Germany had the best response to Theresa May's victory

Theresa May speaking outside No 10 following the general election results
Theresa May speaking outside No 10 following the general election results

Things did not go according to plan for Theresa May on Thursday.

Not only did she surrender the Conservatives majority in the Commons, now she has to form an unwanted minority coalition government with Northern Ireland's DUP.

Considering she technically won the election, you would think that world leaders and EU officials would be clambering to congratulate her.

That's not quite the case. Take Polish and European politician Donald Tusk for example, who was quick to remind Ms. May the major task that lies ahead, negotiating Brexit.

He's not mincing his words and neither were other EU officials, such as Carl Bildt who cut a scathing assessment of the PM's performance.

Same goes for other EU officials

In Germany a spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a rather tepid response to the result.

The German government of course followed the election very carefully, as always with such close and important partners, but out of politeness and respect I won't comment on the result while the process of forming a government is going on

Germany's minister for Europe Michael Roth did thank the youth of the UK, who mostly voted Labour, for voting for the continent.

Poland's deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin had a bit more to say than that, describing the result as a

Bad sign for Europe that deepened the uncertainties over the future of Europe

Closer to home Ireland's prime minister-elect Leo Varadakar said that the result was an indication that a hard Brexit was now unlikely.

The results of the UK election indicate to me that there is no strong mandate to proceed with a hard Brexit, which represents an opportunity for Ireland.

In fact, the only person that received any sort of praise was May's opponent Jeremy Corbyn, who was congratulated by Bernie Sanders on Labour's significant gains.

I am delighted to see Labour do so well. All over the world people are rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality. 

People in the UK, the US and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1%.

No word from President Donald Trump yet but he's probably got other things on his mind.

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