever wary of separatist tendencies at home, sees the election result in Scotland as a "crash landing" for the Scottish National Party, and an "implicit rejection of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's aim to call a second independence referendum".
It attributes the SNP's setback to the strong showing of the Conservatives, who had "most firmly opposed the second referendum".