German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen in front of a former aicraft hangar transformed into an asylum waiting center, in Erding. Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

A little girl of three or four totters by in a washed-out red dress, candystripe tights and turquoise wellingtons. With a blond, naked doll under her (...)

Germany’s defence minister Ursula von der Leyen  at an asylum waiting centre: Angela Merkel has defended  her open-door policy. Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

Friday night’s Paris attacks have polarised public opinion and public debate in Germany over refugees, with a leading Bavarian politician attacked f(...)

Two men pay their repects before laying flowers at a rail cordon close to the Bataclan theatre in the 11th district of Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images  1:44

The abhorrent terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night have shocked the European Union, and left leaders grappling to respond to one of the worst(...)

Crime scene investigators at a residential building in Wallenfels, Bavaria on Friday. The bodies of about seven babies were found at the home in the small southern German town. Photograph: Nicolas Armer/EPA

German police are searching for a 45-year-old woman after discovering the decomposing corpses of about seven newborn babies in a house in Bavaria. The(...)

 Crime scene investigators  at a residential building in Wallenfels, where the bodies of several babies were found at the home in the small southern German town. Photograph: EPA  0:45

The bodies of eight babies have been found at an apartment in a Bavarian town, German police said on Friday. Police said a local woman found the body (...)

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(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel   in Berlin. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel holds crunch talks in Berlin today to quell growing tensions in her government over the refugee crisis, now likely to (...)

Volunteer doctors and paramedics try to revive a young child on the Greek island of Lesvos after a boat carrying more than 200 refugees and migrants sank while crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. A search is continuing amid fears that 34 people are unaccounted for. Photograph: Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

A search is continuing in waters off the Greek island of Lesbos, as at least 15 people, including 10 children, drowned in four separate incidents in t(...)

Refugees flock to emergency accomodation at the border between Germany and Austria near Wegscheid, Germany, on Wednesday.  German federal police are struggling with a huge influx of refugees. and migrants. Photograph: Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

Austria has announced plans to build a fence with Slovenia in a bid to slow down the flow of refugees into the country, sparking concern about the fut(...)

Members of the German Bundeswehr army prepare beds and tents for refugees inside a hangar of the former airport Tempelhof in Berlin. Photograph: Gregor Fischer/AFP/Getty Images

As Ireland prepares to receive refugees under the EU relocation and resettlement programme in the coming months, towns and cities across Europe are gr(...)