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22 Dec 14

Croatia: Economic Crisis Here to Stay

Continuing gloom about the country’s economic prospects marked the year, which also saw a dip in relations with Serbia and a number of new pushes to call referendums.

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17 Dec 14

Ivo Josipovic: Acting and Future president?

Josipovic is still the favourite to win the presidential election and so gain a second term - but he is dogged by the sharply declining fortunes of the party backing him.

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17 Dec 14

Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, Hope of the Centre-Right

The HDZ contender in the campaign is bright and ambitious – but splits in her own camp are almost certain to deny her the presidency.

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17 Dec 14

Why Arkan’s Exploits Aren’t News in Serbia

It came as no surprise that the glamorous birthday party of paramilitary chief Zeljko Raznatovic’s son got more coverage than BIRN’s report on the wartime brutality of his ‘Tigers’.

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11 Dec 14

Balkan States Face Questions on CIA Report

Officials in several Balkan states have questions to answer about their countries’ involvement with CIA detention and rendition programs in the ‘war on terror’.

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11 Dec 14

Croatian Winter’s Tale Impresses British Theatregoers

New play about three generations of a family in Zagreb is drawing the crowds in London.

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08 Dec 14

Arkan’s Paramilitaries: Tigers Who Escaped Justice

Paramilitaries led by notorious Serbian warlord Zeljko Raznatovic, alias Arkan, fought their way through Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo – so why were none of them jailed for his unit’s crimes?

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12 Nov 14

Islands Seek Direction in Seas of Change

Islanders in Croatia and Greece enjoy an enchanting way of life but face challenges posed by isolation and ageing populations.

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23 Oct 14

Mayor’s Arrest Holds Important Lessons for Croatia

After the arrest and trial of former prime minister Ivo Sanader, the arrest of Milan Bandic shows that no one is untouchable in the fight against corruption in Croatia.

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01 Oct 14

Croatia Stifles Green Power’s Growth with Red Tape

While other EU countries race to meet EU renewable energy standards, Croatia is slowing its development with unrealistic quotas and bureaucratic obstacles.

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24 Sep 14

Intelligence Chiefs’ Trial Promises Yugoslav Spy Revelations

The murder trial of former Yugoslav spy bosses Zdravko Mustac and Josip Perkovic could expose the past crimes and continued influence of intelligence service officials in Croatia.

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17 Sep 14

Croatia’s Roma Children Battle to Make the Grade

Few Croatian Roma get a decent education – the only pathway out of their isolated ghetto-like communities - but some are struggling against the odds.

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25 Aug 14

Vukovar Battle Anniversary Highlights Croatia Divisions

As Croatian war veterans commemorate victims of the longest battle of the 1991-95 conflict, ethnic tensions in war-traumatised Vukovar remain troubled after a campaign to limit Serb minority rights.

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12 Aug 14

Croatia’s Language Dispute Leaves Minorities Nervous

Croatia’s constitutional court will soon decide if there will be a referendum on reducing ethnic minorities’ language rights – a move which could encourage nationalist extremism, experts warn.

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05 Aug 14

The Lost Victims of Croatia’s Victorious Campaign

Nineteen years after Croatian forces seized back swathes of territory from Serb control during ‘Operation Storm’, relatives of those killed are still demanding answers from Zagreb about their loved ones’ fates.