Category Archives: Croatia

Oct 6 2015

James Ker-Lindsay on the refugee crisis: “I have never seen the EU so utterly divided and working against the very principles upon which it was built”

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How has the refugee crisis affected countries in South Eastern Europe? In a discussion on the situation in Serbia, Croatia and Hungary, James Ker-Lindsay argues that with no country – Germany included – managing to get all of their moves … Continue reading

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Jun 12 2015

Croatian war veterans: Coup de théâtre or coup d’état?

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Since October 2014, Croatian war veterans have been camping in front of the Ministry dedicated to them. They are protesting against the government in power and requesting more rights for themselves – though, relatively speaking, they have been treated as … Continue reading

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Mar 19 2015

Russia in the Balkans: Perceptions and Realities

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The pragmatic interests of the Balkan states – which lie in the direction of Europe – are imposing limits on the Kremlin’s drive to regain influence in the region. Dimitar Bechev summarises the Russia in the Balkans conference organised by … Continue reading

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Mar 19 2015

Croatia’s economy under Milanović: recession and policy response

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Milanović’s government in Croatia has entered its final year. Its decision to continue with the previous government’s policy of fiscal consolidation has overshadowed the initial aim to boost investment – to dismal consequences, argues LSEE’s Will Bartlett. The only hope … Continue reading

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Mar 17 2015

 Serbia – Croatia relations: No way forward in sight

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A rapprochement between Serbia and Croatia might well represent a stimulus for growth and normalisation across the Balkans, in a similar fashion to the French-German leadership in driving European integration back in the 1950s. How far are we from a comprehensive settlement? Milan Dinic sets … Continue reading

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Jan 28 2015

Serbia holds a position few others in Europe can match – but is yet to find how to use it

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‘Serbia certainly holds a position that few other states in Europe can match: it is a country that is seeking EU membership, and yet also has long standing close ties to Russia. However, it needs to be clear about how … Continue reading

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Jan 13 2015

6 key observations after Croatia’s presidential election

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The elections’ outcome will give HDZ a badly needed boost ahead of the more important parliamentary polls at the end of this year. Grabar-Kitarović could well use the presidency to score points on behalf of HDZ, especially with regard to … Continue reading

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Jan 9 2015

Never was a presidential election in Croatia such a close-run challenge

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On 11 January, Croatia will hold a second round of voting to elect the country’s next President. Višeslav Raos provides a comprehensive preview of the vote, noting that the elections are expected to give a clear indication of how the … Continue reading

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Sep 2 2014

The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries

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“If the EU is to maintain its stellar performance on freedom of expression, it should insist that candidate countries specifically demonstrate adherence to basic standards regarding press freedom laws and practices”, argues Freedom House’s Jennifer Dunham. Seven of the eight candidate or … Continue reading

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Jul 29 2014

The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? A framework for understanding youth unemployment in Croatia

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“Youth unemployment in Croatia did not simply explode during the Crisis: it was there all the time, it is structural in nature and was systematically ignored.” Nikola Buković of the Croatian Youth Network lays out a framework to understand and … Continue reading

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