The new face of Croatian right wing

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Series Details 26.10.16
Publication Date 26/10/2016
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On 19th October 2016 a new centre-right Croatian government, formed by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge of Independent Lists (Most) party, won a confidence motion. This marks the end of a nearly year-long period of political instability which brought about a snap election in September this year. The new government of Andrej Plenkovic, dominated by the HDZ, has announced economic reforms and reforms of the bureaucratised administration.

While Germany remains Croatia’s main partner in the EU, the new government has announced closer co-operation with Central European countries. Croatia will be still seeking for the countries in the Western Balkans to be integrated into the EU and NATO. It should be expected that it will continue its active policy in the former Yugoslavia, mainly focusing on supporting the Croatian minority in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Unlike the former Croatian government, the Plenkovic cabinet is likely to step back from placing an emphasis on historical policy, which has resulted in the polarisation of society and tensions in Croatia’s relations with Serbia.

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