Analysis 17 May 17

Croatia Braces for Local Elections amid Growing Crisis

Besides establishing local administrations, upcoming Croatian elections are also expected to indicate the biggest winners and losers in Croatia's growing political turmoil.

Sven Milekic
Andrej Plenkovic - in search of a majority in the parliament. Photo: BETAPHOTO/HINA/Lana SLIVAR DOMINIC/DS

Croatia's voters are set to enter polling stations on May 21 to vote in a ballot, the importance of which stretches far beyond the election of political representatives in municipalities, cities and counties.

Elections come amid a series of political crises which have shaken the local political scene, including the breakup of the ruling coalition made up of the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, and the Bridge, of Independent Lists, MOST. There was also a subsequent split within the main HDZ party and the downfall of Croatia’s biggest private company Agrokor.

This turmoil has significantly weakened the Croatian government which currently holds a fragile parliamentary majority thanks to independent and opposition MPs.

In this situation, local Croatian elections may directly impact the forming of the new governing majority in parliament or could result in early parliamentary elections, analysts said.

Subscribe to Balkan Insight Premium to read the full article.

Please login to your account below if you are already a Premium Subscriber.

Buy Premium Subscription

Our Premium Service gives you full access to all content published on, including analyses, investigations, comments, interviews and more. Choose your subscription today and get unparalleled in-depth coverage of the Western Balkans.

Buy Premium Subscription

If you have trouble logging in or any other questions regarding you account, please contact us

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Premium Selection

20 Jul 17

Serbia in Two Minds Over New IMF Deal

With the economy in relatively good shape, a question mark hangs over whether Serbia needs a fresh arrangement with the Fund.

20 Jul 17

Kosovo War Court President Promises Impartial Justice

The president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Ekaterina Trendafilova, told BIRN the new court has no ethnic bias, will protect its witnesses from intimidation and deliver justice impartially and independently.

19 Jul 17

New Migrants Face Old Terrors on Balkan Route