Croatia

Croatian leader Stipe Mesic cancels Australian visit

CROATIAN President Stipe Mesic has called off official visits to Australia, New Zealand and Brazil this spring due to the economic crisis hitting the country’s budget, his office said. “Due to the economic circumstances forcing us to make cuts in the public sector, the President of Croatia has decided to …

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500 Croats At Commemorative Service For D. Puljic

A commemorative service was held in Stuttgart on Friday for Denis Puljic, whose life was taken by Tim Kretschmer in a massacre. A commemorative service was held in Stuttgart on Friday for Denis Puljic, a Croat whose life was taken by 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer at the end of his massacre …

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Croatia eyes EU membership by 2011

Croatia would continue bringing its legislation into line with the European Union in order to enter the pan-Europe bloc by 2011, Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic said in the Croatian capital Zagreb on Friday. Speaking after meeting his Hungarian counterpart Kinga Goencz, Jandrokovic said that Slovenia should not block Croatia’s …

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Croatian Reforms At Stake As EU Delay Looms

Analysts say the Croatian delay will drive another nail in the coffin of Balkan states` EU ambitions. A border dispute with Slovenia will prolong Croatia’s European Union entry talks into 2010 and may undermine Zagreb’s resolve to enforce the toughest reforms that still lie ahead. Analysts say the Croatian delay …

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Croatia sees 10-12 pct rise of unemployed in ’09

ZAGREB – Croatia is likely to have up to 25,000 more jobless this year, the head of the European Union candidate’s unemployment bureau said on Friday, giving a much lower estimate than employers and analysts. “Based on last year’s and this year’s expected growth figures, we estimate that annual average …

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Slovenia Says Croatia Must Agree Mediation Goals

Slovenia vetoed Zagreb`s EU accession talks in December because of the border dispute, which goes back to the 1991. Slovenia’s foreign minister insisted on Wednesday that Slovenia and Croatia must agree on the basic goal of an EU mediation effort in their border conflict before Croatia can continue its EU …

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World Bank official: Croatia behaves relatively well in economic crisis

Croatia was behaving relatively well in the present global economic crisis, unlike some other countries in the region that have been hit hard, a senior official of the World Bank said on Wednesday. Shigeo Katsu, World Bank vice president for Europe and Central Asia, said that this was partly thanks …

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Croatia to spend more on gas infrastructure

Croatia’s state-owned gas operator, Plinacro, has said it will invest heavily in 2009 to broaden its network and storage facilities. A four-year investment cycle is envisaged with 190 million euros being secured through the European Investment Bank.

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