Croatia

    • Croatia's ruling conservatives win parliamentary election

      Croatia's ruling conservatives win parliamentary election

      Croatia’s ruling centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) convincingly won a parliamentary election on Sunday, held at a time of rising coronavirus infections and a sharp economic downturn due to the pandemic. The official results after around 60% of votes were counted gave the HDZ 68 seats in the 151-seat parliament, while its top opponent, the Social Democrats (SDP) and its small allies, secured 43 seats.

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    • Croatia heads for tight polls amid ongoing pandemic

      Croatia heads for tight polls amid ongoing pandemic

      Croatians will go to polls on Sunday to elects new parliament amid rising coronavirus cases, which is putting further pressure on ruling conservatives facing stiff opposition by their traditional centre-left rivals and a new nationalist party, which at the end could become kingmaker, news wires reported. Polls put the two biggest political parties neck-to-neck.

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    • Slovenia strengthens border police, expects migrant wave

      Slovenia strengthens border police, expects migrant wave

      Slovenia has sent some 1,000 additional police to the border with Croatia to counter an expected surge in migration toward Western Europe with the easing of lockdown measures across Europe, authorities have said. Police at the border are equiped with surveillance drones, thermal cameras, motion detection cameras and helicopters, and will be assisted by the military and the specialised border control units and police dogs.

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    • Croatia impatient to welcome tourists

      Croatia impatient to welcome tourists

      A few European tourists have returned to Croatia's picturesque Adriatic coast, where the owners of boats, hotels and campsites are hoping their relative isolation will bring the numbers up over the next six weeks, news wires reported. Tourism accounts for almost a fifth of Croatia's economic output, which the government expects to shrink by almost 10% this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    • Police in Bosnia, Croatia arrest migrant traffickers with Europol’s support

      Police in Bosnia, Croatia arrest migrant traffickers with Europol’s support

      Police from Bosnia, Croatia and regional agency Europol caught eight suspected traffickers on Wednesday and blocked the smuggling of 45 migrants into the EU, news wires reported. The detainees are suspected of transporting, hiding and smuggling migrants mostly from Turkey via Bosnia into EU member Croatia and onwards to Italy, Bosnia's state prosecutor's office said, calling the arrests the region's most comprehensive operation this year.

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    • Serbian soldiers stop migrants to enter EU at border with Croatia

      Serbian soldiers stop migrants to enter EU at border with Croatia

      Armed Serbian soldiers are now guarding a migrant camp on the border with Croatia in an attempt to prevent the migrants from trying to cross into the European Union, news wires reported.  The decision to station soldiers at the camp came after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic a week ago held talks with PM Victor Orban of neighbouring Hungary, who is one of the most vociferous opponents of illegal migration into Europe, Reuters recalls.

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    • Croatia to hold parliamentary election on 5 July

      Croatia to hold parliamentary election on 5 July

      The President of Croatia Zoran Milanovic called on Wednesday a parliamentary election for 5 July, a statement issued by his office reads. The election will pit the ruling centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) against the top opposition Social Democrats (SDP) party, which is trailing slightly in opinion polls.

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