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We wrote recently about the first student protests in Montenegrin history. Now, the protest are continuing and student groups will gather on October 10th, in Cetinje, old royal capital of Montenegro. Students also wrote a protest note to the International organizations in Montenegro, arguing that it is “unbelievable for OSCE, Council of Europe, UNICEF, UNDP,… » read more

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Today, October 7th 2009, student groups will organize a first massive demonstration in Montenegro, ever. Unlike neighbouring Serbia and Croatia, Montenegro never experienced student protests or other forms of youth rebelism. The reason for the first student gathering in the capital of Montenegro – Podgorica, is unacceptable politization of Montenegrin education system, and influence of… » read more

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Most analysts believed that Montenegro will make good progress towards European Union, after becoming independent in 2006. This tiny country of amazing natural beauties, with only 650.000 citizens, has potential for fast development and quick accession into EU. Unfortunately, it seems that everyone is slowly realising that Montenegro is far away from any progress. The… » read more

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XI Conference of Chiefs of Defense from US-Adriatic Charter 5 member countries was held in Montenegrin city of Budva this week. Adriatic Charter is association of countries from Adriatic (Balkan’s) region with purpose of fostering their attempt to join NATO. It was formed by Albania, Croatia and Republic of Macedonia, and joined by Montenegro and… » read more

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The European Commission proposed lifting visa restrictions on three Western Balkans states – Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia. Under this proposal, liberalization of visas for nationals of the Western Balkans will come into force on January 1st, 2010. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana visited Montenegro on July 15th and stated that Montenegro has impressive progress… » read more

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There has been lots of discussions in previous months over the possibility of putting Montenegro (and Serbia) on the white Schengen list, along with Macedonians who already fullfilled all the necessary requirements. Montenegrin government has promised to do all the necessary preparations, in order to get on the visa-free list, but it is still unclear… » read more

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Montenegro’s parliament approved yesterday a new government that is led by long-time Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic. In the parliament, 48 of 81 lawmakers approved the 21-member Cabinet. Djukanovic said that new government’s goal will be to speed up the this Balkan nation toward the NATO and European Union. Djukanovic has been a political leader in… » read more

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Since this is the only English-language blog/news service focused on Montenegro and its politics, we decided to launch new project, called “Open Montenegro”. Since young Montenegrin state still has a lot to learn about democracy and freedom, most of media are controlled by the government and the ruling party. That’s one of the main reasons… » read more

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The coalition of the Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic „For European Montenegro“ won an absolute majority in the election of March 29th 2009, with 51% of the votes (receiving 58% of seats in Parliament). New strongest opposition party is Socialist People’s Party (Srdjan Milic), that received 16%. Parliamentary status is also ensured for New Serbian Democracy… » read more

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On 15th December 2008, Montenegro presented its official application for EU membership to French President Nicolas Sarkozy (presiding EU at that time), hoping to win EU candidate country status during 2009. On the occassion, EU enlargement commissioner Olli Rehn welcomed the move and stated “Today Montenegro has reached a historical milestone marking the country’s important… » read more

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