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Pandemic Worsens Crisis for Media in Central, Eastern Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic in nine countries of Central and Eastern Europe has caused major difficulties to the media in continuing their work, especially the print media, and has further undermined press freedom, a report published on Friday by the Berlin-based media NGO n-ost said. The report looks at the situation …

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Russians Remain Biggest Real Estate Buyers in Montenegro

Central Bank report for 2019 says that of a total of 170 million euros spent by foreign nationals on the property in the country, Russians spent 39 million euros. Girl looking at her mobile phone in front of a boat carrying the flag of Russia in Kotor, Montenegro. Photo:EPA-EFE/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC …

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Montenegro Parliament Narrowly Votes to Legalize Same-sex Unions

Montenegrin LGBT activists and supporters take part in Pride march in Podgorica, Montenegro.Photo:EPA-EFE/BORIS PEJOVIC Parliament in Montenegro voted to legalize same-sex civil partnerships on Wednesday, so becoming the first country in the region that is not a member of the European Union to recognise gay and lesbian couples in law. …

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Montenegrin Police Accused of Violence Against Orthodox Protesters

Protests against the detention of the Serbian Orthodox clergy in Pljevlja, Montenegro.Photo: Facebook video screenshot The Montenegrin Council for Civic Control of the Police, an independent body tasked to oversee the force, warned on Tuesday that some officers had exceeded their powers during the clash with Serbian Orthodox protesters in …

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UN May Resolve Bosnia-Montenegro Power Plant Dispute

A years-long dispute over plans to construct a hydroelectric power plant on an ecologically sensitive and stunning stretch of river between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro now looks set to head to the UN. This comes after NGOs filed a complaint, while Montenegro suggested the country wished to seek an …

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Montenegro Bans Public Gatherings as Church Protests Resume

Serbian Orthodox Church protests in Podgorica, Montenegro. Photo: BIRN/Samir Kajosevic Montenegro on Thursday banned public gatherings in open spaces as a measure against the spread of the coronavirus, as protests led by the Serbian Orthodox Church continued in the Adriatic country. On Thursday, the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases …

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Montenegro Succumbed to Ethno-nationalism Without Resistance

We were also horrified when we witnessed threats being made to minorities even from the rostrum of parliament. We tolerated it when part of the intellectual “elite” endorsed the memory of Krsto Popovic, a Montenegrin who collaborated with German and Italian occupiers and fascists. And we tolerated it when they …

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Montenegro Police Arrest Opposition MPs, Clash With Protesters

Protests in front of the police headquarter in Podgorica. Photo:GP URA Montenegrin police arrested two opposition Democratic Front MPs, Marina Jocic and Milun Zogovic, as well as civic activists and dozens of the MPs’ supporters after violent protests rocked several towns on Wednesday night. In the capital, Podgorica, and in …

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Montenegro Police Grill Serbian Clerics Over Church Rallies

Serbian Orthodox Church members in Montenegro take part in a protest rally in Podgorica, Montenegro. Photo: EPA-EFE/BORIS PEJOVIC Montenegrin police have continued to question leaders of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the country about staging large public protests in defiance of government restrictions related to the coronavirus. On Monday, the …

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