Critics of Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic  say he still has authoritarian tendencies and courts the far right. Photograph: Andrej Cukic/EPA

Serbia’s relations with its neighbours are under strain amid allegations that Belgrade is destabilising the Balkans and has failed to fully abandon th(...)

Ratko Mladic (78) led Bosnian Serb forces during the 1992-95 Bosnian War. He was convicted in 2017 on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Photograph: Leslie Hondebrink-Hermer/ UN/AFP via Getty

United Nations war crimes judges on Tuesday upheld a genocide conviction and life sentence against former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladi(...)

Newly elected Kosovo president Vjosa Osmani is sworn in at the parliament in Pristina. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Kosovo intends to sue Serbia for genocide and wants its leaders to atone for crimes committed during a 1998-9 war and for the systematic oppression of(...)

Lara Marlowe with Robert Fisk in Kuwait, near a burning oilfield, in February 1991

I had the honour of being married to Robert Fisk for 12 years. In my opinion he was the finest journalist of his generation The word “controvers(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson (left) and former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. Photographs: Neil Hall/EPA and Patrick Hertzog/AFP via Getty

We could be witnessing the beginning of the end of the United Kingdom. The centrifugal forces of competing nationalisms are strong enough to recast th(...)

Kosovo’s president Hashim Thaci on the day he was sworn into office in April 2016. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

The specialist prosecutor’s office in The Hague has charged Kosovo’s president Hashim Thaci with “war crimes, including murder, enforced disappearance(...)

Serbian president, and Serbian Progressive Party leader, Aleksandar Vucic is accused of creating an autocratic system. Photograph: Getty

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic has celebrated a crushing victory for his party in elections boycotted by most opposition groups, ahead of a week o(...)

 Austrian writer Peter Handke complained that journalists had bombarded him with questions about his political views without trying to engage with his writing. Photograph: Alain Jocard/ AFP/ Getty Images

The Austrian writer Peter Handke has for the first time addressed the controversy over his award of the Nobel Prize in Literature, saying he will “nev(...)

Organisers of the Nobel Prize in Literature are investigating a hoax phone call informing the Irish writer John Banville (pictured) that he was to receive this year’s award. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The organisers of the Nobel Prize for Literature are investigating a hoax phone call informing the Irish author John Banville that he was to rece(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton delivers a speech during the 20th anniversary of the deployment of Nato troops in Kosovo, in Pristina on Thursday. Photograph: Florion Goga/Reuters

Former US president Bill Clinton was Kosovo’s chief guest of honour on Wednesday as it marked 20 years since Nato drove out Belgrade’s forces and help(...)

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