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On January 16th, Montenegro announced that it has established diplomatic relations with Kosovo. The government statement points out: “the ties were established through the exchange letters of the Foreign Ministers of the two countries.” However, the countries willl still not exchange ambassadors. Montenegro demands recognition of Montenegrin minority on Kosovo. President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanovic,… » read more

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By reading excerpts of this article from 1998, it is possible to make interesting conclusions about current situation in Montenegro, the role of organized crime and corruption, and absence of real democratic principles. The New York Times: Full article available here: http://www.nytimes.com/1998/11/02/world/the-next-trouble-spot-in-the-balkans-montenegro.html November 2, 1998 The Next Trouble Spot in the Balkans: Montenegro By MIKE… » read more

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Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic reflected on country’s progress so far, and said that Montenegro is on the right path towards achieving its goals which were ordered since declaring independence in 2006. PM Milo Djukanovic said that he believes Montenegro will overcome the first obstacle towards the accession to NATO by the end of the… » read more

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Montenegro submitted answers on EC questionnaire on December 9th 2009. Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic visited Brussels and gave the answers to the European Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn. Many other govrnment officials participated in the ceremony, including Minister of Finances Igor Luksic, Minister of Foreign Affairs Milan Rocen, Minister of European Integration Gordana Djurovic, as… » read more

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Interview about process of European integration, visa-free travel, building democratic society, human rights, future of the Balkans… Mrs Lunacek, you recently visited Montenegro. What are your first impressions and did you like the country? My first impression was the beautiful and impressive nature of Montenegro, with mountains, as well as a coast line and historical… » read more

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The EU Council of Interior and Justice Ministers made a decision on Monday (November 30th 2009) regarding the abolishment of visas for citizens of Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia. The decision on elimination of the Schengen visa barrier will mean a lot to the peoples of Balkans, although visa requirements are still in place for citizens… » read more

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First in a series of a local elections in Montenegro have been successfully boycotted by all major opposition parties. Turnout in city of Kotor was only 40,75%, of which 11,14% could be considered very problematic. That is because 6,2% votes were not valid, while 4,94% of voters voted by mail. Both facts are showing big… » read more

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Fourth inter-parliamentary meeting between delegations from Montenegrin and European Parliament took place in Podgorica this week. Eduard Kukan, chief of EP Delegation expressed his hope that Montenegro will fulfill the remaining obligations for the visa liberalization, so that citizens of this country could travel freely into Schengen countries, starting from January 1st, 2010. He also… » read more

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A three-day conference “Justice in the Balkans: Equality for sexual minorities” was held in Podgorica. Prominent experts in this field discussed about rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender people in the region of South-Eastern Europe. This is considered one of conditions for the complete democratization in societies and necessary step in the process of… » read more

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The idea of boycotting undemocratic political system in Montenegro started spreading widely among citizens and political parties. For those unfamiliar with political situation, it may seem quite amazing to hear this, since most of news about the tiny Balkan state refers to it as a “prosperous country which is fastly progressing towards EU”. (Read here… » read more

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