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Montenegro Closes Indebted National Airline

Montenegro airlines transport students during the pandemic. Photo: Government of Montenegro

Capital Investments Minister Mladen Bojanic said it would cost 50 million euros to close the flag carrier and take up to nine months to create a new one.

Week in Review: Controversy, Corruption and Conspiracy

Landmark Election

People of the catholic western part of Mostar vote in the first post-war elections in Mostar, Bosnia And Herzegovina, 30 June 1996. Photo: EPA/ANTONIO BAT

Son of Fugitive Ex-President Builds Raspberry Fortune in Serbia

Speaking from Belgrade, where he found safe haven despite repeated demands from Montenegro for his extradition, 65-year-old Marovic, once a key ally of Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic, said that his family had been "brought to the brink" of financial collapse by the scandal that enveloped him in 2015 when he was arrested on corruption charges.

High Stakes in Montenegrin Government Pledge to Review Investment Deals

Addressing MPs last week before they endorsed his cabinet, Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic promised a "review" of all strategic investment contracts signed between the state and private investors and that have proved harmful to the environment or the state.

Online Media in Balkans ‘Need Regulation, Not Censorship’

Experts told an online debate hosted by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network on Tuesday that the current regulation systems for online media in the Western Balkans are not good enough, but efforts to curb the publication of hate speech and defamatory comments must not tip over into censorship.

Montenegro’s Bosniak Party Urges MPs to Recognise Srebrenica Genocide

Bosniak Party MP Ervin Ibrahimovic during a parliament session in Podgorica. Photo: Parliament of Montenegro.

"We have to face the past and pay homage to the victims. That is the task of Montenegro, which should continue the course that makes it a factor of stability in the region," Ibrahimovic told media.

Promised Montenegrin Lustration Law May Prove Mission Impossible

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall three decades ago, a host of eastern European states have passed laws designed to bar from public life those associated with rights violations under their former communist regimes, particularly members of the security apparatuses and their informants.

Montenegro Alters Contentious Religion Law, Satisfies Serbian Church

Montenegrin Justice, Human and Minority Rights Minister Vladimir Leposavic at a press conference. Photo: Government of Montenegro

On Friday, the new government proposed changes erasing the main bone of contention - an obligation on religious communities to provide clear evidence of ownership in order to retain their properties.

Montenegrins Listed as War Suspects in Files Sent from Hague

Montenegrin Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnic (centre) at a press conference in Podgorica. Photo: PR Centar.

"It is based on suspicion that they were committed by Montenegrin citizens," said special prosecutor Sanja Jovicevic.

Montenegrin Govt Urged to Commit to Press Freedom Reforms

A journalist taking a picture of Montenegrin Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic in Podgorica. Photo:EPA-EFE/BORIS PEJOVIC

Media Freedom Rapid Response, MFRR, the Southeast Europe Media Organization, SEEMO, and their partners published a report on Wednesday, demnanding protection of media freedom in Montenegro.

Yugoslav-Era Caricaturist Honoured in Montenegro

The unveiling of the plaque in Herceg Novi. Photo: BIRN.

The plaque was installed near the former Herzegovina café in the centre of Herceg Novi where Dzumhur used to sit for hours talking to friends and acquaintances.

Green Ideals, Dirty Energy: The EU-backed Renewables Drive That Went Wrong

In Gracanica, a village of some 200 residents, councillor Nehro Rovcanin began receiving complaints about the new project. "No one should have been allowed to build in such a beautiful part of the country," he told the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN. "It violates the environment and it goes against the interests of the people."

New Montenegrin Govt Maintains Russia Sanctions, Deferring to EU

New Montenegrin Government session in Podgorica. Photo: Government of Montenegro

On Monday Radulovic said the government won't lift sanctions on Russia because Montenegro must respect European Union rules if it wants to join the Union.