Prime minister Zoran Zaev  after Macedonian lawmakers vote to change the country’s name to ‘the Republic of North Macedonia’ at the parliament in Skopje. Photograph:  Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Macedonia’s parliament passed an amendment to the constitution on Friday to rename the country Republic of North Macedonia, in line with an agreement (...)

The prime minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, speaking during the COP24 UN climate change conference  in Katowice, Poland, on December 3th, 2018. Photograph: Reuters/Kacper Pempel

Serbia has warned that it could send its military into Kosovo if the mostly ethnic Albanian state’s planned new army posed a threat to its Serb minori(...)

Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and ships it had seized. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nato has accused Russia of seeking to establish total control over the Sea of Azov, which three Ukrainian naval boats were trying to enter late last m(...)

   President Petro Poroshenko    after the Ukrainian parliament voted to  introduce  martial law in regions close to the Black Sea, Sea of Azov and along of the border with Russia, for a period 30 days.  Photograph: Stepan Franko/EPA

Much of Ukraine will introduce martial law after Russia fired on and seized three of its naval ships in the Black Sea, prompting warnings of a dangero(...)

US president Donald Trump was described by erstwhile enemies Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham as ‘a snivelling coward’ and a ‘jackass’. Both are now allies. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

A lifetime on and in front of the television, that hurried medium, trained Donald Trump in the art of the compressed jibe. Next to “low energy” and “l(...)

US defence secretary James Mattis and Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev. Photograph: Tomislav Georgiev/AFP/Getty Images

US defence secretary Jim Mattis has warned that Russia is trying to influence this month’s referendum in Macedonia, when its people will give their op(...)

A protest against  Macedonia in Thessaloniki in Greece. Photograph: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

These are unusually busy days for the VIP section of Macedonia’s international airport. Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg flew in on Wednesday,(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and US president Donald Trump attend the opening ceremony of the Nato summit, in Brussels, on Wednesday.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The transatlantic alliance took an unprecedented political battering on Wednesday when Nato’s largest member, the US, delivered a broadside against it(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian prime minister Charles Michel, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May at the Nato summit  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Like it or not, and many Nato members are deeply uncomfortable about it, Donald Trump set the agenda for Nato’s summit in Brussels. He also threw a sm(...)

US president Donald Trump and secretary of state Mike Pompeo, on his left, attend a meeting with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg (unseen) in Brussels ahead of the Nato summit. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

US president Donald Trump launched a sharp public attack on Germany on Wednesday for supporting a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russia, saying Ber(...)

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