Andy Murray celebrates with his team-mates after beating Belgium’s David Goffin to win the Davis Cup for Britain. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

On the final day of his most consistent season, Andy Murray’s strength, skill and determination coalesced to deliver the Davis Cup to Br(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The  “mini Schengen” plan of cutting back the borderless zone to just five countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Austria – was being discussed before the Paris attacks. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

It’s a sign of how fractious the European debate over the future of Schengen has become that the only coherent proposal this weekend is one f(...)

Armed police stand guard as others search a van at the scene in the Karl-Elsasser Street in Berlin’s southern suburb of Britz . Photograph: John MacDougall /AFP/Getty Images

German police commando units arrested two people suspected of planning an attack and searched an Islamic cultural centre on Thursday. Pol(...)

An armoured car drives along the street in Brussels, Belgium. The city has  witnessed the biggest presence of armed forces since the second World War  Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

A deep sense of anxiety pervaded the streets of Brussels this week as the city was put on lockdown following warnings of a “serious and imminent” terr(...)

Police officers block the access to the house of Olivier Corel also known as “l’emir blanc”, on Tuesday during a police search. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images

A French court handed a six-month suspended jail sentence on Wednesday to a man suspected of mentoring young jihadists for his possession of a huntin(...)

Members of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union  protest in front of the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Pre-tax inequality in South Africa is as high as it was 20 years ago – and it is the world’s highest. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Last week I visited South Africa for the first time in 15 years. In 2000, when euphoria over the transition to democracy gripped the world’s imaginati(...)

Migrants and refugees cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija. Since last week, Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees. Photograph: Getty Images

Following the horror of the terrorist attacks in Paris it was inevitable that the EU’s refugee strategy would come under the spotlight. Despite the fa(...)

 French prime minister Manuel Valls Mr Valls was at home in Paris’s 11th district, just 150 metres from La Belle Équipe café where 19 people were shot dead on the night of November 13th. “I learned a few hours later that the son of close friends, a former gallery owner in Barcelona, died,” he said. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

“We cannot receive more refugees in Europe, ” French prime minister Manuel Valls has told foreign correspondents in a group interview focused on the N(...)

Teachers in Ireland are paid more than countries such as the UK, France, and Italy, but they lag behind countries such as Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.

Irish teachers are well-paid by international standards, but work longer hours and in larger classes, according to a major new study. Analysis by the (...)

French security forces stormed a building in the early hours of Wednesday November 18th, in Saint Denis, Paris, where the suspected planner of the  Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was hiding. Photograph: Jerome Groisard/Ministere de l’Interieur – Dicom via AP

The man who provided lodging for the presumed planner of the Paris attacks will go before an anti-terrorism judge on Tuesday evening as the hunt for s(...)