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Where are you Managing?

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Ulcinj

As early as the mid-1960s says Roberts, the richer parts of Yugoslavia, Slovenia, Croatia and parts of Serbia, including Vojvodina, were becoming increasingly resentful at the amount of their hard-earned money going to subsidise the poorer parts of the country including Montenegro, whose own citizens were predictably content with the situation.

For those with eyes to see it was already clear that economic differences were driving the Yugoslav Republics apart. More specifically Montenegrins, adept at exploiting both their Partisan past and the resources of the clan system, were resented in the other Republics for the way they were seen as 'colonising' the [federal] bureaucracy' in order to occupy positions of power. Naturally this led to snide jokes at Montenegrin expense, one of which spoke of Cetinje descending on Dedinje, a reference to the number of Montenegrins who had taken up residence in Belgrade's most exclusive suburb, while another claimed that when two Montenegrins met in the street they would greet each other not with the usual 'What are you dong?' (

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