European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker makes his State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, yesterday. Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission unveiled a relocation programme for refugees yesterday in its first major policy response to the migration crisis, but doubts (...)

Empoli striker Levan Mchedlidze believes Georgia’s players have greater freedom to express themselves under boss Kakhaber Tskhadadze. Photograph: Afp

Given how much attention Ireland’s inability to beat better ranked sides in qualifying gets, it is perhaps worth mentioning another historical truism:(...)

Mark Keating of the Whitewater Foundation with his dog Pajo will trek through five Balkan countries. Photograph: The Irish Times

An Irish businessman and his Labrador dog have been training for a 20,000km walk over mountains to raise funds for charity and to mark his relatives’ (...)

Refugees who arrived in Germany by crossing the nearby Austrian border  at the X-Point Halle initial registration center of the German federal police  near Passau, Bavaria, Germany. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

Bavarian’s conservative state government has come under fire for plans to erect deportation camps on its borders for refugees from Balkan states. (...)

Syrian refugees protest outside of the Greek parliament in Athens. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

From the top of Syntagma Square in Athens, it looks like the typical Sunday morning routine as the ceremonial changing of Greece’s presidential gua(...)

Pope Francis waves this morning as he arrives in Tirana for his one-day pastoral visit to Albania. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis has explained in Tirana why he chose Albania for the first European visit of his pontificate. In a homily in Tirana’s central Mother Tere(...)

“The cocaine was found ... in a special compartment under the floor of a shipping container loaded with bananas,” Vladan Jokovic, the head of Montenegro’s Customs Authority, said.

Customs officers in Montenegro have seized 250kg of cocaine smuggled beneath a shipment of bananas, authorities said today, in what was described as (...)

Villagers paddle during heavy floods in the village of Prud today. Photograph: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

Rainfall in Serbia abated today, helping emergency workers begin the muddy cleanup from deadly floods that inundated whole towns and farms and prompte(...)

June 8th, 1914, Sarajevo: The arrest of Gavrilo Princip a 19-year-old Serbian nationalist, assassin of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his consort,  Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Along the banks of the river Miljacka which runs through the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, stands a simple stone bridge. The distinctive Ottoman-sty(...)

 Anastasia and Maria Tolmachevy of the Tolmachevy Sisters from Russia perform on stage during the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photograph:  Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

Global tensions found their way into Eurovision Song Contest last night: the announcement that Russia had qualified for Saturday night’s final was met(...)