Croatia’s justice minister Orsat Miljenic (left) shakes hands with his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selkovic prior to a session of the International Court of Justice in The Hague  yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Dejong

Another hurdle to improved relations between Croatia and Serbia was removed yesterday when the United Nations’ highest court ruled the two countries(...)

Signs of protest: Croatian war veterans  protesting  in Zagreb in April  against plans for the official use of the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet in the Croatian town of Vukovar. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty

At Vukovar the swift-flowing Danube is all that separates Croatia from Serbia. From midnight tomorrow this will also be where the EU meets the rest of(...)

Serbia’s prime minister Ivica Dacic walks past Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci (left) during a meeting in Brussels recently. Photograph: Yves Logghe/Pool/Reuters

Serbian prime minister Ivica Dacic has urged his country to accept that Kosovo now runs its own affairs and to work towards a future in the Eur(...)

Protesters shouting slogans against the Kosovo accord in Belgrade yesterday. Photograph: Djordje Kojadinovic/Reuters

The EU calls a hard-won pact between Kosovo and Serbia a historic turning point in their relations, and leaders of both Bal(...)

Kosovo’s prime minister Hashim Thaci (right) arrives for a meeting with Serbian prime minister Ivica Dacic and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton  in Brussels earlier this week.  Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Serbia and Kosovo are racing against time to clinch a deal that would boost their European Union membership ambitions during Ireland's presiden(...)