Is the EU at risk of breaking up?

  • 26 January 2016
  • From the section Europe
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Image caption Macedonia is building a razor-wire fence on its border

For the past 10 days, Europe's leaders have been engaged in a bout of gloom.

They openly admit Europe has lost control of the migrant crisis, and they fear for the future of the European project itself.

Certainly, the Schengen agreement - which guarantees freedom of movement and is one of the pillars of European unity - is being widely ignored as fences go up and border controls reappear.

On Monday Greece was even warned that it could find itself excluded from the Schengen area if the flow of migrants is not stemmed.

But do these leaders really believe the European Union itself is at risk?

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Sizing up Britain’s EU renegotiation

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Image caption David Cameron hopes to secure a deal to keep the UK within the EU

In less than a month, the prime minister is expected to have secured a deal he can put to the British people over the country's future in Europe .

The deal is not done - but, cabinet ministers say, "essential pieces" of renegotiation are in place.

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Cologne attacks' profound impact on Europe

  • 11 January 2016
  • From the section Europe
A woman walks in front of the main railway station in Cologne Image copyright Reuters

The events in Cologne and other cities over New Year have left a deep imprint in Germany.

The stories of women running a gauntlet of sexual assault by young men have tapped into society's deepest fears.

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Europe set for a fundamental clash of ideas

  • 1 January 2016
  • From the section Europe
A child refugee, one of 160 people captured attempting to illegally cross to Greece via the Aegean Sea, in the Bodrum district of Mugla province, Turkey Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Turkey has been asked to limit numbers crossing into Europe

In Europe 2015 was, in part, the year of the unexpected: migrants, Schengen in doubt, terror, Volkswagen.

And yet much played out as predicted: a fresh Greek drama, a fragile economy and the continued rise of anti-establishment parties.

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No breakthrough for Cameron in Brussels

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Image caption David Cameron spoke for 45 minutes

All the right soothing words were used during the Brussels evening. David Cameron spoke of "good progress" and "a pathway to a deal" - but for the moment there is deadlock.

The prime minister addressed the other leaders for 45 minutes.

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David Cameron's complex balancing act on Europe

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Image caption The UK wants to take a tougher line on EU migrants

In Britain's tense renegotiation with the rest of the EU, nothing is quite what it seems.

There are riddles and enigmas aplenty. Over dinner on Thursday, at a summit in Brussels, David Cameron will make a big pitch to find a compromise over EU migration.

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Europe may be witness to a new political era

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Image caption Is Marine Le Pen ushering in a new politics?

The success of Marine Le Pen and the National Front (FN) in France underlines the shifting plates of European politics.

She is far right, anti-Europe and anti-immigration, but many of those who voted for her once voted for the Communists and the Socialists.

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Is the European project falling apart?

  • 27 November 2015
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An armed policeman and two soldiers guard the shops on Rue Du Marche Aux Herbes on 23 November 2015 in Brussels Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Police and soldiers on the streets of Brussels after the terror attacks in Paris were linked to the city

An unwinding rarely has a start date. It settles in over time. It is an erosion, deceptive, slow at first, and then it is all around you; old certainties crumbling; the believer's glint dulled; the claim on destiny weakened.

In just a matter of months, the idea of Europe has been unwinding, buffeted by successive crises; the Greek drama, the columns of migrants; the terror attacks.

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Paris attacks: The crisis of Europe’s borders

  • 18 November 2015
  • From the section Europe
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Europe's open borders were already under strain from the refugee crisis. After the attacks in Paris there are increasing doubts about whether they can survive without being reinforced.

Firstly - and not unexpectedly - the far right has used the crisis to challenge Europe's passport-free zone as guaranteed by the Schengen agreement. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front in France, called passport-free travel "madness" and insisted: "We have to reinstate our national borders."

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Paris attacks: Impact on border and refugee policy

  • 15 November 2015
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A man places a flower outside of the La Belle Equipe restaurant on Rue de Charonne following Friday's terrorist attack Image copyright Getty Images

France is entering three days of mourning.

The President of the French Republic Francois Hollande has described the attacks as "an act of war against France".

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