Alexis Tsipras

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Alexis Tsipras during a parliamentary session in Athens on Thursday. The Greek prime minister blinked first after he brought his country to the brink of crashing out of the euro in 2015.  Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

On Thursday, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, the once-Marxist firebrand-turned faithful-implementer of austerity, declared that a parliamentary v(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras attends a parliamentary session on Thursday ahead of a debate on a motion of no confidence by the main opposition in row over a deal on neighbouring Macedonia’s name. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

The Greek parliament began debating a no-confidence motion in the government on Thursday, with opposition deputies expressing fury over prime minister(...)

Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov: there is a rift between him and Macedonia’s prime minister Zoran Zaev.  Photograph: Nake  Batev

Macedonia’s president has said he will not approve a historic deal with Greece that would change his country’s name. President Gjorge Ivanov said the(...)

Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev informed his party leader that he had “achieved a solution with Greece”. Photograph: Reuters

Macedonia has agreed to change its name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia after reaching a historic deal with Greece. The agreement signals an en(...)

Protesters wave Greek flags in a demonstration to protest against the use of Macedonia in the name of the state on Greece’s northern border. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Greeks have protested against their government’s push for a compromise deal to end a 27-year dispute over the name of its Balkan neighbou(...)

Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev gives a news conference at the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, last week.  Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

The Macedonian government’s proposed new name for the country faces strong opposition at home and in Greece, damaging hopes of ending a 27-year disput(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is scheduled to meet his Macedonian counterpart, Zoran Zaev, on Thursday in Sofia. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP/Getty Images

The leaders of Greece and Macedonia will hold keenly anticipated talks this week, as hopes rise for a deal to end their 27-year dispute over the forme(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras:  when he visited Kastelorizo, a tiny Greek island to which Turkey is laying claim, his helicopter was buzzed by Turkish warplanes. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis

In Dead Lagoon, set in Venice, Belfast-born novelist Michael Dibdin has a character who declares “The new Europe will be full of frontiers, both physi(...)

People attend a protest against the government of prime minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

The European Union has largely overcome the debt crisis which threatened several national economies at the start of this decade, leading many hostile (...)

European Council president Donald Tusk listens during a news conference following a summit of EU leaders in Brussels. Photograph: Bloomberg

The European Union has recalled its ambassador from Moscow after leaders on the continent threw their weight behind Theresa May’s stance over the Sali(...)

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