“The European Union has warned Montenegro that its efforts to join the bloc will suffer a setback unless it does more to protect journalists and media freedom.

EU Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn made the statement on May 11 after meeting with Olivera Lakic, a crime and corruption reporter for the Vijesti daily.

Lakic was shot and wounded outside her home in the capital, Podgorica, on May 9.

The shooting was ‘clearly an attack on media freedom, on freedom of expression, one of the core values of the European Union,’ Hahn said. ” (RFE/RL)

“‘Podgorica is the easiest way to convey the message of free Montenegrin citizens, which is why we are convinced of the good election result, and that we will leave the DPS and its satellites without the majority in the upcoming elections,’ said Vuksanovic

Podgorica’s elections are more than local, because the loss of power in the capital city is the beginning of the end for the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), according to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Draginja Vuksanovic.

She told the MINA agency that, if changes need to be made, it is from the capital city, because, as she said, the opposition and civic awareness in Podgorica are the strongest.” (translated from Vijesti)

“Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković met today with Chairman of Committee on the Affairs of the European Union of the German Federal Parliament (the Bundestag) Gunther Krichbaum.

Thanking Germany for supporting Montenegro in the process of European integration, PM Marković emphasised the importance of the initiative launched by Chancellor Angela Merkel by the Berlin Process.

‘We launched, thanks to that fact, things in the Balkans from a dead point. I think the first effects are already noticeable,’ Prime Minister Marković said, expressing confidence that in the Region, more efficiency is needed in this process, especially when it comes to cooperation in the areas of security and infrastructure development.” (EWB)