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14 Jul 17

Belgrade Rapper Backs Montenegro’s Embattled Opposition Leader

Serbian rapper Fedja Dimovic explains why he has joined the defence team of Montenegro opposition leader Nebojsa Medojevic - who faces serious charges in his home country.

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06 Jun 17

Montenegrin FM: Joining NATO is Not Anti-Russian

Montenegro on Monday formally became the 29th NATO member, but Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic told BIRN that it should not be seen as a 'poke in the eye for Russia'.

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17 May 17

‘Comic Coup’ Only Helped Montenegro PM, Mandic Says

One of the opposition leaders accused of being involved in last year’s alleged plot tells BIRN that the charges against him are politically motivated and casts doubts on the prosecution’s independence.

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28 Dec 16

Balkan Schoolbooks Offer Conflicting Versions of Kosovo’s History

Shkelzen Gashi tells BIRN that his new report reveals how differently the history of Kosovo is taught all over the Western Balkans - with worrying implications for relations between neighbouring countries.

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13 Dec 16

EU Integration Won’t Stop Authoritarianism in Balkans

European integration will not stop Balkan governments from cracking down on independent voices unless societies have built up strong means of resistance, Kiril Koroteev, of the Moscow-based human rights centre Memorial told BIRN.

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14 Oct 16

Markovic: Montenegro Opposition Faces ‘Imminent Defeat’

The vice-president of the ruling party, Dusko Markovic, tells BIRN that the DPS will romp home again in ‘absolutely fair and free’ elections on Sunday.

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06 Oct 16

EU’s Crisis Will Slow Balkan Accession, Expert Says

Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, says the EU is likely to slow accession talks with the Balkan countries in the context of ‘huge resistance’ to enlargement.

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03 Oct 16

Brexit Will Not Hurt Balkans’ EU Prospects, Ambassador

Montenegro's chief negotiator with Brussels, Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic, tells BIRN that Britain’s exit from the EU will not slow the region’s own path towards membership.

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12 Sep 16

Montenegro Minister Frustrated by Kotor’s Gang Violence

In an interview with BIRN, Goran Danilovic, Montenegrin Interior Minister, says the deadly gang violence in Kotor has grown worse because the criminals have enjoyed support in state structures.

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08 Sep 16

Montenegro Doesn’t Want Kosovo’s Land, Djukanovic

Veteran leader of Montenegro tells BIRN about his concerns over the border dispute with Kosovo, the need for dialogue in the region and his ’formula’ for staying in power for so many years.

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11 Jul 16

Fair Election Guaranteed in Montenegro, Deputy PM Says

Deputy Prime Minister Dusko Markovic says the government has done all it can to ensure a free and fair general election in October.

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21 Mar 16

Violent Ideology is Luring Young Sandzak Men to Battle

Bekir Makic, an Islamic scholar from Serbia, says a false ideology is seducing lost youngsters from the Sandzak region.

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12 Oct 15

Top-Level NATO Visit Raises Montenegro's Hopes

Top NATO officials and the head of the military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, are to visit Podgorica ahead of a final decision on whether to offer Montenegro membership.

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07 Oct 15

UK Comedy Star Backs Foster Care in Montenegro

Nicholas Lyndhurst, of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ fame, has been using his pulling power in Montenegro to promote foster parenting.

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19 Aug 15

Balkan Countries Must Take ISIS Seriously

Even if they are mostly just propaganda, Balkan governments must not dismiss any threats coming from ISIS, Middle East expert Janko Scepanovic tells BIRN.