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EU high commissioner for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini: “The western Balkans countries are European, and will be part of the European Union.” Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Turkish accession to the EU should remain on hold because of concerns about human rights abuses, the European Commission has recommended. “Turkey con(...)

Milo Djukanovic: portrayed himself as only candidate who could ensure Montenegro remained on a pro-western path, with hopes of joining the EU by 2025, and fending off Russian influence. Photograph: Stevo Vasiljevic

Milo Djukanovic has pledged to guide Montenegro towards European Union membership after a presidential election victory gave him an eighth term in pow(...)

Milo Djukanovic said victory in Sunday’s presidential elections “is more important for Montenegro and its path than to me personally”. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

Montenegro’s long-time leader Milo Djukanovic will seek a return to power on Sunday, in presidential elections held amid rising concern over mafia kil(...)

A Russian flag featuring Vladimir Putin  at the central Manezhnaya Square just outside the Kremlin in Moscow in 2012. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

It is one of the most extraordinary crimes of Putin-era Russia, has seen the deaths of some of those who have tried to inquire into it, and has led to(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (left) kisses president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci during a tour of Balkan states last week. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

Enlargement of its membership has been the European Union’s most important geopolitical tool to deal with continental instability for four decades. It(...)

The president of Kosovo’s parliament, Kadri Veseli, welcomes Jean-Claude Juncker during  the European Commission  president’s visit to Pristina in Kosovo on Wednesday. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Top European Union officials have told Bosnia’s leaders to heal its ethnic rifts, strengthen its economy and rule of law and agree on election reform (...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (centre) and Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic (second from right) at the St Sava temple in Belgrade on Thursday. Photograph: Djordje Kojadinovic/Reuters

Serbia has told Russia it will not sacrifice the two countries’ close relations to secure European Union membership, as Moscow accused the EU and Nato(...)

Workers remove a sign with the former name of the highway leading to the Greek border, “Alexander of Macedonia”, newly renamed “Friendship Highway”, near Skopje on February 21st. The government decided to change the name of the highway, along with the name of the Skopje airport, following the name dispute with Greece. Photograph:  Robert Atanasovski/Getty Images

"It’s our name, our language and our identity," say the people of Macedonia, asking the international community to recognise their state as the R(...)

Members of the Kosovo Security Force ceremonial band parade in the main square in Pristina on  the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo Independence. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images
Kosovo: tough decisions lie ahead

Kosovo is taking down the bunting after its 10th birthday party and wondering where it will be in another decade – inside the European Union and Nato (...)

An Albanian flag is carried as thousands of people walk down the main pedestrian zone in Pristina,  on Saturday, the 10th anniversary of Kosovo’s independence. Photograph: Visar Kryeziu/AP

Kosovo has urged Serbia to agree a historic deal this year to normalise their relations, as it celebrated its first decade of independence from Belgra(...)

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