US Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was wrong to let in thousands of migrants into Germany and that the refugee crisis could trigger revolutions and even the end of Europe.
Within a few short weeks, Poland's public media have become more combative, more Eurosceptic and more favourably disposed to the authorities, amid a purge by the new right-wing government that has triggered broad outcry, experts say.
Denmark's parliament yesterday (26 January) overwhelmingly voted in favour of reforms aimed at dissuading migrants from seeking asylum by delaying family reunifications and allowing authorities to seize valuables, under legislation that has sparked widespread condemnation.
Despite widespread condemnation, Denmark's parliament is expected to vote today (26 January) in favour of drastic reforms curbing asylum seekers' rights, including delaying family reunifications and confiscating migrants' valuables.
Ukraine's ambassador to Poland yesterday (12 January) rejected the Polish prime minister's claim that her country hosts a million Ukrainian refugees, saying they were not refugees and could at most be called "economic migrants".
British lawmakers yesterday (18 January) debated a petition to ban US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from Britain over remarks on Muslims, but while describing his comments as "crazy" and "offensive", most said the ban would go against free speech.
The loss of state control, the fragility of EU institutions, and the rise of populism could bring about a disintegration process in Schengen, the eurozone or "even the Single Market", according to the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 .
The European Commission launched an unprecedented probe today (13 January) into judicial changes introduced by Poland's new right-wing government to see if they violate EU democratic rules and merit punitive measures.
The attacks carried out against women, in Cologne on New Year's Eve, are still reverberating across Europe, auguring for more resentment against immigrants, and eroding the remnants of multicultural attitudes. The EurActiv network reports.
Polish President Andrzej Duda yesterday (7 January) signed into law a controversial bill handing the conservative government control of state media, despite EU concern and condemnation from rights watchdogs.
Challenging the EU’s political correctness, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said he will not allow a large Muslim community in his country. Fico’s anti-immigration rhetoric has boosted his Direction-Social Democracy party (SMER-SD) ahead of the 5 March elections.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will meet Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), on Wednesday, a party source said, in an apparent move to strengthen an emerging eurosceptic axis in central Europe.
Poland could be open to compromise over British demands to limit the rights of European Union migrants if London helps it bolster NATO's presence in Central Europe, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told Reuters.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's allies in Bavaria stepped up criticism of her open-door refugee policy on Sunday (3 January), with their leader demanding a cap of 200,000 migrants a year, about a fifth of last year's level.
Sweden is set to drastically reduce the flow of refugees into the country by imposing strict identity checks on all travellers from Denmark , as Scandinavian countries compete with each other to shed their reputations as havens for asylum seekers.
The European Commission sent a letter to two Polish ministers yesterday (30 December) expressing concern over a proposed law on control of the country's state-run media, a spokesman for the EU executive said, another sign of disquiet in Brussels over Poland's new political path.
The European Union warned eastern European powerhouse Poland to avoid endangering the rule of law with controversial reforms that former president Lech Wałęsa said undermined democracy and made the country a laughing stock.
France's mainstream political parties were scrambling for a way to stop the rise of the far-right National Front (FN) after its historic first-round lead in the first round of the regional elections on 6 December, before the run-offs on 13 December.
Switzerland threatened yesterday (4 December) to impose unilateral curbs on immigration should it fail to agree with the European Union on limiting the influx into a country where nearly a quarter of the population is foreign.