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Against the odds, family hotel champions sustainability in Croatia

At the entrance to the Adriatic town of Omiš, right next to the picturesque canyon of the river Cetina, a cosy family hotel is perched on a cliff. But Villa Dvor is not your run-of-the-mill seaside villa. It is a trailblazer of sorts, relying on organic farming and the concept of self-sufficiency.
Enlargement 21-10-2020

Ethnic Croats to prop new Serbian government

Serbia's new government will have a shorter term, as the next general election will be held in April 2022 at the latest, simultaneously with the presidential polls and municipal elections in Belgrade, Serbian president and leader of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), Aleksandar Vučić, said on Tuesday (20 October).
Elections 06-07-2020

Croatia’s ruling HDZ scores unexpected win in parliamentary elections

Croatia’s ruling conservative HDZ (EPP) became the unexpected relative winner of parliamentary elections held in the newest EU member on Sunday despite the renewed rise of coronavirus infections. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
Politics 03-07-2020

Croatia candidates: the PM, the singer and the ‘guy next door’

Croatians will choose their next prime minister in a parliamentary election on Sunday  (5 July) pitting conservative incumbent Andrej Plenković against the centre-left opposition leader Davor Bernardić.
Elections 06-05-2020

Croatia’s ruling conservatives target summer election

Croatia's conservative ruling party will seek a parliamentary election during the summer depending on the evolution of the coronavirus outbreak, one of its top officials said on Tuesday (5 May).

Behind medical masks, democracy is being suffocated

In the midst of its EU Council presidency, Croatia turned to the UAE and China for medical help, forgetting its current leadership role as the presiding country that should spur member states into coordinated action, writes Oriana Ivković Novokmet.
Politics 01-05-2020

Croatia president quits state ceremony in protest at Nazi-era salute

Croatia's President Zoran Milanovic walked away from a state wreath-laying ceremony on Friday (1 May) in protest at a Nazi-era slogan worn by one of the participants, exposing once again deep divisions in the EU's newest member.
Politics 14-04-2020

A Letter from the Frontline – Croatian civil society faces a double crisis

Civil society organisations have been badly hit by the COVID-19 crisis. In Croatia the earthquake on 22 March increased the burden for NGOs and charities. Cvjetana Plavsa-Matic, urges the EU to reflect the needs of NGOs and charities in the COVID-19 bail-out packages.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2020

Bulgaria delays entry into euro ‘waiting room’ until July

Bulgaria has delayed until July its plans to join the ERM2 Exchange Rate Mechanism, also known as the eurozone "waiting room", Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said Friday (21 February).

Bosnian police tussle with migrants protesting over camp conditions

Bosnian police scuffled on Saturday (15 February) with hundreds of migrants who tried to break out of an overcrowded camp during a protest over conditions at the facility and their treatment by authorities in nearby Croatia. The Miral camp lies...
Languages & Culture 03-02-2020

Croatia’s Rijeka celebrates capital of culture kickoff

A day after the European Union waved goodbye to Britain, Croatia's port city of Rijeka on Saturday (1 February) held festivities to celebrate its inauguration as a European capital of culture for 2020.

Top EU court says ‘no juridiction’ over Croatia-Slovenia border row

The European Union's top court has no jurisdiction to settle a long-running border dispute between EU members Slovenia and Croatia, the European Court of Justice ruled on Friday (31 January), possibly complicating Zagreb's plan to join the passport-free Schengen area.
Global Europe 29-01-2020

USA is increasingly problematic, EU should restore ties with Russia

Washington, the European Union’s main ally, has in recent years earned the reputation of a country that creates rather than solves problems. But the EU can now normalise and restore recently broken relations with Russia, which has been and will...
Elections 13-01-2020

Croatia president blames poll defeat on sexism, ‘fake news’

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Saturday (11 January) blamed sexism and "fake news" for her defeat in elections last week, as well as a rival who split the right-wing electorate she was counting on.
Economy & Jobs 10-01-2020

Fairer EU research funding needed to halt brain drain: Croatia minister

Cash from the EU's research funds must be spread beyond the "old men's club" of prestigious institutions in richer member states to curb the brain drain exacerbating inequalities across the bloc, a Croatian minister said on Thursday (9 January).
Politics 09-01-2020

Ombudsman slams EU Council for tolerating presidencies’ private sponsorship

With Coca Cola and BMW sponsoring Romania and Finland during their respective EU Council presidencies last year, it would appear that member states have no qualms with private sector funding. But the European Ombudsman finds that this tarnishes the EU's reputation. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Croatia highlights its Schengen and Eurozone ambitions

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković made it clear that Croatia, the latest EU newcomer, wants to join as soon as possible the Union’s inner circles – the borderless Schengen space and the Eurozone.
Elections 06-01-2020

Former leftist Prime Minister wins Croatia presidential poll

Leftist former prime minister Zoran Milanovic, who has pledged to make Croatia a tolerant country turning the page on its wartime past, won Sunday’s presidential run-off vote, defeating the incumbent conservative leader. Milanovic took 52.7% of the vote while President...

UN official ‘concerned’ about denial of access to asylum procedures in Croatia

The Croatian government must ‘urgently’ address reports suggesting it is denying access to asylum procedures in the country, a high-ranking official from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) told EURACTIV Croatia in an interview.
Elections 23-12-2019

Croatian president to face centre-left ex-PM in run-off

Croatia's conservative president narrowly made it to a run-off election against a centre-left former premier on Sunday (22 December), after a nationalist folk singer won over a large chunk of her camp's far-right wing.
Elections 20-12-2019

Croatia to pick a president in tight three-way race

A nationalist folk singer and a leftist former premier are challenging Croatia's conservative president in a close election race on Sunday (22 December) that could loosen her camp's grip on power.

EU court ‘should not intervene’ in Croatia-Slovenia border dispute

An adviser at the EU Court of Justice agreed with Croatia on Wednesday (11 December) that settling the border between Slovenia and Croatia was not a matter on which EU courts should rule.
Agrifood 20-11-2019

Keeping young farmers in rural areas is the biggest challenge for Croatia

Generational renewal of Croatian agriculture is a slow process burdened with negative demographic trends, constant migration and a non-competitive market. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
Politics 23-10-2019

Croatia gets Commission nod for Schengen but may still wait

The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. In this edition: Croatia gets the nod from the European Commission to join Schengen but Slovenia may veto; Germany's Syria proposal 'irritates' partners while Macron faces a new scandal and much more.....
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