Latest News from Montenegro

Serbian Minister Awards Leading Montenegro Govt Critic

In a gesture seen as provocative towards the Montenegrin government, the Serbian Defence Minister, Aleksandar Vulin, handed a medal on Sunday in Belgrade to a prominent opposition politician in Montenegro who the government considers a coup plotter.

Montenegro Detains Journalists for “Causing Panic”

Police in Montenegro arrested the editors of two local news websites, IN4S and Borba, on suspicion of causing panic and public disorder in connection with reports of an explosion.

"I am embittered"

This law violates certain rights and principles, and I do not understand why there is no more criticism in Europe and the world over that Djukanovic's legal act, a journalist said last night.

Serbian Church Supporters Stage Mass Protests in Montenegro

Tens of thousands supporters of the Serbian Orthodox Church, led by priests, staged renewed protests across Montenegro on Sunday evening to voice their opposition to the country's controversial new law on religion.

Vucic: The time of Serbia's acting irresponsibly is over

When asked about the relationship between him and Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic, he said it was in the interest of both sides that the work be done for the benefit of all.

Bosnia’s Courts Convict More Migrant Smugglers

More than 90 per cent of judgments were pronounced on the basis of plea agreements. Sanctions ranged from conditional sentences to three years in prison. Ancillary penalties of several dozen thousands euros were also imposed and the proceeds of migrant smuggling worth over 10,000 euros were seized, along with several vehicles used to execute the crimes.

Week in Review: The Balkans in 2020

Playing the Identity Card

In 2020, Montenegrin voters will go to the polls to elect a new Parliament and government. Elections must be held by October. Yet they will be closely watched for a number of reasons other than their actual outcome.

Serbs March Through Capital Against Montenegro Religion Law

Under the slogan "We won't give up holy places", Serbian Orthodox clergy, right-wing and conservative movements and other citizens marched on Wednesday from the centre of Belgrade to the largest church in the city, the St Sava Church.

During the walk, described as a prayer gathering, traffic in the city centre and the main streets was closed, while the police secured the event.

Law on Freedom of Religion in Montenegro enters into force

The law provides for the state to take over the property of the Orthodox Church in Serbia (SPC), that is, its churches and monasteries.
According to this law, after 800 years of existence, the SPC religious community in Montenegro as of today, experts say, has no longer any legal entity status, and its property is treated as property without owner.

Montenegro Braces for Tension as Religion Law Takes Force

Montenegro's controversial new religion law came into effect on Tuesday, and gives the Property Directorate a year - until January 8, 2021 - to compile a register of all religious sites in the country.

Serbian Church Supporters in Montenegro Flock to Christmas Services

As Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas Eve on Monday, tens of thousands of Serbian Orthodox priests, bishops and believers attended services and burned traditional Yule logs in the old capital of Cetinje and the current capital Podgorica.

Police cordon dividing two yule log lighting ceremonies in Cetinje, within 100 meters

Representatives of the Metropolitanate laid a yule log in front of the Cetinje Monastery in the presence of a large number of citizens and believers, including Serbia's Ambassador to Montenegro Vladimir Bozovic and businessman Miodrag Daka Davidovic.
Strong police forces were set up between the two groups of the faithful.