Protesters at an anti-government demonstration taking place close to a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of 1956 anti-Communist uprising in Budapest. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Critics at 1956 memorial event jeer ‘Viktator’ who depicts Brussels as threat to freedom

Fighters stand next to a Soviet tank on the streets of Budapest at the time of the uprising against the Soviet-supported Hungarian communist regime in 1956. Photograph: Laszlo Almasi /Reuters

Weekend events will mark 60th anniversary of doomed anti-Soviet uprising

Police control streets while  Bosnian Serbs wave Serbia’s national flag  in the centre of Srebrenica, on October 3rd, to celebrate  results of the local elections. Photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Bosnian mayor refuses to concede defeat to Serb rival amid claims of major fraud

Montenegro’s prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, speaks to his supporters on Monday after parliamentary elections in Podgorica. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

Security forces arrest Serb ‘criminal group’ and block messaging apps on polling day

Election posters for Montenegro’s prime minister Milo Djukanovic in Podgorica: election is expected to be a heated affair, with disputes over results and possible protests. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

Milo Djukanovic accuses opposition of doing Russia’s bidding ahead of contentious election

Journalists of the leftist newspaper Nepszabadsag, which was unexpectedly shut down on Saturday, paste a copy of the last issue on to the wall of a temporary newsroom in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Media watchdogs see press freedom threatened by Viktor Orban’s government

Georgian prime minister and leader of ruling Georgian Dream party Giorgi Kvirikashvili: “This was a truly free and fair election.” Photograph:  Sergei Grits/AP

Georgian Dream set to retain power as monitors give positive assessment of vote

Two women stand in front of election posters of opposition candidate Sofio Giorgadze and Ketevan Mamulshvili of the ruling Georgian Dream party, in Tbilisi. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Ex-president says he will return from exile in Odessa if his rivals are defeated

Bosnian Serb candidate for mayor of Srebrenica Mladen Grujicic: he denies that the  massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town in 1995 amounted to genocide, stoking fears among Bosniaks that the town’s tragic recent history could be played down. Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Fears of ballot fix as Bosnian Serb who denies 1995 genocide poised to be mayor

 More than 300 migrants march from Belgrade towards Hungary, aspiring to enter the European Union, two days after a void anti-migrants vote in Serbia’s northern neighbour. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Marchers call for border to be opened as they leave Belgrade escorted by police

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban responds to his critics in the parliament in Budapest on Monday after a referendum on his refugee policy failed to attract enough voters to be legally valid. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Viktor Orban says landslide No vote in referendum boosts his anti-immigration stance

A woman votes on mandatory refugee acceptance as others hold up a mobile ballot box in Kelebia, 191km south of Budapest. Photograph: Sandor Ujvari/EPA

Leader Viktor Orban says Brussels ‘cannot ignore the will of Hungarian voters’

A Hungarian soldier on patrol in the transit zone at Hungary’s southern border with Serbia near Tompa, 169km southeast of Budapest, on  September 21st. Hungary holds a referendum on its refugee policy on Sunday. Photograph: Sandor Ujvari/EPA

Orban makes final appeal to voters ahead of Sunday’s poll amid international criticism

Children play with toys yesterday at a makeshift refugee and migrant camp close to the border between Serbia and Hungary. Photograph: Getty Images

Government critics fear victory for Orban and a crackdown on foreigners entering country

A Malaysian air crash investigator inspecting the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk region, Ukraine, in July 2014. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Moscow rejects damning findings of international investigation

Hungarian police patrol the transit zone at Hungary’s southern border with Serbia near Tompa, 169km southeast of Budapest. Photograph: Sandor Ujvari/EPA

Country’s refugee policy lambasted ahead of referendum on EU mandate on refugees

Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, speaks after the results of a referendum over a disputed national holiday during an election rally in Pale, Bosnia, on Sunday. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Bosnian Serb president summoned for questioning and EU rejects result

Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban and Croatia’s prime minister Tihomor Oreskovic at the migration summit  in Vienna on Saturday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Leaders of ‘Balkan route’ states discuss security and migrant return deals

Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, pictured on an election poster calling for votes for a referendum on their statehood day this Sunday, in Prnjavor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Russia and the West at odds again amid bellicose Balkan rhetoric

Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban: “I love this country the way it is, and I don’t want anyone to change it through external pressure,” Mr Orban said in the interview published on Thursday. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Viktor Orban says guarded camps needed on ‘an island or some shore of north Africa’

Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban:  urging his compatriots to vote “no” to any plan that would see the EU oblige Hungary to take in refugees. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Anti-immigration government ready for referendum to oppose refugee quotas

 Yevgeny Zhilin: rose to prominence during Ukraine’s pro-western revolution when the former police officer used his fight club and other businesses as the basis for a pro-Russian militia in his home city of Kharkiv. Photograph: Sergiy Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

Yevgeny Zhilin shot by unidentified man wearing false moustache and Panama hat

  EU hopes: Bosnian prime minister Denis Zvizdic  and European commissioner for neighbourhood enlargement negotiations Johannes Hahn  in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslete/PA

Latest row in divided Bosnia comes amid hopes for progress on EU membership

Balkan days: Hubert Butler, in a photograph from identity papers  in 1947, around the time he was in Zagreb attending war-crime trials. Photograph courtesy of Julia Crampton/Maidenhall Manuscripts

The writings of a market gardener from Kilkenny may yet influence the legacy of the notorious wartime archbishop of Zagreb

Andrej Plenkovic, president of Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), during an election rally in Zagreb, Croatia, yesterday. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

Weak economy, Serbia tensions and migration crisis await country's new leader

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, is accused of encouraging racial intolerance with his populist campaign as the referendum on the EU’s response to the migrant crisis looms. Photograph: Grzegorz Momot/EPA

Prime Minister’s controversial friend given honour as refugee referendum looms

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko told parliament that “Russian-terrorist forces” controlling parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions now comprise some 38,500 people and 600 tanks. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

President Petro Poroshenko says he hears ‘Russian accents’ from some EU states

 Russian president Vladimir Putin  meeting his US counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 leaders’ summit in Hangzhou, China on Monday. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images

Obama-Putin talks fail at G20 summit as Turkey renews call for Syria no-fly zone

Migrants and refugees walking through the port of Piraeus after arriving from the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios IN February, 2016: On Monday, some 460 people landed on Greek islands from Turkey – almost as many as arrived during the whole of the previous week and the biggest daily figure for several months. Photograph:   Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Ankara warns that Europe will face ‘huge risk’ unless bloc drops visa rules for Turks

Uzbek president Islam Karimov is believed to have had a stroke. Some journalists citing reliable sources say he is dead and succession plans are secretly being made. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images

Unclear leadership and Kyrgyzstan bombing add to regional instability fuelled by terror threat

Czech Republic’s president Milos Zeman welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at Prague Castle. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Links with Turkey and Russia, refugee issues and Brexit all signal a divided bloc

This file photo taken on May 31st, 2016 shows Hungarian prisoners preparing a new part of the fence near Asotthalom village, Hungary. Photograph: Casaba Segesvarai/AFP/Getty Images

Viktor Orban wants barrier ‘capable of stopping several hundred thousand people’

Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite and US vice-president Joe Biden during a joint press conference after  their meeting in Riga on Tuesday. Photograph:  Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders of Russia, Germany and France to hold Ukraine talks next month

Russian president Vladimir Putin during his visit to  Crimea. There has been a  sharp rise in Russian military activity in the region recently. Photograph: Reuters

Kremlin leader strikes soft tone but war games continue

A portrait of Attila the Hun watches over Hungary’s Kurultaj festival of ancient Turkic cultures and traditions. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Hungary rejects Muslim refugees but Kurultaj links it to today’s Islamic world

A column of Ukrainian tanks  moves towards the de-facto border with Crimea near Kherson, southern Ukraine, on Friday. Photograph: Aleksandr Shulman/AP

Germany’s top diplomat Steinmeier laments Ukraine deadlock before Russia visit

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with his outgoing chief-of-staff Sergei Ivanov (left) and Mr Ivanov’s replacement Anton Vaino: the staff change was unexpected. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AP

Moscow deploys air defence system to Black Sea as tension escalates in Crimea

Ukrainian servicemen watch Sukhoi Su-24 front-line bombers fly during military aviation drills on Wednesday, as Russia accused Ukraine of an incursion into annexed Crimea. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

War games launched around Black Sea as UN prepares to discuss developments

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg.   Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Erdogan and Putin mend ties as Turkey’s rift with EU and US grows over coup reaction

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan following their meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Analysis: Kremlin quick to seize on Ankara’s frustration with EU and US

Igor Plotnitsky, leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic: He is believed to have been injured on Saturday when a bomb exploded in Luhansk beside a vehicle he was travelling in. Photograph; Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Separatist leader recovers from bomb attack as Russia stops traffic at Crimea border

Serbia’s prime minister  Aleksandar Vucic has complained to the European Union about Croatia’s alleged glorification of far-right figures and fanning of anti-Serb feeling. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Relations between the two soured by disputes over conflict from collapse of Yugoslavia

Austria’s chancellor Christkian Kern and Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban following their meeting in Budapest on July 26th. Mr Orban described migrants as “poison”. Photograph: Lazslo Balogh/Reuters

Asylum seekers may be turned back if Vienna-imposed cap of 37,500 is reached

Migrants at a reception centre in Subotica, northern Serbia, near the Hungarian border. It was built to accommodate 100 people but now houses 500. Photograph: Edvard Molnar

Hungary denies allegations of brutality and breaking legal obligations to refugees

Armenian police clashing with protesters in Yerevan, Armenia, on Friday. Scores of protesters were injured and more than 100 detained when police used truncheons and stun grenades against a march of several thousand people. Photograph: Vahram Baghdasaryan/EPA

Two policemen killed and scores of protesters hurt in Yerevan amid rising violence

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin speaks during a send-off for members of the Russian Olympic team at the Kremlin ion Wednesday. Mr Putin visits Slovenia on Saturday. Photograph:  Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Critics wary of Russian president’s visit to site of 1916 Russian POW disaster

Mohsin Shah, an Afghan asylum seeker who manages lists of hundreds of migrants stuck at Horgos beside Hungary’s fence on its border Serbia. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Under strain Serbia sends troops to block ‘Balkan route’ from Bulgaria and Macedonia

A woman is seen through a damaged wall in the pro-Russian rebels’ controlled Gorlovka city of the Donetsk area, Ukraine. Photograph:  Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

State security, pro-Kiev fighters and Russian-backed militants all accused of abuses

Forensic police examine the wreckage of  the car in which prominent, Belarusian-born journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph:  Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo

Explosion in Kiev an attempt to destabilise Ukraine, says President Petro Poroshenko

An informal camp in Serbia beside the border fence close to the E75 Horgas border crossing with Hungary. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Serbia sends troops to halt people-smuggling from Bulgaria and Macedonia

Wreckage: remains of MH17 which was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and carrying 295 passengers and crew. Photograph: Pierre Crom/Getty Images

298 people died when a Russian missile brought down Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Caught in political wrangling, victims’ fami(...)

A separatist soldier at a building shelled by the Ukrainian army: The Red Cross says more than 1,000 people are missing as a result of two years of fighting, which has killed almost 10,000 people and displaced some two million. Photograph:  NurPhoto/Corbis/Getty Images

Search for the missing and dead could last years and hamper any reconciliation efforts

This file photograph shows migrants being arrested by Hungarian police near the village of Asotthalom, close to the Hungarian-Serbian border on September 17th last year. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/Getty Images

‘Cruel and violent treatment’ being used to force refugees back into Serbia, says group

The Bronze Soldier Soviet war memorial in Tallinn. Its removal from the city centre to a military cemetery in 2007 sparked riots and cyber attacks by pro-Russian hackers. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Tallinn is at the forefront of cyber defence, nine years after attacks by Russian hackers

A man holds his baby in a tent at a migrant camp  on the Serbia-Hungary border in Horgos:  temperatures are now regularly above 30 degrees, and the makeshift camp has few toilets, no bathrooms and only one water tap. Photograph: Alexa Stankovic/AFP/Getty Images

UN condemns Hungary’s border control measures as Serbian minister voices concern

Narva castle by the river between Estonia and Russia: sitting on the fault line between opposing world views. It is the third-largest city in Estonia but 82 per cent of its residents are ethnic Russians. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Security services monitor Kremlin influence after it stoked separatism in Ukraine

Estonian military major Tanel Rutman stands with businessman Rasmus Lahtvee and student Kaidi Peterkop, members of the 25,000-strong volunteer Estonian Defence League, outside its headquarters in Tallinn. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Summit will ramp up Nato's response to the Kremlin’s moves in eastern Europe

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban says the measures are part of Hungary’s bid to restore order to EU migration and border systems that were thrown into chaos by the refugee crisis. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Human rights groups deplore police push-back powers and squalid border conditions

Refugees in northern Greece walk towards the Greek-Macedonian border in September 2015. Interpol says they are paying more as borders become harder to cross. Photograph: Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Hundreds of migrants found as people smugglers profit from tighter borders

UKrainian deputy Svitlana Zalishchuk: “We have lost a constructive voice at the EU table in terms of sanctions against Russia, support against [Russian] aggression and political and financial support.”

Prize of EU membership has driven 25 years of change in ex-communist Europe

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chief of Poland’s ruling conservative party, led the verbal attacks on top EU officials by accusing long-time rival Donald Tusk of playing a “particularly dark role” ahead of Britain’s referendum. Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Questions over whether top EU officials did enough to avert Brexit

Nick Smart of the Halo Trust inspects an unexploded cluster munition found in a field in Svatove, eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Halo Trust teaches locals how to clear mines in their territory that war leaves behind

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko with French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris on Tuesday. Mr Poroshenko said local elections “should be free, democratic and honest, but in the current situation that is impossible”. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

Kiev and militants dispute timetable for elections and constitutional change

The only queues at the shell-scarred Donbass Arena are for food parcels from a charity run by  Rinat Akhmetov (above), but now he is persona non grata in his hometown, and accused of seeking personal gain when he should have been saving Ukraine from war. File photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Rinat Akhmetov has influence – and enemies – on both sides of Ukraine’s internal frontline

Police surround a bus carrying Russian soccer fans, suspected of being involved in clashes, in Mandelieu. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

A bus carrying Russian fans in Cannes is reportedly stopped by French riot police

Two women walk past an apartment block damaged by shelling in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine: many of the apartment building’s windows have been shattered during two years of sporadic shelling. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Kiev wrestles with deep Moscow ties and television propaganda at its separatist fringe

A US   military transport plane drops US paratroopers  during the  Nato Anaconda-16 exercise  near Torun, Poland, on Tuesday. Photograph: Tytus Zmijewski/EPA

Moscow says manoeuvres in Poland are unjustified and reserves right to respond

Dima Shibalov and Daniil Antonchik of the Responsible Citizens volunteer group, who were expelled by Russian-backed separatists from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. The group continues its humanitarian work in government-controlled areas. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

From vast queues to shellfire, travellers face grim ordeal when crossing the frontline

A group of young nationalists walk throught Tbilisi centre on May 26th, the day when the  country celebrates its independence in 1918. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Attack in Tbilisi blamed on far-right group comes amid rising tensions and violence

A woman whose home was destroyed by shelling in the pro-Russian controlled Staromykhaylivka village near Donetsk last week. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Divisions between pro-West Kiev and Russian-backed separatists erode ceasfire

Lyudmila Lupandina, director of School Number One in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, worries for her pupils’ future in the separatist-held region. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Less fighting but rising poverty and uncertainty in Russian-backed region of Donetsk

Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko is surrounded by media upon her arrival atBoryspil Airport in Kiev on Wednesday. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Ukrainian pilot’s release and softer rhetoric boost those in EU who want to mend Russia ties

A   family  are moved on by police  from  the refugee camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni: About 40 per cent of people at the camp were minors, according to Save the Children. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/ANA-MPA/AP

Evacuation of some 8,200 people from Idomeni begins in ‘calm atmosphere’

US secretary of state John Kerry with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg  and Montenegrin prime minister Milo Djukanovic in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph:  Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Moscow accuses Nato of harming Europe’s security and casts doubt on proposed talks

A protester uses an improvised slingshot to throw paint-filled balloons towards the parliament building during an anti-government protest in Skopje. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Protests continue over corruption and presidential pardons for powerful figures

Migrants sleep near the entrance to a “transit zone” on the Hungary-Serbia border. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Asylum seekers are being pushed into hands of smugglers, say human rights groups

A migrant family steps to enter into the Hungarian transit zone nearby the motorway border crossing of Röszke between Hungary and Serbia. Photograph: Csaba Segesvari/AFP/Getty

Rights group says Hungary wants to send migrants back to struggling Greece

Buses from Belgrade bring dozens of migrants every evening to the northern Serbian town of Subotica, where taxis wait to take them on the short journey to the border with Hungary. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Thousands of asylum seekers still reaching Austria and Germany via Hungary

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko  examines the stolen paintings that were retrieved by security services. Photograph: Mikhail Palinchak/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Ukraine finds paintings stolen from Verona museum on island near Moldovan border

A  child holds a portrait of his father during a funeral ceremony for eight Albanians killed during fighting with Macedonian police in Kumanovo, on May 26th, 2015. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

One year after Kumanovo gun battle, many suspect a state plot to distract from scandals

Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski and his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto  in Prague, Czech Republic. “This is the kind of blackmail that will lead nowhere,” said Mr Szijjarto of the “fairness mechanism” on migrants proposed by the European Commission. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia also wary of visa-free EU travel for Turks

Migrants in a park near Belgrade’s main train and bus stations.  Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Dozens of migrants still transit Serbia daily and cross ‘closed’ Balkan borders

People release white doves  in memory of those who died in a fire at a trade union building two years ago. Photograph: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images

Anger lingers over clashes and fire that killed 48 people, mostly pro-Russian protesters

Protesters target images of former Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski (left) and Macedonian president George Ivanov  with balloons filled with paint in front of government buildings. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Support for special prosecutor Katica Janeva as she attempts to untangle corruption cases

Women hold portraits of their lost husbands near a monument honouring people who were killed during cleanup efforts after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster,  in Kiev, Ukraine on Tuesday. Photograph:  Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

30 years after world’s biggest nuclear disaster, countries worst affected hold memorials

View of the “sarcophagus” covering the damaged fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Vast area still contaminated and debate rages over long-term medical impact

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: “I know how to ensure the future of Serbia and how to work hard to get there.” Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Aleksandar Vucic under pressure on economy as far-right returns to parliament

Prime minister   Aleksandar Vucic arrives to cast his ballot at a polling station during elections in Belgrade, Serbia: he called the election two years early in what he described as a bid to secure a strong mandate to push through reforms needed to revitalise Serbia’s moribund economy. Photograph:   Marko Djurica/Reuters

Early projections put Progressive Party ahead, as ultra-nationalists eye a resurgence

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic at a rally ahead of Sunday’s election: he has morphed from an ultra-nationalist into a pro-EU conservative, while retaining enough “patriotic” appeal to keep votes away from the far right. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Journalists who try to expose corruption among elite are now coming under attack

Rabbi of the Jewish community in Croatia, Luciano Mose Prelevic (left) and  Ognjen Kraus, the co-ordinator of the country’s Jewish communities,   lay a wreath at at the site of the Jasenovac concentration camp  on April 15th. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Jews and Serbs see a whitewash of fascist Ustashe regime’s 1940s crimes

Protesters sit in front of a police cordon  in  Skopje on Tuesday as Maceonia’s political crisis continued. Photograph: Boris Grdanoski/AP

Opposition leader demands action before Friday’s negotiations in Vienna

Supporters of Serbian far-right leader Vojislav Seselj during a rally in Belgrade last month. Photograph: Alexa Stankovic/AFP/Getty Images

Far-right groups resurgent as prime minister Aleksandar Vucic seeks to cement control

Ukraine’s newly appointed prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman (left), is greeted by President Petro Poroshenko  at the parliament in Kiev on Thursday, after months of political gridlock. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty images

Critics fear Groysman, a close ally of Petro Poroshenko, will extend oligarchs’ influence

Protesters clash with police during the protest against Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov’s decision to grant a wiretapping amnesty, in Skopje, on Tuesday night. Photograph: Nake Batev/EPA

EU and US question country’s commitment to law after corruption scandal amnesty

Ukrainian parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman was expected to be appointed prime minister, but negotiations dragged on all day without yielding agreement on a full list of cabinet ministers. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ruling parties fail to form a new government as western backers await key reforms

Volodymyr Groysman:  his expected appointment as prime minister would foster greater cohesion between president and government, but also raise fears of an unhealthy concentration of power. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Volodymyr Groysman likely to replace Arseniy Yatsenyuk following his resignation

A family with toothpaste smeared over their faces as a protection against tear gas moves to safety as refugees and migrants clash with Macedonian police during a protest near their makeshift camp in the northern Greek border village of Idomeni. Photograph:  Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Aid groups say dozens seek treatment after tear gas and rubber bullets allegedly used

An ethnic Armenian soldier near Nagorno-Karabakh’s town of Martuni: two soldiers were killed by Azeri mortar fire today, separatist officials said. Photograph: Reuters

Moscow vows to seek Azeri-Armenian peace, and to keep selling arms to both sides

Protesters show their solidarity with migrants detained in Czech refugee detention centres in Prague last November. The Czech government had backed a scheme run by church groups to resettle Christians driven from their homes by extremist organisations like Islamic State.  Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

Czechs angry after Iraqi Christians reject asylum and rent a bus to leave the country

A serviceman of the self-defence army of Nagorno-Karabakh in the village of Talish. Photograph: Reuters

Turkey accuses Moscow of backing Armenia as tension simmers around Caucasus region

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