Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister: Syriza’s disastrous negotiating strategy also means the Greek public is being offered a deal they would have probably secured anyway. Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

When the definitive history of the European Union is written, the closing weeks of June 2015 may stand out as one of the darkest hours. With Greek tee(...)

New Irish citizens at a citizenship ceremony in 2013. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Nigerian citizens were the largest single group among those who received Irish citizenship in 2013, according to figures by Eurostat. Nigerian citize(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton:   “Broadly, we’re agreeable to taking part in the arrangements and to take numbers that are appropriate to our size, population and resources.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland should be ready to take its “fair share” of migrants as part of a European Union plan to relocate thousands of asylum seekers who have fled ac(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. As Syriza points out, Greece – just one border away from Islamic State-held territory – looks like a beacon of stability in a difficult neighbourhood. Photograph: Reuters

In February, when Greece’s new Syriza-led government reassured its lenders by agreeing to talks on its funding arrangements, the Italian economy minis(...)

A lorry driver in Calais, France gestures at migrants as they  try to  board lorries bound for the UK on June 25th, 2015. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

EU leaders postponed a detailed discussion on how to redistribute migrants across the EU until next month amid continuing opposition among member stat(...)

British prime minister David Cameron, who is due to set out the UK’s plans for a renegotiation of its European Union membership at a summit on the Greek crisis. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images 1:54

British prime minister David Cameron will set out Britain’s plans for a renegotiation of European Union membership when he arrives in Brussels today f(...)

A migrant is carried  aboard the Germany navy’s frigate ‘Hessen’ earlier this month,  before being brought to the port of Palermo, Sicily. EPA/GERMANY NAVY

The search for peace and food that is forcing thousands of women and men, often with their young children in tow, to risk their lives reachi(...)

The mayor of the Hungarian village of Asotthalom, Laszlo Toroczkai, in his office. On his desk are passports and other documents thrown away by illegal migrants crossing from nearby Serbia. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Beside a quiet country road that sidles into Hungary from the Serbian border, weary people push through a last barrier of rain-glossy trees and stand,(...)

Hamid, Ali and Mohsen from Afghanistan.  “We’re going to the jungle together, 10 of us – it’s too dangerous alone.” Photograph: Dan Mclaughlin

On a hot afternoon in the courtyard of the Raichle Palace in Subotica, a group of Serbs smoke and chat idly in the shade of the fine art nouveau build(...)

Viktor Orban’s campaign against migrants had been running full tilt for several months before he last week announced controversial plans to build a fo(...)