Udo Landbauer: “For me it’s clear these [extremist] songs were not sung,” he said on national television. “I’m not that much of a singer.” Photograph:   Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

Vienna Jewish groups boycotted a Holocaust remembrance ceremony on Thursday in protest at a fresh neo-Nazi scandal to hit the ruling far-right Freedom(...)

A man keeps warm by a fire in a transit camp for migrants and refugees on the Greek side of the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni, Greece. Photograph: Zoltan Balogh/EPA

Mohammed dragged a hoe through the thick mud of Idomeni, trying to stop his family’s tent sinking into the mire along with their hopes of reaching Ger(...)

A girl walks in the mud  in a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, where thousands of refugees and migrants are stranded by the Balkan border blockade. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

EU justice ministers meeting in Brussels have questioned Turkey’s ability to qualify for visa liberalisation by June, in a sign of significant opposit(...)

Migrants wait  at a charity food  stand  after arriving from the Aegean Islands into the port of Piraeus near Athens. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Hungary has called for a referendum on an EU quota plan to distribute refugees among member states, while Austria has told Germany it had to back toug(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech about refugee policy at the Bundestag in Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s vow to throttle the flow of asylum seekers arriving in Germany this year suffered another setback ahead of Thursday’s EU s(...)

Syrian refugees rest next to a highway as a group of more than 100 Syrian refugees who crossed the Greek-Turkish borders the previous night is stopped by Greek police near the village of Thourio at the regional unit of Evros in northeastern Greece. Photograph: Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters

Greece has hit back at European proposals for tightened security on its northern border with Macedonia, describing the latest plans to staunch the flo(...)

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann in Vienna on Wednesday. He made clear the national measures were an attempt to force agreement on a “European Plan A” for sharing the migrant burden. Photograph: Hans Punz/EPA

Europe’s passport-free Schengen system developed another serious crack on Wednesday after Austria vowed a “considerable” step-up in border controls an(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘Whoever kills Schengen carries the internal market to its grave.’ Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

EU member states’ failure to deliver solutions to the migration crisis will have “enormous economic consequences” for the bloc, European Commission pr(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: To date has declined to cap asylum applications into Germany, insisting that a European strategy will reduce numbers. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Austria has announced it will cap the number of asylum applications this year and, from next week, will only allow would-be refugees into the country (...)

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(...)

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