Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski and his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto  in Prague, Czech Republic. “This is the kind of blackmail that will lead nowhere,” said Mr Szijjarto of the “fairness mechanism” on migrants proposed by the European Commission. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Central European states have flatly rejected European Union plans for a new system to spread the burden of the migration crisis, which would impose su(...)

European Commission First vice president Frans Timmermans said since the EU-Turkey migration deal had come into effect, the number of migrants arriving to Greece had fallen to less than 100 per day. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The European Commission has recommended that visa requirements should be lifted for Turkish citizens visiting the EU’s Schengen area by June, as it ha(...)

Migrants in a park near Belgrade’s main train and bus stations.  Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

When migrants and money from the Middle East collided in central Belgrade last week, there could only be one winner. On Wednesday, bulldozers flatten(...)

Gyor City Hall.

Gyor, the name sounds so exotic doesn’t it? I’ve been living in Gyor, Hungary for more than 14 years, and nowhere in the world beats it. I have lived (...)

Masterworks: Detail from ‘Skylark’ by Pál Szinyei Merse

A shapely young woman lies naked on her stomach in a field of wild flowers. The chignon at the nape of her neck is half undone. She leans on her righ(...)

The town won a Purple Flag last year, an award for the quality of its evening and night-time economy.

Swords is one of Dublin’s most vibrant suburbs. Full of young families, the town has a population of 50,000 and has shaken off any sleepy suburban (...)

Chinese dissident Harry Wu speaking to reporters  during a human rights news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. File photo from 2000: AFP/Getty Images

Chinese human rights campaigner Harry Wu, who spent 19 years as a political prisoner and later campaigned against the “laogai” system of labour camps,(...)

Liga Legzdina, a native Latvian who converted to Islam, on a bus in a suburb of the capital Riga. The government in Latvia is working on proposed legislation that would ban face-covering veils worn by Muslim women from public spaces. Photograph: Reinis Hofmanis/The New York Times

With her niqab, a face-covering Islamic veil that reveals just the wearer’s eyes, Liga Legzdina stands out amid pine trees, grasslands and wood-panell(...)

Former chancellor Helmut Kohl: Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, a fierce critic of Angela Merkel’s migrant policy, is to visit  Kohl, raising eyebrows among German politicians. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters/Files

Germany ex-chancellor, Helmut Kohl, has taken a fresh swipe at his estranged protégé, Angela Merkel, and her migration strategy before a Tuesday meeti(...)

Migrants and refugees clash with riot police during a protest to call for the reopening of the borders at their makeshift camp in the northern border village of Idomeni, on April 7, 2016.  A plan to send back migrants from Greece to Turkey sparked demonstrations by local residents in both countries days before the deal brokered by the European Union is set to be implemented. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

“The conception of human rights based upon the assumed existence of a human being as such broke down at the very moment when those who professed to be(...)