A handout picture provided by the French ministry of interior   shows police forces during a police assault in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on November 18th.   Photograph: Jerome Groisard/Dicom/Ministry of Interior/EPA

A tip-off from Moroccan intelligence services helped French police locate the suspected architect of last Friday’s atrocities in Paris. Abdelhamid A(...)

Refugees and migrants sleep outside the registration and transit camp near Gevegelija, in he Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia have started restricting access to migrants on the Balkan route to Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Balkan states are continuing to tighten their frontiers to thousands of migrants trying to reach western Europe, despite scuffles and rising tensio(...)

A girl lays flowers in front of the French embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

Bulgaria has detained hundreds of people for entering the country illegally, it said on Sunday, while prime minister Boiko Borisov called on the EU to(...)

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(...)

Slovenian soldiers building a razor wire fence on the Slovenian-Croatian border in Gibina, northeastern Slovenia, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images

Croatia sharply criticised Slovenia for unfurling razor wire along stretches of their border on Wednesday, as Europe continued to struggle to find a c(...)

Croatian prime minister Zoran Milanovic and his wife, Sanja, after casting their votes in Zagreb. Milanovic’s SDP is accused of being soft on migrants.   Photograph: EPA/Igor Kupljenik

Croatia’s ruling Social Democrats and their main opposition, the conservative Patriotic Coalition, appeared to tie in an election on Sunday, one exit (...)

A group of Afghan refugees warm themselves near a fire at at the railway station of Sid, where Serbian authorities send them to Croatia. Sid, Serbia, Photograph: Manu Brabo/AP

Croats vote on Sunday in their first parliamentary election since joining the European Union in 2013, as the country continues to deal with the large (...)

Volunteer doctors and paramedics try to revive a young child on the Greek island of Lesvos after a boat carrying more than 200 refugees and migrants sank while crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. A search is continuing amid fears that 34 people are unaccounted for. Photograph: Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

A search is continuing in waters off the Greek island of Lesbos, as at least 15 people, including 10 children, drowned in four separate incidents in t(...)

EU response a staging point

‘Tackling the migration and refugee crisis is a common obligation which requires a comprehensive strategy and a determined effort over time in a spiri(...)

Germany chancellor Angela Merkel and Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras chat after a meeting over the Balkan refugee crisis. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters.

The European Commission announced €5.9 million in emergency funding for Greece yesterday, a day after a mini-summit in Brussels agreed on a 17-poin(...)