Croatia: Forming New Government Still A Troublesome Affair

  Bozo Petrov, the head or the front-man of Croatia’s new reformist political group Bridge/ (“MOST” in Croatian language), which is likely to hold the balance of power in forming a new government as it won 19 seats on 8 November and neither of the two big parties with coalitions won enough to form government, […]

Croatia In A Pickle To Form New Government

  Around 61.12 percent of 3.8 million eligible voters cast their ballots in Sunday 8 November general election in Croatia. As I thought in one of my recent articles, neither of the two “big” political camps in Croatia (which divide Croatia into communist nostalgics/centre-left and independent Croatia loving cenre-right) won enough parliamentary seats to form […]

Croatia Bracing For Electoral Tug of War

On 8 November 2015, Croats will for the first time ever get a taste of a preferential voting system in their parliamentary elections. Voters will be able to circle the name of their preferred candidate on the List they vote for. Preferential votes will be valid for those candidates who receive at least 10% of […]

Croatia: Major Cabinet Reshuffles To Stifle Progress

  The current Social Democrat (SDP) led government started at the end of 2011 with a huge stick of high ambition for serious reforms; they vowed with their so-called “Plan 21” to rid Croatia of the “bad” effects the previous Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) had according to them inflicted upon Croatia’s economy; they vowed that […]

Croatia: Political Parties, Corruption And Deadly Ricochet

Former Croatian prime minister dr Ivo Sanader and his former political party (Croatian Democratic Union/HDZ) were found guilty on Tuesday 11 March in a Zagreb court of rigging public tenders and abusing and siphoning off state funds in the biggest corruption trial to date in Croatia. The trial had lasted over two years and, in […]

Croatia: HDZ Walks Out Of Parliament Before Vote On Judicial Cooperation With EU, Calling New Law An Embarrassment, But …

Walking out of parliament in protest against proceedings is a route, although not entirely unusual, taken rarely in the democratic world. The reasons for this are obvious and strong: when a matter dealt with by the parliament is against your convictions and principles you have the responsibility as a parliamentarian that the parliamentary records of […]

Croatia: Speakeasy Lingers At Local Government Elections

According to the Croatian Electoral Office 46.96% of eligible voters in Croatia turned up to vote at the Local government elections Sunday 19 May. One may well conclude that, although not as high as the 54.32% turnout at December 2011 parliamentary elections, such a turnout is pretty solid, but not as solid as one would […]

Croatia: “Return to Tudjmanism”, “Detudjmanisation” – Catch Phrases That Hide True Democratic Reform Incompetence?

Profound disillusionment with all major political parties in Croatia has reached the point where people are looking for a third alternative away from HDZ-run or SDP-run government, which would pursue an orderly transformation to full democracy without romanticising or prostituting the history. The fact that there is not a single major Croatian party that currently […]

Croatia: renewed cronyism under leftist government – extreme and brazen

Corruption, cronyism, and a general lack of transparency stymied meaningful economic reform, as well as much-needed foreign investment in Croatia during the past decade or so. Much of the blame for corruption and cronyism has been directed towards Croatian Democratic Union/HDZ as it had up until December 2011 been in government for most of those […]

Calls to annul the Croatian EU accession referendum question its legitimacy

An enormous legal storm seems to be brewing in Croatia. Almost the minute the referendum results were announced (late in the night of  22 January) in favour of EU accession the former deputy parliamentary speaker of Croatia, Vladimir Seks (HDZ), boasted: “…without the changes in the Constitution, agreed to between HDZ and SDP, the referendum […]

General Ante Gotovina’s wife Dunja still a victim of cruel European Union and Croatian politics

An article by Croatian journalist Davor Ivankovic, “SDP will reinstate Dunja Gotovina to her job” was published in Vecernji List and translated into English. Suffice to say, I was deeply shaken by this article. While aware that stigma as a social phenomenon can grow its own legs in society at large and often results in […]

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