Guest blog post by Mehmet Ö?ütçü, chairman of the Global Resources Partnership, a boutique energy investment and geopolitical advisory consultancy Millions of tourists are descending on Croatia’s sun-kissed coast for the summer season, enjoying the tranquil Mediterranean waters. If only Croatia’s domestic political situation and external environment were as calm and carefree. For prime minister… » read more
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Building the Energy Union, the European Commission pretends that all is well for renewables in Croatia and unnecessarily fixates on diversifying gas supply instead of managing demand. by Toni Vidan, Energy programme co-ordinator at Zelena Akcija, Croatia; cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog In a series of blog posts, Bankwatch campaigners are weighing in on the… » read more
With regard to the production of geopolitical discourses, the field of critical geopolitics distinguishes between the “intellectuals of statecraft” and the “dissident intellectuals”. The intellectuals of statecraft are those whose activities are directed toward the extending and deepening the power of the status quo, whereas the dissident intellectuals endeavor to demystify and deconstruct the existing… » read more
I remember the young children of the war who always preferred to play on concret because green meant death for them. And I remember forests with mines that have not seen mankind or any greater animal for a decade because of the landmines. This year I would like to find out what happened with those kids who are becoming grown-ups these days and what happened with the forest without us. What is life exactly on a minefield? How people, animals and plants are effected?
Most of the time, the title of an article will draw my attention because it refers to an issue or topic that I am interested in, because it is humorous, or intriguing. And then once in a blue moon, a title will pop out at me from my computer screen that provokes a negative reaction… » read more
“Glass is half full, not half empty”. Jerzy Buzek began his speech with this statement on the press briefing yesterday (4th March). The polish politician received Ivo Popovic, the Croatian President was elected a few weeks ago, in order to continue the accessing negotiations. See more.
Today, I couldn’t help but remember the days when French President Nicolas Sarkozy was campaigning to become President in 2007, his speeches then and on the day he was elected. You could disagree with him politically, but no one can deny that he had charisma, and when listening to him, I had but one reaction:… » read more
With over 60% of the votes cast in the second round of the election, Ivo Josipović, candidate of the Social democratic party is going to become Croatia’s third President. “Reason has won” are announcing some of the Croatian media tonight. Reason indeed. Many of the voters who cast their ballot today in favour of Mr.… » read more
It took Croatia’s current Prime Minister, Jadranka Kosor, a little under 30 hours to secure for herself the support of the HDZ leadership and evict her predecessor and former mentor from the Party. All but three members of the HDZ Presidency stood by her as she made it clear that fractions, open dissidence and attempts… » read more
Six months ago, half-way through his mandate and without any valid explanation, then Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader announced that he was resigning from his position as head of Government and that of head of the majority HDZ party. To journalists’ questions about the reasons of that completely unexpected move, Sanader had simply said: “I… » read more
On Saturday night, a journalist friend of mine introduced me to Ivo Josipović, the Presidential Election candidate of the opposition Social-Democratic Party. We chatted a few minutes on the street, and he said that current Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić would be an easier opponent for him in the second round, as the vote in that… » read more
While many are still celebrating the fall of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and a “velvet revolution”, few will remember that on November 18th, 1991, a city in Europe fell after an 87-day siege to chants of “There will be meat, we are going to cut the throats of Croats!” … » read more
I am one of those gals who will, every so often, attempt to find all the good news in a day’s media, just for the sake of reminding themselves that life can be wonderful, that there are incredibly good people in the world, and that it isn’t harmful to feel good about the earth, humanity,… » read more
Yesterday Croatia has been given EU entry timetable. The European Commission claims it’s not “a blank check”, Paris and Berlin repeat their “no Lisbon – no enlargement” rhetoric, Ljubljana blocks chapters and Zagreb promises to fight corruption. So, nothing new from Brussels… If everything goes well (and I certainly hope it will), Croatia will end… » read more