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20 Oct 16

Conservative NGO Pushes for Single-Sex Classes in Croatia

The combative NGO, ‘In the Name of the Family’, is holding a conference in Zagreb to lobby for the return of single-sex education, with the support of high state officials, as part of their campaign to re-traditionalise society.

18 Oct 16

Croatia’s Oscar Contender, A Tale of Love and War

A phone call from a war criminal changes two people’s lives in a film about the continuing impact of the 1990s conflict on relationships by Croatian director Zrinko Ogresta.

06 Oct 16

Croats Uneasy Over Church Role in Kindergartens

Experts and parents in Croatia are split on whether the powerful Catholic Church should have a role in the nation’s pre-schools.

30 Sep 16

Davor Ivo Stier, Ideologist Behind Croatian HDZ’s Centrist Path

The new political secretary of the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, is widely seen as the man steering the party towards the political centre ground - which should improve its coalition prospects.

29 Sep 16

Croatian Students Vow to Escalate War With Dean

Zagreb students threatening to block classes if the dean does not quit say their fight is over ‘the future of education and society’ - not just over the faculty.

28 Sep 16

Croatia’s WWII Revisionism ‘Terrifying’, Says Historian

British historian Rory Yeomans, who has researched the Croatian fascist Ustasa movement, says he is worried by attempts by politicians and academics to play down the crimes it committed in World War II.

12 Sep 16

Right’s Win in Croatia Adds to Left’s Woes in Europe

The success of the main conservative party in the Croatian general elections confirms a continent-wide trend towards the right.

09 Sep 16

Zoran Milanovic, Verbal Firebrand of Croatia's Left

The long-time leader of Croatia’s main centre-left party is staying true to his usual aggressive, even rude, style of communication – although whether voters respond to it remains to be seen.

07 Sep 16

Croatia’s Elections Offer Few Choices for Moderates

Radical rhetoric from both right and left-wing parties has been increasing steadily ahead of Croatia’s parliamentary elections, narrowing the political options for the country’s moderate left-leaning voters.

05 Sep 16

Croatia Election Result May Resemble Last One

Croatia’s early parliamentary elections will most likely deliver a similar result to those held last November - with a grand left-right coalition ‘highly unlikely’, experts say.

05 Sep 16

Balkan Leaders Revive Nationalism for Political Advantage

The increased nationalist rhetoric in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia is a ploy by some politicians to win votes at upcoming elections and by others to distract from economic problems, experts argue.

31 Aug 16

A Balkan Quarrel in a Donald Trump Style

This summer’s escalation of heated exchanges between Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has produced a sense of déjà vu, but with a contemporary hint of Trump’s belligerent rhetoric.

31 Aug 16

Zagreb Mayor Plays for Premiership Prize

Zagreb’s longstanding mayor Milan Bandic is conducting a vigorous campaign to win the prime minister’s post at Croatia’s elections - even though his own political party is tiny.

23 Aug 16

Croatian Church Urges Right-Wing Election Win

The Croatian Catholic Church in Croatia is getting involved in the upcoming elections because it fears that the main centre-right party - the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ - could lose.

22 Aug 16

Western Failures Give New Life to Old Balkan Ghosts

The EU and US’s failure to better defend democracy and human rights in Turkey, where a government crackdown on opponents is continuing, sends a dangerous message to Balkan political elites.