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Klauški, Tomislav

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24 Sata - Croatia | 08/12/2015

No unity government for Croatia

A month after the parliamentary elections in Croatia, the third-strongest party Most wants to form a unity government with the two largest parties, the conservative HDZ and the social democratic SDP. But such a formation would be undemocratic, the conservative tabloid 24 Sata warns: "Putting the emphasis on unity would perhaps be a noble undertaking if it did not at the same time destroy all sense of diversity. And such diversity is the main strength of true democracy. ... Why should we go out and vote if everyone we vote for ends up working together? ... Croatia has come too far from communist one-party rule, the monopoly of the HDZ and the polarisation into left and right, to come to a standstill with a unity government. During this transition Croatia has never had a true multi-party system. But what we need is competing ideas and programmes, not for everything to be brought under one roof."

24 Sata - Croatia | 03/11/2015

Croatian parties rely on panic-mongering

In the run-up to Sunday's parliamentary elections Croatian politicians are fuelling fears and prejudices to divert the voters' attention from key topics, the conservative tabloid 24 Sata criticises: "They say fear is good when it's inspired by God. That's why the election platform of [social democratic Prime Minister] Zoran Milanović is based on fears that [national conservative opposition leader] Tomislav Karamarko could come to power. By giving his election platform this focus, Milanović has mobilised swing voters and diverted attention from his own failures and mistakes. ... Nevertheless it never occurs to Karamarko to improve his own image. ... Maybe he thinks these fears make him seem bigger, more imposing and more powerful? The HDZ has fanned fears of the 'reds', while the SDP has been whipping up fears of the 'blacks'. With this 'balance of fear', the right and the left have eradicated any competition in the election campaign. But at the same time they have quashed any debate about programmes or people, reforms or strategies. It doesn't matter who's the better of the two. All that counts is who can instil more fear in the voters."

24 Sata - Croatia | 20/10/2014

Bulls-eye against Zagreb's political mafia

Croatia's national anti-corruption authority Uskok announced that the long-time mayor of the Croatian capital Zagreb, Milan Bandić, was arrested on Sunday along with other municipal politicians on charges of corruption. At last a big fish has been caught, the tabloid 24 Sata comments jubilantly: "The headline that Milan Bandić has been arrested 'for corruption' sounds almost comical in view of the fact that his name has been practically synonymous with corruption for the past decade. Now the only question is which offences he will be brought to book for - after all, the list is endless. And it's also unclear why Bandić hasn't even been questioned once in an entire decade, never mind arrested. ... This essentially demonstrates how big and powerful his corrupt family network is. Clearing up the mess of Bandić's legacy will be much harder than his arrest was."

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