Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban with German chancellor Angela Merkel  during an informal summit on migration  recently. Mr  Orban claims  the  crisis  is “a German problem”. Photograph: AP

Hungary is poised to take legal action against a European Union plan to distribute refugees among member states, as opposition to the German-led quota(...)

Slovenian prime minister Miro Cerar: “If these countries tighten the access for migrants, we will be forced to do likewise.” Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders of Balkan nations and a cluster of EU states at the frontline of the refugee crisis gather for an emergency meeting in Brussels on Sunday, (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel waves after giving a speech during the European People’s Party congress in Madrid. Photograph: AP Photo/Francisco Seco

German chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday urged EU member states to share responsibility for the refugee crisis across the bloc, as Hungarian prime mi(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (left) embraces Catalan centre-right politician Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, as Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy stands by, at the European Peoples Party congress in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Think Fine Gael Ardfheis , European-style. This week close to 3,000 delegates are descending on Madrid for the European People’s Party congress, a mee(...)

Migrants make their way after crossing the border at Zakany, Hungary. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

In recent weeks the waves of refugees that have broken onto the beaches of southern Europe have prompted a huge volume of media commentary. As a Chris(...)

Nadine Morano: her comments on  a television talk show provoked outrage outrage on the left and centre right and divided Morano’s cohorts in Les Républicains. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

Nicolas Sarkozy’s Les Républicains (LR) was to bar Nadine Morano, member of the European Parliament, former cabinet minister and long one of Sarkozy’s(...)

Migrants and refugees walk to board a bus after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija on Thursday. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty

Central European interior ministers will call for tough measures today to restrict the flow of migrants into the region, in joint efforts to tighten(...)

Migrants wait to cross the Serbian border into Croatia at Bapska last week. Tens of thousands have passed through there in recent weeks. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Though weary and far from homes they may never see again, there was relief among people walking towards the remote Croatian village of Bapska yesterd(...)

Croatian prime minister Zoran Milanovic (centre) with armed forces officers during a visit to the  migrant transit camp in Opatovac. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Croatia’s prime minister Zoran Milanovic has rejected the possibility of talks with Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban over his threat to seal their c(...)

Officials in Dubrovnik, a tourist hotspot in southern Croatia known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, fear it could become part of a new route for thousands of migrants

Officials in Dubrovnik, a tourist hotspot in southern Croatia known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, fear it could become part of a new route for tho(...)