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Sep 14, 2014

Bulldoze or preserve? Croatia ponders fate of notorious prison

GOLI OTOK, Croatia, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The clear blue
waters of the Adriatic and the happy cries of tourists visiting
Goli Otok (Barren Island) off Croatia’s coast help obscure its
dark past as a hard-labour detention camp for political
prisoners in formerly communist Yugoslavia.

Planners were due to start debating what to do with it on
Monday, weighing a pile of proposals from building a memorial to
wiping out all trace of the notorious jail and bulldozing the
site for new developments.

Jul 23, 2014

Croatia’s Rijeka strongly deny Man City racism claims

ZAGREB (Reuters) – HNK Rijeka issued a strongly-worded statement on Wednesday denying any racism during Tuesday’s abandoned friendly match between Manchester City’s elite Under-21 development squad and Rijeka’s youth side.

Rijeka youth coach Ranko Buteka also denied any of his players racially insulted any City player during the game, saying City coach Patrick Vieira may have led his team off at halftime because Rijeka were too strong for them.

Jul 23, 2014

Soccer-Croatia’s Rijeka strongly deny Man City racism claims

ZAGREB, July 23 (Reuters) – HNK Rijeka issued a strongly-worded statement on Wednesday denying any racism during Tuesday’s abandoned friendly match between Manchester City’s elite Under-21 development squad and Rijeka’s youth side.

Rijeka youth coach Ranko Buteka also denied any of his players racially insulted any City player during the game, saying City coach Patrick Vieira may have led his team off at halftime because Rijeka were too strong for them.

Jul 18, 2014

Croatia publishes tender for on-shore oil/gas exploration

ZAGREB, July 18 (Reuters) – Croatia published an
international tender for on-shore exploration for oil and gas in
the Drava river basin and the east of the country, the Economy
Ministry said on its website.

The tender, published in the official journal of the
European Union on Friday, will run until Feb. 18 next year, it
said. Licences for six separate blocks, covering an area of some
15,000 square kilometres, will be granted for up to 30 years.

Apr 29, 2014

Slovenian PM, ousted as party boss, wants election by July

LJUBLJANA, April 29 (Reuters) – Slovenian Prime Minister
Alenka Bratusek said on Tuesday she would remain at the helm of
her coalition government until an early election, which she said
she would like to see by July.

Bratusek, whose policies helped stave off an international
bailout last year, lost the leadership of her centre-left
Positive Slovenia party at the weekend, triggering a political
crisis and rattling bond market investors.

Apr 17, 2014

Croatia cuts GDP growth forecast, budget spending

ZAGREB, April 17 (Reuters) – Croatia will cut investments
and subsidies and raise excise on petrol and telecom operators
to reduce its budget deficit to meet European Commission
requirements, it said on Thursday.

The new measures should reduce the shortfall by some 1.3
billion kuna ($235 million), but Finance Minister Slavko Linic
acknowledged they would also stifle growth, which the
ex-Yugoslav economy last achieved in 2008.

Mar 11, 2014

Croatia’s ex-PM, biggest party sentenced over slush funds

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader and his political party were found guilty on Tuesday of rigging public tenders and abusing state funds in the biggest corruption trial to date in the new European Union member.

The conservative HDZ, which ruled Croatia for 16 of its 22 years of independence, became the first political party sentenced for corruption. The trial, which started in April 2012, was part of an anti-graft drive to boost Croatia’s attempt to join the EU, which it did in July 2013.

Feb 5, 2014

Life grinds to a halt in Slovenia’s frozen west

POSTOJNA, Slovenia (Reuters) – Cars stand entombed in a crystal-like casing near the deserted railway station in Postojna. Trees and electricity pylons lie felled in the snow by the sheer weight of ice enveloping them.

The damage wrought in western Slovenia by a freak ice storm and blizzards could take weeks or months to repair in a tiny EU member-state already going through its worst economic crisis in two decades as an independent state.

Jan 29, 2014

Slovenia struggles to let go of treasured state companies

LJUBLJANA/ZAGREB, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The gloves came off as
Joseph A. Mussomeli neared the end of his tenure as Washington’s
envoy to Slovenia, a posting that coincided with the country’s
narrow escape from submission to an international bailout.

An American firm was in the running to buy Slovenia’s
Fotona, a state-owned developer of medical and military laser
gear with big sales in the United States. It was a rare example
of this ex-communist country, now proud of its euro zone
membership, selling a treasured corporate possession.

Jan 8, 2014

Croatia court approves ex-spy chief’s extradition to Germany

ZAGREB (Reuters) – A Croatian court ruled on Wednesday that a communist-era intelligence chief could be extradited to Germany where he is wanted over a killing of a Yugoslav dissident in the 1980s.

Josip Perkovic, who was in office when Croatia was part of communist federal Yugoslavia, was arrested on New Year’s Day as the Balkan state acted to resolve an extradition dispute that had overshadowed its accession to the European Union last July.

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      "Based in Zagreb, Croatia, I oversee the political and financial coverage of Croatia and Slovenia and help coordinate regional efforts in the Western Balkans, comprising Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia. Have been with Reuters since 1993."
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