June 03, 2006

Montenegro declares independence

The results of the referendum held two weeks ago as been formally applied, and Montenegro has now officially seceded and is now an independant state.

Yes, that's right.. we can all look forward to yet another Eurovision entrant next year! Joy joy joy..

In all seriousness, the situation can hardly be ideal. A new country has formed, mainly through the enticemant of EU entry and closer ties to NATO, and not through legitamate ideas of national identity. 55.5% yes vote is surely not enough to secede, and I'm sure the hugely significant (although minority) serb population, and the (slightly less significant) albanian minority will not be feeling very "Montenegrin".

It's not perfect conditions for the birth of a new country when almost half the population doesn't think it should exist..

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  1. well 55% of people is easily enough to say that something should happen – anything over 50% is good enough. To not do would be unfair on the 55% of people who wanted it. Besides they should be able to discover the General Will with 50+1% so long as they asked the right question and thought about it in the right way…

    I know; too much time reading political philosophy

    03 Jun 2006, 22:32

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