Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy (R) greets Ukrainian prisoners freed by Russia upon their arrival at Boryspil airport outside Kiev on September 7th. Photograph: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

Kiev and Moscow lay out their positions amid new push to resolve five-year conflict

 The monument depicting  Ivan Konev in Prague, Czech Republic. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Czech mayor is facing death threats and compared to ‘Nazi official’ over proposal

Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borisov. Bulgaria has tried to defuse a potential row with Moscow.  File photograph: Alastair Grant/AFP/Getty Images

Sofia plays down potential row with Moscow as it also bans two Russians from entry

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, greets Ukrainian prisoners upon their arrival near Kiev on September 7th. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

Kiev's parliament passes impeachment law after stripping deputies of immunity

Newly released Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov hugs his daughter Alina after he disembarked from a plane in Kiev  at the weekend. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

France hails ‘new state of mind’ and backs steps to repair Europe-Moscow relations

Participants carry placards and rainbow-coloured flags at Sarajevo’s first gay pride parade, on  September 8th. Photograph: Fehim Demir

EU praises Sarajevo for joining other Balkan capitals in hosting inclusive LGBT parade

Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic: ‘It should be an agreement where both sides would lose to an equal degree to enable both sides to gain to an equal degree.’ Photograph: Reuters

‘Both sides should lose’ something in the recognition deal, says Serbian president

Vladimir Tsemakh, a Ukrainian man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17 has been released from custody in Kiev. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Russia eyes prisoner swap while MEPs urge Kiev not to hand Vladimir Tsemakh to Moscow

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy applauds after the Ukrainian parliament voted to strip themselves of immunity from prosecution, in Kiev. Photograph: Stepan Franko/EPA

A Ukrainian parliament full of novices strikes major blow in just its second session

Andrej Babis (65) has resisted strong pressure to resign from opposition parties and protesters who in June staged the biggest rally in Prague since the 1989 Velvet Revolution. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Final decision still pending in case prime minister Babis calls ‘politically motivated’

Prime minister Oleksiy Honcharuk addressing Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo

President Zelenskiy urges new deputies to make history with sweeping reform agenda

Romania’s prime minister and Social Democracy Party (PSD) leader Viorica Dancila: has tried to distance herself from Liviu  Dragnea, suspending reforms he masterminded and reassuring Brussels of her pro-EU outlook. Photograph: Robert Ghement

Populist Social Democrats likely to face no-confidence vote after torrid term in power

Declan O’Callaghan: ‘In this pub I’ve watched people grow up, get married, have babies and get divorced’

Patrons of Becketts debate Irishness, homesickness and (well, it is a pub) Brexit

Russian president Vladimir Putin: has encouraged a return to the cold war-era view of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact as a response to the appeasement of Hitler by Britain, France and other European states. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik

Moscow defends Nazi-Soviet pact of 1939 as Baltic states celebrate 1989 ‘freedom chain’

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy: ‘Since March 2014, when Russia’s membership of the G8 was suspended, nothing has changed.’ Photograph: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters

Issue could sour Biarritz summit as both sides of Crimea conflict eye prisoner swap

Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic    flew to New York for lunch with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, as Washington and the EU urged Serbia and Kosovo to make compromises.  Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Moscow says Belgrade to sign free-trade deal with Kremlin-led economic bloc

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: Dr Merkel has praised Hungary’s border guards for “showing the courage to place humanity above the rules” in 1989. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Hungarian leader defends anti-immigration stance denounced by EU and Germany

Hungarian border guard officer Arpad Bella (centre) on August 19th, 1989, when more than 600 East Germans pushed their way past his men and into Austria. He chose not to shoot on the crowd and let them pass in one of the landmark moments of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Photograph: Tamás Lobenwein. Courtesy Paneuropean Picnic’ 89 Foundation

Hungary’s fence-building PM Viktor Orban to lead celebration of historic dash for freedom

New recruits of the Kosovo Security Force throw their caps in the air during their swearing-in ceremony at the Adem Jashari barracks in Pristina. Photograph: Armend Nimani / AFP

Balkan neighbours trade blame for impasse in EU-brokered talks to normalise relations

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy: has vowed  “to give protection, refuge and Ukrainian citizenship to all those who fight for freedom . . . And first and foremost to Russians, who today suffer most of all.” Photograph: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Reuters

France to join Kiev’s push for intensified peace talks with Russia

 Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy at an emergency military meeting in  Kiev: seeking an end to the five-year war in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Presidential Press Service/EPA

Volodymyr Zelenskiy urges Russian leader Vladimir Putin to rein in separatist militia

US secretary of defence Dr Mark Esper  and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo during a joint media conference for the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations  in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday. Photograph:   EPA/Bianca De Marchi

Washington says new Russian and Chinese rockets render 1988 treaty obsolete

A makeshift memorial to murdered teenager Alexandra Macesanu  in front of Romania’s interior ministry headquarters in Bucharest. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Police took 19 hours to find where girl was held despite three emergency calls

Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban: “We have come to a good decision, so far . . . We’ll see what happens.”  Photograph:  Aris Oikonomou

Nationalist Orban favours incoming commission chief to liberal ‘ideological guerrillas’

 The Russian tanker Nika Spirit in the port of Izmail, Ukraine. The vessel,  formerly named Neyma,  was detained by  Ukrainian security services for its  suspected involvement in Russia’s capture last year of three Ukrainian naval ships and their 24 crew

Kiev says ship was involved in Russia’s detention of its boats and servicemen last year

Olympic medallist  Zhan Beleniuk training young wrestlers at a sports school for children in Boyarka, near the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, on July 4th. Beleniuk is Ukraine’s first mixed-race member of parliament. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Discredited old guard trounced and replaced by colourful cast of political novices

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy (centre) reacts at his party’s headquarters after the parliamentary elections in Kiev on Sunday. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Speculation mounts over who will lead Kiev's government and anti-corruption drive

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, right. With 79 per cent of votes counted, Mr Zelenskiy’s Servant of the People party was set to claim about 253 of 424 available seats. Photograph: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP

Political novices set to dominate new parliament and pursue reform agenda

 Members of the Ukrainian electoral commission talk to a voter before she casts her vote in a mobile ballot box during parliamentary elections, in the village of Velyki Dmytrovychi, near Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Tatyana Zenkovich

Ex-comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy eyes coalition with country's top rock star

An activist distributes electoral materials in support of Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s political party, Servant of the People, in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Volodymyr Zelenskiy hopes for a parliamentary majority to pursue bold reforms

Lyudmyla Bilenka and her daughter Yarina with a photo of her son Roman Bilenkyi  who disappeared during a mission in eastern Ukraine’s war zone in August 2014. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

About 1,500 disappeared and 1,000 dead remain unidentified after five-year war in east

Presidents and neighbours:  Volodomyr Zelinskiy and Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/Yuri Kochetko/ EPA

Volodymyr Zelenskiy vows to make Ukraine a beacon of democracy in post-Soviet world

Ukrainian rock star turned politician Svyatoslav Vakarchuk (centre) campaigning for his new Holos (Voice) party in Odessa on Sunday, a week before parliamentary elections. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Two of the nation’s top showmen could forge reformist alliance after Sunday’s elections

A campaign poster for Kharkiv mayor Hennadiy Kernes ahead of Ukraine’s July 21st parliamentary elections. He still dominates Ukraine’s second city despite political upheaval in the country and a 2014 gun attack that left him partially paralysed. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Dominant Kharkiv mayor Hennadiy Kernes secure as the old guard faces election rout

Vladimir Putin makes comments on Russia’s bilateral relations with Georgia as he attends a summit in Yekaterinburg on Tuesday. Photograph:  Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reuters

Russia's parliament seeks ban on wine and water imports over anti-Putin TV tirade

Recent Tbilisi protests: Protesters rallied there again  over the weekend to demand the resignation of interior minister Giorgi Gakharia, who they blame for alleged police violence during the June 20th clashes. Photograph:  Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Moscow targets Georgia's economy after protesters and president denounce Kremlin

Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj: ‘If we want a solution, it exists – the recognition of Kosovo.’ Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Progress only possible with independence recognition, Pristina tells Belgrade

Moldova’s prime minister Maia Sandu: ‘We are not asking for advance payments. We are asking for support for our democratic transformation.’ Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

PM Maia Sandu plans ‘democratic transformation’ after tense power struggle

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: will formally appoint members of the council heading  the new organisation that will take over the academy of science’s 15 research institutes. Photograph:  Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/EPA

Defying the EU, nationalist government now dominates swathes of public life

 Head of Albania’s opposition Democrats Lulzim Basha addressing supporters during a protest in Tirana on June 21st. Photograph:  Malton Dibra/EPA

Clashes stoke tension before ballot opposed by president and opposition party

Former prime minister of North Macedonia Nikola Gruevski  leaves  Budapest court after his extradition trial. Photograph: Zoltan Mathe/EPA

Hungarian diplomats helped Nikola Gruevski flee graft conviction and other charges

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Berlin on June 18th. “It’s sad that our European partners didn’t hear us and acted differently,” Mr Zelenskiy  said about the Council of Europe decision. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Moscow's controversial return pleases Germany and angers Ukraine

Protesters wave  EU, Georgian  and US flags during a protest  in Tbilisi against its government and Kremlin influence in the Black Sea state. Photograph: Getty Images

Protests continue as Russia tightens Georgian wine controls following flights ban

Opposition demonstrators help a wounded man during a protest outside the  Georgian parliament in the early hours of Friday. Photograph: Zurab Tsertsvadze/AP

Angry and violent scenes after visiting Russian politician occupies speaker’s chair

  Milo Dukanovic, centre, is backing a Bill to oblige religious communities to prove that their properties were in their possession before 1918. Photograph:  Pierre Crom/Getty Images

Belgrade minister lambasts Podgorica’s ‘criminal regime’ over church property Bill

German chancellor Angela Merkel  and Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky in Berlin, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Angela Merkel blames dehydration for trembling incident beside Kiev's leader

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini: ‘I think we need to remind ourselves about the important steps that have been taken in the western Balkans.’ Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

European Commission backing for Balkan states meets French and Dutch opposition

Maia Sandu leads her first government session in the government building in Chisinau, Moldova, on Saturday. Photograph:  Dumitru Doru/EPA

Controversial oligarch Plahotniuc leaves the country after his party concedes defeat

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban wants to put a new state council in charge of the academy’s research institutions and their work. Photograph: John Thys/Reuters

Academy of Science is Viktor Orban's latest target for tighter state control

President of Moldova Igor Dodon, second from left, during a briefing in the parliament building in Chisinau, Moldova. Photograph: Dumitru Doru/EPA

Russia backs new government as Romania seeks ‘concrete’ EU steps to end crisis

Former US president Bill Clinton delivers a speech during the 20th anniversary of the deployment of Nato troops in Kosovo, in Pristina on Thursday. Photograph: Florion Goga/Reuters

Belgrade, Russia and China still denounce West’s ‘humanitarian intervention’

The Mermaid, a Hungarian boat which sank in the Danube river near Margrit bridge in Budapest, after bring lifted from the water during a salvage operation on Tuesday.  Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

Confirmed death toll rises to 24 as ‘Mermaid’ is salvaged in central Budapest

Moldova’s disputed prime minister Maia Sandu speaks to members of her cabinet during its first meeting at parliament headquarters in Chisinau. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Major powers call for calm as pro-EU and pro-Russian parties face off against old cabinet

Pakistani migrant Nadeem Ijazz (20), who was injured in a burned shelter for migrants, poses in the town of Velika Kladusa, in northwest Bosnia. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Health and security fears grow as lack of beds leaves thousands sleeping rough

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis:  “Romanians have clearly shown that Romania is a pro-European country.” Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw

Ruling PSD party reels from ballot-box defeats and Liviu Dragnea’s graft conviction

Protesters during a rally demanding the resignation of Czech prime minister Andrej Babis in Prague on Wednesday. Photograph: Bundas Engler/Reuters

Andrej Babis defiant after more than 100,000 people rally to demand his resignation

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker:  “We are ready for talks with Russia . . . but, first of all, we must be able to defend ourselves and become strong economically, politically and militarily.” Photograph: Francois Lenoir

EU and Nato urge Volodymyr Zelenskiy to step up reforms and anti-corruption fight

Tourists light candles at the Marit bridge in Budapest on Sunday, where onlookers gather to watch the operations of experts at the site where the crash took place on Saturday. Photograph: Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images

Captain charged over Budapest crash that left seven South Koreans dead, 21 people missing

Onlookers watch the rescue operation at the  Margrit bridge in Budapest, where the Hableány sank on Wednesday after a collision with a larger cruise ship. Photograph: Noemi Bruzak/EPA

South Korean foreign minister and rescue team land in Budapest to boost search effort

A Hungarian army boat passes under Margit Bridge after several people were killed in an accident on the Danube river in Budapest. Photograph:  Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Seven South Koreans dead and 19 missing after sightseeing boat sinks in seconds

Rescuers in boats at work following the collision between a pleasure boat and cruise ship on the Danube river. Photograph: AP

Master of vessel involved in collision taken into custody after seven dead and 21 missing

Mikheil Saakashvili  arriving in Ukraine: the former president of Georgia has had his Ukrainian citizenship reinstated by the new president Volodymyr Zelensky. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko

Ukraine's new president reinstates citizenship of mercurial ex-Georgian leader

Members of a Kosovo  special police unit  near the village of Cabra, northwestern Kosovo, during  police raids. The  operation against “organised crime” has sparked tensions with Serbia.  Photograph: AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu

Police officers and Russian UN staffer held during crackdown on ‘organised crime’

Liviu Dragnea had dominated the PSD and ran the government from behind the scenes, engineering the removal of two prime ministers. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty

Ruling party boss sought judicial overhaul that alarmed the European Union

PSD leader Liviu Dragnea speaks during a press conference in Bucharest on Sunday after the closure of polling stations for the Europan parliament elections. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Viktor Orban's anti-immigration nationalists dominate voting in Hungary

 Croatian citizens at a political rally in  Zagreb. Photograph: Antonio Bat/ EPA

European People’s Party criticised for not expelling far-right Fidesz of Hungary

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his chief of staff Andriy Bogdan attend a meeting with lawmakers in Kiev, Ukraine on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Legal questions and oligarch's shadow dog TV star Zelenskiy's first days in power

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy (left) and his lawyer and adviser Andriy Bogdan at a meeting with politicians in Kiev. Photograph: Presidential Press Service/via Reuters

Comic-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelenskiy wants to sweep out old guard

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy holds a mace, the Ukrainian symbol of power, during his inauguration ceremony in Kiev on Monday. Photograph: PA

Volodymyr Zelenskiy urges discredited politicians to make way for new generation

Volodymyr Zelensky: he says there will be no change in Kiev’s pro-western course or tough stance against Russian aggression. Photograph: Getty Images

Comic and political novice Volodymyr Zelenskiy to become president on Monday

Volodymyr Zelenskiy claimed a landslide presidential run-off victory in Ukraine last month. Photograph: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko

Deputies accused of clinging to power as Volodymyr Zelenskiy prepares for inauguration

Ukraine president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comedian, crushed incumbent Petro Poroshenko in a presidential election run-off last month. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Showman Zelenskiy set to take power as rock star enters Kiev's political fray

Rudy Giuliani: wants Kiev to examine claims  Democratic former US vice-president Joe Biden pressed Kiev to quash an investigation into Ukrainian gas firm Burisma. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Rudy Giuliani refers to ‘enemies of the US’ around Ukraine’s new president Zelenskiy

A police officer stands guard in front of the high court in Podgorica, Montenegro on Thursday. Photograph:  Boris Pejovic/EPA

Kremlin denies role in 2016 plan to kill Balkan state's leader and stop Nato accession

Austria’s vice-chancellor and chairman of the Freedom Party FPOe Heinz-Christian Strache talks with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban (right) at the end of a press conference at the Carmelite monastery of the prime minister’s office in Budapest on Monday. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty

Hungary going ‘in the wrong direction’, says leader of European People’s Party

Presidential candidate Stevo Pendarovski celebrates after preliminary results during the presidential election in Skopje. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

President-elect Stevo Pendarovski backs historic name-change deal with Greece

Pope Francis is welcomed by children wearing traditional costumes upon his arrival at Sofia airport, Bulgaria. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Pontiff seeks to improve ties with Orthodox churches in Bulgaria and North Macedonia

Chernobyl: in the 30km off-limit zone, liquidators measure radiation levels in the aftermath of the disaster. Photograph: Getty

A new TV drama depicts the 1986 nuclear meltdown that threatened to poison Europe

 Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orban. Mr Orban called Mr Salvini ‘the most important person in Europe today’ for refusing to accept migrants arriving to Italy by ship from north Africa. Photograph: Szilard Koszticsak/EPA

More erstwhile European allies criticise Viktor Orban's nationalist drift

A handout photo provided by the Hungarian prime minister’s press office shows Viktor Orbán, right, and Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini at the Hungarian-Serbian border. Photograph: Balazs Szecsodi/EPA

Hungarian leader to work with Italian despite warnings from centre-right allies

Estonia’s prime minister, Juri Ratas, during the swearing-in of the incoming coalition government in Tallinn. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/File Photo/Reuters

Liberals fear rising populism could knock tech-savvy Baltic state off progressive path

A rally takes place in Prague demanding the resignation of Czech prime minister Andrej Babis. Photograph: Michal Cizek / AFP

Thousands rally over fears that PM Andrej Babis's fraud case could be quashed

Ukraine’s president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy grills kebabs on a holiday in Bodrum, Turkey: in barbed exchanges with Vladimir Putin,  he said Russians “suffer most of all”.  Photograph: Neyzar Ozbek/Reuters

Kiev’s president-elect offers refuge to victims of ‘authoritarian and corrupt’ Kremlin

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy  following the announcement of the first exit poll in the  presidential election. Photograph: Reuters

Political novice Zelenskiy promises a bright future, but he too is dogged by the shadow of an oligarch

Activists hold placards stating “France speaks French, Ukraine speaks Ukrainian” and “For Ukrainian language” during a rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Outgoing president hails ‘crucial step towards mental independence’ from Moscow

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who     said before his election victory last Sunday that he wants to find a way to end fighting between government troops and Moscow-led militants in the Donbas region. File photograph: Viacheslav Ratynskyi/Reuters

Ukraine's current and incoming presidents lambast Kremlin's citizenship gambit

Ukrainian comedian and president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy: Ukrainians “would soon find out the truth” about the Donbas region and Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Photograph:  Genya Savilov/AFP

Zelenskiy camp expects trouble from outgoing leader before autumn parliamentary poll

Volodymyr Zelenskiy spoke about launching “a powerful information war” to counter Kremlin propaganda in militant-controlled areas.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy vows to free all Ukrainians captured by Russia during war

Some 73 per cent of voters supported presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskyi. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/ EPA

Colourful and bruising election campaign ends in overwhelming victory for newcomer

Ukraine’s president and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko attends a policy debate with his rival, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, at the Olimpiyskiy sports stadium in Kiev, on Friday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is tipped to oust Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian servicemen perform military training for schoolchildren at a school in Mariupol. Photograph: Sergey Vaganov/EPA

Mariupol and nation likely to back novice Zelenskiy over Poroshenko in Sunday run-off

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko: supporters use social media to make unsubstantiated claims about Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s alleged drug use and links to Russia.  Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AFP/Getty

Comedian Zelenskiy tipped to beat Poroshenko five years after Maidan revolution

A Serbian flag held aloft during a protest march against President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade on Saturday. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic

European Union accused of ignoring the drift towards autocracy in restive Balkan states

Ukrainian president and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko  with French president Emmanuel Macron outside the Élysée  Palace in Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat

Petro Poroshenko plays statesman in Berlin and Paris but lags comic Zelenskiy in polls

Ukraine presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy: comedian  gives blood sample at a medical centre ahead of a policy debate. Photograph: Zoya Shu

Poroshenko and Zelenskiy yet to confirm plans for run-off debate in Kiev stadium

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy: demands the president stop deriding him as a pro-Kremlin candidate and “puppet” of oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko

Poroshenko and Zelenskiy criticise each other in videos ahead of televised showdown

Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, former DNA (National Anti-corruption Department) chief arrives at a police station in Bucharest on March 29th. Photograph: George Calin/AFP/Getty

Ousted anti-graft prosecutor tipped for EU post despite Bucharest's opposition

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (left) and Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev  embrace at a news conference in Skopje on Tuesday. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Greece seeks close ties with neighbour after name-change deal ended 27-year dispute

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy plays table tennis with a journalist ahead of the provisional results of the first-round vote in the election, in Kiev. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Incumbent Petro Poroshenko accuses rival Zelenskiy of being oligarch’s ‘puppet’

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy: “A new life is beginning, a life without corruption and bribes; life in a new country, a country of dreams.” Photograph; Valentyn Ogirenko

Exit polls put Volodymyr Zelenskiy way ahead of incumbent Petro Poroshenko

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