Montenegro

Opposition in the Montenegrin Government: Who will win the game of chess?

In May, as Montenegro celebrates 10 years of its independence, a new government is being forged with no elections preceding it - a government that is supposed to ensure trust in the electoral process.

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This is apparently the positive outcome of several months of dialogue between the authorities and opposition, with the...

Should Montenegro be invited to NATO?

Montenegro has experienced an unprecedented wave of protests against the government in recent weeks. Initially focused on the governments bid to join NATO the heavy-handed government response have shifted the focus to the government itself and the dominance of Milo Đukanović over Montenegrin politics for nearly 25 years.

While it is unlikely that the protests will gather the momentum (see here and here) to put the government under real...

Elections in Montenegro - between protests and dialogue

Nine years after the restoration of independence and three years after opening EU accession negotiations, the key debate in Montenegro still  revolves around the organisation of fair and democratic elections.

Twenty five years after its first multiparty elections, Montenegro has not yet experienced a democratic change of its government. To best describe this scenrario the famous Lineker's football quote can be paraphrased to be read as: Elections in Montenegro are the game...

Protests in Podgorica: Montenegro’s spring or a battle for political points?

On 17 October, early in the morning, police forces broke up a peaceful protest in front of the Montenegrin parliament. They removed tents that had been blocking traffic through the main streets of Podgorica, after their permit   had expired seven days earlier. The protests of the Democratic Front, the opposition coalition in Montenegro's parliament, were announced as the only form of political battle against an unchanged government that has been in power for more than 20 years. Central requests of the three-week long protests were the resignation of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic...

Why Montenegro has decided to stand up to Russia

Two years ago, the former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, saved the day (and helped to resolve an inconclusive discussion at the Chicago summit on this subject) by making a public pledge that the next NATO summit will be about enlargement.  In the meantime, NATO’s open-door policy had slipped down the priority list, and the Ukrainian crisis sparked a fundamental rethinking of European security considerations.

Currently, there is only one real candidate for membership at the September 2014 summit in Wales – Montenegro. As for the other Balkan aspirants,...

Montenegrin accession talk in the prism of the new negotiating rules

The enhanced negotiation framework of the EU enlargement policy towards the Western Balkan (candidates and potential candidates) countries is based on specific, so-called, seven "C" principles. The "conditionality, consolidation, and communication" principles were defined in the 2005 Enlargement strategy: consolidation of the EU commitments on enlargement; application of fair and rigorous conditionality; and better communication of the enlargement policy towards citizens, both in EU and in candidate and potential candidate countries. It is essential to foster understanding and...