French prime minister Manuel Valls in Davos: “If Europe can’t protect its own borders, it’s the very idea of Europe that could be thrown into doubt. It could disappear, of course – the European project, not Europe itself.” Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The future of the European Union is being put in “grave danger” by the continuing migration crisis, France’s prime minister said on Friday. Manuel Va(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: “Who can, should act, and later we will negotiate distribution. We cannot wait longer for results in Brussels.” File photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has called for a European “coalition of the willing” to tackle the continent’s migration crisis – rather tha(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  arrives for the Christian Social Union (CSU) meeting in the southern Bavarian resort of Wildbad Kreuth. Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Angela Merkel has rejected angry ally demands to close Germany’s borders in the Bavarian lion’s den – but promised to review her liberal migration pol(...)

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann in Vienna on Wednesday. He made clear the national measures were an attempt to force agreement on a “European Plan A” for sharing the migrant burden. Photograph: Hans Punz/EPA

Europe’s passport-free Schengen system developed another serious crack on Wednesday after Austria vowed a “considerable” step-up in border controls an(...)

An undated  composite image  provided by the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) showing the wanted former RAF terrorists Burkhard Garweg, Ernst-Volker Wilhelm Staub and Daniela Klette. Photograph: EPA/BKA

Armed with rocket launchers and Kalashnikovs, Germany’s extreme-left Red Army Faction (RAF) is back with a bang. For two decades the RAF, a radical (...)

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, speaking in Berlin. She said that mass deletion of problematic posts tackled the symptom but not the cause of online hate speech. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Facebook is financing a new campaign to analyse and tackle a drastic rise in uninhibited hate speech on the social network and the wider internet amid(...)

 Refugees walk to a special train to Dusseldorf at Passau. The train will tranport these migrants to live in the  state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Destinations change daily to distribute refugees all over Germany. Photograph: EPA

Nerves are strained to breaking point in Berlin’s ruling coalition, with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies giving her two months to ease(...)

Björn Höcke of the AfD: “People were already dissatisfied with a lack of freedom of thought and speech here, and politicians and media were afraid to speak the obvious.” Photograph: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

Björn Höcke has had quite a year, successfully surfing Germany’s growing immigration wave as the most provocative politician in the hard-right Alterna(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘Whoever kills Schengen carries the internal market to its grave.’ Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

EU member states’ failure to deliver solutions to the migration crisis will have “enormous economic consequences” for the bloc, European Commission pr(...)

 Björn Höcke, head of the  far-right wing AfD (Alternative für Deutschland),  at a demonstration in Erfurt. AfD is demanding the closure of Germany’s borders to refugees and the expulsion of foreigners with criminal records. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

The glorious cathedral of Erfurt, in Germany’s east, is shrouded in chilly winter darkness. Then, on cue, the crowd in the pretty market square direct(...)