European Western Balkans

Serwer sees opposition boycott as pointless

Daniel Serwer; Photo: Tanjug

PODGORICA – An expert for Balkan affairs Daniel Serwer considers Montenegrin opposition’s Parliament boycott to be pointless. The professor at the American John Hopkins University told Dnevne Novine he hopes that the EU would not sanction Montenegro for its opposition’s bad behaviour, which, in his opinion, wasn’t doing its job.

Commenting on the European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker’s statement that Serbia and Montenegro could become EU members by 2025, Serwer said it was key that Montenegro finished the reforms it started by the pre-set date.

According to him, the “enlargement package” of several states is not a good approach to the issue.

“I do not see advantages of Serbia and Montenegro’s joint EU accession. Serbia is facing various challenges in the qualifications for the EU, which is different from the issues Montenegro is facing with,” Serwer stated.

He also commented on the recent statement of the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, who said that the ongoing attempted terrorism trial was obviously politically ordered. Serwer said it was Lavrov’s way of trying to cover up the Russian responsibility for the attempted state coup and assassination of Milo Đukanović.

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