French prime minister Manuel Valls: “Migrants must be treated with dignity, lodged and cared for. Our duty is to find long-term solutions”. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Prime minister Manuel Valls made the most fervent official French plea to date on behalf of migrants who are “fleeing war, persecution, torture and op(...)

European transport and interior ministers at a meeting to discuss rail security. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

European ministers have agreed to increase security on key international rail routes and improve intelligence sharing after the thwarted gun attack on(...)

British prime minster David Cameron: he will come face to face with EU leaders for the first time since his party’s decisive victory in the British general election two weeks ago. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron is expected to make his opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union w(...)

The EU initiative requesting member states to resettle 20,000 refugees will do little to tackle the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Photograph: EPA

At first glance, the numbers seem pitiable. The European Commission’s proposal that EU member states resettle 20,000 refugees will do little to tackl(...)

Two of nine sub-Saharan migrants who were rescued while trying to reach Tarifa’s coast in Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain, this week. Many migrants are encouraged to undertake the sea crossing by traffickers, who charge extortionate sums. Photograph: EPA

Ireland is to resettle 300 refugees as part of a European Union resettlement programme announced yesterday but has yet to decide on whether to partici(...)

Under EU law, Ireland and Britain have an automatic opt-out on most EU justice and home affairs legislation, which covers migration and asylum issues, but in practice it opts in to many of these measures. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images.

Ireland is to take 272 migrants per 20,000 under a mandatory resettlement programme for migrants proposed by the European Commission today. However, t(...)

European commissioner  Dimitris Avramopoulos: “EU citizens expect us to trust each other, to share information and to work effectively together to co-ordinate concrete actions”

The European Commission has vowed to step up co-operation between member states and EU agencies in an effort to combat terrorism as it launches a ne(...)

Offices of official European Union buildings are illuminated at dusk in central Brussels. The EU is considering ditching plans to force banks to keep high-risk trading activities separate from their main businesses

The European Union may ditch plans to force banks to keep high-risk trading activities separate from their main businesses because of opposition from (...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker rings the bell to start the first European Commission college meeting under his presidency yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The winds of change swept into Brussels this week as Jean-Claude Juncker and his team of 27 commenced their five-year term at the helm of the European(...)

The Netherlands outgoing foreign minister Frans Timmermans (right) transfers his duties to Bert Koenders at the foreign ministry in The Hague on October 17th.  Photograph: Valerie Kuypers/ EPA

You probably won’t have heard of Bert Koenders, which is typical of the man. Until last week he was the United Nations chief of mission in Mali, so we(...)