The main messages of the 19th Party Congress of the CCP were broadly covered in European media. Leading newspapers emphasized that the PRC’s President and Communist Party Secretary Xi Jinping has become China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.
In Germany, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung stressed that hopes for economic liberalization in China had been squashed by Xi. The Italian La Repubblica highlighted Xi’s message that China would not close its doors to the world. In France, Le Monde expressed concerns over the shrinking space for civil society in China. An article in the British Guardian focused on China’s determination to "take center stage in the world."