2019 European Parliament election in Croatia

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Reports, analyses and information on the electoral campaign and the aftermath of the European Parliament election held in Croatia on 26 May 2019.

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Croatia is the youngest member state of the European Union, which joined the bloc only in 2013.

According to the polls, the conservative HDZ was expected to maintain its pole position with five MEP seats for Croatia for the European People's Party (EPP). Social democrat SDP lost significant support in recent years. Eurosceptic Human Shield (ŽZ), Most and a new centre-left coalition called Amsterdam, composed of several mostly left-wing parties, were expected to win one seat each.

The biggest focus of the electoral campaign was put on Croatia's equality in the EU and the problem of youth brain drain.

The Social Democrats did better than expected with 18,7% in the election, while ruling HDZ took 22,7%. An independent coalition led by Mislav Kolakušić surprisingly won one seat, but also the Amsterdam coalition and ŽZ gained one seat each. MOST did not pass the 5% threshold.

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Wikipedia, 2019 European Parliament election in Croatia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_European_Parliament_election_in_Croatia
Politico: 2019 European Elections Croatia https://www.politico.eu/2019-european-elections/croatia/
EurActiv, 14/03/2019: EU country briefing: Croatia https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/eu-country-briefing-croatia/
Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, 19/04/2019: Croatia, all set for the European elections https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Croatia/Croatia-all-set-for-the-European-elections-193984
EurActiv, 17/05/2019: #EU2019 -Third time’s not the charm for EU’s newest member Croatia https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/news/eu2019-third-times-not-the-charm-for-eus-newest-member-croatia/
The London School of Economics and Political Science, 18/05/2019: European Parliament elections preview: Croatia https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2019/05/18/european-parliament-elections-preview-croatia/

Balkan Insight, 15/05/2019: Croatian EU Election Hopefuls Tout International Backers https://balkaninsight.com/2019/05/15/croatian-eu-election-hopefuls-tout-international-backers/
Bloomberg, 18/05/2019: Merkel Supports Croatia’s Plans to Join Euro, Schengen Area https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-18/merkel-supports-croatia-s-plans-to-join-euro-schengen-area
Total Croatia News, 19/05/2019: Merkel and Weber Participate in HDZ Election Rally https://www.total-croatia-news.com/politics/35981-merkel
Total Croatia News, 21/05/2019: Number of Registered Voters in Diaspora up 42 Times since Last Elections https://www.total-croatia-news.com/politics/36028-diaspora
Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, 28/05/2019: European elections in Croatia: surprising results https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Croatia/European-elections-in-Croatia-surprising-results-194811
Balkan Insight, 29/05/2019: EU Election a Boon for Embattled Croatian Opposition Leader https://balkaninsight.com/2019/05/29/eu-election-a-boon-for-embattled-croatian-opposition-leader/

European Elections.eu: How to Vote in Croatia https://www.european-elections.eu/how-to-vote/croatia
Election Results.eu: National Results Croatia https://election-results.eu/national-results/croatia/2019-2024/

ESO Records
Political campaign ahead of 2019 European Parliament elections https://www.europeansources.info/record/political-campaign-ahead-of-2019-european-parliament-elections/
European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019 https://www.europeansources.info/record/european-parliament-elections-23-26-may-2019/

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