Last battle over the fate of 'Greater Serbia' [Montenegro]
The people of Montenegro, a tiny territory on the shores of the Adriatic, will vote on Sunday whether to become independent from their giant neighbour, Serbia.
From a distance, there is something of the comic opera about the vote. Montenegro has fewer than 700,000 people and is more than half covered with thickly forested mountains, though it has fabulous beaches, occasionally spoiled by the villas of rich Russians.
The last, and only, time Montenegro was an independent state was from 1878 to 1918, under the warrior-poet King Nikola I, who gave a church in his capital a fence made of 3,000 Turkish rifle barrels. Serbs and Montenegrins have been part of the same country for 87 years. [...]
Every country should have at least one one warrior-poet-sovereign in its history. Or at least a poet-sovereign. And I like the name: Montenegro, Crna Gora, Black Mountain.