Montenegro’s Euro-Atlantic choice deserves Western respect

Though it is not widely understood, Montenegrin membership of NATO will be a landmark achievement and should be viewed as a major step forward in guaranteeing the security of Britain and mainland Europe, and completing the post-WWII circle

In the crowded field of discussions about key actors in global geopolitics, Montenegro is rarely mentioned. True, with a population of little more than 600,000, the country will never be a significant player in the classic military, industrial or economic sense.

It is a country, though, that is on the verge of making a significant contribution towards European security and Euro-Atlantic policy priorities.


  • tom_billesley

    A political move, not a military one. It’ll mean giving money to Montenegro to bring their military up to minimum NATO requirements for inter-operability.

  • Millie_Woods

    ‘completing the post-WWII circle’. Also known as the Maginot Circle.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    What’s their big industry? Fancy postage stamps for collectors?

  • k1992

    This comment on the Commentator from someone called George sums up my impression of the article (basically, so what? Europe is under attack from within, not without):

    “If you think Montenegro “seals” Europe’s borders you are thinking in pre-immigration terms that belong back in the 1940s.
    The long-term threat to Europe is not the Russians, it’s Islamic immigration.

    Within 50 years Muslims will be a majority in many towns and cities throughout Europe. I am writing this from Germany—believe me, the population of many German cities is already Islamic.”

  • Fran800

    Europe is under attack from within and without. But the without includes all the Muslim countries (eg Turkey) and Muslim terror groups, joining all the Muslim immigrants already in Europe.
    Russia could be our ally. The bizarre war-mongering against Russia, who isn’t attacking us at all, is ludicrous.

    Jens Stoltenberg was the Prime Minister of Norway when the Breivik attacks occurred on Utoya Island. The “children” on the island were members of his party’s youth group and they frequently hosted Palestinians on their island. They practiced boat landings on Gaza. Stoltenberg’s response to the attack was to go to the Palestinians and pour more money on them saying (in effect), that Norway would never give in to force. He is a delusional monster.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I would rather have Montenegro in NATO than Turkey.

  • k1962

    We stopped in Kotor on a mainly Italian cruise. One of the most beautiful land scapes I had ever seen (while cruising in). I remember also reading that back in history it was a very hard place to conquer because of the geography.

  • Minicapt