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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).
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.
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.
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...
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.....
Agrifood 12-09-2019

Croatia takes preventive action to keep African swine fever away

The Croatian ministry of agriculture has announced new preventive measures which all farms must adopt in order to prevent the occurrence of the African swine fever (ASF) in the country. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
Economy & Jobs 05-07-2019

Croatia launches bid to join euro waiting room

Croatia launched Thursday (4 July) a bid to join Europe's Exchange Rate Mechanism II, the two-year waiting room for eurozone candidates which pegs their currencies to the euro, the national bank said.

Bosnians protest against migrant influx in border town

Several hundred Bosnians protested on Sunday (16 June) against an influx of migrants in the western border town of Bihac, warning of security and health risks from thousands sleeping rough. Bosnia, spared the big migrant wave of 2015, is now...
EU Elections 2019 05-06-2019

EU vote creates turmoil in Croatia’s ruling conservative party

The somewhat unexpected outcome of the recent EU elections has opened the Pandora’s Box in Croatia’s ruling conservative HDZ party, whose right-wing faction is now loudly highlighting the need for a leadership change.
EU Elections 2019 31-05-2019

Post-Brexit Parliament: Winners and losers

Brexit is set to change the shape of the new European Parliament, as seats will be redistributed among the remaining 27 member states in November if the current deadline is respected. Here are some of the winners and losers.
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.
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