Edi Rama

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Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev: “I believe that on April 12th the citizens will make a wise choice that will trace the road on which we, the politicians, should lead the country.” Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Nato has reassured North Macedonia that it will soon be a fully-fledged member of the alliance, after it called snap elections in response to the Euro(...)

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(...)

An Albanian opposition supporter clashes with  police  during a rally called by the opposition to demand the resignation of  interior minister Fatmir Xhafaj in Tirana, Albania, in May 2018. His brother was suspected of drug smuggling. File photograph: Gent Shkullaku/AFP/Getty

Klodiana Lala draws a triangle in the air to explain the power structure she explores as one of Albania’s leading investigative journalists. “I see p(...)

Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama: “In 10 years’ time it will be a different place and we will have a state that functions totally differently.”  Photograph:  Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Psychedelic shapes swarm over the walls of Edi Rama’s office and coloured pencils and paints cover his desk, but they cannot brighten the mood of the (...)

 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(...)

A Serbian flag held aloft during a protest march against President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade on Saturday. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic

Thousands of protesters have marched through the capitals of Serbia and Albania to demand the resignation of leaders they accuse of undermining democr(...)

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 (...)

A supporter of the opposition party throws a flare during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament in Tirana, Albania yesterday. Photograph: Florion Goga/Reuters

Thousands of Albanians protested on Tuesday outside parliament in their capital, Tirana, to demand the resignation of prime minister Edi Rama’s govern(...)

A supporter of the opposition party at an anti-government protest in front of the parliament in Tirana, Albania. Photograph: Florion Goga/Reuters

Thousands of people rallied in Serbia and Montenegro at the weekend, as anger around the region over threats to the rule of law and the EU’s alleged a(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and German chancellor Angela Merkel:  “Hungary will not become an immigrant country; Hungary will remain a Hungarian country,” said Mr Orban. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

Central European leaders have hailed a EU summit deal that will not oblige them to take in refugees, while Balkan states insist they will not host maj(...)

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