Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: “I know how to ensure the future of Serbia and how to work hard to get there.” Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic has vowed to accelerate reforms aimed at guiding his country towards European Union membership, after an elect(...)

Supporters of Serbian far-right leader Vojislav Seselj during a rally in Belgrade last month. Photograph: Alexa Stankovic/AFP/Getty Images

When Serbian ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj was controversially cleared of war crimes last month, cheers were heard far to the east of Belgrade. “(...)

Ukraine’s newly appointed prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman (left), is greeted by President Petro Poroshenko  at the parliament in Kiev on Thursday, after months of political gridlock. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty images

Ukraine’s new prime minister has vowed to reinvigorate its pro-EU reform drive, despite immediate doubts over the stability of his government and clai(...)

Vojislav Seselj arrives for a press conference in Belgrade on Thursday after a UN court  acquitted him  of war crimes. Photograph: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

A United Nations court has cleared veteran Serbian ultra-nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj of war crimes charges, in a verdict hailed by allies incl(...)

Ukrainian former prime minister and leader of Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party Yulia Tymoshenko at a parliament session in Kiev on Tuesday. She withdrew her party from the ruling coalition in anger over the no-confidence vote. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called for an end to the country’s political turmoil and vowed to press ahead with pro-EU reforms, afte(...)

Warring parties in Spain

The annual State of the Nation debate in Spain, which concluded yesterday, is usually a robust affair. And the claims made, especially by the prime mi(...)

An elderly Ukrainian woman reads her ballot papers during the elections, in the Krenichi village, about 40km from Kiev. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich

Ukraine has elected a strongly pro-western new parliament, exit polls showed tonight, with reformists and nationalists set to sweep away many pro-Russ(...)

Oleh Lyashko (right), who came third in July’s presidential elections, staggered and appeared stunned after a heated exchange with independent deputy Oleksandr Shevchenko led to Mr Shevchenko punching him in the head. Photograph: Reuters Video

The leader of Ukraine’s populist Radical Party was nearly knocked out in a punch-up in the Kiev parliament’s lobby yesterday after he goaded a fellow (...)

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano leaves after a media conference at the Quirinale palace in Rome. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Five weeks after last month’s inconclusive general election, Italy seems no closer to resolving its ongoing government crisis. In what looks li(...)