We can’t cope with this tide! As hundreds of thousands of refugees pour into Europe, despairing leaders bring back border controls with the contintent’s free-movement zone on the brink of collapse

Europe’s migrant crisis escalated last night as border controls were reintroduced and Germany admitted it could no longer cope with the influx.

Berlin had sought to criticise others – including Britain – for not taking in enough refugees after it announced it would no longer deport those coming from Syria.

But the EU’s passport-free travel zone was on the brink of collapse after Germany was forced to ask Italy to tighten border controls.