December 17, 2021

Filmtip: Organized crime in Montenegro: Sweeping up corruption

Filmtip: Organized crime in Montenegro: Sweeping up corruption

Fraudstorytelling | Weekly filmtips | December 17, 2021

Title: Organized crime in Montenegro: Sweeping up corruption
Duration: 13 minutes
Year: 2021
Producer: DW Documentary
Tagging: #corruption, #government

For decades, Montenegro has been unable to get organized crime under control. Rampant corruption is hindering development in the country, which is a candidate for EU membership. Now, Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic is attempting a political awakening. At the end of 2020, a wave of protests swept Zdravko Krivokapic to the very top of Montenegro’s government. Until then, the university professor had not been involved in politics. He vowed to finally do something about the rampant nepotism and corruption that had spread before and during the rule of long-term President Milo Dukanovic. Dukanovic’s supporters believed they would soon bring Krivokapic onto their side. But so far, that hasn’t happened, and the prime minister is cleaning the country up. A report by Miodrag Soric.

Montenegro, located on the Adriatic Sea and a candidate country for EU membership since 2010, has been trying to achieve political stability since it’s full independence of Serbia, without success so far. The country currently ranks 67th on the Transparency International Corruption Index, a spot shared with Senegal. In recent years, Montenegro has made efforts to improve this bad reputation with anti-corruption measures, but there is still a long way to go to actually meet the strict EU requirements. In this short report, Deutsche Welle shows what the current situation is in the Balkan country and whether Montenegro is staying on the European path or is trying to reconnect with Serbia and Russia once again.

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