A cyclist rides past the construction site of the controversial Belgrade Waterfront project in June 2016. Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Beside the grubby yellow facade of Belgrade’s 19th-century railway station hangs a glittering vision of the city’s future. Soaring over pedestrians a(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with Serbia’s prime minister and candidate for the presidency Aleksandar Vucic at the Kremlin on Monday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin started this week the way he ended the last – by endorsing a European presidential candidate who wants to strengthen(...)

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: ready to move “from the most powerful position to one that hasn’t got one-tenth of that power only to ensure continuity and stability”. Photograph: Andrej Cukic/EPA

Serbia’s populist prime minister Aleksandar Vucic has announced plans to run for the country’s presidency, a move that could concentrate enormous pow(...)

Several thousand Serbs from Kosovo take part in a protest after a train with the slogan “Kosovo is Serbia” travelling from Belgrade to Kosovska Mitrovica was prevented from entering Kosovo. Photograph: EPA/Djordje Savic

Russia has warned of rising tension in the Balkans and urged the European Union to defuse a spiralling dispute between Kosovo and Moscow’s ally, Serb(...)

A railway worker stands by the  train bearing the words “Kosovo is Serbia” in 20 languages leaving Belgrade for Kosovo. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP

Serbia has accused neighbouring Kosovo of “wanting war” after it barred entry to a train emblazoned with Serbia’s national colours and the slogan “Kos(...)

Former prime minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj, who was arrested in France on Wednesday on foot of a warrant issue by  Serbia. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Serbia is requesting the extradition from France of Ramush Haradinaj, a former prime minister of Kosovo whom Belgrade accuses of war crimes. Mr Har(...)

Election posters for Montenegro’s prime minister Milo Djukanovic in Podgorica: election is expected to be a heated affair, with disputes over results and possible protests. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

During more than 25 years as Montenegro’s ruler, Milo Djukanovic has survived the demise of Yugoslavia, the Balkan Wars of the 1990s and non-stop all(...)

Bosnian Serb candidate for mayor of Srebrenica Mladen Grujicic: he denies that the  massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town in 1995 amounted to genocide, stoking fears among Bosniaks that the town’s tragic recent history could be played down. Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Concern is growing in Srebrenica amid confusion over whether a Bosnian Serb, who denies that the 1995 massacre there was genocide, has ousted the Mus(...)

Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, pictured on an election poster calling for votes for a referendum on their statehood day this Sunday, in Prnjavor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The Serb-run region of Bosnia, Republika Srpska, will hold a referendum on Sunday despite a ban from the state’s highest court, fierce criticism from (...)

Hizbullah supporters carry the coffin of Mustafa Badreddine during his funeral in Beirut on Friday, May 13th. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

A UN-backed court is expected to request conclusive evidence – perhaps in the form of DNA – that a Hizbullah commander killed last week was the same m(...)

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