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Russian minister of foreign affairs Sergei Lavrov receives a medal from the president of the Republic of Serbian entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik (right). Photograph: Vladimir Stojakovic

Russia has rejected concerns that it could try to influence Bosnia’s forthcoming elections, as fears of foreign meddling, ballot fraud and legal uncer(...)

US defence secretary James Mattis and Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev. Photograph: Tomislav Georgiev/AFP/Getty Images

US defence secretary Jim Mattis has warned that Russia is trying to influence this month’s referendum in Macedonia, when its people will give their op(...)

A protest against  Macedonia in Thessaloniki in Greece. Photograph: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

These are unusually busy days for the VIP section of Macedonia’s international airport. Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg flew in on Wednesday,(...)

Young people fishing reading sunbathing on dock at Piran Slovenia on the Adriatic Sea coast with Church of St Clement at Punta Lighthouse. Photograph: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

Slovenia is so small, bigger ex-Yugoslav republics like to joke, that the capital Ljubljana’s marathon is actually a lap of the entire country, and pl(...)

Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj warned against any land swap with Serbia. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj has warned that any land swap with Serbia “would mean war” and called on world leaders to swiftly quash an idea(...)

One kiss or two, or may be three. Photograph: iStock

I’ve come to dread bumping into acquaintances unexpectedly, particularly if they’ve recently returned from holidays. You pretend to be delighted to se(...)

Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev (L) inspects a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony in front of government buildings in Skopje. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev has urged compatriots and his nationalist opponents to back a deal to rename their country in a September referen(...)

Macedonia’s prime minister Zoran Zaev: says the nationalists are holding the nation’s future hostage to party interests. Photograph:  Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

A historic agreement to rename Macedonia and open its path to EU and Nato membership could be derailed by a bitter rivalry between the country’s main(...)

Protesters take part in a rally against the use of the name Macedonia in Pella, northern Greece on June 6th. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

Greece is braced for Moscow’s response to its expulsion of two Russian diplomats, amid a sharp cooling of relations between the traditional allies and(...)

US president Donald Trump: reportedly told fellow G7 leaders last month Crimea was part of Russia “because everyone there speaks Russian”. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned of “serious risks of an escalation” in fighting in eastern Ukraine, as Kiev sought clarification over what(...)

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