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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Joseph Daul European People’s Party president, said comments from far-right leaders such as France’s Marine Le Pen echoed the extremism seen in Europe during the second World War. Photograph: EPA

The rise of populism and extremism across Europe is “undermining the European project”, European People’s Party (EPP) president Joseph Daul said yeste(...)

Police officers stand guard near the crime scene of a knife attack in Cologne on Saturday.  Mayoral candidate for Cologne Henriette Reker was injured in a knife attack the day before the election. Photograph: Frederico Gambarini/EPA

A independent candidate running for mayor of the German city of Cologne was stabbed in the neck and severely wounded on Saturday while she was campaig(...)

Refugees from Syria near the Austrian-German border in Julbach, Austria. Austria has become the main transit country for migrants travelling from the Balkans to Germany. Photograph: EPA

Berlin’s grand coalition is at odds over the latest proposal to master the growing refugee crisis: “transit zones” in border regions to allow the dete(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photograph: Patrik StollarZ/AFP/Getty Images

In a frantic time for Germany, three things have become clear for Angela Merkel. First, her political legacy depends not on the interlinked banking/e(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel has stood firm on her liberal asylum policy, calling it a “task of historical proportions” in Strasbourg. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s response to Germany’s refugee crisis is driving a bad-tempered wedge through her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (C(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates the 25th anniversary of German reunification. Political critics argue that Germany’s resources are exhausted even before one million refugees arrive this year. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

Growing disunity over how to manage the refugee crisis overshadowed weekend celebrations marking a quarter century of German unity. A month after Germ(...)