Latest News from Montenegro

Bosnian Serb Leader Repeats Demand for Secession Referendum

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has repeated demands for a referendum on the status of the Serb-led entity in Bosnia, Republika Srpska, after meeting Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade.

Serbian Bishop Meets Montenegro PM to Resolve Religion Law Dispute

In the first such meeting since the country's parliament adopted a new law on religion in December, Metropolitan Amfilohije, the Serbian Orthodox Church's top bishop in Montenegro, has met the Prime Minister, Dusko Markovic, and submitted a list of proposed changes.

Djukanovic: Montenegro must have its own church to resist interference from Serbia

Djukanovic, who has been running the country for three decades, spoke about the controversial law on religious freedom, which triggered mass protests of the tens of thousands of believers who regularly take to the streets, a few months before the parliamentary elections in Montenegro.

Democracy Digest: Gloom, Doom and Silver Linings

Four out of the five categories that make up the average score deteriorated. Civil liberties: down. Political culture: down. Functioning of government: down. Electoral processes and pluralism: you guessed it.

The only category that registered an uptick was "political participation", reflecting "a rising tide of popular protest" that "shook regimes run by despots and democrats alike".

Croatian Airlines to Operate Flights to Sofia and Podgorica

Croatia Airlines launches flights from the Croatian capital Zagreb to Sofia, Bulgaria and Podgorica, Montenegro in May, according to the business portal for monitoring the global Routes Online, quoted by BGNES.

"The situation is unstable; Vucic was forced to react promptly"

He will discuss Saturday in Belgrade with Serbs from Montenegro and Republika Srpska how he can help them.
Brnabic said that Vucic invited Serbs from Montenegro and Republika Srpska to come to Belgrade to discuss it and that the state of Serbia would strive to continue calling for peace and stability.

BIRN Fact-check: Is Bosnia on the Road to NATO?

Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, has said he will continue to do everything possible to prevent the country from joining NATO.

"While I am there [the presidency], I will try to take apart everything that has been achieved so far in the field of [NATO] integration," Dodik said on February 7.

Croatian theologian: Djukanovic's departure from power means his imprisonment

"This law de facto and de jure forms the legal framework for the nationalization of the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the territory of Montenegro", Pilsel said in Ljubljana at a lecture entitled "Relations between the state and churches/religious communities in the Western Balkans", he held in the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies - IFIMES.

Serbian Minister Visits Montenegro amid Dispute over Church

Serbia's Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin attended a commemoration in Montenegro on Tuesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Yugoslav Defence Minister Pavle Bulatovic in 2000.

Turkey Seeks to Boost Presence in Montenegro

Economic and trade relations appear set to grow between Turkey and Montenegro after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited Podgorica on Monday and Tuesday, showing Turkey's increasing interest in the tiny Adriatic country.

Bosnian Serb MPs Mull Declaration Deploring Montenegro’s Serbs’ Plight

The assembly of the Serb-led entity in Bosnia, Republika Srpska, is likely to adopt a "Declaration on the Situation of the Serbian People in Montenegro" at its next session, following the popular protests over a new religion law, led by the Serbian Orthodox Church, that have been going on in Montenegro for weeks.

What do Serbs actually defend in Montenegro?

According to the newspaper, eight are the most important: Ostrog, Moraca, Savina, Djurdjevi stupovi, Miholjska prevlaka, the Monastery of St. Peter Cetinje, the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and the monasteries on Lake Skadar.

Turkish foreign minister to visit Montenegro

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will pay an official visit to Montenegro on Tuesday, a statement by the foreign ministry said on Feb. 10.

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