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Post EU ElectionsNo money for billboards in Croatia's EU election

15.05.14 @ 09:27

Much of the EU landscape is dotted with election posters as next week's vote approaches, but Croatia is an exception. In the EU's newest member state, the political parties are generally too under-funded to pay for ...

Post EU ElectionsNew Green party shakes up Croatia's political landscape

09.05.14 @ 09:27

With just weeks to go until the EU elections, opinion polls for the first time suggest that more Croatians will vote in favour of the centre-right opposition than the government centre-left coalition. The most recent ...

InvestigationArms deals and bribes: The downfall of Slovenia's former PM

30.04.14 @ 09:18

Former Slovene prime minister Janez Jansa was sentenced on Monday (28 April) to two years in prison over a high-profile scandal involving defence contracts and bribery. The decision by the Higher Court in Ljubljana, ...

Post EU ElectionsThreat of voter fraud haunts EU vote in Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia

18.03.14 @ 09:30

A sharp insight into the abuse of European democracy was revealed in the recent trial of Croatia's ex-Prime Minister Ivo Sanader. The ex-leader of the now-opposition Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) was sentenced in ...

Post EU ElectionsCroatian politicians chase coveted EP seats

19.02.14 @ 09:07

With a monthly salary of €6,700 plus daily expenses, most Croatian citizens perceive employment as a Member of the European Parliament as one of the best paid, most coveted and most comfortable positions on offer in ...

EU suspends Swiss talks on research and education

17.02.14 @ 09:54

EU-Swiss talks on EU-funded research and education programmes have been suspended following Bern's refusal to sign a reciprocal work permit deal with Croatia. “There was another round of negotiations due and we had said ...

EUobservedEU defuses Balkan time bomb

06.01.14 @ 09:33

Local elections in Balkan towns rarely make international headlines. But when masked men used baseball bats to smash ballot boxes in Kosovo's north Mitrovica one Sunday in November, the world took note. It was, perhaps, ...

Newest EU state bans gay marriage

02.12.13 @ 09:54

Over 65 percent of Croatians on Sunday (1 December) voted in favour of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a "union between a man and a woman." The result came after a high-profile campaign by the Roman ...

EU threats force Croatia to change law

25.09.13 @ 17:56

The European Commission says it will not lift its threat to fine Croatia despite assurances from Zagreb that it will swiftly amend its European Arrest Warrant (EAW) law in line with EU demands. Croatia’s minister of ...

OpinionBattle with Brussels is risky for Croatia PM

20.09.13 @ 09:11

As the European Commission announced on Wednesday (17 September) the activation of sanctions against the newest EU member state, Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic found himself politically isolated in the ...

Croatia to face EU fine after 'abusing' trust

17.09.13 @ 12:53

The European Commission has triggered punitive action against Croatia and accused it of breach of trust at the highest levels of government. The dispute relates to Zagreb's decision, three days before it joined the EU ...

Croatia on EU collision course over arrest warrant

26.08.13 @ 19:00

The European Commission is on collision course with Croatia after the EU's newest member state ignored demands to scrap laws exempting crimes committed during the Communist era and war crimes from the scope of the ...

EU tells Croatia to change law or face sanctions

21.08.13 @ 19:08

The European Commission is threatening sanctions against Croatia if it fails to revert national amendments made to the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). Mina Andreeva, a spokesperson for EU justice commissioner Viviane ...

AgendaUS bugging allegations in spotlight this WEEK

01.07.13 @ 17:31

Fallout from allegations that US security services bugged EU officials and buildings is expected to be uppermost in lawmakers' minds this week. Documents leaked to The Guardian by US whistleblower Edward Snowden ...

Croatia becomes 28th EU member state

01.07.13 @ 09:03

Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union at midnight Sunday (1 July), a decade after it started the process and less than 20 years after the end of its war of independence from Yugoslavia. Thousands lined ...

Asylum surge expected in ill-equiped Croatia

28.06.13 @ 17:00

An anticipated rise in asylum seekers is expected in an ill-equipped Croatia after it becomes the EU’s newest member state as of 1 July. US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Croatia’s reception centres are already ...

EU summit marks big moment for Western Balkans

28.06.13 @ 16:49

Leaders on Friday (28 June) endorsed the launch of Serbia accession talks and welcomed Croatia's impending EU entry. They said the first round of Serbia talks will take place no later than January 2014. "This is indeed ...

AgendaRussia summit and Latvian euro membership top bill this WEEK

03.06.13 @ 13:00

EU leaders will travel to Yekaterinburg on the Kazakhstan border for the latest EU-Russia summit on Monday and Tuesday (3-4 June). The EU's four-person team will be led by Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and ...

Croatia's EU commissioner to face MEPs' questions

03.06.13 @ 11:20

From 1 July, the European Commission is to have 28 members. But Croatia's nominee has to get through MEPs' question first. Deputies from the consumer protection and environment committees will hear from the career ...

Abysmal turnout in Croatia's EU vote

15.04.13 @ 09:43

Two and a half months before Croatia joins the EU, just 21 percent of voters bothered to cast ballots in Sunday's (14 April) election of 12 new MEPs. The turnout is less than half compared to the country's referendum on ...

EU warns Croatia on corruption, human trafficking

27.03.13 @ 10:16

With just three months left before Croatia joins the EU, the European Commission has urged it to do more to fight corruption and human trafficking. The commission's 15-page report, published on Tuesday (26 March) notes ...

OpinionEU should stop funding Croatia's corrupt networks

17.01.13 @ 20:44

Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based organisation, in December released a study stating that crime, corruption and tax evasion cost Croatia an astounding $15.2 billion (€11.3bn) from 2001 to 2010. During ...

British MPs question Croatia's EU credentials

07.11.12 @ 11:08

British MPs have voiced concern about human trafficking and broader criminality in Croatia as it gets set to join the EU. Deputies spoke out during a debate in parliament on Tuesday (6 November) on British ratification ...

FocusMiffed Croatian region fears unequal access to EU money

15.10.12 @ 09:09

For English-speakers it is a somewhat unfortunate acronym covering a dull-sounding issue. But for member states, Nuts - the EU system for statistically dividing up regions - is the key to access deep pots of money. ...

Slovenia puts €172mn price tag on Croatia's EU entry

21.09.12 @ 09:26

EU leaders in December signed Croatia's accession treaty, trumpeting the move as a sign the EU's enlargement programme is alive and well despite the euro crisis. But now Slovenia is threatening to block it over a €172 ...

OpinionEU must open its eyes to Balkan realities

23.05.12 @ 22:49

On his death in 1898, Otto Von Bismarck is quoted to have said that "If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans." He was right. A decade or so after his death a ...

OpinionMass unemployment in the Balkans – a need to act

12.04.12 @ 10:49

Leskovac, once known as the Serbian Manchester, is home to a textile industry that began in the 19th century, flourished under Communism, and has survived - albeit barely - until today. The town, which lies in the south ...

Croatians say Yes to EU accession

23.01.12 @ 09:22

Croatians voted in favour of joining the European Union on Sunday (22 January) in a popular referendum that will see it become the 28th member state. An estimated 42 percent of people voted making it among the lowest ...

Croatia: new EU member on the horizon

19.01.12 @ 18:20

After six years of negotiations and amid an ongoing territorial dispute with Slovenia, Croatia will hold a referendum on Sunday (22 January) to decide whether to become the 28th EU member state. The voting starts on ...

Poll: Majority of Croatians favour EU accession

09.01.12 @ 09:29

Despite the ongoing crisis sweeping across Europe and the threat of a eurozone breakup, the majority of Croatians favour joining the Union. Nearly 58 percent of Croatians want to join the European Union and become its ...

VideoCroatia to hold referendum on EU membership in February

12.12.11 @ 10:36

On the day Croatia signed the accession treaty to become the 28th member of the European Union in July 2013, incoming foreign affairs and Europe minister Vesna Pusić says tells EUobserver that a referendum on accession ...

EU and Croatia remind world the Union is still working

09.12.11 @ 13:13

Croatia and 27 EU leaders on Friday (9 December) signed the Balkan country's accession treaty amid fears of an EU break-up and solemn recollections of European wars. President Ivo Josipovic and outgoing Prime Minister ...

Centre-left wins in Croatia, scores well in Slovenia

05.12.11 @ 09:30

Elections on Sunday (4 December) brought to power a left-leaning coalition in Croatia, as predicted, but delivered a surprise result in neighbouring Slovenia, where a new centre-left party led by a businessman mayor ...

Yugoslavia and the profits of doom

02.12.11 @ 10:23

This article was first published on 100reporters.com, an investigative journalism website. As the nation once called Yugoslavia collapsed into a deadly maelstrom through the 1990s, the world largely stood mute in the ...

EU finalises Croatia membership treaty

14.09.11 @ 18:06

Member states on Wednesday (14 September) finalised the text of the EU accession treaty with Croatia, set to become the bloc's 28th member in 2013. There are no safeguard clauses attached to the treaty as was the case ...

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