Croatia: New President – Revived Vision – New Hope

Zagreb, 15.02.2015 - Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic polozila je svecanu prisegu na mjesto predsjednice RH


The historic Gric cannon fired, Zagreb’s St Mark’s church bells chimed and a most enthusiastic crowd cheered and applauded as Croatia’s newly elected first female president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was sworn in Sunday 15 February in an emotional, politically and culturally superior ceremony that felt as though Croatia has been re-started with a new and refreshing breath of hope, unity and pride.

Presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, parliamentary presidents, and dignitaries from dozens of nations among 88 foreign delegations along with thousands of Croatian citizens and dignitaries witnessed first hand the uplifting speech delivered by Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

Her inaugural speech called for unity and national consensus on main issues affecting Croatian life and economy for which she said forms the main foundation of prosperity and wealth she plans to steer into Croatia.

All of our differences were brought to the forefront during the campaign, but starting today we have to turn them into our strength,” Grabar-Kitarovic said.

Special gratitude to War Veterans and Franjo Tudjman

She gave special thanks to Croatia’s war veterans and to Croatia’s first president Fanjo Tudjman, which received very loud applauses.

…In this celebratory moment let us remember all those known and unknown Croatian daughters and sons who have, through a thousand years of battles for Croatian independence, embedded their lives into the foundations of the modern Croatian state.

I express my special gratitude to the Croatian war-veterans who were and will remain the pivotal stone of our Croatian homeland. We owe a particular gratitude to the first Croatian president dr. Franjo Tudjman, the leader of that historic undertaking and the founder of the modern Croatian state,” she said.


Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic kissing flag

Diaspora’s contribution

She acknowledged the significant contribution made by Croats living abroad, the diaspora, to the creation of the Croatian state and its independence and democratic trends.

On this occasion I wish to send a special message to our émigrés throughout the world. You too are Croatia and I shall never permit anyone to neglect your role and your contribution to the creation of the Croatian state. You are an important link between the homeland and the world but, also, our important component that will continue contributing to our national development. Croatia’s door is wide-open to you. Your knowledge and experience are precious to our homeland…”


Abandon historical divisions and misconceptions

I call upon all of us in Croatia to abandon the history of our divisions and misconceptions. It is only though togetherness of the whole nation that we can build a better Croatia. Let’s compete with ideas, solutions and innovation, and not with the roles our parents or grandparents played. We will not realise a better life through ideological divisions nor will be become better people on account of them… Just as president Tudjman had created the preconditions for the creation of the Croatian state through the reconciliation of the divided national being, so too must we open a new page of our better future through a new Croatian togetherness. We seek a better life in the future, not in the past!”

Zagreb, 15.02.2015 - Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic polozila je svecanu prisegu na mjesto predsjednice RH

Kick-starting the troubled economy

Our economy has been hit by crisis for the last six years,” she told the gathered crowd. “Thousands of young people are leaving, many companies are going bankrupt. This requires urgent action from the government, employers, and unions…

We find ourselves in a time that calls for a broad national consensus on key issues. There is no time for divisions … It is time to rise above our individual and political party interests in order to overcome the economic crisis.”

On the national debt she said, “We must stop living on money borrowed from future generations” and on jobs, “Our strategic national interest must be creating new jobs.” She addressed corruption saying, “I am a proponent of zero tolerance for corruption.”
Grabar Kitarović urged the government to improve the investment climate by providing tax incentives and removing administrative obstacles to doing business. She pledged to be an economic ambassador.
“I will be our leading economic diplomat and tirelessly back our exporters to forge new ground that may seem impossible today,” she said, vowing to do her utmost “to make Croatia a wealthy nation”.

On EU and NATO

Our permanent strategic national interest remains to include all of southeast Europe in European and euro-Atlantic integration, because every other option prolongs uncertainty and can ultimately lead to the renewal of lines of division and separation,” she said.

I wish that after almost two years of membership we, all together, finally start living the life of a member of the European Union. We must increase our efforts so that the facilities of the European funds become more accessible and are utilised in as short a time as possible…Croatia will continue conducting its foreign politics through cooperation with our allies inside the EU and NATO, as well as through cooperation with our neighbours.

I want for the South-Eastern European countries to become members of the European Union family and in that endeavour we offer a hand of cooperation. I expect that we will finally solve the open questions such as border disputes with our neighbours, and in relations with Serbia the status of the missing persons from the Homeland War will hold a special place, and so will the mutual protection of minority rights. Ethnic minorities are Croatia’s wealth. I will develop and protect their rights, but I will also promote the rights of Croats in the neighbouring countries,” she said.

Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic with citizens

Youth and Education

In addressing education, Grabar-Kitarovic said: “We must focus on practical knowledge and skills to prepare our students for the life challenges ahead…
My mandate will especially be devoted to the youth. We must open space for them in our economy, in politics and in the life of our society. We must give them work. Let their voice be heard – they are educated, desirous of success and are unburdened by the past. I see them as leaders of the new Croatian togetherness.”
She promised: “I will do everything to make Croatia a wealthy country. A country from which young people won’t flee, seeking luck elsewhere. And whatever mistakes I make during my Presidency, I will find the strength to acknowledge it and do what is in my power to correct it. We are seeking a better life in the future, without looking to the past.”

Zagreb, 15.02.2015 - Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic polozila je svecanu prisegu na mjesto predsjednice RH
Croatia’s new president is set to serve a five-year term after a narrow victory over her left-wing predecessor Ivo Josipovic in January. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, a 46-year-old former foreign affairs minister, former diplomat and former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy officially takes the reins of the presidency at midnight 19 February 2015 and she has already officially resigned as a member of the Croatian Democratic Union/HDZ, the conservative party that backed her presidential candidacy. I wish Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic every success and the heeding of her messages would indeed bring Croatia not only out of its economic rut but out of its widespread depression and hopelessness that have calamitously ruined during the past fifteen years most of the hope for the achievement of that for which so very many lives were lost in the 1990’s Homeland War: democracy and prosperity within an independent Croatia. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)


  1. If she can turn Croatia into a liveable country for someone like me, I will move there tomorrow.

    • Let’s wait and see, I believe much will just if only because of the positive energy she gives out but can do much more, however, there’s always the chance of sabotage by those in whose political interest it may be.

      • Martin Vucic says:

        Ina, speaking of sabotage have you checked the official website of the Croatian President ?

        When I perform a Google search for ” croatian president ” the following URL is returned as one of the search results.

        The aforementioned URL lists Stjepan Mesic as the president and appears to be an old web page from his tenure as president.

        Whether this is a case of deliberate sabotage or incompetence on the part of the website administrators remains to be determined.

        Could you or your posters contact the people responsible for the website and make them aware of this problem?

        They need to ensure that old web pages are not displayed and that the president’s official website only reflects current information.


      • Will attend to that one, Martin Vucic, thank you. I tend to believe that it’s both incompetence and sabotage through unprofessional and careless behaviour.

  2. Ina,
    i sincerely hope the future for Croatia is bright and peaceful

    Always with my best


  3. Croatia like all eastern block countries had its bloody growing pains, and the corruption of the government was rampant.
    Croatian people are a sturdy, proud and accomplished people if just given the chance, this is evident in the diaspora. In the last twenty years it is the first time Croatians were rulers of themselves, unfortunately corrupt politicians have almost killed any will and hope Croatians have in seeing their country become great. Many politicians are still Yugo nostalgic unfortunately.
    When there is hope a people like Croatians can achieve many things, this is what the new president brings, she needs her populace to be positive and behind her, negativism, gets no results and it also kills hope.

  4. How wonderfully enthused is she to building up once again a New Croatia.. I so so wish her well in her endeavours of creating a unified country .. And embrace her thoughts when she said…
    ” It is only through togetherness of the whole nation that we can build a better Croatia. Let’s compete with ideas, solutions and innovation, and not with the roles our parents or grandparents played.”..
    How true.. to let go of past prejudices and hates and start anew with the people coming together in Unity… it is the only way forward ..

    I pray she has a good team behind her to help her and not hinder her plans for a better future..

    The World is changing.. we need to keep that positive focus and love in our hearts for Peace to prevail and heal the past as we move into our tomorrows..

    Many thanks Ina for sharing… xx Hugs Sue xox

  5. Ina — it was truly a glorious day. The sun was shining and everything about President Kolinda’s inauguration day was beautiful, symbolic, well-choreographed and inspiring.
    From her stately blue outfit, designed by local Croatian designers, to the return of the historical ceremonial guard and the lenta, (presidential sash), to her inspiring and gracious speech, and the choice of Croatian music and poetry.
    I was teary-eyed watching, as were many others. It was the return to patriotism and hope after 15 years of communist lies, loathing, and utter contempt for Croatia’s history, traditions, and the electorate.
    People can see some of the day’s highlights here:
    Sadly, as was expected, even the state-run TV station HTV presenter tried to ruin the day with her insulting remarks.
    The station also deliberately did not show Kolinda kissing the Croatian flag. But thankfully in today’s digital age, everything HTV masked can be seen online.
    In the words of our new president:
    “Vjerujem u te, zemljo moja Hrvatska!” –
    “I believe in you, my country, Croatia.”
    I hope and pray that Kolinda can clean up the mess caused by the Reds in the last 15 years.
    Zivjela! May she live long!

    • Yes Erica I was so impressed with her speech and the whole program. Did notice the hopeless commentary in the HR TV coverage – the journalist even referred to the well known Croatian opera “Ero” as a most performed Yugoslav opera. Such mean people – hopefully they won’t linger around with their mean spirit and spite too long. Kolinda’s light will outshine them all 🙂

      • Apparently 69 reporters from HRT, Croatian radio and tv, signed a protest petition regarding Elizabet Gojan’s vile coverage. Imagine NBC, ABC, any major US news outlet, spewing the kind of venom she did, when Obama was inaugurated. Unheard of. They’d be canned in mid-commentary.
        Gojan is a pure Balkanka, Seljacina, Fuj!

      • Yes, Erica, to say it politely Elizabeth Gojan’s coverage on TV was shameful and it was so on purpose – just as well the public realises that and journalists protested.

  6. I’m overwhelmed with joy that this wonderful woman has the opportunity to deliver on her promises, my only hope is that she is empowered to do so. I’m not sure if her position has much control over the change that is required to get Croatia heading in the right direction, but I’m hopeful she will be afforded the opportunity to make the necessary changes.

    Thank you Ina, for this article. I look forward to reading your articles everyday!


  7. I wish you and your country a peaceful future! 🌅😄

  8. How wonderful that she gave thanks to the war veterans

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    Ina, you are one of the diaspora she spoke about. You have given so much to Croatia.

  10. If Croatia’ public broadcaster just wants to desseminate communist propaganda then the solution is obvious. Close it down.
    It has become a cancer in our society. It is not performing any real public service. It is just a waste of money.
    Let the communists and Partisans pay for their own lies and propaganda. We can use the money for something else. Like investigating communist crimes.

  11. Michael Silovic says:

    This is truly a new day in Croatia ! With our new President we are beginning to close a sordid chapter of our history. I do believe that she will work for all of the people with out the corruption and fan fare of the past.Let us not kid ourselves into thinking that things will happen over night because we have to understand the communist forces that are still working against us as a country and people and its not just in our country but the countries on our borders as well that would like to see us fail.I do believe and hope that she will work towards a Croatia First Policy. One of the goals I would like to see her achieve is the goal of making every generation of Croats dual citizens If they were not born in Croatia proper.I would love to see this done through the local embassies and be done within a matter of days rather then months and in some cases years.She has already acknowledge the contribution of the diaspora to our country but as many people move out of Croatia in the future we must work to assure that a new generation of the diaspora is born.This is not only to make certain that we do not disappear as a people from our countries interest but it will increase the economic engine in our country through investments way into the future. If we really want to delve deeper into this issue it could be considered part of a national security strategy as well.We need to engage as many of the diaspora generations as possible to keep the focus of our country. We can easily through this goal increase our current investments by the diaspora from the current 10 billion dollars a year to over 40 billion dollars a year very quickly. I also believe that the more people we get to go back home will send a clear message to our younger generation to hang in there that a better future is on the way. WE have a lot of work ahead of us and it is our responsibility as Croats to do everything we can to help our President succeed. I urge every Croat to contribute in a positive way a plan of action to move our country ahead. We have an educated leader who does not fit the old pattern nor does she want to continue the pattern of the old ways and she needs all of the input she can get. May god bless her and our country as we awake to a new day.

  12. I wish her, and Croatia, well.

  13. New leadership ,a new hope , prosperity and peace for Croatia

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  15. A lovely woman with wonderful ideas. I wish her and your country, Ina, peace and harmony.

  16. I wrote an article about the land-mines that were uncovered during the floods last year in Bosnia and Serbia.

    Congratulations on your first female president.

    • Landmines are still a huge problem in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina – in the past 15 years close to 500 people working on their removal have been killed in Croatia alone – terrible state

      • It looks like a beautiful area and I hope the international community can help.

      • Yes they’re both beautiful countries and sadly so many mines left by the Serb aggressor that it’s going to take many more years to find and destroy them – in the meantime more will die or be wounded or lose a limb…

    • I am confused re. this land mines story, as there was no armed conflict in Serbia. I can see where there are landlines in the thousands in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, but why mention Serbia? That country never experienced armed conflict.

      • The sources I used had general, but not exact locations. Some sources mention cleanup needed in Serbia.

        “The U.S. State Department announced Sunday that it will send a team of civilian explosive experts to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to assist in disarming thousands of landmines now threatening the local population.

        “Nearly 120,000 unexploded landmines are assumed to be left over from the earlier war. The U.S. government has given $96.7 million to explosive removal in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and $15.7 million to removal in Serbia.”
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        “The worst rainfall in more than a century has flooded large swathes of Bosnia and Serbia, unleashing landslides that have swept away homes and unearthed landmines left over from the region’s war, along with warning signs pinpointing their locations.

        “Walls of mud and earth have carried some of the estimated remaining 100,000 landmines to entirely new, often unknown, locations.”

        “The floods and landslides raised fears about the estimated 1 million land mines planted during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. Nearly 120,000 of the unexploded devices remain in more than 9,400 carefully marked minefields. But the weather toppled warning signs and, in many cases, dislodged the mines themselves.

        “Beyond the immediate danger to Bosnians, any loose mines could also create an international problem if floodwaters carry the explosives downstream. Experts warned that mines could travel through half of southeast Europe or get stuck in the turbines of a hydroelectric dam.”

      • These were probably left by NATO bombing in Serbia, reasonablyliberal, and for Bosnia and Herzegovina more from Serb aggression just as in Croatia – every bit of help is more than welcome for people die or are wounded almost every week from left over bombs and mines and explosives. Just shocking

      • Thank you for the information.

      • 🙂

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  18. Croatianhope says:

    I was a teenage living in Belgrade in that beautiful summer Croatia returned her sovereignty my teacher told the class Croatia was going to be destroyed since they were ” trash” we all know who the victory belonged to in the end! his head was almost exploding the next spring when Bosnia Herzegovina followed hahaha….. a lot of Croatian homes/Business in Belgrade was attacked in those terrible times….. the Bosniaks were smarter my class mates and their parents already left in 1990 they knew their party was going to declare independence

    • There was no war in Belgrade in relation to Croatia or Bosnia, Croatianhope – the only “war” in Belgrade was in 1999 when NATO bombed Serbia because of what Serbs were doing in Kosovo

      • Croatianhope says:

        Ina that is not what I said, individual attacks against Croats from serbs was going on in Belgrade not war but hate crimes. Serbs ruined Croatia/Bosnia while not one shot was fired in Serbia.

      • OK Croatianhope, if that went on in Serbia those were acts of individuals and not a state

  19. Croatianhope says:

    In many ways my school was like a mini Yugoslavia all the Non Serb students left the school in the early 1990s…..

  20. I wish her well. I wish Croatia well.

  21. therealamericro says:

    Best day in Croatia since Gotovina and Markac were released.

    Lets hope that Kolinda starts pushing for a repeal of all double-taxation for Croatian citizens and returnees, as well as making the Visegrad 4 the Visegrad 5.

    • I agree, therealamericro, but regarding the double taxation I trust when it comes to pensioners that the pensioners fall under the taxation of the country the pension was earned in rather than where they live (as in recent UK case) because Croatian taxation can be quite unfair to those who spent most of their working life abroad, thus earning a pension. If they do not watch out for this it will put off from returning quite a few, I believe. Croatia must be thrilled to get pensioners back to spend their foreign pensions there and thus help the economy.

  22. I wish Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and all in Croatia well for the future. May you all live in peace and prosper.

  23. She’s off to a really good start!

  24. What a wonderful promised about your student and the youth! I liked your President positive ideas about the young people and education. I hope, Your President Kolinda’s lovely ideas will come through and Thanks for sharing this article! 🙂


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