Croatian Diaspora: Return or Extinction


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Zeljko Glasnovic, Independent MP Croatian Parliament for the Croatian Diaspora: “…Croatia is the only country that I know of, on the Globe, that has a parliamentary system where minorities, we have eight minorities in the Croatian parliament, they decide key issues like the budget, national security … they’re usually the deciding factor in key issues, they’re used in a Ping-Pong sort of way when it comes to deciding on key issues. While we have eight minorities in parliament we have only three members for Croatians outside the country, diaspora, plus Croatians in Bosnia and Herzegovina. So we see the disparity, so we see here a typical case of positive discrimination … had it not been for the consolidation … unified Croatian being … we would have lost the war, because Croatians outside the country not only lobbied for Croatian independence, fought the battle at the political level, the international level, they also sent here hundreds of millions of dollars … they had a Foreign Press Bureau here formed from expats who delivered the truth not the censored version that was …you must remember that Croatia had no media apparatus , everything we did was done ad hoc or in step, whereas enemies of the Croatian state for example Serbs, Yugoslavs and the Muslims…they had apparatus in place already which they inherited from the former regime… we had to send the picture outside because the world was getting a one sided picture…we have barricades for the return of expats to Croatia…social bureaucracy … a public servant where the stamp is more feared that the hangman, old bureaucratic passed over or relocated from the former Yugoslavia into today’s Croatia plus cadres plus, what’s worst of all, the mental framework …recycled communists … former secret service people … the whole administration … Croatia is one of the few countries in EU, post communist countries who’s still deeply mired in the one party system that has not passed lustration laws…”

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