Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt smokes a cigarette after a celebration of his 90th birthday, organised by Die Zeit newspaper in Hamburg, in January  2009. He has died at the age of 96. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/Reuters

Former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who led the country for eight years at the height of the Cold War, has died at the age of 96, his office(...)

 A handout photograph  shows refugees boarding an airplane for their departure for Luxembourg, at  Athens International Airport, in Greece on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrea Bonetti/EPA

Greece relocated six asylum-seeking families to Luxembourg on Wednesday, the first such transfer from its soil under an European Union plan to ease t(...)

People  taking part in an Amnesty International protest in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy in London, against the flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi in early 2015. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for insulting Islam and for cyber crime, was awarded the Europe(...)

A new Volkswagen (VW) car is seen in the foreground as new cars of the Volkswagen group are parked ready for shipping at the car terminal of the port of Bremerhaven. 	Photograph: Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel told a German radio station the emissions scandal around German carmaker Volkswagen was “drastic” but the damage wa(...)

Leftist Syriza leader and winner of Greek general election Alexis Tsipras is sworn in as prime minister by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

On a day that saw Sunday’s glorious late summer weather take a sharp turn for the worse, with storms and floods hitting most parts of Greece, Alexis T(...)

Hungarian soldiers carry razor wire as they work on a fence being built along the border with Croatia near the village of Sarok, Hungary, Monday, on Monday. Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban said that millions of migrants are “laying siege” to the borders of his country and of Europe, putting the continent in danger. Photograph: AP

Hungary’s parliament authorised the government on Monday to deploy the army to help handle a migrant crisis, granting the military the right to deploy(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. He will be questioned at a hearing in Brussels. Photograph: AP Photo/Christian Lutz

Lobbyists representing internet company Facebook could be banned from entering the European Parliament following a request by the parliament’s special(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

A defiant Hungarian prime minister arrived in Brussels yesterday for meetings with the EU’s three top officials. Subject: the migration crisis that ha(...)

The Five Presidents’ report outlines plans to strengthen economic and monetary union through closer integration of the euro group. Photograph: Getty Images

Largely lost in the fog of war and plethora of meetings over Greece this week was an initiative about the future of the EU that deserves public att(...)

The EU’s sanctions on Russia are already yielding results, the European Parliament has been told, as MEPs urged the European Council to extend sanctions at a leaders’ summit later this month.

The European Union’s sanctions on Russia are already yielding results, the European Parliament was told yesterday, as MEPs urged the European Council(...)