A migrant family from Afghanistan after arrival  from Budapest, Hungary,  at the train station in Munich, Germany, August 31st, 2015. Photograph: Sven Hoppe/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has pressed fellow European states to share the burden of the influx of migrants. The German leader told reporters in (...)

In his last ever book, published in Germany at the end of last week, Nobel prize-winning novelist and poet Günter Grass issues a beyond-the-grave warning about rising vitriol towards refugees. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

For much of his lifetime, he was the personification of Germany’s moral conscience, with literary interventions on anything from postwar guilt to the (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said, since the Amsterdam Treaty of 1999, “Ireland has been party to a protocol under which we may opt in to such measures on a case-by-case basis”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland is taking more than its fair share of migrants and is not opting out of European Union measures designed to tackle the current crisis, Ministe(...)

Egon Brandt with Willy Brandt in 1963. Nobody, he thought, is going to help the Germans if they don’t help themselves. Photograph: DPA/AFP/Getty Images

Egon Bahr, who has died aged 93, was a prominent social democrat politician whose efforts to improve West Germany’s relations with the Soviet bloc hel(...)

French riot police stand on the side of the road to prevent migrants from approaching lorries on the road leading to the ferry port in Calais, northern France. Photograph: AFP Photo

Thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa live in makeshift encampments in Paris, Calais and elsewhere. The migrant crisis created tension(...)

Police officers are seen around a refrigerated truck parked along a highway near Neusiedl am See, Austria, on Thursday. Police have raised their initial estimate of the number of migrants believed to have died in the lorry to 70. Photograph: AFP 2:11

The driver of a lorry dumped by the side of a road in Austria with the bodies of 71 refugees inside has been arrested, Hungarian police said on Friday(...)

A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died. Photograph: Reuters/Hani Amara

Libya has recovered 105 bodies after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea, saying that almost 100 more people were missing and fe(...)

Helene Fischer, the golden girl of modern German entertainment and the most succesful singer you have never heard of

It’s almost 9pm and 34 degrees in Berlin’s austere Nazi-era Olympic Stadium. In this open-air arena filled with ghosts of the past, the capacity crowd(...)

Syrian migrants cross under a fence as they enter Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

Austria has begun a manhunt for human traffickers who left at least 20 refugees to die in an abandoned refrigeration truck on a motorway near Vienna. (...)

A container with the bodies of migrants is unloaded from the Swedish coast guard ship “Poseidon” in Palermo on Wednesday following a rescue operation in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Marcello Paternostro/Getty Images

A boat packed with migrants sank off the Libyan coastal city of Zuwara on Thursday and officials said hundreds may have died. A security official in (...)