“Milo Djukanovic has been inaugurated as Montenegro’s president for a second term, returning to a post he held from 1998 until 2002.

‘Montenegro has become the most economically developed country in the Western Balkans, the leader of reforms and negotiations with the European Union, and certainly the first next member of that alliance,’ Djukanovic said on May 20 after taking the oath in parliament.

Djukanovic, 56, won nearly 54 percent of the vote in the March 15 presidential election, avoiding a runoff and extending his almost-three-decade-long dominance of Montenegro’s politics.

A former communist, Djukanovic became Europe’s youngest prime minister in 1991 at the age of 29.” (RFE/RL)

“Montenegro, seeing a rise in the number of migrants passing through the country on a new route to the European Union, is considering building a razor wire fence on its border with Albania to stem the flow, a government official said on Sunday.

Thousands of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa are taking their chance to reach wealthier European countries after smugglers created a new Balkan route running from Greece via Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia to EU member Croatia.” (Reuters)

“Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic assessed today in Sofia that the Western Balkan countries are intensively cooperating, that leaders meet regularly, that the traditional perception of investors and investments is changing, and that, therefore, the whole region cannot be a threat to the European Union, but rather an enrichment.

‘The politics and history have been always more present in the Balkans than development of economy and perspective on the future, especially the creation of new jobs. Today, the Western Balkans lags behind developed Europe. Montenegro is currently somewhere at 45 percent, other countries in our neighbourhood are at the same percentage, which should concern us all,’ the Prime Minister said, adding that over the past year and a half a lot of efforts have been made to change the traditional approach, build confidence and turn to the European system of values.” (RTCG)