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23 Nov 17

Djukanovic Hints at Return to Politics in Montenegro

Despite having retired from frontline politics, veteran leader Milo Djukanovic has recently signaled that he might stage yet another come-back – ‘if the country needs his help’.

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20 Nov 17

BIRN Probe Prompts Montenegrin Campaign Against Sex-Selective Abortions

Women's organisation in Montenegro have begun a campaign against illegal prenatal gender tests and sex-selective abortions, following BIRN's investigation into the reasons behind the country's marked gender imbalance.

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07 Nov 17

Montenegro Snubs Kosovo's Talk of Arbitration Over Border

While Kosovo mulls sending the disputed border agreement with Montenegro to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Montenegro shows no sign of agreeing to such a solution. 

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01 Nov 17

Tirana Brokers Deal Uniting Montenegro's Albanian Parties

Albania has hailed an election deal, which it helped to mediate, between four ethnic Albanian political parties in Montenegro – designed to strengthen the community's hand in the neighbouring country.

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26 Oct 17

Key Witness Says Russia Funded Montenegro Coup Plot

The key witness in the election coup plot trial, Sasa Sindjelic, said he was hired by a Russian intelligence officer to organise the overthrow of the government to stop Montenegro from joining NATO.

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25 Oct 17

Balkan States’ Passports Rank as Average in Global Survey

An online index that ranks states' passports based on how many countries people can enter with them has placed most Balkan states somewhere in the middle - with the exception of Kosovo.

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25 Oct 17

Key Witness in Montenegro ‘Coup’ Trial to Testify

The most anticipated hearing in the coup trial in Montenegro is set for Wednesday when the main witness in the alleged Russian-backed plot is expected to give his version of the last year's incident.

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24 Oct 17

Montenegrin Opposition Rallies to Mark Protest Anniversary

Montenegro’s opposition Democratic Front will take to the streets to mark the second anniversary of mass anti-government protests and demand that those responsible for alleged police brutality are punished.

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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.

Premium

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07 Dec 17

Cancer of Corruption Continues to Blight Europe

In a year that saw the shocking murder of a Maltese journalist known for her investigations into corruption, the fight against this scourge must be unrelenting.

31 Oct 17

International Lawsuits Pile up Against Croatia

17 Oct 17

Party Games: Hide and Seek with Election Cash

Business

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01 Nov 17

Balkan States Score Well in Doing Business Ranking

World Bank's latest global business ranking holds cheering news for some Western Balkan countries, such as Macedonia and Kosovo, but not for Bosnia, Croatia and Albania, which did not make it into the top 50.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans