Polina Gagarina of Russia received a warm reception from the 10,500-strong audience to qualify for the  final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on on Tuesday night in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images 2:08

Hotly-tipped Russia qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final last Tuesday night and received a strong response from the 10,500 audience members(...)

Macedonia’s prime minister Nikola Gruevski (c) greets supporters during a rally in the centre of Skopje. Some 30,000 supporters of Mr  Gruevski gathered a day after thousands of opposition demonstrators marched through the capital demanding that he resign. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Macedonia’s embattled prime minister rallied thousands of supporters yesterday in a show of force, a day after opponents held their own mass protest t(...)

Anti-government protesters  wave Macedonian and Albanian flags  in Skopje. Photograph:   Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty

Anti-government protesters in Macedonia have pledged to continue street demonstrations until the government steps down, after tens of thousands of pe(...)

Opposition leader Zoran Zaev speaks at a press conference, in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Anti-government protesters in Macedonia, due to gather on Sunday, say they will occupy downtown Skopje until embattled conservative prime minister Nik(...)

Macedonia’s prime minister, Nikola Gruevski: has accepted the resignation of two ministers and the state security chief but refuses to step down. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

Western-brokered crisis talks in Macedonia have raised hopes of a peaceful resolution to the country’s turmoil, despite declarations from bitter polit(...)

State security chief Saso Mijalkov walking by the coffin of  policeman Sasho Samoilovski this week. In a resignation letter yesterday, Mr Mijalkov said the centre-left opposition, led by Zoran Zaev, had caused the crisis with its “anti-state behaviour”. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

The resignation of three senior officials and calls for urgent dialogue from western powers have failed to defuse a spiralling political crisis in Ma(...)

Bloody crackdown

The weekend siege and gun battle in Macedonia which left 22 dead has uncanny and deeply worrying echoes of the Balkans’ bloody ethnic conflicts of the(...)

The funeral procession for Macedonian police officer Boban Ivanovic in the village of Stajkovci, just east of Skopje.  Photograph: AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski

Crisis-hit Macedonia has urged the West to accelerate its bid for membership of the European Union and Nato, to avoid further destabilisation of the (...)

Relatives of killed policeman Sasho Samoilovski carry his coffin covered in Macedonian flag before his funeral in Tetovo, Macedonia, today. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

The European Union has expressed concern over the stability of Macedonia, after a battle between police and gunmen killed at least 22 people and drama(...)

Police and members of the media at    the scene where 14 migrants were hit and killed by a train near Veles  in Macedonia on April 24th, 2015. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

Fourteen suspected migrants walking in the dark along train tracks towards the European Union have been killed by an express train in a remote river g(...)