A year after winning office vowing to boost Croatia’s economy as it enters the European Union, Premier Zoran Milanovic is struggling to overcome a recession and opposition to austerity after a credit-rating downgrade.
Croatia’s conviction of Ivo Sanader, the highest-ranking official in the former Yugoslav region ever sentenced for corruption, helps quell criticism of the Adriatic nation’s justice system and pushes the country closer to European Union entry next year.
The ruling Croatian Democratic Union, which lost elections to an opposition bloc on Dec. 4, joined former Premier Ivo Sanader in being indicted on charges of corruption, abuse of office, and conspiracy to commit crime.
Croatian Premier Jadranka Kosor rejected tax increases as part of her plan to slash the budget deficit, keep family benefits intact and create new jobs should her Croatian Democratic Union party win December elections.
A Croatian opposition group of allied political parties known as Kukuriku officially defeated the ruling Croatian Democratic Union in Dec. 4 elections, the electoral commission said in a statement on its website late yesterday.
Croatia’s Alliance for Change, a four-party group led by the Social Democrats, are leading before Dec. 4 elections as Croats appear ready to reject the ruling party amid a corruption probe and the weak economy.