Pot Calls Kettle Black – Agrokor Corruption And Political Wile In Croatia

High corruption risks and practices, political patronage and nepotism, and inefficient bureaucracy rolled over from former communist days are among the challenges that Croatia has not truly dealt with yet. To deal with that lustration would be an absolute essential.  Corruption and bribery are especially prevalent in the judiciary, public procurement, and the building and […]

Croatia: Dandelion-like First Round Local Elections Results

  To some people the dandelion is simply a bother, to others it is something that means a great deal. Overall, blow on the dried dandelion flower and particles fly all over the place, with no definite pattern to rely upon unless their landing is scooped into a meaningful shape. Were one to focus on […]

New Opposition Leader Davor Bernardic Mimics Communist Collectivism And Socialist Egalitarianism

  Croatia’s largest parliamentary opposition party, the centre left that’s still carrying the torch for the oppressive communist Yugoslavia, Social Democratic Party/SDP – has its new leader in Davor Bernardic. He is relatively young. Born in January 1980 he was only a baby when Yugoslavia’s communist chief Josip Broz Tito died in May 1980. Evidently […]

Croatia: Minority Government, More Of The Same (?)

  The conservative Croatian Democratic Union, or HDZ, scored a relative victory in the early parliamentary vote on Sunday 11 September and now faces the task of forming a coalition government after voters again failed to produce a clear majority winner. Complete results reported Monday by Croatia’s state electoral commission showed that Andrej Plenkovic’s HDZ […]

Croatia: Snappish Coalitions For Snap Elections

Early general elections in Croatia coming up second weekend of September 2016 have not only got behind them the brutally rushed toppling of a short-lived minority HDZ/Croatian Democratic Union–led government amidst founded and unfounded scandals, but are seeing the formation of snappish coalitions and an emergence of miniature political parties and individuals with irritating and […]

Croatia’s Former Communists Propose Continued Darkness For Communist Crimes Truth

  The League of Communists that changed its name to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and had held government in Croatia a couple of times since 2000, including 2011-2015, is at this current election campaigning time ahead of September 11 poll pushing down harder on the tail of pursuits for the prosecution of communist crimes […]

Croatia: Election Debate Fizzer Spurs New Splinter Of Hope

  It was going to be the debate of a decade – Croatian media promised, building up high expectations and nail-biting anticipation for the televised debate held Friday 12 August 2016 between the leaders of the Croatian two biggest parties: Andrej Plenkovic/ HDZ/Croatian Democratic Union and Zoran Milanovic/SDP/Social Democratic Party. It was going to be […]

Croatia’s Conservative HDZ Say They Cannot Participate in Divvying-up Loot

  A day two before Christmas 2015 Croatia just may be put out of misery and torture if the president announces new elections! Ever since the 8 November 2015 general election results which gave no political coalition the majority needed to form a government Croatia’s political battlefield has taken on the dynamics of nothing less […]

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: 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 […]

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