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17 Oct 17

Church Offer to Guarantee Coup Suspects Divides Montenegro

An offer by the Serbian Orthodox Church to accommodate Serbs charged in the coup plot, if they are released from custody, has drawn a mixed reaction in Montenegro.

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11 Oct 17

Montenegro Army to Retire Ex-Yugoslav Army Officers

The Montenegrin defence ministry confirmed to BIRN that it plans to retire dozens of mid-career officers who once served with the Yugoslav People’s Army, saying it needs to “rejuvenate the troops”.

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09 Oct 17

Montenegro Coup Defendant Slates 'Rigged Anti-Serbian' Trial

A Montenegro opposition leader, Milan Knezevic, on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges of involvement in a failed coup attempt, telling the court it was a 'rigged process against the Serbs'.

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02 Oct 17

Catalan Clashes Expose Usual Splits in Balkans

The heavy-handed attempts of the Spanish police to stop a Catalan referendum on independence on Sunday from taking place exposed predictable divisions in the Balkans.

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23 Sep 17

In Pictures: Montenegro Gays March to End Violence

Dozens of people marched the streets of Podgorica in the fifth Montenegro Pride parade,  urging the state to impose stricter penalties for violence against LGBT people.

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22 Sep 17

Montenegrin Capital Set for Gay Pride Parade

The fifth annual Podgorica Pride parade takes place in the Montenegrin capital with activists urging the state to impose tougher penalties for violent offences against LGBT people.

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22 Sep 17

Ex-Yugoslav Leaders Urged to Back Truth Commission

The presidents of all ex-Yugoslav countries have been urged to sign an agreement to set up the RECOM regional commission to establish the facts about war crimes and other rights violations between 1991 and 2001.

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19 Sep 17

Montenegro Asks Libya to Return Detained Sailors

After the seizure in Libya of a cargo ship with Montenegrin sailors aboard, Podgorica asked Tripoli to ensure the safe return of the crew of the vessel, which is suspected of involvement in smuggling.

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19 Sep 17

New Killing in Troubled Kotor Rattles Montenegro

The ability of the police in Montenegro to deal with gangster-style assassinations in the crime-hit resort of Kotor is again in question after another killing last weekend.

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14 Sep 17

Balkan Citizens Still Trust 'Corrupt' Police, Survey Shows

Well over half of all citizens of the Western Balkans trust their police forces – despite feeling that they are corrupt institutions – a new survey shows.

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14 Sep 17

Croatian Catholics Await Much-Loved Saint's Return

Thousands of Catholics are expected to queue up to see the preserved body of St Leopold, which is on temporary loan to cathedrals in Croatia from its normal resting place in Padua.

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13 Sep 17

Juncker Urges EU to Integrate Balkan States

European Commission Chief Jean Claude Juncker urged the European Parliament on Wednesday to put Western Balkan integration higher on the agenda.

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13 Sep 17

Montenegro PM's Brother Condemned for Threatening Reporter

Montenegrin journalists' associations have called on the authorities to end what they call a 'culture of impunity' over crimes against reporters, after a journalist recorded the PM's brother threatening him.

kosovo-new-pm-plans-to-revise-border-deal-with-montenegro-09-11-2017
11 Sep 17

New Kosovo PM to Revise Montenegro Border Deal

Shortly after being elected as Kosovo's Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj said his government would take a fresh look at the controversial border agreement with Montenegro – whose adoption MPs have postponed repeatedly.

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11 Sep 17

Yugoslav Army's Memory Burns Bright Among Ex-Conscripts

A plethora of Facebook pages and other social media groups suggest the old Yugoslav People’s Army, JNA, remains a subject of great interest to many of those who once served it.

Premium

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17 Oct 17

Party Games: Hide and Seek with Election Cash

Powerful parties in the Balkans are suspected of using proxy donors to fill campaign war chests with cash from secret sources. How authorities respond is a test of their independence.

27 Sep 17

Weakened Merkel is Bad News For the Balkans

Business

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16 Oct 17

Tito's NY Penthouse Opens Doors to Potential Buyers

A real estate agency is ready to show potential buyers the 418-square-metre penthouse apartment on Park Avenue in Manhattan once used by Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito.

02 Aug 17

Croatia's Raised Import Tax Angers Neighbours