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Yearbook 2018

Croatia. According to, Croatia is one of the countries that the European Commission considers to have major economic imbalances that should be addressed. Given that the country is now keen to see a connection to the euro zone, Bloomberg News Agency warns that the three countries that want it, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia, are in sharp contrast to other richer countries in Eastern Europe, such as Slovenia and Slovakia.

2018 Croatia

In March, Croatian prosecutors announced that 22 Croatian Serbs have been prosecuted for war crimes during the war in the Balkans in the early 1990s. The defendants are suspected of killing 20 civilians and two police officers in eastern Croatia in September 1991. The suspects were part of a paramilitary group during the 1991-95 war.

Since the announcement by the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in March that the so-called Istanbul Convention (Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Control of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence) is to be ratified, demonstrates conservatives in the country. It was objected that a passage in the convention distinguishes between gender, social gender, and biological gender. It was believed that the convention is ideologically designed and that it undermines traditional family values: marriage can only be entered into between man and woman. Especially in Croatia, where 90% of the population is Catholic. However, an opinion poll showed that two-thirds of the population want the convention to be Croatian law. Earlier in March, Macedonia as the 29th country had ratified the convention, but in February both Slovakia and Bulgaria had chosen not to do so.

Croatian football star Luka Modrić was appointed by FIFA in September as this year's football player. This, among other things, since the Croatian football team took the silver medal at the World Cup in football. Earlier in the year, in early March, however, he came in legal winds because he had lied in connection with a lawsuit against Dinamo Zagreb's former club manager Zdravko Mamić. He was charged with embezzling large sums of money in connection with the sale of Luka Modrić to Tottenham in 2008. Modrić is now charged with manslaughter and risking five years in prison.

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