More than 70,000 asylum seekers have entered Hungary from Serbia so far this year, most having travelled from the Middle East, through Turkey and the Balkans. Photograph: Uygar Onder Simsek/AFP/Getty Images

Amnesty International has urged the European Union to overhaul a “failing” asylum policy, which leaves refugees vulnerable to criminals and corrupt (...)

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Wednesday. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban has sought to soothe ties with Serbia and claimed that a fence he wants to build along the countries’ border is(...)

The mayor of the Hungarian village of Asotthalom, Laszlo Toroczkai, in his office. On his desk are passports and other documents thrown away by illegal migrants crossing from nearby Serbia. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Beside a quiet country road that sidles into Hungary from the Serbian border, weary people push through a last barrier of rain-glossy trees and stand,(...)

Hamid, Ali and Mohsen from Afghanistan.  “We’re going to the jungle together, 10 of us – it’s too dangerous alone.” Photograph: Dan Mclaughlin

On a hot afternoon in the courtyard of the Raichle Palace in Subotica, a group of Serbs smoke and chat idly in the shade of the fine art nouveau build(...)

Serb prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: said a testing month lay ahead for his country and the region. Photograph: Gent Shkullaku/AFP/Getty Images

A plan to “reboot” Bosnia’s faltering European Union integration has stumbled at the first hurdle, as the country’s Serb-run region blocked a key r(...)

A woman stands next to her tent in a makeshift camp in front of the government building in Skopje. Protesters have said they will not leave until the government resigns. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

On a sweltering Sunday in Skopje, as people flocked to fan-cooled cafes for shade, ice cream and espresso, dozens of Macedonians talked beneath plasti(...)

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(...)