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Politics 17-05-2019

#EU2019 -Third time’s not the charm for EU’s newest member Croatia

Ever since Croatia joined the EU in July 2013, its membership has been so uneventful that it was almost invisible. Sadly, the same can be said for the EU's presence in Croatia.

Macron pleads for Schengen renegotiation, possibly with fewer members

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday (25 April) that he was in favour of renegotiating the internal-border-free Schengen area, even if the result would be a “Schengen space with less countries”.
EU-China 12-04-2019

China courts eastern Europe after key EU summit

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will meet leaders from eastern and central Europe in Croatia on Friday (12 April) to talk business, fresh from a key summit with EU where he pledged opening up his country's economy.
Enlargement 10-04-2019

Dubrovnik 16+1 summit rolls the red carpet for China

From coal plants to airports and bridges, China is forking out for investments across the Western Balkans, laying groundwork for a new battle for influence on the European Union's fringe.

Slovenia recalls ambassador from Croatia over spying incident

Slovenia has recalled its ambassador to Croatia over an unfolding scandal allegedly involving Croatia's secret service operations in Slovenia. The unprecedented move has chilled relations between the two neighbouring former Yugoslav republics. EURACTIV.hr reports.

All citizens are (not) the same in Croatia

Can you imagine being the only person that has different citizenship from your entire family, just because a bureaucrat at the civil registry made an error? Can you imagine trying to find a solution for decades while bureaucratic conundrum of both countries tirelessly keeps returning you back to the beginning?
EU Elections 2019 14-03-2019

EU country briefing: Croatia

Croatia is the EU´s youngest member, having only joined in 2013 following a referendum in the country in which 66% voted in favour. Its membership was considered an important step for stabilising the Balkan region that experienced war and conflict between 1991-2001.
Economy & Jobs 20-02-2019

Croats increasingly pull money from bank savings to avoid tax

Croatian citizens and entrepreneurs that keep their money in current and giro accounts, rather than in savings, are growing in number at historically high rates. Bundles of banknotes are more and more common in house vaults, socks and mattresses. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
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...
EU Elections 2019 30-11-2018

Géraldine Schwarz: ‘My grandmother was fascinated by Hitler’

Understanding the history of average people during the Second World War fills in the gaps in collective memory, which are often exploited by the far right in Europe. This is the argument made by Les Amnésiques (“The Amnesiacs”), which was awarded the 2018 European Book Prize and reads like a novel. EURACTIV France 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.

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.

Six EU countries – and counting – back out from the global migration pact

Bulgaria has become the sixth EU country after Hungary, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Croatia to signal that it will not sign the global migration agreement at a ceremony in Morocco in December.

Migrants block Bosnian border, scuffle with Croatian police

Several people were injured on Wednesday (24 October) as migrants demanding to cross Bosnia's northwestern border threw stones at Croatian police who responded by firing teargas and using batons to push them back, a Reuters photographer at the scene said.
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.
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.

Manfred Weber: Bulgaria and Croatia should join Schengen ‘immediately’

Bulgaria and Croatia should join the EU's passport-free Schengen area immediately, EPP group leader Manfred Weber said on Wednesday (12 September), in a friendly gesture to two Eastern European governments from his political family.
Energy 01-08-2018

Trump bets on new European LNG terminals but EU funds meagre

US President Donald Trump expects the European Union to fund 9 to 11 liquefied natural gas (LNG) ports to absorb “vastly” more shipments from the United States but current EU investment in new projects will only help open small markets.
Brexit 23-07-2018

Irish PM tours EU capitals as fears of hard Brexit grow

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar begins a tour of three European capitals to discuss Brexit and other issues on Monday (23 July), amid signs of continuing division between London, Brussels and Dublin on preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit next year.

EU rule of law generally good but clouds on the horizon

EU citizens generally think that judicial independence is going from strength-to-strength but in some countries, like newest member Croatia, the situation is still poor and even declining, according to the EU’s latest justice scoreboard.
Electric vehicles 22-05-2018

Europe’s attempts to spark an electric vehicle revolution

Transport is one of the EU’s few sectors where emissions are actually growing. Brussels believes that electric vehicle uptake is one of the main solutions to halt this trend but what steps are being taken to decarbonise our roads?
Economy & Jobs 16-05-2018

No changes on minimum national co-financing rate for Cohesion, says Croatia

Croatia is one of the best users of the EU's Cohesion funds and is ready to raise its national contribution to the EU budget but wants other member states to do the same, Croatian officials said on Tuesday (15 May). But they also warned against raising the rate of national co-financing of Cohesion programmes.

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