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 Alexander Van der Bellen  waving to supporters at the Palais Auersperg on Sunday after the Austrian presidential elections run off, in which he defeated the far-right candidate  Norbert Hofer. Photograph: Florian Weiser/EPA

Austria has elected Green Party politician Alexander Van der Bellen as president, following a tightly-fought contest that was seen as a barometer of (...)

Presidential candidates Alexander Van der Bellen (left) of the Austrian Greens and Norbert Hofer (right) of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) during  a live television discussion after the second round of  Austrian presidential elections on May 22nd, 2016, at the Hofburg palace in Vienna. Photograph: Helmut Fohringer/AFP/Getty Images

Austria’s presidential election was on a knife-edge on Sunday night, with the leader of the populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) within touching distance of b(...)

 European Council president Donald Tusk and Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann   shake hands at a meeting in Vienna last week to  discuss the migrant situation in Europe. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann has urged Germany to set a clear limit on the number of asylum seekers it will accept to help stem a mass influx of(...)

EU humanitarian aid commissioner Christos Stylianides giving a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission has proposed new EU humanitarian assistance rules for a “decisive and effective” distribution of €700 million in aid to membe(...)

A refugee sits in front of a Greek riot police cordon during a protest at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, on Tuesday: the UN has urged  EU member states to respond urgently to Greece’s migrant situation. Photograph:  Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters

Europe is on the cusp of “a largely self-induced humanitarian crisis” the United Nations refugee agency warned on Tuesday, as it called for EU member(...)

Refugees wait on a Greek coastguard ship on the island of Lesbos on Thursday after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey.  Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

EU leaders meeting in Brussels on the first day of a two-day summit pledged to intensify their efforts to tackle the refugee crisis, revealing growing(...)

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(...)

Refugees and migrants arrive by dinghy from Turkey to the coast of Mytilini , on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Wednesday. Europe’s continuing migrant crisis is to be discussed at this week’s EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

EU leaders will try to forge a way through the refugee crisis at their two-day summit which begins in Brussels on Thursday, though a German-led push f(...)

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(...)

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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