Laura Codruta Kovesi with Romanian president Klaus Iohannis: Romania’s chief prosecutor says her agency faces “legislative challenges and unprecedented attacks”. Photograph: EPA/Robert Ghement

Top prosecutor says her anti-corruption agency backed by huge street protests

Bakir Izetbegovic: The Muslim Bosniak member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency wants the  International Court of Justice to review its 2007 ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide during the country’s civil war. Photograph: ELVIS Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Political crises and tense relations still dog region more than 20 years after war’s end

Shoppers in Lidl  in Prague: Some food companies have said it is common practice to use different ingredients for same-name products in different countries. Photograph: Martin Divisek/Bloomberg

Several states want EU to ensure products are of equal taste and quality across bloc

Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash: made a fortune selling Russian gas to Ukraine before being arrested in Austria in March 2014. Photograph:  Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Some believe Dmytro Firtash may exchange information on corruption for his freedom

People place flowers at the monument of the so-called “Nebesna Sotnya” (Heavenly Hundred),  anti-government protesters killed in Kiev in February 2014. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Kiev and Moscow both dismiss ‘secret peace plan’ reportedly delivered to Donald Trump

Veterans and their relatives attend a ceremony to commemorate Ukrainian servicemen killed during a military conflict near the town of Debaltseve in the east of the country in 2015, in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday. Photograph:  Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Three years after carnage in Kiev, war and corruption have not killed hope

The soldier posing with Tatyana and the children at a memorial to over  100 people killed during Ukraine’s “Revolution of Dignity”

Activists' blockade fuels energy fears as violence flares in the east

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: ready to move “from the most powerful position to one that hasn’t got one-tenth of that power only to ensure continuity and stability”. Photograph: Andrej Cukic/EPA

Critics see danger in Aleksandar Vucic's political dominance

Romanian protesters turn on the lights of  mobile phones while standing under coloured papers during a protest in front of government headquarters in Bucharest on Sunday. Photograph: Mihai Barbu/EPA

Bucharest Letter: Scandal-hit governing party claims foreign forces behind protests

Bucharest, Romania: Anti-government protesters wear T-shirts emblazoned with  a quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson: “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty”. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Opposition to government energised by ruling party’s bid to blunt anti-corruption law

Allies: Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite (centre) and Germany’s defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen,  welcome  a Nato battalion in Rukla, Lithuania, on Tuesday. Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty

Nato deployment in Poland, Romania and Baltic countries a threat, says Moscow

Pro-Russian separatist commander Mikhail Tolstykh, who was known by the nom de guerre Givi, at a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the second World War, in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 2015.   Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Highly implausible that Kiev-based hit squads could kill militia leaders so effectively

People protest against the government in Bucharest on Tuesday night, in the latest in a series of demonstrations that are the biggest in the city since the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989. Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Premier Sorin Grindeanu conciliatory as cabinet survives confidence vote

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis addresses the joint chambers of the Romanian parliament, in Bucharest, Romania on Tuesday. Photograph: Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea/Reuters

President Klaus Iohannis tells government to solve crisis after huge protests in Bucharest

Tens of thousands of people gather for a demonstration in from of the government building in Bucharest, Romania on Sunday. Photograph: Darko Bandic/AP

Confusion over beleaguered cabinet’s controversial reform plans

Children hold balloons in the colours of the Romanian flag as people protest against the government’s contentious corruption decree in Bucharest, Romania.  Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Biggest rallies since 1989 revolution against communist rule forced government U-turn

Nikki Haley: The new US ambassador to the United Nations prepares to address the security council, where she said “the dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions”. Photograph: EPA/Jason Szenes

Fear of a humanitarian crisis as shelling destroys power and water networks

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Thursday. Photograph: Zsolt Szigetvary/EPA

Budapest criticises sanctions on Moscow despite escalation in Ukraine war

  Russian president Vladimir Putin with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban at  talks in Mosco last year: Putin will face a mixed reception when he visits Budapest on Thursday. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty

Orban accused of mimicking Putin’s autocratic rule ahead of visit from Russian leader

Ukrainian medical servicemen stand on an armoured personnel carrier  after they carried wounded servicemen to hospital in the Ukraine-controlled town of Avdiivka in Donetsk region on January 30th. Photograph: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty

Fierce clashes leave eight dead and 25 hurt in east Ukraine as power and water shut down

George Soros: The philanthropist said that Donald Trump “stands for that other form of government, which is the opposite of an open society. It’s really better described as a dictatorship or a mafia state.” Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

Rise of Donald Trump adds new twist in tale of Hungarian allies turned enemies

Bulgaria’s president-elect Rumen Radev is congratulated by well wishers during a handover ceremony outside Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. Photograph: Oleg Popov/Reuters

New Bulgarian president Rumen Radev seeks better relations with Russia

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis waves to protesters in Bucharest on Sunday, January 22nd.  A proposed Bill would pardon those sentenced to jail terms shorter than five years for a range of crimes. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Ruling party’s Liviu Dragnea calls protests against legal reforms ‘start of a coup d’etat’

Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó  (left) with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow on Monday. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Russian and Hungarian leaders Putin and Orban have high hopes for Trump presidency

Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski: “You can’t criticise anyone for wanting to improve relations with Russia.” Photograph: Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

New president’s stance on Russia and US role abroad are key questions for region

Romanians protest against government plans in Bucharest on Wednesday. Photograph: Octav Ganea via Reuters

Protesters fear anti-corruption efforts will be weakened to benefit ruling party

Chief of Defence of Lithuania Jonas Vytautas Zukas: the fence is expected to stretch for130km along the border with Kaliningrad.  Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

‘We see this as a threat’ Kremlin says as Poland welcomes US troops

Several thousand Serbs from Kosovo take part in a protest after a train with the slogan “Kosovo is Serbia” travelling from Belgrade to Kosovska Mitrovica was prevented from entering Kosovo. Photograph: EPA/Djordje Savic

Kosovo’s leader Hashim Thaci says Belgrade plans “Crimea-style” annexation

US vice president Joe Biden with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko during a   news conference in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

US vice-president Joe Biden, on Kiev visit, says sanctions on Russia must stay

A railway worker stands by the  train bearing the words “Kosovo is Serbia” in 20 languages leaving Belgrade for Kosovo. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP

Serbian leader Nikolic says Kosovars’ reaction to train shows they ‘want war’

Five migrants squat in the snow as they eat a warm meal distributed by aid groups and others queue for food, in Belgrade on Thursday. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP

About 2,000 people sleeping rough at -16 degrees in Belgrade, says humanitarian group

George Soros: The business magnate called Donald Trump a “con artist and would-be dictator”. Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

George Soros-funded groups ‘must be swept out’ of Hungary, says Viktor Orban ally

Nikola Gruevski, leader of Macedonia’s VMRO-DPMNE party, enters the parliament chamber in Skopje on December 30th last. The controversial former prime minister has been asked to form a new government. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Nikola Gruevski faces tough talks amid rumbling corruption scandal

Kosovo Albanians protest after a former prime minister was arrested in France on an international arrest warrant filed by Serbia. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Belgrade claims ex-Kosovo chief Haradinaj carried out war crimes in 1998-1999

Former prime minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj, who was arrested in France on Wednesday on foot of a warrant issue by  Serbia. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Ramush Haradinaj was twice acquitted of war crimes during Kosovo conflict

Moldova’s new president, Igor Dodon, taking his oath on the Moldovan constitution during his inauguration ceremony in Chisinau before Christmas.  Photograph: Dumitru Doru/EPA

Igor Dodon accused of building up distance from EU and bolstering links with Russia

Sevil Shhaideh would have been the first woman and first Muslim to run Romania, but her nomination as prime minister has been rejected by the president, Klaus Iohannis. Photograph: Alex Micsik/EPA

Mystery over president’s rejection of Muslim woman Sevil Shhaideh for prime minister

According to Czech intelligence, a large number of  supposed Russian diplomats in Prague are actually  spies. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Kremlin-friendly president Milos Zeman criticises new ‘hybrid threats’ centre

A migrant eats as others stand in line to receive free food outside a derelict customs warehouse in Belgrade, Serbia. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Horrific crash that killed three highlights danger to migrants on Balkan route

US senator John McCain listens as senator Lindsey Graham speaks during a news conference in Riga, Latvia.  They have called for tough measures against Russia. Photograph:  Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Barack Obama prepares sanctions as Donald Trump eyes rapprochement with Kremlin

Soldiers of the separatist Luhansk People’s Republic on the line of contact with the Ukrainian army: Ukrainian forces appear to have been targeted by Russian-backed hackers.   Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Military, power grid and state agencies among Russia’s alleged hacking targets

US senator John McCain in Tallinn: ‘The best way to prevent Russian misbehaviour by having a credible, strong military and a strong Nato alliance.’  Photograph:  Reuters

Nato to boost regional presence despite doubts over Trump’s stance

Sevil Shhaideh: Critics fear Shhaideh, nominated to lead a new Romanian government, would be a de facto puppet of the country’s biggest political party.  Photograph: Inquam Photos/Ovidiu Micsik/via Reuters

Sevil Shhaideh would be Orthodox Christian country’s first female and first Muslim leader

Slovakia’s prime minister Robert Fico: “A migrant who arrived in Germany and got refugee status . . . is now interrogated as a suspect for this heinous crime.” Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Christmas market killings confirm warning about terrorist threat, says Czech leader

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left), director of Russian Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov (second right), and director of foreign intelligence service Sergei Naryshkin attend a meeting dedicated to the murder of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters

Moscow and Ankara say killing will not wreck still-fragile rapprochement

 Sergei Lavrov   with Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade. Photograph: Andre J Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Tussle with EU for regional influence as Belgrade blames Croatia for blocking accession

A Russian soldier inspects the damage at a field hospital that was reportedly destroyed by rebel shelling on December 5th in the Furqan neighbourhood of the government-held side of west Aleppo. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s state media show it as tough, loyal and compassionate in Syria

A Russian navy missile boat of the Black Sea Fleet prepares for a voyage at the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russia’s rapid militarisation of annexed Crimea alarms neighbours in the region

Former prime minister Nikola Gruevski: resigned this year to end a crisis over claims that he and his allies were involved in major corruption and illegal wiretapping. Photograph: Reuters

Neck-and-neck vote unlikely to end crisis over spying and corruption

An elderly woman prepares to cast her ballot  in Sintesti, near Bucharest. Photograph: Bogdan Cristel/EPA

Exit polls show strong lead for party ousted following corruption scandal a year ago

Tributes to the 64 people who died in October 2015 when a fire ripped through the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania. It was housed inside an old shoe factory called Pionerul. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Social Democrats tipped to win Sunday’s election despite tarnished reputation

Head of Romania’s National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi: For most Romanians, the agency’s work represents a long overdue reckoning with a venal elite that has bled the country dry. Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty

Chief prosecutor’s resolute exposure of top-level graft lauded by neighbours and EU

“I’m not a soldier and I found the war terrifying”: Artyom Butov, who was injured during Ukraine’s conflict, now runs a small chicken farm about 80km from the front. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

World’s interest wanes as agencies scramble to help 3.7m around eastern war zone

Ukrainian police opened fire on fellow officers when an undercover operation went  disastrously wrong

Operation to catch burglary gang triggers deadly gun battle outside capital

 Ukrainian marines in 2014 looking at a Russian ship leaving Sevastopol Bay in Crimea, shortly before the peninsula’s annexation by Russia. Photograph: Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty

‘We need friends,’ says Vladimir Putin denying Russia seeks geopolitical confrontation

 Valya Burakova  and her neighbours collect water from a tanker in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, where the water supply was cut by shelling on November 22nd. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Red Cross warns of humanitarian disaster as temperatures drop and winter bites

A Ukrainian woman at a memorial in honour of those killed during  the  Euromaidan Revolution in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Civil society, not politicians, forced to lead fight against corruption

Fidel Castro  welcomes Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to Havana in 1989. Photograph: Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty

‘Remarkable statesman’ an ‘irreparable loss’, Vladimir Putin tells Raúl Castro

Bulgarian riot police stand by  during clashes in the migrant reception centre in the town of Harmanli on Thursday. Photograph:  Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Erdogan tells union: ‘If you go any further, these border gates will be opened’

 LinkedIn: social networking website is among those allegedly hacked into by Yevgeny Nikulin.  Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Moscow claims US is ‘hunting Russians around the world’

Security Service of Ukraine chief Vasyl Hrytsak: arrested men sought to “lure”  courier to Moscow-controlled territory. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ukraine agents snatch two ‘deserters’ at de-facto border of annexed Crimea peninsula

A  relative cries at the memorial for those killed during the so-called Euromaidan revolution, at a ceremony in Kiev on Monday to mark its third anniversary. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroskenko says Kremlin could use protests to destabilise country

Weapons, explosives and ammunition seized during an police action near the northwestern Serbian town of Apatin. Photograph: /AFP/Getty Images

Prime ministers and Israeli footballers seen as possible targets for attacks

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko: recording contains nothing to embarrass him at home. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Kyrgyzstan says one person detained over embarrassing hoax by well-known Russian duo

Mikheil Saakashvili, former governor of the Odessa region,  describes Ukraine’s political elite as “corrupt filth”. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

While the faces in power have changed frustration grows over continued corruption

Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev (right) shakes hands with president-elect Rumen Radev prior to their meeting at the Bulgarian presidency office in Sofia on November 14th, 2016. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Political uncertainty ahead for both states amid waning enthusiasm for EU

Pro-Russian presidential candidate General Rumen Radev,  of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, meets supporters during an election rally in Karlovo. Photograph: Peter Ganev/Reuters

Anger at ‘pro-EU’ governments helps Kremlin-friendly candidates

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán: “Mr Trump is good for Europe and vital for Hungary.” Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Viktor Orbán says US ‘big bang’ spells the end of ‘20 years of liberal non-democracy’

A martyoshka doll showing Donald Trump, US  president elect, left, sits beside a doll showing Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, dressed as a military pilot, in a souvenir store in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Vladimir Putin hopes for joint work on leading Russian-American relations out of crisis

Hungary’s deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjen and prime minister Viktor Orban  in the parliament in Budapest after it had rejected a bid by the government to change the country’s constitution to prevent refugees being resettled there. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Vote is a further blow to prime minister Viktor Orban following invalid referendum

Montenegrin prime minister Milo Djukanovic: Montenegro’s special prosecutor said  a “powerful organisation” of about 50 people from Russia, Serbia and Montenegro intended to  kill Mr Djukanovic. Photograph:      Getty Images

Russia has warned Montenegro about push for Nato membership

Gerb party candidate Tsetska Tsacheva is in favour of rapprochement with Russia. Photograph: Novnikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty

Presidential vote likely to go to run-off between air force veteran and ruling party candidate

Garda trainees receive an allowance of €184 per week for their first 32 weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Police in France and Spain have staged protests and withdrawn from some duties

Ukraine’s prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko warned that those found guilty of large-scale tax evasion could face up to 15 years in jail. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Prosecutor general says deputies already reporting each other in corruption inquiry

Dollars and Ukrainian hryvhia banknotes: Roman Nasirov, who leads Ukraine’s tax service, declared several Kiev apartments and cash holdings with his wife of almost €2 million. His official salary for 2015, the Kyiv Post reports, was about €1,300. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Western-backed declaration system reveals cash and assets held by Ukrainian officials

A man reads the morning paper in Chisinau, Moldova. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon narrowly fails to win in first round of election

Milo Djukanovic, who stepped down as Montenegro’s prime minister amid speculation over a supposed plan to seize parliament and detain him. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition rejects claims of attack plot with possible Russian link

A protester holds a copy of the leftist newspaper Nepszabadsag, which was  shut down earlier this month:  its journalists described the closure  as punishment the for their critical reporting of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and his allies. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Fears grow over press freedom as Viktor Orban’s inner circle accumulates control

Montenegrin prime minister  Milo Djukanovic: opposition parties claim the attack plot is a fabrication by Mr Djukanovic and his allies to maintain their grip on power. Photograph: Boris Pejovic/EPA

Montenegro claims men from neighbouring Serbia targeted its leader Milo Djukanovic

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

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