Zoran Zaev, leader of North Macedonia’s  ruling SDSM party,  celebrates victory during general elections in Skopje on Thursday. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP via Getty Images

North Macedonia’s Social Democrats have said their parliamentary election win keeps the country on track for eventual EU membership, but the party fac(...)

 A woman in front of the electoral billboard of the leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE Hristijan Mickovski in Skopje on Tuesday. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

North Macedonia will go to the polls on Wednesday as coronavirus threatens to weaken turnout in the country’s first parliamentary election since it ch(...)

Prime minister Oliver Spasovski (C) addresses citizens in Skopje, North Macedonia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Government of the Republic of North Macedonia/EPA

North Macedonia and Albania have been given approval by European ministers to start EU membership talks, in what Brussels called proof of its commitme(...)

  Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic: has faced criticism for pandering to the Croatian far right. Photograph: Antonio Bat

Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic faces a tough fight to retain power in an election run-off on Sunday, as the country braces for a possible(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen:  “The Finnish proposal is not enough. I am concerned at the severe cuts in this proposal compared to the commission proposal.” Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The ambitious strategic objectives for the EU already agreed by its leaders would be threatened unless they committed to come up with the cash to impl(...)

Czech Republic’s prime minister Andrej Babis: “Member states should have the ability to decide on their own about which areas they want to spend these resources on.” Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP

Sixteen European Union countries have called for the bloc’s next budget to maintain current levels of financial aid to less affluent member states and(...)

Outgoing president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker earned a round of applause from the hardbitten hacks. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The failure of the EU leaders to agree to opening EU accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania was a “mistake of historic proportions”, Europea(...)

Albanian prime minister Edi Rama said his country was “collateral damage” in the EU’s internal disputes. Photograph: Gent Shkullaku/AFP

North Macedonia and Albania reacted with dismay on Friday to a decision by member states not to start accession talks with the two Balkan candidate co(...)

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

The European Union has urged Albanians to avoid violence amid rising tension before Sunday’s local elections, which the country’s president wants to p(...)

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

North Macedonia and Albania are likely to face disappointment on Tuesday when EU members decide whether they are ready for accession talks, despite to(...)

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