Former Polish foreign minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski who died over the weekend. Photograph:  AFP PHOTO/DPA/ STEPHANIE PILICK

Polish politician, writer and activist Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, who was persecuted both by the Nazis and Polish communists before serving two terms as(...)

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

This week the world looked on in horror as images of desperate migrants fleeing North Africa flashed across TV screens. The European Union has (...)

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel with British counterpart David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel during the  EU leaders summit in response to the migrant crisis. Photograph: Reuters

As the world watched footage of desperate migrants scrambling to reach European shores this week, the need for a global and European response to the t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  arrives at the European Council headquarters for an extraordinary summit of EU leaders to deal on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Mr Kenny says the State will contribute a ship to rescue efforts in the region. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The Republic is to contribute a fully crewed and equipped ship to search and rescue efforts in the Mediterranean, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speak(...)

EU leaders at an emergency summit on the migration crisis on the Mediterranean.   Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened after hun(...)

 People arrive for a funeral service for migrants on the grounds of the Mater Dei Hospital in the harbour town of Msida in Malta on Thursday. Photograph: EPA 1:00

European Union leaders are discussing plans to double financial sources to save lives in the Mediterranean where hundreds of migrants have drowned in (...)

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. The catastrophe during the week may have pushed the issue of migration up the European political agenda, but finding a long-term, cohesive solution is likely to prove more difficult. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters 1:00

EU heads of state gather in Brussels on Thursday for an emergency summit on migration prompted by the deaths of more than 900 people in the Mediterran(...)

Video grab showing  migrants on a boat during a Triton rescue operation. The head of EU border agency Frontex has said that  the border patrol mission cannot become a search and rescue operation. Photograph: Guardia Costiera/AFP/Getty Images

The head of the EU border agency has said that saving migrants’ lives in the Mediterranean should not be the priority for the maritime patrols he is i(...)

A man carries a migrant woman as local residents and rescue workers help migrants after their boat sank off the island of Rhodes on Monday. Photograph: Argiris Mantikos/AFP/Getty

The decision by the head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to call an emergency summit on Thursday evening is an indication of the magnitude of th(...)

Pensioners rally in Athens. One minister said that if faced with paying loans or paying salaries and pensions, Greece would choose the latter. Photograph: EPA/Orestis Panagiotou

As a European deal to give more aid to Athens falters and the prospect of a default looms, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is preparing to meet R(...)