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Profile 28 Nov 11

Zoran Milanovic: An Enigma Poised For Power

The SDP leader is the pollsters’ favourite to win the election on December 4 but the jury is still out on whether the country will actually be voting for him - or just against the HDZ.

By Boris Pavelic
Zagreb

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Analysis

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01 Dec 11 Croatia’s New Leaders Face Bleak Economic Outlook

A triple whammy of company insolvency, a growing annual deficit and a mountain of external debt threaten to overwhelm whoever takes power after December 4.

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29 Nov 11 Scandal-Weary Croats Appear Ready for Change

Days ahead of the vote on December 4, voters seem ready to hand power to a four-party, centre-left coalition – whose main plus point is that it isn’t the current government.

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26 Oct 11 Croatia's HDZ Shifts Right in Hunt for Votes

Ruling party seems to be returning to classic nationalist politics with the passage of a controversial law on war crimes, but the shift is is unlikely to derail Croatia's EU accession in 2013.

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16 Sep 11 Croatia’s Kosor Pins Poll Hopes on Red Threat

With elections round the corner, and the polls looking dire, the HDZ leader is hoping that talk of the ‘Communist’ danger will rescue her sinking fortunes.

Key Contenders

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Zoran Milanovic: An Enigma Poised For Power

The SDP leader is the pollsters’ favourite to win the election on December 4 but the jury is still out on whether the country will actually be voting for him - or just against the HDZ.

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Jadranka Kosor, Defiant in Face of Defeat

Two weeks ahead of voting day, few believe the embattled HDZ leader can pull off a victory. But none can dispute the energy with which she has tackled formidable challenges.

Interview

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Mesic: ‘Croatia Demonising Partisans, Rehabilitating Fascists’

Former president Stjepan Mesic lambasts a dirty election campaign, foresees splits in the ruling HDZ - and describes the arrest of a former minister as the latest chapter in the rehabilitation of the Fascist Ustashe movement.