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Financial Times:

Montenegrins voted this week to sever their remaining ties with Serbia. The May 21 referendum, in which 55.5 per cent of Montenegro's voters chose independence, completes the process of disintegration of federal Yugoslavia that began in 1991. It is important to recognise, however, that national sovereignty is not a good thing in and of itself...


FT Magazine: Dividing loyalties

It was a crystal clear day last summer in Montenegro when the Church of the Holy Trinity descended from on high. It appeared first as a dark speck in a blue sky. Then, as it turned and caught the sun, there was a blinding white light. The silvery church rocked gently, its three bells chiming at random, sending strange music to onlookers below. Ropes dangled, and a dozen men scrambled to grab them. Straining, they pulled the church toward the earth and secured it to the mountaintop.../Eric Jansson/


The Wall Street Journal : Inflation Nation

On Sunday, voters in Montenegro turned out in record numbers and gave a collective "thumbs down" to their republic's loose union with Serbia. Although the final curtain has not yet been drawn on this Balkan drama, when it is, what remains of the former Yugoslavia will disappear, and, after 88 years, Montenegro will once again be independent...


Southeast European Times: Montenegro's Djukanovic calls for overcoming divisions, moving ahead

One day after Montenegrins voted to make their republic Europe's newest independent state, Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic held a press conference Monday (22 May) and said the time has come to heal divisions and move forward...


Monsters and - Djukanovic: ''Montenegro is Serbia's hostage''

Podgorica - Montenegro is Serbia's 'hostage,' Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in an interview ahead of Sunday's referendum on Montenegrin independence...


Radio Free Europe - Montenegro: Voters to Decide On Independence

Montenegro is to hold a referendum on May 21 on whether to remain in its union with Serbia or declare independence. The referendum is an emotional moment for the people of Montenegro, who already have their own currency and parliament separate from Serbia, but also share many linguistic and cultural ties with their larger neighbor...

19.05.2006. - magazine: The EU is playing with fire in Montenegro

On the 21st May, the 600,000 inhabitants of Montenegro were called to proclaim their independence. However, by imposing a super majority of 55% so that the result would be considered legitimate, the EU took the risk of adding confusion to the crisis...



Going through a host of difficulties over the last decade and a half Montenegro resisted numerous temptations and pressures at the hands of the Milosevic dictatorial regime. At a time when in our Balkan neighbourhood we had fierce inter-religious and interethnic conflicts, Montenegro managed to preserve inter-religious and interethnic tolerance and hold out against Milosevics intent to draw Montenegro, too, into his conflict with NATO in 1999...


The Financial - Milo Đukanovića: Montenegro is no one's junior partner

The bloody collapse of Yugoslavia shamed Europe. But those of us who live in the Balkans know particularly well that dismantling that artificial state involved a series of murderous ethnic and religious wars and cost at least 100,000 lives, while hundreds of thousands had to flee their homes. This is not to mention the physical devastation. Such appalling and widespread massacres and ethnic cleansing Europe had not seen since the defeat of Nazism. There is, however, one positive story from those dreadful years. It involves my own small but fiercely proud multi-ethnic country, Montenegro, which was wiped off the map by the Allies after the first world war and forced to become part of the kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which was renamed Yugoslavia...


Southeast European Times:Crans Montana reaffirms Southeast Europe's EU prospects

This year, for the second time in a row, the Crans Montana Forum met in Zagreb to discuss the European prospects for SEE countries. With Croatia recently having become an official candidate for EU membership, the mood was one of optimism about the future. The promise of joining the bloc has done much to spur democratic reforms and ensure peace and stability, participants said, stressing the importance of moving ahead with the enlargement process and keeping the promises Europe has made to the region...