Montenegro

622 thousand people
7,140 USD GNI (PPP)
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Senior Researcher, Nations in Transit

Despite the quiet reversal of hard-earned democratic gains in the Balkans over the last several years, the European Union accession process still seems to be stuck on autopilot.

Senior Researcher, Nations in Transit

European leaders’ various reactions to the influx of migrants and refugees has inadvertently exposed a union that is pulling apart at the seams.

 

In April, when you met with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden at the White House, he expressed support for Montenegro’s aspirations to join the European Union and NATO and emphasized the importance of strengthening democratic institutions, including a free press. However, since that meeting, violations of press freedom have continued unabated and have led to an increasingly threatening environment for independent media in Montenegro.

Director of Research, Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press

The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries and enforce these more strictly during the accession process.

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