The closed Serbian embassy in Skopje,   Macedonia. Serbia has abruptly recalled its diplomats from Macedonia and accused it of “offensive activity”. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Anger ignites over neighbour’s improving links with former Serbian region of Kosovo

Former president of Georgia Micheil Saakashvili:  Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko revoked Mr Saakashvili’s citizenship last month, due to alleged irregularities on the application. Photograph: Jakub Kamisnki/ EPA

Georgia's ex-leader could face entry ban or deportation to homeland

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko visiting the   Yuzhmash factory in Dnipro in October 2014. The factory has been linked with the supply of powerful missile engines to North Korea. Photograph: Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Kiev denies alleged secret supply of rocket motors to Pyongyang

 Serbian foreign minister Ivica Dacic: said a peaceful resolution to the Kosovo issue  “could only be reached through agreement between Serbs and Albanians, in which each side gains and loses something”. Photograph:  Medin Halilovic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Pristina rejects any division of its territory on ethnic lines

 Pro-Russian president of Moldova Igor Dodon: called his  country’s ban on Russia deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin  “an act of great political stupidity”. Photograph: EPA

Vice-premier Dmitry Rogozin furious over failed trip to separatist Transdniestria

US vice-president Mike Pence and Montenegrian prime minister Dusko Markovic shake hands during a joint press conference following their meeting in Podgorica, Montenegro, on Wednesday. Photograph: Boris Pejovic/EPA

US vice-president Mike Pence touring European states that feel Kremlin pressure

US vice-president Mike Pence delivering a speech on a visit to Nato troops in Estonia on Monday. He heard warm praise for the US sanctions on Russia during talks with leaders of the three Baltic states. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Berlin and Brussels denounce a US move that is welcomed further east

US vice-president Mike Pence salutes soldiers during a visit to Nato’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission and Estonian troops in Tallinn, Estonia on Monday. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Vice-president Mike Pence visits Russia’s neighbours as it expels US diplomats

Mikheil Saakashvili appears to be stateless after his Ukrainian citizenship was revoked by the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Former Georgian leader now at odds with Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s then campaign chairman, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in  July 2016. For nearly a decade Manafort was an adviser to the Regions Party, which was led by pro-Moscow Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/New York Times

US president lambasts Kiev over election as Washington envoy gives hope for arms deal

Petro Poroshenko: the Ukrainian president  says Russia should end its support for separatist militia. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

United States seeks greater role in ending conflict as European leaders hold talks

Ana Brnabic became  Serbia’s first female and first openly gay prime minister last month. Photographer: Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ana Brbanic appointment seen as PR move by dominant president Aleksandar Vucic

A man carries a sign reading “a year has passed, who killed Pavla?” during a march in central Kiev on Thursday  to commemorate the death of investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet. Photograph:  Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Investigation stalled one year after Pavel Sheremet’s car was blown up in Kiev

Food fight: the Czech version of a well-known brand had less fish than its German counterpart. Photograph: iStock

Poorer European Union states claim food makers are giving them a raw deal

 Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban. Photograph: EPA/Balazs Mohai

Israel has defended Hungarian leader's criticism of liberal tycoon George Soros

Hungarian government poster that reads “Don’t let George Soros have the last laugh”, in Budapest. Photograph: Krisztina Than/Reuters

Orbán accused of stoking anti-Semitism with poster campaign targeting financier

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and president of the European Council Donald Tusk: met at Ukraine-EU summit in Kiev. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty

The slow pace of legal reforms is frustrating many in the embattled country

German chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni and French president Emmanuel Macron descend from the Italian Navy school ship Goletta Palinuro on the sidelines of the Western Balkans summit in Trieste, Italy, on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrea La Sorte/EPA

Scheme to deepen trade ties between Albania and five ex-Yugoslav states

Bosnian Muslim women offers prayers near the coffins of 71 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, at the memorial cemetery in the village of Potocari, near Srebrenica, on Tuesday. Photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Bosnian Serb mayor of 1995 massacre town not invited to commemoration events

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and US secretary of state Rex Tillerson greet each other in  Kiev on July 9th, 2017.  Photograph: Sergei SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Rex Tillerson in talks in Kiev as Donald Trump calls for co-operation with Moscow

Juris Ulmanis, a Riga-based entrepreneur who is a member of Latvia’s volunteer national guard and a Baltic “elf”. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Volunteers in Baltic states debunk pro-Kremlin fake news and anti-western propaganda

Georgian people hold national, EU and Nato flags at a rally against Russia in Tbilisi in September 2008. “Russia’s war against Georgia in 2008 should have been the wake-up call – but to some extent the West pressed the snooze button and went back to sleep,” says Estonia’s foreign minister, Sven Mikser. File photograph: Irakli Gedenidze/AP

From fake news to hacking, Baltic states are familiar with all facets of Kremlin pressure

Flowers, left by parents of an Australian victim of the crash, laid on a piece of the Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 near the village of Hrabove  in the Donetsk region in July 2014. Photograph: Bulent Kilicbulent/  AFP/Getty Images

Moscow rejects findings that Russian missile was fired from militia-held area

The Lviv garbage crisis might be over but it could yet taint the political future of the city’s mayor, Andriy Sadovyi.  Photograph: Pavlo Palamarchuk/Reuters

The city’s outspoken mayor faces a politically toxic scandal over its rubbish emergency

Serbia’s new prime minister, Ana Brnabic, said she wanted to improve Serbia’s education system and slash red tape. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

New premier to pursue EU membership and good ties with Russia

Nikola Gruevski: he and his allies in the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party have always denied the allegations. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

Indictments could reignite political tensions in the deeply divided Balkan state

A robot by Starship Technologies on the streets of Tallinn, Estonia. The country’s focus on information and communications technology  helped it become the birthplace of such companies. File photograph: Getty Images

Innovations like Skype, TransferWise, Pipedrive push Baltic state’s post-Soviet success

The landing station of the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream in Lubmin, near Greifswald, Germany. Photograph: Stefan Sauer/EPA

Critics say Baltic project would boost Kremlin influence in eastern Europe

A dramatic photo of a Russian jet coming very close to  a US Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea, June 19th, 2017, in a manoeuvre  criticised as unsafe. Photograph: Master Sgt Charles Larkin Snr/US European Command/AP

Nato deploying battalions and armour to Baltics in response to Russia role in Ukraine

The old town in Latvia’s capital, Riga. From Bulgaria on the Black Sea to Estonia beside the Baltic, political leaders in eastern Europe are lobbying for a “soft” Brexit.

Rights of more than 1.5 million east Europeans in UK a key issue

Romania’s prime minister, Sorin Grindeanu, prepares to leave Parliament Palace  after addressing the lawmakers of both parliament chambers as he faces a no-confidence vote in Bucharest. Photograph:  Robert Ghement/EPA

Talks on new prime minister set for Monday after parliament ousts Sorin Grindeanu

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and US president Donald Trump: Mr Trump offered vague pleasantries but no strong  message of support for Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression.  Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Petro Poroshenko says it was vital to beat Vladimir Putin to White House talks

Romania’s prime minister Sorin Grindeanu has refused to back down in a power struggle with party leader Liviu Dragnea. Photograph: Bogdan Cristel/EPA

Social Democrats seek no-confidence vote in prime minister Sorin Grindeanu

Ana Brnabic, who has been nominated as Serbia’s new prime minister.  She would be the first woman to run Serbia and the region’s first openly gay leader. Photograph:  Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Pro-Russian nationalists aghast at choice of UK-educated Ana Brnabic

 US secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of Congress the Minsk deal was not the only route out of the conflict Ukraine-Russia conflict. Photograph:  Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Secretary of State Tillerson seeks ‘sufficient flexibility’ in dealing with the Kremlin

Avdiivka Coke Plant, which has been hit by shells and mortars more than 320 times during a three-year war in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Avdiivka Coke Plant is keeping the fires burning amid conflict between Kiev and separatists

Viktor Orban: his allies passed the new law as the EU launched legal action against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for their refusal to accept quotas of refugees. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/File Photo/Reuters

NGOs vow to defy new rules that government says will boost transparency

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and EU ambassador to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli start a symbolic “visa-free timer” at a ceremony marking the launch of a visa-free regime with the EU in Kiev on  Saturday.  Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP

Kiev politicians debate tighter entry rules for Russians amid continuing conflict in the east

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at a press conference in Prague. Photograph: Christian Bruna

Central European states maintain hard line despite threat of punishment

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, speaks in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday. He said he will  hold a referendum on the issue of Nato membership. Photograph:  Anthony Anex/EPA

Moscow believes Nato’s growth threatens its security, vows to take necessary measures

 Adam Osmayev, an English-educated Chechen commander of a Ukrainian volunteer battalion, at its base in Lysychank, eastern Ukraine in 2015. He is in hospital recovering from the attack. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Kiev officials believe Moscow behind shooting of man once accused of trying to kill Putin

Macedonia’s prime minister-designate Zoran Zaev: parliament in Skopje was expected to approve a cabinet comprising Mr Zaev’s Social Democrats and two ethnic Albanian parties by a deadline of midnight on Wednesday. Photograph: Tomislav Georgiev/EPA

Populist ex-premier Aleksandar Vucic sworn in as president in Serbia

The embassy of Russia in Chisinau, Moldova. “They were declared persona non grata on the basis of information received from the special services,” Moldova’s prime minister Pavel Filip said of the five Russians expelled on Tuesday. Photograph: Viktor Dimitrov/Reuters

Pro-Kremlin Igor Dodon accuses the West as tension grows in Europe’s poorest state

Oleksandr Chub (30) and Yurii Dmytrenko (23), former Ukrainian soldiers severely injured while fighting Russian-backed separatist, hope to be in Ukraine’s team for September’s Invictus Games in Canada. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

In the crisis-hit country, injured veterans are using sport to re-adapt to civilian life

 Observers of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe  inspect the house in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine, where Yelena Aslanova and three of her friends were killed in a shelling on the night of the Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: Valeri Kvit/EPA

Eurovision night bloodshed highlights continued suffering caused by three-year-old conflict

Former prime minister of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic: the trial may start this week of people accused of plotting to storm parliament and kill him last year in a bid to halt Montenegro’s journey towards Nato. Photograph: Boris Pejovic/EPA

Balkan state's move hailed as strong signal that the alliance is only getting stronger

Mobile phones display the home pages of, Vkontakte social network, and Yandex, which have been blocked in Ukraine. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Kiev says block on popular networks could be lifted if Moscow ends aggression

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest rally against Czech finance minister Andrej Babis and President Milos Zeman in Prague on Wednesday. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Dispute could lead to constitutional court case and early elections

Police experts inspect the wreckage of a car that carried journalist Pavel Sheremet in Kiev, Ukraine, in July 2016. Photograph:   Vasyl Shevchenko/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Investigative reporters’ film stirs fears of a cover-up over killing of Pavel Sheremet

US defence secretary James Mattis  talks with a German and a Lithuanian soldier during a visit to Lithuania on Wednesday. Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images

Pentagon chief James Mattis says US will respond to any threat to allies’ sovereignty

A Ukrainian man carries a portrait of a relative and helps a veteran before a march for Victory Day celebrations in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Anniversary of wartime triumph now divides Ukraine and Russia

Ruslana delivers her winning performance in the  2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul. Photograph: Photograph: Murad Sezer/AP

Maidan protests still inspire 2004 winner as Kiev prepares to host song contest

Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovich (left) with Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin in Kiev in 2010. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/AFP/Getty Images

Former pro-Moscow leader allegedly asked Kremlin to send troops into Ukraine

A girl jumps over flowers near a decorative Eurovision song contest logo on Maidan square in Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Kiev brushes off Russian boycott and prepares for tens of thousands of visitors

Protesters demonstrate in front of the Macedonian parliament in Skopje on Tuesday. Photograph:  Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

President softens tone after talks, but breakthrough remains elusive

Macedonia’s Social Democrats leader Zoran Zaev (centre) and members of his party at a news conference in Skopje on Friday, a day after they were attacked in parliament by right-wing protesters. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

Russia says political crisis could spiral into ethnic conflict

Locked Shields, now taking place in Estonia involving  20 teams from Europe and the US, is the world’s  most advanced  live-fire cyber defence exercise. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Attacks on vital systems and fake news are all part of Locked Shields exercise

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban (left) pictured in Georgia. Photograph: EPA/Zurab Kurtsikidze

Major street protests posing new challenge for increasingly authoritarian prime minister

Observers of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) inspect a private building which reportedly was destroyed after a shelling of Avdiivka, Ukraine, last February. On Sunday, a member of the OSCE was killed near Luhansk. Photograph: EPA/Valeri Kvit

Mission suffers first fatality when armoured SUV hits landmine

Former Ukrainian member of parliament Mykola Martynenko,  under investigation for suspected embezzlement, speaks at a court  in Kiev on Friday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Mykola Martynenko and Sergiy Pereloma reject claims of €16m fraud in uranium deal

Demonstrators take part in an anti-corruption rally in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Tuesday. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Students in the vanguard of rallies against corruption from Russia to Romania

Thousands of Hungarians, mostly students, protesting on Saturday against what they said were attempts from the right-wing government to silence critical voices. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Hungary’s prime minister sees billionaire George Soros behind growing criticism

October 1961: a car drives between US tanks across the border of the American sector in Berlin, at Checkpoint Charlie. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As during the Reagan era, the Kremlin is unsettled by Trump’s unpredictability

People shout slogans against Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s government in front of the parliament building in Budapest on Wednesday night. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands return to streets in Budapest against Viktor Orban’s populist government

Ukraine’s central bank governor Valeria Gontareva, who has annoounced she will leave her post by May 10th. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Valeria Gontareva the latest moderniser to quit as pace of change slows in Kiev

Fatima Bakhshi and her sons  Shoaib (9) and Ahmed (4): despite a bleak present, she hopes to make a new life in Ireland.

Fatima Bakhshi, who lost her legs in a crash, has medically skilled relatives in Ireland

 Demonstrators protesting  at  an  amendment to   Hungarian higher education law seen by many as an action to close the Central European University. Photograph: EPA/Janos Marjai

President Ader signs law despite Sunday's 80,000-strong protests

Men  shaving in a temporary shelter behind the main train station in Belgrade. Photograph: Szymon Barylski

Derelict buildings in Belgrade house 1,000 of those forced back from western border

Russian President Vladimir Putin:  “This step by Washington will inflict major damage on US-Russia ties,” the Kremlin said in a statement. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/Reuters

The spat won’t sabotage US-Russia ties, but it will help Trump show he’s not ‘Putin’s man’

A protester waves the Serbian flag in front of the government building in Belgrade on Wednesday night. In a sign of growing ambition, protesters in the northern city of Novi Sad issued a list of demands. Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters in nightly rallies say Serbia is sliding towards authoritarianism

Russian singer, composer and songwriter Yulia Samoilova, who has been chosen to represent Russia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: EPA/Russian TV Channel 1

European Broadcasting Union in warning to Kiev over its decision to bar Russian entrant

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban (left) and the head of the prime minister’s office Janos Lazar during a debate on the proposal to modify rules regulating foreign universities, in Budapest on Tuesday. Photograph: Zoltan Mathe/EPA

Move seen as part of Orban attack on liberal billionaire behind Central European University

Serbia’s prime minister  Aleksandar Vucic celebrates his win in the presidential election at his headquarters in Belgrade. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

Current prime minister crushes rivals amid rising geopolitical rivalry in Balkans

Presidential elections: Serbian prime minister and presidential candidate Aleksandar Vucic casts his ballot  with his daughter Milica.   Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Populist premier aiming to extend his political dominance

Comedy candidate Luka Maksimovic, also known as “Beli”, during a campaign rally in Mladenovac earlier this week. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

Comedy candidate could come second in Sunday's election

Students and faculty of the Central European University in Budapest listen to the school’s rector, Michael Ignatieff, address a town hall meeting after the government tabled a new Bill that could force the school out of Hungary. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Pressure grows on institutions funded by billionaire liberal George Soros

A cyclist rides past the construction site of the controversial Belgrade Waterfront project in June 2016. Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Prime minister Aleksandar Vucic poised to become president in Sunday’s election

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban greeting  Poland’s Beata Szydlo at the Central Eastern European Innovators Summit in Warsaw on Tuesday. Photograph: Radek Pietruszka/EPA

Almost all refugees and migrants now held in spartan border facilities under new measure

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with Serbia’s prime minister and candidate for the presidency Aleksandar Vucic at the Kremlin on Monday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

West claims Russia increasing its role in political exploitation of tense Balkan states

Police  detain anti-corruption campaigner and opposition leader Alexei Navalny at a rally in Moscow on Sunday. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Alexei Navalny arrested at march triggered by corruption charges against prime minister

People  protest against increased tariffs for communal services and new taxes in Minsk, Belarus, on March 15th. The placard , referring to the country’s president, reads: “Lukashenko, stop picking the raisins out of the bread”. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Rights groups decry crackdown on protesters as anti-government rallies grow

The body of Denis Voronenkov is carried away by forensic experts in downtown Kiev on Thursday. Mr Voronenkov appeared to be a loyal pro-Kremlin deputy in Russia’s parliament until he was accused of fraud and fled to Ukraine last October. Photograph:  Andrew Kravchenko/EPA

Russian ex-deputy and Putin critic Denis Voronenkov gunned down outside Kiev hotel

People protest in front of the parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia, on Tuesday, against the visit of EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn and the bloc’s support for a proposed multi-ethnic coalition government. Photograph: Boris Grdanoski/AP

Scandal-plagued former prime minister urges supporters to ‘defend’ country

Paul Manafort with adviser to Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway last August, prior to his resignation from the Trump election campaign team. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Papers allegedly show Paul Manafort tried to hide payments from Viktor Yanukovich

Pro-Russian rebels guard a checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska, Lugansk region, as a  man  passes into Ukraine-controlled territory. Photograph: Valeksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Military and economic activity in breakaway regions echoes seizure of Crimea

Activists build a wall to block entrance to the Sberbank of Russia office during a protest outside a branch in Kiev on March 13th.  Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko

Economic war deepens amid continued fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine

A worker at the Donetsk Metallurgical Plant in the Donbas region.  Separatist leaders this month seized the mines and metal plants that are the heart of the  region’s economy. Photograph: Viktor Drachev\TASS via Getty Images

Russian-backed separatists have seized major mines and factories in Donbas region

Yulia Samoilova performed in Crimea after its 2014 annexation by Russia – an apparent breach of Ukrainian law that could see her banned from entering the country. Photograph: YouTube

Disabled singer Yulia Samoilova could be banned from Kiev event due to Crimea performance

Supporters of the Civil Initiative for United Macedonia carry a  banner saying ‘For united Macedonia’ at a protest in Skopje. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Nationalists have been accused of stirring up ethnic tension to evade prosecution

Members of the Kosovo Security Force in Pristina on Monday: President Hashim Thaci announced during the ceremony he would submit a draft law to parliament on transforming the security forces into an army. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/ EPA

Plan to upgrade security forces comes in response to Russian arms deal with Serbia

 Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban: Dismissed criticism of its asylum policy as “dreamy human rights gibberish”. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Populist PM Viktor Orban accused of flouting international law and targeting critics

Roman Nasirov, head of Ukraine’s powerful tax and customs agency, lies inside the defendant’s cage during a court hearing in Kiev on Sunday. He claimed to have suffered heart problems when investigators raided his office. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Activists say Roman Nasirov is first ‘big fish’ to be targeted in fight against corruption

Macedonia’s Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev: “We have seen what happened in Ukraine, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere. We have to take care here.” Photograph: Ognen Teofilvovski/Reuters

Protests and president’s refusal to back multi-ethnic government stoke fears of conflict

Boris Damovski and Bogdan Ilievski, organisers of  protests against proposals they believe would endanger national unity. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Ethnic Albanians say proposals could finally end discrimination in Balkan state

Protesters shout slogans while holding a Macedonian flag during a demonstration om Skopje on Tuesday against an agreement that would ensure the wider use of the Albanian language in the ethnically divided state. Photograph: Reuters

Moscow echoes nationalists’ fears of ‘Greater Albania’ as two-year crisis deepens

Alexander Zakharchenko: The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic   visits a metallurgical plant in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Protesters against smuggling and ‘trade in blood’ block rail tracks crossing the front line

 Nadiya Savchenko: The controversial pilot  has rubbished as “a complete lie”  a report that she claimed Ukraine would be better under  Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ex-military pilot Nadiya Savchenko considered a hero to some, a traitor to others

A policeman patrols an area at the Hungary and Serbia border fence near the village of Asotthalom, Hungary, on October 2nd, 2016. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

EU urged to stop Hungary tightening rules claimed to contravene obligations to refugees

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

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