Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel with Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu after visiting a refugee camp in Turkey late last month. Photograph: Steffen Kugler/EPA

The announcement by the European Commission that it has provisionally backed visa-free travel for Turkish citizens marks the latest stage in the EU’s (...)

European Commission First vice president Frans Timmermans said since the EU-Turkey migration deal had come into effect, the number of migrants arriving to Greece had fallen to less than 100 per day. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The European Commission has recommended that visa requirements should be lifted for Turkish citizens visiting the EU’s Schengen area by June, as it ha(...)

People walk in front of billboards with the picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the words; ‘Solidarity with the refugees’, in Gaziantep, Turkey. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top European Union officials are travelling close to Turkey’s border with Syria on Saturday in a bid to bolster th(...)

Children cover their faces to protect themselves from dust amid strong winds at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on Wednesday. Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/ AFP/Getty Images

Visa-free travel for Turkish citizens travelling to the EU may be agreed as early as May 4th, the European Commission said on Wednesday, as it reporte(...)

MEPs voting in Strasbourg on Thursday Photograph: Reuters

The European Parliament has voted through tougher rules on data protection, aimed at boosting privacy and giving authorities greater powers to take ac(...)

Migrants and refugees protest to have a border gate opened at their makeshift camp in the northern Greek border village of Idomeni on Wednesday. Photograph:  Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission has unveiled an overhaul of the European Union’s asylum policy, in an attempt to share the burden of hosting refugees more eve(...)

Concerns about aspect of EU-Turkey deal remain, including visa liberalisation. Photograph: AP

EU officials have warned that significant obstacles to an EU-Turkey deal remain, ahead of a key two-day summit which begins today in Brussels. Leade(...)

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said ‘public health demands the highest standard’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has strongly criticised the European Commission’s refusal to make its dealings with the tobacco industry more transp(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Danish prime minster Lars Loekke Rasmussen – Denmark is being heavily criticised for its latest move. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

PETER CLUSKEY UN agencies and Amnesty International have attacked Denmark’s new immigration bill as damaging and possibly in violation of EU and inte(...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans says most of those fleeing to Europe are economic migrants. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

More than half of those fleeing to Europe from the Middle East and Africa are economic migrants and not asylum seekers fleeing the horrors of war in I(...)