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(...)

 Crimean Tatar community with the Ukrainian flag in Bakhchisarai, south of Simferopol, on March 14th, 2014, two days before a referendum in Crimea to join Russia. Photograph: Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images

Eleonora Bekirova has not seen or spoken to her father for 81 days, since he was arrested at a checkpoint between the Ukrainian mainland and Kremlin-c(...)

Citizens vote at a polling station in Bardar village, on February 24, 2019, as Moldovans vote to elect new parliament members. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty

Moldova faces political uncertainty after a bruising election created a deeply fractured parliament riven by accusations of vote-rigging and the alleg(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban before the vote on the “Stop Soros” package of Bills, at the Parliament in Budapest, on Wednesday. Photograph: Tamas Kaszas/Reuters

Hungary has passed swingeing anti-immigration reforms to allow the imprisonment of people who help asylum seekers and to ban any “alien population” fr(...)

Pro-Russian rebels  preparing  a tank near  Luhansk, Ukraine, for a  “victory day” parade on May 9th to mark   the 73nd anniversary of the then Soviet Red Army’s victory over Nazi Germany. Photograph:  EPA/Alexander Ermochenko

Ukraine’s ecology minister has warned of the danger of a “second Chernobyl” if Russian-led separatists pursue plans to flood a coal mine where a small(...)

Viktor Orban (third right) celebrates his party’s election victory.  Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Hungary’s government is set to continue its battle with the European Union over migration and with liberal civil society groups at home, after prime m(...)

 Local rescuers carry the body of a man killed by the shelling of a bus  at the Olenivka checkpoint between Ukrainian  controlled territory and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic this week. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Government troops and Russian-led militia in eastern Ukraine appear to be preparing for an escalation in fighting, international monitors warned on Tu(...)

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel  with  Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin  in Kiev on Thursday. “I hope we will manage to adopt a realistic and suitable mandate for a UN mission before the elections in Russia,” said Mr Gabriel.  Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Germany has called for the swift approval of a strong United Nations peacekeeping mission for eastern Ukraine, but expressed doubt over whether US ar(...)

A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard at his position on the front line in the town of Maryinka, east Ukraine, on September 3rd. Photograph: Oleksandr Klymenko/Reuters

The United States has said it would back the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine, as long as they had a broad mandate and ac(...)

Military school cadets attend a ceremony as the academic year begins in separatist-controlled Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on September 1st. Photograph:  Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine has prepared its own draft resolution on deploying United Nations peacekeepers to its eastern war zone, after criticising a proposal from Rus(...)

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