Russian president Vladimir Putin addresses the crowd at  a concert marking the fifth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, in  Simferopol. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov

Russian president Vladimir Putin has visited Crimea to celebrate five years since he annexed it from Ukraine, as the West urged him to reverse the mov(...)

A riot policeman the far side of a broken window at the Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) headquarters in Belgrade after people protested over the smothering of democratic freedoms. Photograph: Andrej Cukic

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic has called anti-government protesters “fascists, hooligans and thieves” after they forced their way into the state (...)

People attend a protest  on the first anniversary of the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his partner Martina Kusnirova, in Bratislava, Slovakia. Photograph: Vladimir Simicek/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Slovaks rallied on Thursday to mark a year since the murder of an investigative journalist and his girlfriend, and to renew demands for a(...)

 Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila waits to deliver her speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, earlier this month. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The Romanian government has defended plans to quash hundreds of corruption cases, including the conviction of the leader of the ruling party for vote-(...)

Ukrainian anti-corruption activist Kateryna Handziuk, who died on Sunday.

Ukrainian anti-corruption activist Kateryna Handziuk died on Sunday from injuries suffered in an acid attack, increasing pressure on officials who are(...)

Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic listens at a forum in Alpbach, Austria, in August. File photograph: Herbert Neubauer/AFP/Getty Images

The leaders of Kosovo and Serbia will resume EU-brokered talks on how to establish normal relations on Friday, amid conflicting hopes and fears that s(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán  is on course for victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Hungarians head to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections whose results may have consequences across Eastern Europe, says Irish Times corresp(...)

People gather in Slovak National Uprising  Square during a rally  to pay tribute to murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak, in Bratislava. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of people protested across Slovakia on Friday against their government’s handling of a journalist’s murder and to demand an end to high-leve(...)

Mitrovica band Proximity Mine, which is made up of ethnic Albanians and Serbs, at the Mitrovica Rock School. Photograph: Flickr

In 1980s Yugoslavia, Mitrovica in northern Kosovo was famous for its metal and its music. More than 20,000 employees blasted and drilled lead, zinc, (...)

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili  greets supporters outside of a courthouse in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili is planning new protest rallies in Ukraine following his release from custody, and wants the West to put(...)

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