Irish hospital costs are 80 per cent higher than the EU average, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has estimated. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Costs in Irish hospitals are 80 per cent higher than the EU average, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has estimated, in an internal pap(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel (r) and Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer (l) address the media before a meeting of German state leaders to discuss the migrant crisis in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

After weeks of bad-tempered rows, Berlin’s grand coalition has agreed to expedite asylum applications and new camps to register over a million refugee(...)

Germany chancellor Angela Merkel and Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras chat after a meeting over the Balkan refugee crisis. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters.

The European Commission announced €5.9 million in emergency funding for Greece yesterday, a day after a mini-summit in Brussels agreed on a 17-poin(...)

A migrant mother waits to enter a makeshift camp at the Austrian Slovenian border near the village of Sentilj. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Sunday pledged to increase capacity at reception centres along the Western Balkans route and send extra police force(...)

Migrants board through a window a train heading to Zagreb at a railway station, near the official border crossing between Croatia and Serbia. Photograph: Stringers/AFP/Getty Images

Some 855 first-time asylum seekers applied for protection in Ireland between April and June 2015, bringing to 1,480 the total number of people to seek(...)

European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker makes his State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, yesterday. Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission unveiled a relocation programme for refugees yesterday in its first major policy response to the migration crisis, but doubts (...)

Young refugee girls are given gifts as they arrive at the central railway station in Munich, Germany, on Monday. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/EPA

Germany’s governing coalition moved on Monday to tighten benefits for migrants as chancellor Angela Merkel displayed a sharper tone towards those d(...)

A migrant child walks after arriving by train to the main railway station in Munich, Germany on Sunday. Austria and Germany threw open their borders to thousands of exhausted migrants on Saturday, bussed to the Hungarian border by a government that tried to stop them but was overwhelmed. Photograph: Reuters/Michael Dalder

The German government will spend an extra €6 billion to cope with this year’s record influx of refugees, the ruling coalition said on Monday. State an(...)

Police clash with opponents of refugee accommodation in a former hardware store in Heidenau, Germany on Sunday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s interior minister led calls on Sunday for a crackdown on right-wing militants and racists after a second night of scuffles between protes(...)

Mark Keating of the Whitewater Foundation with his dog Pajo will trek through five Balkan countries. Photograph: The Irish Times

An Irish businessman and his Labrador dog have been training for a 20,000km walk over mountains to raise funds for charity and to mark his relatives’ (...)