Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban with German chancellor Angela Merkel  during an informal summit on migration  recently. Mr  Orban claims  the  crisis  is “a German problem”. Photograph: AP

Hungary is poised to take legal action against a European Union plan to distribute refugees among member states, as opposition to the German-led quota(...)

National leaders along the “Balkan route” are under pressure to address the growing fears of their people, which in several cases are fanned by nationalist parties on the rise. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The river Sutla curls quietly through a normally tranquil corner of Europe, its grassy banks frequented only by fishermen, and ducks whose stray feath(...)

British prime minister David Cameron outlines conditions for renegotiating the terms of his country’s membership in the European Union,  at Chatham House in London, on Tuesday. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool via The New York Times

The publication of British prime minister David Cameron’s letter to European Council president Donald Tusk opens a critical phase in Britain’s attempt(...)

As a constitutional lawyer Mary Robinson “went as far as the wall and peeped over, but she didn’t cross it”.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The election of Mary Robinson as Ireland’s first woman president 25 years ago was an extraordinary event, Bride Rosney has recalled. Former special a(...)

The whiff of weed is spreading across the globe as more countries decriminalise the possession of small quantities of cannabis. The Netherlands has(...)

Frank Arnold, a former worker at Knappenrode Briquette Factory and Museum with one of the briquettes produced at the plant. Arnold worked at the factory from the age of 17 till he was 40 when the factory closed in 1993. He now works as a guide at the museum.  Photograph:Frank Miller

Those prematurely nostalgic for the peat briquette should fly to Berlin and take a quick trip down the road to Lusatia. While Bord na Mona has (...)

Migrants and refugees walk to board a bus after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija on Thursday. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty

Central European interior ministers will call for tough measures today to restrict the flow of migrants into the region, in joint efforts to tighten(...)

Migrants wait   at the train station of the Croatian town Tovarnik. Photograph: Stringerstr/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union is braced for a backlash from a group of central and eastern European countries over its decision to back a relocation scheme for r(...)

Opatovac: During a visit to the camp  Croatia’s interior minister Ranko Ostojic assured refugees that they would only be kept there ‘for a short time’. Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Hungary has given its army broad powers to stop migrants entering the country, intensifying a security crackdown on asylum seekers ahead of today’s m(...)

Police guard a train  for Zagreb as migrants desperately try to continue to board at Tovarnik station. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Thousands of migrants flowed through the Balkans into Austria over the weekend, moving with relative ease across borders even as central European gove(...)