A controversial EU-Turkey deal is set to go into effect on Monday, despite opposition from rights groups who have warned that  the plan is unethical and potentially illegal. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey says it is ready to take back up to 500 migrants from Greece on Monday, at the start of a controversial plan agreed with the European Union to (...)

A banner for the victims of the Brussels bombings reads ‘I am Brussels’ at the Place de la Bourse in  Belgium. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP Photo

Belgian police were last night searching for at least one suspect believed to be on the run following Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, as the (...)

A migrant receives a portion of food and water as refugees and migrants line up during food distribution at a relocation camp in Schisto, near Athens, Greece on Thursday. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

EU justice ministers warned that progress must be made in tackling the migration crisis by a March 7th summit or the Schengen area risks collapse, ami(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel is under growing domestic pressure to drive down asylum seeker numbers. Photoghraph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Germany has sent angry letters to Pakistan as well as north and west African countries, accusing them of refusing to take back failed asylum applicant(...)

“It’s new that weapons of war are being used”:  the recovered M52 hand grenade  which had been thrown into a migrant home in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. Photograph: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images

Migration tensions have escalated further in Germany after a hand grenade was lobbed into an asylum home in a small Black Forest town early Friday mo(...)

Supporters of Pegida and other right-wing  groups gather  to protest against the New Year’s Eve sex attacks  in Cologne on Saturday. Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images

German government politicians have promised to fast-track new laws to crack down on criminal asylum seekers as the number of complaints of physical an(...)

Cologne police have reviewed complaints from women who described being robbed, sexually harassed and in one case raped as revellers poured into the city from the train station. Photograph: Oliver Berg/AFP/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced outrage at a series of sexual assaults in the western city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve, saying the perpetr(...)

German police secure the main train station in Munich, Germany. On New Year’s Eve the public were warned to avoid crowds following a tip-off of a looming attack. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

It was just a tweet, but it hit Munich like a thunderbolt. As thousands geared up to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Bavarian capital, police sent out(...)

 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(...)

Special intervention forces  in Molenbeek, Brussels:   A Volkswagen Golf found in the neighbourhood is  believed to have belonged to a man named locally as  Mohamed Amri. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Belgium raised its terrorist alert to three yesterday and an international soccer match was cancelled, as searches continued in Belgium, Germany and (...)