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New Government Takes Power in Croatia

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A new center-left coalition government has taken power in the former Yugoslav republic of Croatia, ending eight years of conservative rule. Zoran Milanovic of the SDP party and his 22-member cabinet were sworn in Friday in the capital Zagreb. At 45, Mr. Milanovic is Croatia’s youngest prime minister since independence in 1991. In remarks to […]

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Croatia Signs EU Accession Treaty, Decision on Serbia Delayed

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Croatia is poised to become the 28th member of the European Union in July 2013 after signing a long-awaited accession treaty with the bloc. The treaty was signed Friday in Brussels, and comes after six years of accession talks that involved pledges from Croatia to crack down on corruption. Its membership must still be ratified […]

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Croatian Opposition’s Election Victory Confirmed

Posted December 6th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Official results in Croatia’s parliamentary elections confirm the center-left opposition bloc defeated the ruling conservatives to take the lead in overhauling the economy before the country joins the European Union. Croatia’s state electoral commission says the four-party coalition known as “Kukuriku” , led by the Social Democratic Party, won 80 seats in the new 151-member […]

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Croatia’s conservatives ousted from power

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Croatian voters have ousted the ruling conservatives in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, handing the center-left opposition bloc a mandate to overhaul the economy before the country joins the European Union next year. With more than 50 percent of the votes counted, official results show the opposition “Kukuriku” coalition will take 76 seats in Croatia’s 151-seat parliament. […]

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Croatian Exit Polls Show Opposition Bloc Headed for Win

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Exit polls show Croatia’s center-left opposition bloc winning Sunday’s parliamentary elections by a wide margin, a victory that would break the long-dominant conservative grip on national politics in the Adriatic country. A survey released shortly after polls closed showed the opposition coalition carrying more than 44 percent of the vote, against just more than 22 […]

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Croatia Announces New Elections for December 4

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Croatian President Ivo Josipovic has announced that new parliamentary elections will be held on December 4. Mr. Josipovic made the announcement Monday, after Croatia’s parliament voted to dissolve on Friday. The ruling Croatian Democratic Union will take on a coalition of center-left parties, after the HDZ was shaken by a spate of corruption scandals. The […]

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Croatia Announces New Elections for December 4

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Croatian President Ivo Josipovic has announced that new parliamentary elections will be held on December 4. Mr. Josipovic made the announcement Monday, after Croatia’s parliament voted to dissolve on Friday. The ruling Croatian Democratic Union will take on a coalition of center-left parties, after the HDZ was shaken by a spate of corruption scandals. The […]

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Heart Problems Delay Trial of Ex-Croatian PM

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader left a Zagreb courtroom at the start of his corruption trial Friday, and headed instead to a hospital for testing. Mr. Sanader arrived at the Zagreb court complaining of chest pains. He apologized to the judge for his casual attire and said he had been told he was going […]

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Croatian Civic Groups Condemn Choice of War Criminal to Head Election List

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Croatian civic and rights activists have condemned a right-wing opposition party for naming a convicted war criminal to head its list for December general elections. The center for monitoring war crimes trials, Documenta, and the Citizens’ Committee for Human Rights issued a statement Tuesday saying that the choice of Branimir Glavas is without precedent in […]

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Judge Denies Bail for Ex-Croatian PM

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A Croatian court has ordered former prime minister Ivo Sanader to remain in jail pending his trial on corruption charges. Judge Kresimir Devcic of the Zagreb court ruled Monday that Mr. Sanader should not be released on bail because he is a flight risk. The judge made the decision despite an offer of more than […]

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