tabbs Posted May 18, 2006 Report Share Posted May 18, 2006 In a few days the world coin collectors will know whether the list of countries to collect will soon be a little longer or not. Montenegro, which was independent and issues its own coins until WW1, may start doing that again. This Sunday, 21 May, the voters in Montenegro (Crna Gora) will decide whether the federation with Serbia should be phased out. Montenegro - with a population of about roughly 650,000 - continued to be part of Yugoslavia when other republics such as Croatia or Macedonia became independent. Currently Serbia and Montenegro are autonomous parts of a federation, with Serbia being the much bigger and more influential part. Serbia and Montenegro agreed on two criteria for this election: For Montenegro to become independent, at least 50 percent of the 480,000 people who may vote need to participate, and (as the European Union had suggested) at least 55 percent of the votes have to be pro-independence. The reasoning behind the two hurdles was that a possible independence should be supported by a stable majority. Problem is, if more than 50 but less than 55 percent vote for Montenegro's independence, will both camps simply accept the outcome? Seems that many people in Montenegro want the independence, but an almost equally large group thinks that the continuation of the federation is better. The election info is rather background material, and not meant to start a political debate. But now that Slovenia joins the European Currency Union, it would be interesting if another country nearby started issuing new coins and notes ... Christian Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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