“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 (...)

German interior minister Thomas de Maizière: ““I ask the media to trust me on this. We did this for the right reasons.” Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Hours after a large-scale anti-terror operation in the western city of Aachen, German nerves were back on edge after the cancellation of a soccer mat(...)

Germany’s defence minister Ursula von der Leyen  at an asylum waiting centre: Angela Merkel has defended  her open-door policy. Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

Friday night’s Paris attacks have polarised public opinion and public debate in Germany over refugees, with a leading Bavarian politician attacked f(...)

France players celebrate scoring the opening goal during the international friendly soccer match against Germany at the Stade de France. Photograph: Ian langsdon/EPA

The full France squad, with the bereaved Lassana Diarra in their number, will travel to London today before the friendly against England at Wembley(...)

Refugees flock to emergency accomodation at the border between Germany and Austria near Wegscheid, Germany, on Wednesday.  German federal police are struggling with a huge influx of refugees. and migrants. Photograph: Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

Austria has announced plans to build a fence with Slovenia in a bid to slow down the flow of refugees into the country, sparking concern about the fut(...)