The survey's results appear to dash the widely held assumption about the former communist countries of Europe that while they performed poorly in many areas, at least students there were well educated in math and science.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has praised Montenegro, saying on April 15 it has made "real progress towards membership of NATO."
The European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations has urged Montenegro to start implementing legislation already passed in the country in order to move closer to both EU and NATO membership.
European soccer's governing body, UEFA, has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro and Russia after a May 27 European championship qualifying match was abandoned due to crowd violence.
Officials from four former Yugoslav republics have expressed confidence that a joint bid to win United Nations protection for thousands of medieval tombstones will be successful.
Two days of storms and strong winds have caused havoc throughout the Balkans -- flooding villages, disrupting power supplies and traffic, and leading to the death of a motorist.
A statement by French President Francois Hollande about temporarily halting NATO enlargement process is being reviewed in Montenegro and Georgia.
A new report says economic freedom in several countries of the Baltics, the Caucasus, the Balkans, and Central Asia have jumped ahead of Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The European Union has cautioned Russia not to drag the Western Balkans into its growing row with the West over Ukraine.
A new study by the antigraft group Transparency International (TI) suggests that corruption remains rampant across much of the former Soviet Union and the Balkans.
Russia says it has banned meat imports from Montenegro in an effort to close loopholes on a ban against food products from the European Union.
For the sixth year running, Norway leads the London-based Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index, followed by Switzerland, New Zealand, Denmark, and Canada.