Croatia: EU accession – “it ain’t over till the fat lady sings”

Nothing is irreversible until the final act is played out – says the proverb in the title of this post. When it comes to Croatia becoming a member of the EU then that final act, in everyone’s mind, is the ratification of Croatia’s accession Treaty by the existing member states’ parliaments. So far the playing […]

Croatian government: suffering from Alice in Wonderland syndrome

The plot around the resignation of Croatian minister for environment and nature resources Mirela Holy  has gathered diversity and steam that lead one to believe Croatia’s government is suffering from the Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AWS). When one suffers from AWS one’s perceptual reality is distorted; one doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not. Croatia’s […]

The Queen Hath Spoken: control immigration from Croatia, don’t come asking UK for money to help save struggling EU nations

Wednesday 9 May, Queen Elizabeth II gave her speech in the UK parliament, setting out the government’s legislative plans for the next year. The Queen hath spoken, but she didn’t give much detail away as the announced Bills are still in draft stages and haven’t been published yet. While there’s a long list of Bills […]

Tomislav Karamarko: A good notch above all new candidates for Croatian Democratic Union leadership

The Croatian Democratic Union (CDU) (Hrvatska demokratska zajednica/ HDZ), having been the predominant force in national politics in the two decades since Croatia split from Yugoslavia, has been facing a struggle for leadership after steep parliamentary losses (December 2011) and allegations of corruption of individual former leaders or party dignitaries. A month after  CDU lost […]

A Red Carrot Harvest in Croatia

Once upon a time – but still fresh in memory of many – there were jobs for most. The communist rule in former Yugoslavia, with socialist orientation made it their business that everyone of working age and capacity should have an ongoing job without the fear of redundancy. Productivity and business viability were unimportant in […]

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