Czech Republic prime minister Andrej Babis  arrives for a parliamentary session on a confidence vote in the  Prague parliament on Thursday. Photograph:  Martin Divisek/EPA

The Czech Republic finally gained a fully-fledged government on Thursday, nine months after elections and amid continuing controversy over billionaire(...)

Czech prime minister Andrej Babis arrives for the cabinet’s inauguration at Prague Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Czech president Milos Zeman has appointed a new government led by controversial tycoon Andrej Babis, despite criticism of its reliance on communist su(...)

Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party leader Liviu Dragnea: sentenced last week for involvement in an abuse of office scandal. Photograph: Inquam Photos/Liviu Florin Albei

Political tension in Romania is rising after ruling party chief Liviu Dragnea vowed to push ahead with deeply controversial reforms, despite President(...)

Ano  party leader Andrej Babis: Czech Republic’s new  prime minister. Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty

Controversial billionaire Andrej Babis is finally poised to become the fully fledged prime minister of the Czech Republic eight months after winning a(...)

Pro-government supporter holds cutouts of Romanian president Klaus Iohannis and head of anti-corruption agency Laura Codruta Kovesi dressed as prisoners at a meeting organised by the PSD  ruling party in Bucharest. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty

More than 150,000 Romanians have taken to the streets in rival rallies as tension grows over government efforts to oust the country’s chief anti-corru(...)

Protesters shouting anti-government slogans in front of the Romanian government headquarters in Bucharest on May 30th. Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Civil society groups in Romania have appealed to its president to hold urgent talks on the faltering fight against graft, as its populist government s(...)

 Thousands of demonstrators gather in Wenceslas Square to protest against Czech prime minister Andrej Babis, in Prague on Tuesday. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Pro-Russian Czech president Milos Zeman has outraged opponents by urging prime minister Andrej Babis to try to form a government with ultra-nationalis(...)

Nikola Gruevski: he and his allies in the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party have always denied the allegations. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

Macedonia’s special prosecutor is seeking the detention of ex-prime minister Nikola Gruevski, several of his former ministers and a one-time intellige(...)

Romania’s prime minister, Sorin Grindeanu, prepares to leave Parliament Palace  after addressing the lawmakers of both parliament chambers as he faces a no-confidence vote in Bucharest. Photograph:  Robert Ghement/EPA

Romania’s parliament toppled the government of Sorin Grindeanu on Wednesday, backing a no-confidence motion brought by his fellow Social Democrats ami(...)

Tributes to the 64 people who died in October 2015 when a fire ripped through the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania. It was housed inside an old shoe factory called Pionerul. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

The photographs and flowers are fading now at a makeshift shrine to 64 people who died when fire engulfed Bucharest’s Colectiv nightclub in October 20(...)

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