German chancellor Angela Merkel has stood firm on her liberal asylum policy, calling it a “task of historical proportions” in Strasbourg. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s response to Germany’s refugee crisis is driving a bad-tempered wedge through her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (C(...)

 Hungarian soldiers build a temporary  razor-wire fence  at the border between Hungary and Croatia. Photograph: Gyorgy Varga/EPA

Worsening weather and tightening borders confront thousands of migrants making their way through the Balkans to western Europe, as the changing season(...)

Migrants wait   at the train station of the Croatian town Tovarnik. Photograph: Stringerstr/AFP/Getty Images 1:23

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(...)

Walking the last few kilometres from Serbia to Croatia. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images 1:08

The people of eastern Croatia cherish their swaying seas of corn, verdant orchards and modest vineyards spread out beside the Danube river, and they a(...)

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(...)

Men who were  rescued after their boat sank off the coast of Libya,  get into a bus at Tripoli port. Photograph: Reuters 1:01

Nearly 4,700 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Saturday as they tried to reach Europe but one woman was found dead, Italy’s coastguard (...)

A fallen  border sign   near the  village Asotthalom on the Hungarian-Serbian border after Hungary closed its border in an effort to stem the wave of migrants entering the country. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty  Images

Barely 25km separate Horgos and Asotthalom by road and it’s only 15km if you pick a route through the fields and forest, as many have done this year. (...)

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger looks dejected after suffering his 50th career defeat in the Champions League at Dinamo Zagreb. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Despite a series of journalistic attempts to get Arsène Wenger to engage in an opinion on anything even vaguely to do with José Mourinho at the pre-m(...)

 Hungarian soldiers set up razor wire along Hungary’s southern border with Croatia, September 18th, 2015. Photograph: Peter Lendvai/EPA 1:16

Migrant numbers in Europe will continue to build in coming days and their flows may fragment further into new routes, the UN refugee agency said on Fr(...)

A child cries as migrants force their way through police lines at Tovarnik station to board a train bound for Zagreb, Croatia,   September 17th, 2015. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images 0:56

Croatia has said it will close its border with Serbia if another 8,000 migrants enter the newest EU member in one day, interior minister Ranko Ostoji(...)