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Is Croatia fit for the EU?


Croatia will join the European Union on July 1. Critics castigate the country for corruption and economic stagnation, while Croats view their accession to the crisis-ridden Union with scepticism. The press discusses whether the Balkan state is ready for membership.


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Monday, 30. June 2014

Croatia's sad EU anniversary

Exactly one year ago on July 1 Croatia became a member of the European Union. But the country has no reason to celebrate this first anniversary, the liberal daily Jutarnji List comments: » more


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Saturday, 21. December 2013

EU accession hasn't helped Croatia

Despite its EU accession, 2013 was not a joyful year of economic revival for Croatia, the liberal daily Jutarnji List writes: » more


Večernji list - Croatia | Monday, 28. October 2013

EU member Croatia to pay dearly for corruption

Public prosecutors in Croatia ordered six top managers of various construction firms and state-owned companies to be put in detention pending trial last Thursday. They are suspected of embezzlement and bribery to the tune of several million euros in connection with Croatian motorway projects. As an EU member the country can no longer afford to be implicated in such large-scale corruption scandals, the conservative daily Večernji List points out: » more


Novi list - Croatia | Wednesday, 23. October 2013

Croatia to feel impact of Europe's austerity

At five percent of the GDP Croatia's budget deficit is two points above the limit set by the Maastricht criteria. The figures published by European statistics agency Eurostat on Monday mean that deficit proceedings will now be launched against the EU's newest member, the left-liberal daily Novi List comments: » more


Večernji list - Croatia | Monday, 14. October 2013

Croatia misses out on a billion euros

Over a billion euros per year in EU funding is at Croatia's disposal in various EU funds. But the new member state has failed to prepare itself for the administrative task of securing the funding. Now these subsidies could simply expire, the conservative daily Vecernji List warns: » more


Novi list - Croatia | Friday, 11. October 2013

Zlatko Crnčec on the lack of content in Croatian politics

In the past 22 years Croatia's political elite has failed to give genuine meaning to the major goals of independence and EU integration, columnist Zlatko Crnčec writes in the left-liberal daily Novi List: » more


Večernji list - Croatia | Monday, 7. October 2013

Croatia can't celebrate EU membership

Croatia has been a full member of the EU for 100 days. The government's reluctance to take public stock of the country's membership so far is hardly surprising, according to the conservative daily Večernji List, for there is little to celebrate: » more


Main focus of Wednesday, 18. September 2013

EU wants sanctions against Croatia

In the row over the extradition of criminals the European Commission wants to impose sanctions against Croatia, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding announced on Tuesday. ... » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 18. September 2013

Take harsh measures against Croatia

The fact that Croatia is refusing to implement EU law just three months after joining is nothing short of impudence, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitng writes. With an eye to the experiences with Romania and Bulgaria, the paper calls for tough action against the most recent EU member: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 18. September 2013

Clear message needed from Brussels

With his resistance to the European arrest warrant Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović is instinctively obeying a nationalist reflex, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes and calls for a clear signal from the EU: » more


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Wednesday, 18. September 2013

Zagreb entitled to defend itself against EU

In the dispute between the Croatian government and EU Commissioner Viviane Reding over the application of European arrest warrants, the liberal daily Jutarnji List sides with the government: » more


tportal.hr - Croatia | Friday, 12. July 2013

Croatians trust EU more than their own state

Since their EU accession on July 1, Croatians have spent hours queuing up for EU identity cards - although they already have perfectly valid papers and don't need the new ones. On the liberal web portal t.portal.hr Croatian author Slavenka Drakulić sees this as symptomatic of the Croatians' deep mistrust of the state: » more


Večernji list - Croatia | Wednesday, 3. July 2013

Strike by market women in Croatia unjustified

The market women who sell goods at Croatia's weekly markets have been on strike since Monday. They are protesting against the introduction of cash registers and financial controls at market stands. Their concerns are unfounded, writes the conservative daily Večernji List: » more


Kainuun Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, 2. July 2013

Peace more important than money for Croatia

Croatia's EU accession is relevant for the country not just economically, the liberal daily Kainuun Sanomat argues, noting that the prospect of stability and enduring peace in the region is even more important: » more


Main focus of Monday, 1. July 2013

Croatia celebrates accession to EU

A ceremony was held in the Croatian capital of Zagreb on Sunday night to celebrate the country's accession to the EU. Some commentators see the ... » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 1. July 2013

EU repeats old mistakes

The EU has once again closed its eyes to many problems in the accession negotiations with Croatia, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments looking back on the process: » more


Les Echos - France | Monday, 1. July 2013

Enlargement reaches its limits

Croatia's EU accession basically sends a positive signal, the liberal business paper Les Echos writes, but the paper warns against unlimited expansion of the Union: » more


Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Monday, 1. July 2013

Croatia deserves to join

With Croatia's accession the EU is paying just tribute to Zagreb's efforts and benefiting in the process, the liberal business paper Hospodárské noviny writes: » more


Novi list - Croatia | Sunday, 30. June 2013

A boost for self-confidence and sovereignty

Croatia's EU accession is cause for celebration, the left-liberal daily Novi List comments in its weekend edition: » more


Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | Friday, 28. June 2013

No one happy about Croatia's EU accession

Croatia will become the 28th member of the EU on Monday. But neither the country itself nor Brussels are particularly happy about this, the conservative daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna believes: » more


Večernji list - Croatia | Thursday, 27. June 2013

Croatia not a constitutional state for Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled her participation in Croatia's EU accession celebrations in Zagreb on Sunday. Croatian media suspect her motive lies with the Croatian government's aim of recognising European arrest warrants only for infractions committed after 2002. That would also apply to former secret service agent Josip Perković, who is wanted by Germany in connection with a murder committed in 1983. The conservative daily Večernji List comments: » more


Večernji list - Croatia | Wednesday, 26. June 2013

Croatians not yet mentally prepared for EU

Croatia will join the EU on July 1. But what does the country expect from Europe and what does it have to offer, the conservative daily Večernji List asks: » more


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 25. June 2013

Jelena Lovrić on the purpose of Croatia as a state in a federation

Croatia celebrates its 22th anniversary of its founding today - six days before it joins the EU. But national states and federations only make sense when they serve the people, columnist Jelena Lovrić writes in the liberal daily Jutarnji List: » more


Novi list - Croatia | Monday, 24. June 2013

After Croatia Serbia knocks on EU's door

The decision over whether and when EU accession negotiations with Serbia will get under way will be taken in Brussels on Friday. Now the Serbs are in for the same frustrations that the Croatians were subjected to for the past ten years, the left-liberal daily Novi List sighs: » more


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Friday, 21. June 2013

Zagreb's clever switch to Slovenian energy

The Croatian government on Tuesday decided in favour of signing a supply contract with the Slovenian electricity company GEMI-I that will apply for the entire state administration for two years. The state-owned Croatian electricity supplier HEP lost the bid for the contract. The liberal daily Jutarnji List praises the decision as clever, bold and effective: » more


Novi list - Croatia | Wednesday, 19. June 2013

Croatia must hand over ex-spy

With Croatia's accession to the EU, European arrest warrants will also apply in the new member state. For years Germany has been demanding the extradition of Josip Perković, who was an agent for the Yugoslavian state security service and is allegedly responsible for the deaths of several dissidents. The Croatian parliament now plans to pass a law preventing his extradition, the left-liberal newspaper Novi List criticises: » more


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Friday, 14. June 2013

Croatian justice needs critical distance

The Croatian media are currently discussing the conduct of several judges who maintain friendly ties with allegedly corrupt figures from politics and the business world. The judges of the future EU member state should keep their distance from those on whom they pass sentence, the left-liberal daily Jutarnji List warns: » more


Novi list - Croatia | Tuesday, 11. June 2013

Croats promise themselves too much from euro

With their EU accession on July 1 the Croats are also hoping to convert as quickly as possible to the euro, which is already frequently used as a means of payment in the country. But too much exuberance is out of place, the left-liberal daily Novi List warns: » more


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Wednesday, 5. June 2013

No room for Croatian workers in the EU

Croatia will become a member of the EU on July 1. The fact that Germany, Austria and other member states want to restrict access to their labour markets for years to come has no economic justification and can be put down to populist propaganda, the liberal daily Jutarnji List complains: » more



Novi list - Croatia | Friday, 3. May 2013

Cheap quiz show to promote EU in Croatia

Shortly before Croatia joins the EU on July 1, there is no sign of Euphoria in the country. In response the public broadcaster HTV has aired its new quiz show EUnigma, which is meant to promote the EU among viewers. The 190,000 euros in subsidies received from the EU are a particular source of pride. That doesn't stop the show from being a total embarrassment, the left-leaning daily Novi List writes: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 16. April 2013

Croats don't care about European elections

The citizens of Croatia, which joins the EU on July 1, elected their members of the European Parliament for the first time on Sunday. According to the left-liberal daily Delo, the low voter turnout of just 20.8 percent is proof that the politicians have failed to bring the Croatians closer to Europe: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 2. April 2013

Thaw in relations between Slovenia and Croatia

The Slovenian parliament will ratify Croatia's EU accession treaty today, Tuesday. This will improve the tense relations between Slovenia and Croatia, the left-liberal daily Delo observes: » more


Žurnal24 online - Slovenia | Monday, 27. August 2012

Croatia expects too much of EU membership

Croatia's accession to the EU, expected for July 2013, will take place in circumstances very different to those that prevailed when Slovenia joined eight years ago and there was no sign of a crisis, the daily Žurnal24 notes: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 20. March 2012

Fresh start in Slovenian-Croat relations

Slovenia's Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec visited Croatia on Monday in what was the first official visit of a Slovenian foreign minister to the neighbouring country since 2004. Even if the long-standing border dispute still hasn't been resolved the daily Delo sees hope that Erjavec's visit could mark a fresh start in relations between the two countries: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 23. January 2012

Pragmatism wins in Croatia

The Croatian Yes to the EU has more to do with economic pragmatism than genuine conviction, writes the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 23. January 2012

Still no enthusiasm for Europe

A majority of Croatians have voted in favour of joining the EU, but the turnout was under 50 percent. Enthusiasm for the European project is still lacking, writes the left-liberal daily Delo: » more


Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 23. January 2012

EU enlargement over for now

Croatia will be the last country in the Balkans to join the EU for some time to come, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny comments: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Sunday, 22. January 2012

Brussels' move an insult to Greeks

Croatia's likely accession to the EU is a slap in the face for the Greeks, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: » more


Dnevnik - Slovenia | Friday, 9. December 2011

Croatia must earn its EU accession

Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor signs the agreement for the country's accession to the European Union at the EU summit today, Friday, in Brussels. Croatia is to become the EU's 28th member state on July 1, 2013. But the country needs to continue showing that it is mature enough to join, the left-liberal daily Dnevnik comments: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 8. June 2011

Croatia poised for EU membership

After concluding membership talks with Croatia the EU Commission plans to give the EU Council of Ministers a positive recommendation, paving the way for Croatia to join the EU in July 2013. But there is still a lack of consensus on issues like the protection of ethnic minorities, writes the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore: » more

 

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