British leadership hopeful Boris Johnson pledges to introduce a new points-based system to control migration after Brexit, addressing a key issue from the EU referendum
The asylum claims within the EU have decreased after its peak in 2015. Due to the current political situation in Venezuela however, the number of asylum applications is slowly rising.
Three votes by the European Parliament in recent years have exposed deep divisions between EU members from the wealthier west and the previously communist east of the bloc.
EU officials worry that the European elections in a month's time could open the door to a new wave of populist, anti-EU politicians hell-bent on wrecking the bloc's modus operandi. But the populists' success will depend on their ability to work together.
The Fidesz party of firebrand Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been suspended from the European People's Party
The European election campaign must not "paralyse" EU efforts to reform asylum rules which have split the bloc since the 2015 migration surge, commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos says.