Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy (centre) reacts at his party’s headquarters after the parliamentary elections in Kiev on Sunday. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

The West has hailed Ukraine’s parliamentary election as a catalyst for major reform, and Moscow tentatively welcomed it as a “vote of hope”, as the co(...)

Members of a Kosovo  special police unit  near the village of Cabra, northwestern Kosovo, during  police raids. The  operation against “organised crime” has sparked tensions with Serbia.  Photograph: AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu

Serbia put its military on full alert on Tuesday after an armed police operation in neighbouring Kosovo led to the detention of about 30 people, inclu(...)

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(...)

Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj at the parliament in Pristina on Thursday. Kosovo’s move to slap Serbian imports with a 100 per cent tariff triggered a new surge of tensions between the former  foes. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has called for calm after Kosovo imposed 100 per cent tariffs on goods from Serbia and Belgrade claimed its neighbour was boosting (...)

Jailed Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov: his health is reported to be deteriorating rapidly. Photograph: Russian High Commissioner for Human Rights Press Centre

French president Emmanuel Macron has urged the Kremlin to find a “humanitarian solution” to the case of Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director jailed(...)

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko at a Ukrainian Security Service press conference in Kiev on Wednesday. Photograph: Sergey Nuzhnenko/EPA

Ukraine has strongly rejected international criticism of a sting operation that saw dissident Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko help fake his own sh(...)

Oliver Ivanovic: one of the chief interlocutors for Nato, United Nations and European Union officials based in Kosovo after the war. Photograph: Andrej Cukic/EPA

The European Union and United States have called for calm after a leading Kosovo Serb politician was shot dead in what Belgrade called an act of terro(...)

Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto: “Hungary will block all steps within the European Union that would represent a step forward in Ukraine’s European integration process.”  Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Ukraine is trying to limit damage to relations with several European Union states caused by changes to its education law, after Hungary vowed to preve(...)

Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, speaks after the results of a referendum over a disputed national holiday during an election rally in Pale, Bosnia, on Sunday. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Bosnian Serb leaders are celebrating a landslide victory in a controversial referendum, but the European Union insists the result has no legal basis a(...)

Hansjoerg Haber: his resignation is a further sign of strained ties between Turkey and the EU as Brussels tries to keep on track a deal credited with curbing the flow of migrants to Europe. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union’s top envoy to Turkey has resigned, EU officials said yesterday, after displaying what a Turkish minister said was disrespect for n(...)

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