Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The  “mini Schengen” plan of cutting back the borderless zone to just five countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Austria – was being discussed before the Paris attacks. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

It’s a sign of how fractious the European debate over the future of Schengen has become that the only coherent proposal this weekend is one f(...)

Migrants and refugees cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija. Since last week, Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees. Photograph: Getty Images

Following the horror of the terrorist attacks in Paris it was inevitable that the EU’s refugee strategy would come under the spotlight. Despite the fa(...)

A military police soldier patrols the Brussels Midi train station  in Brussels. Belgium’s national security level has been raised to three following the terrorist attacks on Paris. Photograph: Dirk Waem/AFP/Getty Images

Almost a week after the deadliest terrorist attack on EU soil since the Madrid bombings in 2004, EU justice ministers have been summoned to Brussels t(...)

Two men pay their repects before laying flowers at a rail cordon close to the Bataclan theatre in the 11th district of Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

The abhorrent terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night have shocked the European Union, and left leaders grappling to respond to one of the worst(...)

Angela Merkel the “indispensable European” for “defending Germany’s interests without losing sight of Europe’s”. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Nigella Lawson is not a regular in this column, but she has a nose for trends and her latest trend is Germany. In a review of her latest show, I read (...)

The   summit on migration in Valletta, Malta: With more than 2.2 million Syrian refugees currently residing in Turkey, the country is widely seen as playing a key role in Europe’s response to the crisis. Photograph: Tiberio Barchielli/EPA

Ireland will be requested to offer €28.5 million in emergency funds for Turkey to help deal with the refugee crisis as part of a €3 billion European U(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel, United Nations special representative for  migration Peter Sutherland, European Parliament president Martin Schulz, European Council president Donald Tusk, French president Francois Hollande, and Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat attend the opening ceremony of the Valletta summit. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

United Nations special representative for migration Peter Sutherland has broadly welcomed the action plan agreed by European Union and African leader(...)

From left,  Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande attend the Valletta Summit on Migration in Valletta, Malta, November 11th, 2015. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The European Union will announce a €1.8 billion emergency fund for Africa on Thursday in a bid to halt the flow of refugees entering the EU illegally,(...)

State leaders at the Valletta Summit on Migration 2015 line up for a group photo in Valletta, Malta, November 11st, 2015. Photograph: Lino Arrigo Azzopardi/EPA

Leaders of the European Union met African counterparts on Malta on Wednesday, hoping pledges of cash and other aid can slow the numbers of migrants(...)

British prime minister David Cameron outlines conditions for renegotiating the terms of his country’s membership in the European Union,  at Chatham House in London, on Tuesday. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool via The New York Times

The publication of British prime minister David Cameron’s letter to European Council president Donald Tusk opens a critical phase in Britain’s attempt(...)