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Zdravko Krivokapic, leader of an alliance that includes strongly pro-Serb parties. Photograph: Boris Pejovic/EPA

Opponents of Montenegrin president Milo Djukanovic say they are poised to end three decades of rule by his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) after (...)

Zoran Zaev, leader of North Macedonia’s  ruling SDSM party,  celebrates victory during general elections in Skopje on Thursday. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP via Getty Images

North Macedonia’s Social Democrats have said their parliamentary election win keeps the country on track for eventual EU membership, but the party fac(...)

 A woman in front of the electoral billboard of the leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE Hristijan Mickovski in Skopje on Tuesday. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

North Macedonia will go to the polls on Wednesday as coronavirus threatens to weaken turnout in the country’s first parliamentary election since it ch(...)

Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/ Reuters

For states across Europe’s periphery, EU membership has been vital to economic modernisation and social progress. Each enlargement round, notwithstand(...)

  Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic: has faced criticism for pandering to the Croatian far right. Photograph: Antonio Bat

Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic faces a tough fight to retain power in an election run-off on Sunday, as the country braces for a possible(...)

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(...)

Former prime minister of North Macedonia Nikola Gruevski  leaves  Budapest court after his extradition trial. Photograph: Zoltan Mathe/EPA

Hungary has rejected North Macedonia’s request to extradite its fugitive former prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled to Budapest with the help of (...)

Presidential candidate Stevo Pendarovski celebrates after preliminary results during the presidential election in Skopje. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

The European Union has welcomed the election of Stevo Pendarovski as president of North Macedonia, the recently renamed Balkan state that hopes to sta(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (left) and Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev  embrace at a news conference in Skopje on Tuesday. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has visited North Macedonia for what he called a “historic” trip to cement the recent normalisation of the countri(...)

Workers erect a new road sign  at the Greece-Macedonia Bogorodica border crossing near Gevgelija on Wednesday. Photograph: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg

North Macedonia has officially come into being, allowing Skopje to take a seat at Nato for the first time, as its historic deal with Greece to end a g(...)

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