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Enlargement 07-02-2019

Diplomat: Risking Russian meddling, Bosnia needs to stabilise before EU elections

The new EU executive may for the first time have Commissioners appointed by nationalists, who will be influenced by Russia. Therefore, a solution for the simmering tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina should be found before the EU elections in May, to avoid wider risks for the Balkans, a senior diplomat said.
Energy 04-02-2019

Moscow warms to idea of Croatia’s LNG gateway as project stumbles on

Croatia’s plan to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the island of Krk has taken another turn, after Russia’s ambassador in Zagreb, Anvar Azimov, said Moscow has nothing against its construction, marking a reversal of Russia’s position. EURACTIV...

Budapest: This EU Parliament should stop deciding on migration and rule of law

The current European Parliament should make no decision on issues related to migration and rule of law as it does not represent the will of EU citizens, a high-ranking Hungarian government official told EURACTIV Croatia in an interview.

Croatia’s deal to buy F-16 jets from Israel is off

Croatia's attempt to buy F-16 jet fighters from Israel has fallen through after Washington blocked the $500 million plan to have the fighters modernised in Israel, in a major setback for the country's efforts to revamp its armed forces. EURACTIV Croatia reports.

Freedom of expression in Croatia under assault over ‘mental anguish’

Croatian media will remember 2018 for a very high number of often bizarre court convictions for libel in favour of state officials. It appears that 2019 will not be any better. EURACTIV Croatia reports.

Croatia ombudswoman accuses government of tolerating fascism in scathing report

Croatia's Ombudswoman published a report on Tuesday (19 November)  in which she accused a number of state institutions of endangering the fundamental values of the Constitution and allowing hate speech by being ineffective and tolerating revisionism and the use of explicit Nazi-era symbols. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
Politics 22-11-2018

The Brief, powered by EFPIA – The sound of silence

The fact that Viktor Orbán has granted asylum to his good friend, former Macedonian premier Nikola Gruevski, is a resounding slap in the face of the European values the EPP says it wants to defend.

Spurned by authorities, humanitarian NGOs feel unsafe in Croatia

Volunteers and employees of two NGOs helping migrants in Croatia face serious threats and violence on an almost daily basis. For the first time in three years, they feel unsafe and unprotected in their city. They go to work carrying mace, as advised by the police. EURACTIV Croatia reports.

Croatian ombudswoman to report police treatment of migrants to EU institutions

Croatia's ombudswoman requested access to records on the treatment of migrants at the police station in Donji Lapac, central Croatia, in September but was refused. The relevant parliamentary committee does not seem to care either. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
Enlargement 24-10-2018

Multicultural school for Croats and Serbs in Vukovar fails to take off

The construction of a super-modern school in Vukovar, a town that symbolises suffering in Croatia's 1991-95 independence war, was meant to foster inclusiveness and reconciliation in a place that remains divided along Croat-Serb ethnic lines. But the project never took off and Norway is now demanding its funding back. EURACTIV Croatia reports.

Former Croat PM Sanader sentenced for war profiteering

Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader was found guilty of war profiteering on Monday (22 October) and the Zagreb County Court sentenced him to two and a half years in prison. He was, however, acquitted in a second case after the death of the only prosecution witness. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
Future EU 17-09-2018

Orban’s manifesto for a new illiberal Europe

Helmut Kohl was a major historic figure, the Chancellor who united Germany and set the foundations of the European Union as we know it: with the Schengen Area, freedom of movement and joint currency, the euro. However, Kohl had one flaw: he did not choose well his protégés. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-09-2018

Is Croatia ready to join the eurozone?

Croatia's possible entry into the eurozone has become the subject of much talk among economic and political leaders over the past two years, as well as everyday citizens. EURACTIV Croatia reports.