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On the 1st of July 2013, Croatia is expected to become the 28th member of the European Union after it ended successfully the accession negotiations. The accession of a second country from former Yugoslavia to the EU (after Slovenia) is a big step forward for the region, as the expectations are this to serve as a catalyst for the European integration processes in the Western Balkans in the future. These processes have already been increasing after Montenegro started officially accession talks in 2012 and Serbia got a candidate country status; with Macedonia the European Commission has introduced a new approach - high level dialogue, while waiting for a solution to the dispute with Greece in order for the real accession talks to start; Bosnia and Herzegovina too is about to start on a journey to EU membership.

Because of this stir euinside decided to follow the events more closely and in July 2012 we have opened an office in Zagreb. From there we will be following the last steps of Croatia toward membership and also how are the other former Yugoslav republics moving onto this path. This is our main subject on Zagreb's accession, but please do follow the other subject of ours on the Western Balkans, where there are articles from the past 3 years of accession efforts of the countries in the region.

20 April 2018 11:49 The Incident Nobody Saw but Everybody Condemned

Serbia and Croatia know very well they have to repair their relations. The former to be able to join the EU, and the latter to avoid being perceived by its partners as an opportunist. It seems, however, that both countries are doing their utmost to show that a repair is impossible. The latest in ...

13 April 2018 14:54 Croatia Is in High Tourist Demand but There Are Downsides

In the past years, Croatia has turned into one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the EU, outperforming its competitors from the Northern Mediterranean (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain) in attracting international tourists. According to the Croatian ministry of tourism, 2017 w ...

6 October 2017 12:13 Croatia Chooses To Be in the EU Core

Croatia made its choice for its future in the EU by choosing, out of the several options of integration, to be in the core of the EU, which this autumn begins a major overhaul that will deepen the integration in areas like defence, security, justice, the euro area. Croatia Prime Minister Andrej ...

17 August 2017 12:09 Russia Has Got Croatia by the .... Agrokor

Someone I know recently asked me whether Russia is leading a hybrid war in Croatia. I had no hesitation in answering - the whole situation around Agrokor is an example of this, but there are other examples as well. Just two days after this conversation (August 13), one of the most popular Croati ...

23 May 2017 11:38 Croatia: A New Round of Instability for the Sake of Stability

Last fall, when snap elections took place in Croatia due to the crisis in the senior coalition partner - the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), and the collapsed coalition was repeated, but with renewed, more moderate leadership, it seemed like the former Yugoslav Republic, des ...

16 April 2018 15:58 Croatia Ratified the Istanbul Convention and It Was a Big Victory over Fake News

With 110 "for", 30 "against", and two abstentions the Croatian parliament ratified last week the Istanbul Convention aimed at fighting against violence against women and domestic violence. Just a few years ago, this piece of news would have hardly made its way to the headlines because there ...

6 November 2017 13:50 Croatia Is Starting Preparations To Join Eurozone

The EU's newest member state is starting for a new objective - membership, first in Schengen, and then in the euro area. The Croatian government expects preparations for Schengen to be completed in 2019 and for the euro area it will take more time. To Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic this is an e ...

24 August 2017 13:50 Only in the Balkans - Reforms Theft

You will probably not believe it, but in the Balkans the lack of rule of law and the tolerance of corruption have some fun aspects. This is the case with the theft of the most contentious reform in Croatia by ... Montenegro. No, this is not a joke and it's not a product of a local satiric site ...

6 June 2017 17:04 More Uncertainty in Croatia after the 2nd Round of Local Elections

The Conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party is the biggest and convincing winner in the second round of the local elections in the country, but the dilemma remains at national level whether a stable coalition partner will be found or snap elections will be the way to go. The governm ...

1 March 2017 10:32 Does Croatia Have the Political Will to Implement Reforms?

All reforms, concerning Croatia’s long-term future, are practically blocked. This is the conclusion of the European Commission report on macroeconomic imbalances. Croatia is among the six countries experiencing excessive macroeconomic imbalances and are thus placed under special ...

 
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The European Commission is to present the progress reports of the #WesternBalkans and Turkey. Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn will present the package just a couple of hours after French President Emmanuel #Macron announced he would not support any further enlargement before the EU had deepened. Stay tuned for live updates!
17 April 2018 15:31
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17 April 2018 16:03
Adelina Marini
#France President Emmanuel #Macron will address the European Parliament this morning and will take part in a debate. This will be an attempt to rescue his European agenda, which has been losing a lot of steam in the past months. Stay tuned for live updates
17 April 2018 09:42
Adelina Marini Long and passionate standing ovation after Emmanuel Macron finished speaking in the European Parliament
17 April 2018 13:22
Adelina Marini
The EU foreign ministers met today in Luxembourg for a regular Foreign Affairs Council to discuss the situation in #Syria after the coordinated strikes by France, UK and the US in response to the chemical attack in Douma. The ministers also discussed Iran's role in the conflict, relations with Russia, and the preparations for the summit with the Western Balkans in Sofia next month. The meeting ended a while ago. Coming up next is High Representative Federica Mogherini's press conference. Stay tuned for live updates
16 April 2018 18:02
Adelina Marini #FAC #Mogherini: We keep a very open channel with #Iran on the war in #Syria. We need to keep that channel of communication open
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