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(...)

A group of migrants queue to be registered as they prepare to cross the border into Spielfeld in Austria from the village of Sentilj in Slovenia. Photograph: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

The European Commission was not informed by Austria of plans to build a border with Slovenia, a EU spokesman has said, following Austria’s announcemen(...)

Members of the German Bundeswehr army prepare beds and tents for refugees inside a hangar of the former airport Tempelhof in Berlin. Photograph: Gregor Fischer/AFP/Getty Images

As Ireland prepares to receive refugees under the EU relocation and resettlement programme in the coming months, towns and cities across Europe are gr(...)

A migrant waits on Wednesday in Berlin in the premises of the State Office for Health and Welfare for registration and allocation of a shelter. Photograph: Getty Images

Germany’s refugee crisis broke another record when an Afghan family arrived in Bavaria on Wednesday carrying their patriach – a deaf-blind man they cl(...)

Migrants play with a ball at a temporary shelter in a sports hall in Hanau, Germany. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

German police have called for refugees to be housed along religious and ethnic lines after a series of mass brawls in emergency accommodation. Last we(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel with Thomas de Maiziere: the interior minister said Berlin did not anticipate the “stampede” its decision on refugees would cause. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Germany’s interior minister Thomas de Maizière has criticised Chancellor Angela Merkel for allowing the refugee crisis get “out of control” by setting(...)