Spotlight on Croatia

Green Parties in Croatia - How to Succeed in Staying out of Parliament

A poll by market research agency Gfk three years ago found that a well-organised Green political option could count on the support of at least 14 % of voters in Croatian parliamentary elections. That was a surprising result because it would mean that in this country where the Greens have not, barring visitors' status, entered Parliament since 1992, a potentially well-organised party would have a wide open path to become at least the third-strongest political force in the country. Yet, from one election to another, the Green parties in Croatia just confirm their status of eternal political outsiders. Image removed.Download Article

'No Money Can Buy This' Split - a City With(out) a View

Asked about the future of Diocletian‟s palace Split‟s current mayor Ţeljko Kerum, stated six years ago, when he was among the major city entrepreneurs: “I considered offering citizens living in the city centre 400 replacement apartments (…), and have the ancient premises converted into a tourism business. Image removed.Download Article


Print Media in Croatia - Destroyed by Tabloidisation and De-Professionalisation

Media are not just another business, they have an important social role to play: to thoroughly, accurately and timely inform the public so that the public can make informed choices. In that way, media are crucial for a proper functioning of the democratic system. Yet, the sorry state of print media in Croatia, yellow to the core, suggests that democracy in Croatia is in danger of being manipulated. Image removed.Download Article

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Croatia – the First Five Years

The post-communist development in Croatia started in 1989/1990, when the country was still a part of the SFR Yugoslavia. The first political parties started forming, at first as associations, in 1989, and the first free multiparty elections for the national parliament (Sabor) took place in April and May 1990. Image removed.Download Article

Why the EU Needs Croatia (Even More Than Croatia Needs the EU)

When in late 2005 the accession negotiations between Croatia and the EU officially started, a leading Croatian liberal daily triumphantly published the following headline all over its front page: "Bye, bye Balkans!" At that time, this was the prevailing and typical stance towards the European Union: some sort of  'self-fulfilling mythology'. Image removed.Download Article

Are Good Laws Enough? The Situation of Women in Croatia

In recent years, due to the crisis in Croatia which many experts compare with those in Greece or Hungary, the status of women has been deteriorating. This deterioration affects all aspects of life. This manifests itself in the fact that the main problems are common and seemingly 'everlasting': women account for the majority of the unemployed, ... Image removed.Download Article

Prides and Prejudices - Confessions of an LGBTIQ Activist

In 1976, the year I was born, homosexuality in Yugoslavia was a crime punishable with up to one year imprisonment. Incidentally, this law referred only to “unnatural fornication between males”, whereas sex between women was not mentioned; either because it wasn’t recognised as a possibility or because male-free practices of any kind (social or sexual) are often not taken too seriously. Whatever the reason, lesbianism stayed out of sight and out of mind ... Image removed.Download Article

Local Voices Expressing Global Concerns: Academic Resistance in the Croatian Science and Higher Education Area

Public demonstrations in protest of neoliberalism and its effects on higher education have become a global phenomenon. The latest example is the student protest in Quebec which is both a revolt against tuition fee increases and the broader political and economic setting which encourages such a policy ... Image removed.Download Article

Anti-Corruption Policy in Croatia: a Benchmark for EU Accession

In 1998, the European Commission concluded in its evaluation of the central and east European countries' requests for EU membership in the context of the preparation for Agenda 2000 that the fight against political corruption in these countries needed to be upgraded ... Image removed.Download Article

Lost in Cacophony

Croatia has been going through the first weeks of 2012 in the accelerated rhythm of the referendum on the accession to the European Union. As the date of the referendum, 22 January comes closer, the rhythm is approaching a fast staccato. Indeed, everything reminds us of such clear-cut, distinctive notes. These days everybody, whether they are ‘for’ Croatian membership in the European Union or ‘against’ it, is playing their own notes with little attention to the other. Croatia is deafened by the confusing pre-referendum cacophony ... Image removed.Download Article