The Austrian police on Thursday discovered the bodies of more than 70 refugees in a truck abandoned on the hard shoulder of a motorway. Minister of the Interior Johanna Mikl-Leitner has said asylum seekers with a chance of being allowed to stay should be permitted to enter the EU legally. Such a move would deprive traffickers of their means of sustenance, commentators write in approval, and urge people to try and see things from the refugees’ perspective.

Migrant trains reach Munich station

Trains carrying more than 1,000 migrants arrive in Germany, as Hungary closes a major rail station in an attempt to bring the crisis under control.

Greece’s coastguard has rescued about 2,500 migrants and refugees off the country’s eastern islands over the past three days, authorities said yesterday (31 August), as the flow of people trying to cross into Europe continued unabated.

VIDEO: Crowds as Budapest station shuts

Authorities closed the main international railway station in Budapest after around 500 migrants tried to board a train to Vienna.
VIDEO: ‘Refugees should be divided across EU’

Angela Merkel says the EU needs a “unified European migration policy”, and that refugees should be fairly divided.
Migrants barred from Hungary station

Hundreds of migrants protest outside a major railway station in Budapest after police seal off the terminal to stop them travelling through the EU.

EU officials exposed in Ashley Madison hack

EXCLUSIVE: European Union officials used their work email addresses to register with online adultery site Ashley Madison, EurActiv can reveal.

Angela Merkel visited a refugee shelter in Heidenau on Wednesday, the first time she has made a such a visit. While there she condemned violence against those seeking asylum as “repulsive and a source of shame”. Shortly before the visit Berlin had suspended the Dublin agreement for Syrians, which means they will no longer be returned to the EU country in which they arrived. The German Chancellor has taken the lead in Europe’s refugee policy, some commentators write approvingly. Others wish that appreciation of politicians would extend beyond their commitment to refugees.

VIDEO: With migrants on Hungary’s border

With the migrants trying to cross Hungary’s border to get into Europe

Facebook has reacted to criticism over its tolerance of hate speech on its site. The American social network giant has said it is interested in an “exchange” with Heiko Maas. EurActiv Germany reports.


Greece election set for 20 September

Greece’s new caretaker government has been sworn in and snap elections confirmed for 20 September.

Siemens, Daimler, and Rheinmetall have been mired in cases of alleged corruption in Greece, the country that Berlin has repeatedly admonished for the parlous state of its economy.


Officials in Austria have said on Friday that 71 bodies were found in the back of a truck near the Hungarian border on Thursday, three people have been arrested. Initial reports had put the death toll at 20.

Catalonia’s regional elections: scenarios for independence

Should the pro-independence parties win a majority in the regional elections on 27 September, what would happen next? Here are a few scenarios on how the independists may use their popular mandate to secede from Spain.

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