Croatia: Huge military parade marks 20th anniversary of 'Operation Storm'
Ruptly TV Aug 4, 2015
Thousands of people lined the streets of Zagreb, Tuesday, to watch a military parade marking the 20th anniversary of 'Operation Storm'. The operation was decisive in sealing Croatian independence from Yugoslavia in 1995.
Serbia: Serbian Radicals burn Croatian flag, leader vows to establish 'Greater Serbia'
Ruptly TV Aug 5, 2015
Members and supporters of the Serbian Radical Party, including its leader Vojislav Seselj, burned Croatian flags in front of the Croatian embassy in Belgrade, Wednesday, during a protest against "the Croatian occupation" of the former self-proclaimed Republic of Serbian Krajina.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 12, 2015 19:24:09 GMT -5
Croatia's likely kingmaker wants all key parties in new government.
Reuters ZAGREB | BY IGOR ILIC World | Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:33pm EST
The head of Croatia's new reformist party, which is likely to hold the balance of power in forming a new government, said on Wednesday it wanted a government of national unity that included itself and the two major parties.
Parliamentary elections last weekend ended with neither of the main parties, the opposition conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the outgoing center-left coalition led by the Social Democrats (SDP), winning an outright majority.
The former took 59 seats in the 151-seat parliament, the latter 56 seats. Thus, the role of the likely kingmaker fell on the three-year-old Most (Croat for "bridge") party, which won 19 seats.
"We opened today talks with both HDZ and SDP," the head of Most, Bozo Petrov, told a news conference. "Our priority is the economy, and we think we need unity to deal with economic problems. That's why we proposed a government made of HDZ, SDP and us."
The HDZ leader Tomislav Karamarko rejected the idea. There was no immediate reaction from SDP.
"How can we sit at the same table with those that ruined the Croatian economy," Karamarko said on Nova TV.
Most says it is determined to overhaul Croatia's inefficient public sector and judiciary. It also wants the central bank to take a more active role in boosting a fragile economy, which is just now recovering after six straight years of recession.
"For some reforms we need to change the constitution," Petrov said. "That is why we want both HDZ and SDP to overcome differences and participate. We will continue with the talks. We will also propose our candidate for prime minister."
Most, a party comprising successful municipal politicians and experts in various fields, tapped into voter dissatisfaction with the failure of the two biggest parties to handle the country's economic problems.
"Croatia is in very serious economic situation and dramatic international circumstances related to the migrant crisis and problems within the EU. It requires a national consensus and joint action," Most said.
Croatia is on the Balkan route for migrants from the Middle East and Africa trying to reach Germany and other countries in western Europe. Some 350,000 migrants have passed through since mid-September. On Wednesday, Slovenia started erecting fences to control the flow of migrants from Croatia.
Last week, the European Commission urged Zagreb to cut its public debt, around 90 percent of gross domestic product, and budget deficit, which is nearly three percent of GDP.
Some analysts say a key danger for Most is whether it will be able to stick together as it gathers people of various political profiles. Petrov rejected the idea of any discord within the party.
"I hope there will be enough political wisdom in HDZ and SDP to accept our proposal and devote at least the next two years to working for public good," Petrov said.
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will start formal consultations with parliamentary parties on forming the new government next week.
Croatia: Construction work for Star Wars: Episode VIII set launches in Dubrovnik.
Ruptly TV Feb 24, 2016
Decorations and props were installed in the old town of Dubrovnik, Wednesday, for the set of a Star Wars: Episode VIII scene that will be shot in the Croatian city.
The production of the new Star Wars: Episode VIII has already launched in the UK and the crew will move to Dubrovnik for two weeks in March, beginning on March 9. At present, constructing work is ongoing on the iconic Stradun street and is scheduled to finish just ahead of the shooting period. The filming of Star Wars in the city is expected to attract tourists and promote Dubrovnik to film buffs around the world.
Dubrovnik featured in King’s Landing and was the fictional capital of Westeros in Game of Thrones for the HBO show.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 20, 2019 11:50:20 GMT -5
Croatian diplomat suspended for 'white Europe' comments.
Bbc.co.uk 6 hours ago
A senior Berlin-based Croatian diplomat has been accused of damaging her country's reputation after she wrote inflammatory Facebook posts alongside idyllic images of the Adriatic coast.
"Just white Europeans as it used to be only 30 years ago in the whole of Europe," wrote Elizabeta Madjarevic.
The foreign minister said she was being recalled.
The incident has embarrassed Croatia, which only joined the EU in 2013 and takes over its presidency next January.
The Facebook account of Ms Madjarevic, who is first secretary at the Berlin embassy, has now been deleted.
But the diplomat's views were exposed by Croatia's Index.hr website, which said that in an 8 August post, under sun-drenched images of Croatia, she referred to "white Europeans" and a "pure and authentic Europe". The comments were characteristic of white nationalists and neo-Nazis, it said.
Initially she defended her posts, arguing that she had a right to speak as a private individual. "I am neither an official nor a politician, but an ordinary person who has the right to privacy," she was quoted as writing on Facebook.
She also suggested her Facebook page had been hacked.
However, Index.hr reported that in earlier Facebook posts she had written about the "Islamisation agenda" of Muslims and espoused homophobic views. In one post she linked LGBTQ to paedophilia.
Ms Madjarevic was also outspoken about German attempts to integrate migrants into society, it said.
Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman, who until recently was Croatia's ambassador to Germany, rejected the diplomat's claim that her account had been hacked and stressed that a diplomat was never a private individual. She was suspended pending a civil service tribunal, he said.
"When you're a diplomat, you have to act like one and carry out state policy. Private life is over. If you aren't prepared for that, you can't be a diplomat," he was quoted as saying.
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic underlined his message by tweeting that diplomats served their country and should act accordingly.
"Croatia shares European values," she said. There was no place for racism or any form of xenophobia or intolerance in the diplomatic service, she added.
Croatian police have come under criticism in recent months for their treatment of migrants. A BBC report last month said that thousands of migrants had been illegally sent back to neighbouring Bosnia, and some had accused police of using force.
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