Sigmar Gabriel

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 German chancellor Angela Merkel: “To make out as if we alone can solve all the social problems of the world would not be realistic.” Photograph: Jan Woitas/EPA

Divided European leaders will seek to find a response to the continent’s worst migration crisis since the second World War at an emergency summit next(...)

German vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel: “What should we do, send people back to Hungary when we know how they treat people?”. Photograph: EPA/Hans Punz

Tensions are building in Germany’s ruling grand coalition amid disagreement over whether to back binding EU immigration quotas to tackle the growing (...)

A young girl walks through a cornfield near the  Croatian border with Serbia. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Relations between central European states are fraying along with their border and transport systems, as thousands of refugees seek a way through the r(...)

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (left) and German interior minister Thomas de Maziere leave after an European Union interior and justice ministers emergency meeting on the migrants situation in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters

EU immigration policy was in disarray on Monday night after ministers failed to reach agreement on a relocation scheme for refugees and countries bega(...)

A migrant with his child talks to  police officers after Hungarian police sealed the border with Serbia near the village of Horgos, Serbia. Photograph: Marko Djurica

Two decades of frontier-free travel across Europe unravelled on Monday as countries re-established border controls in the face of an unprecedented inf(...)

A child arrives by bus in Berlin from Munich. Some 450,000 refugees have arrived in Germany so far this year, including 37,000 in the first eight days of September. Photograph: Getty Images

EU justice and home affairs ministers meet on Monday in Brussels to consider the European Commission’s relocation proposal for refugees a day after Ge(...)

Spain’s deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria:  “Spain will take the refugees that the European Union asks us to.” Photograph: Getty

Spain has announced it would accept a mandatory quota of refugees, providing a vital boost to the European Commission before today’s announcement of a(...)

Egon Brandt with Willy Brandt in 1963. Nobody, he thought, is going to help the Germans if they don’t help themselves. Photograph: DPA/AFP/Getty Images

Egon Bahr, who has died aged 93, was a prominent social democrat politician whose efforts to improve West Germany’s relations with the Soviet bloc hel(...)

  Firefighters battle flames engulfing a house that was destined as housing for migrants, earlier this month in  Weissach im Tal, Baden-Wuerttemberg state, Germany. There have been over 200 attacks on refugee accomodation this year.  Photograph: EPA/FRIEBE

Europe is facing a great challenge for our generation. Never before have so many people fled political persecution and war as today, many seeking refu(...)

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(...)

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