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(...)

Wrong to think David Cameron could magic up a brand new EU after a few chats with Angela Merkel and Jean Claude Juncker. - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

To Brexit or not to Brexit is now the biggest question in those parts of the British Isles not ruled from Dublin. The latest opinion poll for t(...)

European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker attends a debate on terrorist attacks in Paris and subsequent police and military operations at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said the “spirit of Schengen” must be safeguarded as he warned against equating terrorists with (...)

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(...)

(From left) Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders, Spanish foreign minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo and Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz at the start of the European Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels, Belgium on Monday. Photograph: EPA

A “small number” of people are being monitored by security forces in Ireland in the wake of the Paris attacks, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Fl(...)

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(...)

A security check at  the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey: world leaders will  discuss the war in Syria. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

  The refugee crisis is expected to dominate the G20 summit which opens in Turkey tomorrow as leaders of the world’s largest economies gat(...)

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(...)

In this 2009 file photo, former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt takes part in a discussion hosted by the ECB in Frankfurt, central Germany. Photograph: AP Photo/Daniel Roland

Former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who led the country for eight years at the height of the cold war, died yesterday at the age of 96, his (...)

Gay rights activists attend a rally outside the parliament building in Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine has moved closer to making key legal changes to help secure visa-free travel to the European Union for its citizens, but hit a stumbling block(...)