ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croats voted overwhelmingly in favor of defining marriage in the constitution as a “union of man and woman” on Sunday, a move initiated by Roman Catholic groups but criticized by opponents as discrimination against homosexuals.
Almost 66 percent of those who voted in the referendum in the new European Union member endorsed the initiative, launched by the Catholic group “In the Name of the Family”, according to preliminary results on Sunday night. Turnout was 37 percent.
ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croats voted in a referendum on Sunday to determine if marriage as a “union of man and woman” should be enshrined in the constitution, a move initiated by Roman Catholic groups but criticised by opponents as discriminatory against gays.
Parliament in the new European Union member state called the referendum after the Catholic “In the Name of the Family” group gathered over 740,000 signatures in support of the vote.
LJUBLJANA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Slovenia’s economy continued
to shrink in the third quarter, data showed on Friday, but a
decline that started in early 2012 appeared to be slowing as the
euro zone member tries hard to avoid an international bailout.
Gross domestic product fell 0.6 percent year-on-year and was
flat on the previous quarter, making it the seventh quarter
without growth, the statistics office said.
VUKOVAR, Croatia (Reuters) – Croatian war veterans barred state officials from ceremonies marking the anniversary on Monday of the capture of Vukovar by Serb rebels, highlighting divisions in the new European Union member state lingering from its 1991 breakaway from Yugoslavia.
The conservative veterans have since February opposed the Social Democrat-led government’s efforts to put up signs in both the Latin script used for Croatian and in Serb Cyrillic, in Vukovar, where inter-communal tensions still smoulder.
ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatians will vote on December 1 whether to define marriage in the constitution as “a union of man and woman”, a referendum sponsored by a Roman Catholic civic group and criticized by opponents as discriminatory and anti-gay.
Parliament, controlled by a liberal center-left coalition, formally approved the referendum on Friday after a Catholic group called “In the Name of the Family” gathered more than 740,000 signatures in support of the vote.
ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia will ask the EU for three years to bring its budget deficit below the bloc’s ceiling but will need longer than this to prune its public debt, Finance Minister Slavko Linic told Reuters.
Croatia, which joined the European Union in July after almost five years without economic growth, will have to go into the bloc’s Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP), probably in early 2014.
LJUBLJANA (Reuters) – Slovenia expects stress test results for most of its banks in November and it is still unclear if it will have to seek international aid, central bank Governor Bostjan Jazbec said on Wednesday.
Speaking at Reuters’ Eastern European Investment Summit, Jazbec said Slovenia was in daily contact with the European Commission and the European Central Bank, finetuning banking stress tests, the government’s reform plans and next year’s budget as the small euro zone member seeks to avoid a bailout.
ZAGREB (Reuters) – Eastern Europe should be able to absorb any surge in emerging market bond yields when monetary policy in the west becomes less expansionary, Croatia’s central bank governor Boris Vujcic said.
Rising U.S. financing costs “will inevitably impact global capital flows”, Vujcic said in a written interview ahead of a Reuters Investment Summit, but added:
ZAGREB, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Eastern Europe should be able to
absorb any surge in emerging market bond yields when monetary
policy in the west becomes less expansionary, Croatia’s central
bank governor Boris Vujcic said.
Rising U.S. financing costs “will inevitably impact global
capital flows”, Vujcic said in a written interview ahead of a
Reuters Investment Summit, but added:
ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia will start scrutinising 300,000 disability pensions next week to crack down on fraud, as part of the new EU entrant’s efforts to show it is fighting corruption and tackling a rising budget deficit.
“More than 25 percent of our pensioners have disability benefits. We are not more prone to sickness, nor are our labour conditions worse than elsewhere in Europe, so it is clear that some of those pensions were illegally acquired,” Labour and Pension Minister Mirando Mrsic told Reuters on Thursday.