Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said, since the Amsterdam Treaty of 1999, “Ireland has been party to a protocol under which we may opt in to such measures on a case-by-case basis”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland is taking more than its fair share of migrants and is not opting out of European Union measures designed to tackle the current crisis, Ministe(...)

Police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil and Austria’s interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner. “There was also a Syrian travel document found so of course our first assumption is that these people were migrants, and likely a group of Syrian migrants,” said Mr Doskozil. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Austrian and Hungarian police have stepped up their crossborder manhunt following the arrest of four men linked to an abandoned truck inside which 59 (...)

Police officers are seen around a refrigerated truck parked along a highway near Neusiedl am See, Austria, on Thursday. Police have raised their initial estimate of the number of migrants believed to have died in the lorry to 70. Photograph: AFP 2:11

The driver of a lorry dumped by the side of a road in Austria with the bodies of 71 refugees inside has been arrested, Hungarian police said on Friday(...)

Helene Fischer, the golden girl of modern German entertainment and the most succesful singer you have never heard of

It’s almost 9pm and 34 degrees in Berlin’s austere Nazi-era Olympic Stadium. In this open-air arena filled with ghosts of the past, the capacity crowd(...)

Syrian migrants cross under a fence as they enter Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

Austria has begun a manhunt for human traffickers who left at least 20 refugees to die in an abandoned refrigeration truck on a motorway near Vienna. (...)

Forensic experts investigate a truck in which 50 refugees were found dead on the road between Parndorf and Neusiedl in Austria. The driver has disappeared, according to reports. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

When an Austrian police patrol discovered the abandoned truck at 11.30 on Thursday bodily fluids were leaking from the back door. The outer truck wall(...)

Facebook has denied its network has fanned any xenophobic flames in Germany’s refugee debate. Photograph:  Thomas Hodel/Reuters

Germany’s federal justice minister has called in Facebook executives to explain why the social network refuses to delete anti-refugee tirades posted (...)

Ralph Boes, on hunger strike since July 1st in protest at Germany’s welfare system, waits it out on Pariser Platz. Photograph: Derek Scally

The square on the eastern side of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate is known officially as Pariser Platz and unofficially as the “living room of the republic”(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with Heidenau major Juergen Opitz and Saxony state prime minister Stanislaw Tillich after their visit to an asylum seekers’ accommodation facility in the Heidenau near Dresden, where last week more than 30 police were injured when a mob of several hundred people pelted officers with bottles and fireworks. Photograph: Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the “hate” shown by German extreme-right supporters towards asylum seekers in the Saxon town of Heidenau and ar(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel who condemned violent protests against refugees that erupted over the weekend in eastern Germany. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters

When I enter the redbrick Berlin church and see the packed pews it feels like I’ve stepped back in time to 1989. Looking closer, only the lack of East(...)