A migrant from Syria hugs his daughter inside a mosque in Kumanovo, Macedonia, close to the Serbian border. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

French president Francois Hollande said on Friday he thought commitments by individual EU member states offered a better way of resettling African (...)

The Hungarian government has ordered the interior ministry to ‘prepare for closure of the Hungarian-Serbian border by next Wednesday; this will be achieved by erecting a four-metre-high fence’ along its 175km length. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Hungary plans to build a security fence along its entire border with Serbia to halt the flow of illegal migrants, despite domestic and international(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (right) speaks to Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, on May 22nd. Mr Juncker smilingly greeted Mr Orban with the words: “Hello dictator”. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

It was a quick one-liner, delivered tongue-in-cheek but loud enough for the assembled media to hear. As Jean-Claude Juncker greeted leaders at the Eas(...)

Rescued migrants disembark off the Italian Guardia di Finanza vessel Denaro at the Sicilian harbour of Catania on April 23rd, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

The EU’s executive body is to unveil radical new proposals on immigration, imposing migrant quotas on the 28 countries of the union under a distributi(...)

A video image released by the Italian coast guard of a rescue operation of 397 migrants on Saturday. Photograph: AFP/Guardia Costiera

More than 6,000 migrants were rescued at sea over the weekend, with Italy’s coast guard summoning Italian and French naval boats, merchant ships and (...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras’s visit to Russia offered a reflection of diffidence and division across Europe. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

The pilgrimage of Greek premier Alexis Tsipras to Moscow told a tale of two tragedies. One, perilously close to the denouement, is about Greece’s unce(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, Hungary: “I’m firmly convinced that this conflict cannot be solved by military means,” Dr Merkel said. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

The leaders of Germany and Hungary have agreed not to sell weapons to Ukraine to use in its war against Russian-backed separatists, but have disagree(...)

Demonstrators show symbolic red cards to Czech president Milos Zeman during a protest rally in Prague.  Photograph: Reuters

Flanked by fellow heads of state from around central Europe, Czech leader Milos Zeman mounted a Prague stage to recall the revolutions that chased com(...)

Thousands of Hungarians march during a protest against an internet data transfer tax, in Budapest, last month. photograph: laszlo balogh/reuters

A quarter-of-a-century ago, Viktor Orban was a firebrand student leader whose stirring speeches roused Hungarians to demand an end to communist rule, (...)

People gather to celebrate after Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban announcd that the government would put an internet tax proposal on hold. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Prime minister Viktor Orban of Hungary said yesterday his government would abandon, at least for now, a proposed tax on internet usage that drew tens(...)