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24 Sata - Croatia | Tuesday, November 3, 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."

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