Croatia

Croatia Readies for Tight Parliamentary Election on Sunday

A man casts his ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections second round, January 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/DANIEL KASAP. Some 3.8 million voters will have an opportunity to cast votes in the Croatian parliamentary elections on Sunday whose results are difficult to predict. Friday is the last day for …

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Croatia Votes, Amid a Perfect Storm

This is probably the most uncertain election in Croatia since the collapse of federal Yugoslavia three decades ago. Opinion polls point to the ‘Restart’ coalition centred on the centre-left SDP falling short of a majority in parliament and needing the support of other parties to form a government, the chances …

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Croatian PM Accused of ‘Shameful’ Accusations Against Journalist

Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic. Photo: EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND. Andrej Plenkovic was accused of “shameful” behaviour for claiming during Monday’s pre-election debate on the private RTL channel that a journalist from the Croatian public broadcaster, Maja Sever, prepared his political rival Davor Bernardic for the televised showdown. “Shameful behaviour by Prime …

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Croatia has Tarnished its Image Over the Bleiburg Mass

Its sister party in Croatia, meanwhile, is also relying on the ethnic mobilisation of voters ahead of Croatia’s own general elections in July. Although the HDZ leader, Andrej Plenkovic, has tried to rebrand it as a moderate conservative party, the Croatian HDZ still fears that a new right-wing group led …

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Lockdown Balkans: No Man is an Island

If only everyone hadn’t had the same idea. “A week before the quarantine was introduced, there were cars queuing, cars with foreign licence plates, some from Zagreb and Rijeka too,” recalled Jure Jerat, a resident of the Croatian island of Murter northwest of Sibenik on the Dalmatian coast. “People were …

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Croatia Minister Criticises Police Officers Charged With Injuring Migrant

Croatian border policemen keep watch at the Maljevac border crossing with Bosnia, October 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR. Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic on Friday criticised the conduct of two policemen from Karlovac who were charged a week ago with injuring a migrant who had crossed into Croatia, saying they had …

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Bosnia to Transfer Croat General’s War Case to Croatia

Zlatan Mijo Jelic. Photo: BIRN. The Bosnian state court told BIRN that it has accepted the state prosecution’s proposal to transfer the crimes against humanity case against Zlatan Mijo Jelic to Croatia for processing because he now lives there and is not available to the Bosnian judiciary. Jelic, as commander …

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Election Campaigners’ Attacks on Abortion Draw Condemnation in Croatia

Protest on International Women’s Day in Zagreb 2019; a banner that reads: “Women are not incubators”. Photo: BIRN. Strong condemnations of abortion – even when accessed by rape victims – by candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for July 5 have drawn an angry reaction from supporters of women’s …

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Croatian Election Campaign Haunted by Anti-Serb Rhetoric

Pupovac and other ethnic Serb politicians have blamed the most recent hate speech incidents on the use of anti-Serb rhetoric by politicians, particularly those from the Homeland Movement. Though this sort of hate speech has very limited support among the wider public, Croatian politicians are very apprehensive about condemning it …

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