Catherine Day: former secretary general of the European Commission is succeeded by Alexander Italianer. Photograph: Alan Betson

The incoming secretary general of the European Commission assumed his new role on Tuesday, marking the end of the 10-year tenure of Irish official C(...)

Migrants stage a sit-down demonstration as police block the entrance to Keleti train station in Budapest on Tuesday. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Hungary has accused the European Union’s top officials of causing its refugee crisis and warned them to prepare for “millions” of new arrivals to the (...)

This is “a human tragedy that requires a determined collective political response. It is a crisis of solidarity, not a crisis of numbers.” These wise (...)

Refugees should be distributed across the European Union according to member states’ ability to receive them, as part of a strategy to cope with Europ(...)

The labour market in Germany stands in stark contrast to the job situation in southern European countries such as Greece and Spain, which have unemployment rates of around 25 per cent and 22 per cent respectively

German unemployment fell more than expected in August, with the jobless rate holding steady at a record low, offering reassurance that consumer spendi(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls at a migrants’ reception centre in Calais: a visit to “the jungle” was too great a security risk. Photograph: Denis Charlet/EPA

It was all they would see of “the jungle”: black faces lined up along the road as the prime minister’s motorcade sped by, the chaotic jumble of shacks(...)

Travellers sit in a train with migrants en route to Vienna from Budapest. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

The European Union’s border and asylum policies were in disarray on Monday night, as member states sought their own solutions to a continuing surge in(...)

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(...)