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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(...)

A boy dressed as a police officer holding Kosovo flags in Pristina on the eve of celebrations for the 10th anniversary of Kosovo independence. Photograph: Getty Images

Ramush Haradinaj missed the party when Kosovo declared independence 10 years ago today. A rebel commander during Kosovo’s 1998-9 conflict with Serbia(...)

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel with Kosovo’s prime minister Ramush Haradinaj in Pristina. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has told Serbia that it must accept the sovereignty of Kosovo if it wants to join the European Union, in a blunt message that was welcomed in (...)

Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic  and her Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic inspect the guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony  in Zagreb on Monday. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The presidents of Croatia and Serbia have agreed to disagree about the Balkan wars of the 1990s but pledged to focus on solving practical problems th(...)

Federica Mogherini: “The next months will be not only intense but also crucial to make sure that this historic and unique opportunity is seized.” Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The European Union has urged six Balkan states to seize their “historic” opportunity to join the bloc by overcoming major problems posed by crime and (...)

Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Bulgaria launched its first EU presidency with a flourish with speeches and glorious traditional music and dance – a cross between Riverdance, Horslip(...)

The marina in the Slovenian  town of Piran: there was a bitter 26-year-old territorial dispute involving principally 7.3sq m of maritime territory in the  bay. Photograph: Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images

It was never going to be that simple. The idea was that when new states signed up to join the European Union, they would do so with an unequivocal pro(...)

Black lake in Durmitor National Park in Montenegro

Snap happy (lake in Montenegro): Dublin Photography School has announced a special trip for April 2018. Spend a day and night in the walled city of Du(...)

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