Western Partner or Smuggler’s Paradise? Montenegro Is a Little of Both

Montenegro's prime minister, Milo Dukanovic, left, and NATO's secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, right, at NATO headquarters, Brussels, May 19, 2016 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).
Montenegro's prime minister, Milo Dukanovic, left, and NATO's secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, right, at NATO headquarters, Brussels, May 19, 2016 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).
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BELGRADE, Serbia—It is expected to join NATO next year and is in pole position to become the European Union’s next member. A Mediterranean paradise increasingly popular with the glitterati, it is forecast to have one of the world’s fastest-growing tourism industries over the next decade. It has also, in effect, been ruled by the same party since World War II. Critics say that it has chronic problems with organized crime and corruption that are intertwined with the political elite and state institutions. The past year has seen anti-government protesters take to the streets, accused of supporting Russia’s interest in derailing […]

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