Latest News from Croatia

Return of cultural treasures must not precede that of Serbs

BELGRADE - The Association of Refugee and Other Associations of Serbs from Croatia has said that it opposes the initiative of Croatian MEPs to make the return of works of art taken out of Croatia during the 1991-1995 war part of Serbia's EU entry talks.

PM Bribe Claim Electrifies Macedonian Election

The recording released amid a tense election campaign in Macedonia comes a day after opposition Social Democrats accused Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski of taking a bribe of €1.5 million for expediting the sale of Makedonska Banka AD to Serbian businessman Jovica Stefanovic, aka “Gazda Nini” ["Boss Nini"] in 2004.

Croatia President: All War Crimes Must Be Punished

President Ivo Josipovic said that many war crimes still remain unprosecuted, sending the wrong message to Croatian society and to future generations.

Bob Dylan Hate Charge against Croats Dismissed

A French court on Wednesday rejected a complaint filed by the Council of Croats in France, CRICCF, after Dylan allegedly compared Croats to Nazis in a 2012 interview in the French issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

The judge ruled that the US singer and songwriter had not given his consent for his comments to be published in the magazine.

Croatia Dismisses Ex-Yugoslav Spy’s Extradition Appeal

The Croatian supreme court rejected an appeal against extradition by former intelligence agent Zdravko Mustac, who is wanted in Germany over his alleged involvement in a political assassination.

Interview: Croatia's president promotes MEP election

Interview: Croatia's president promotes MEP election

In an interview with SETimes, Croatia's president says the upcoming European Parliament elections are important for Croatia and the Western Balkans.

Croatia's MEPs are working to secure an EU future for the region, Croatian President Ivo Josipovic told SETimes. [AFP]

Kremlin threatens gas supplies to Southeast Europe

Kremlin threatens gas supplies to Southeast Europe

Several nations receive Russian gas via Ukraine. In other business news: Albania's credit rating sees improvement and Turkey's military spending surpasses Canada.

The EU says Russia should not politicise its contractual shipments of gas. [AFP]

Serbian Leader Defuses Row Over TV N1

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia's likely next Prime Minister, on Tuesday told David Petraeus, chairman of the Global Institute of the KKR investment firm, that its first direct Balkan investment - a new cross-border TV station, N1, - was welcome in Serbia.

Croatia Vows to Aid Wartime Sex Abuse Victims

The Croatian authorities have launched new draft legislation aimed at providing financial and psychological help for people who were raped or sexually abused during the 1991-95 war.

Queen Maria Karadjordjevic rehabilitated

BELGRADE - Queen Maria Karadjordjevic of Yugoslavia was rehabilitated on Monday by a decision of the High Court in Belgrade, which also declared null and void a decree from 1947 that stripped her of citizenship and property.

Queen Marija Karađorđević "rehabilitated"

Queen Marija Karađorđević "rehabilitated"

BELGRADE -- The High Court in Belgrade on Monday announced that it reached a decision to "rehabilitate" Queen Marija Karađorđević of Yugoslavia.

The court also declared null and void a decree from 1947 that stripped her of citizenship and property.

Serbia, Croatia sign plan of military agreement in 2014

BELGRADE - The plan of bilateral military cooperation between the Serbian Ministry of Defence and the Croatian Defence Ministry for the year of 2014 was signed in Belgrade on Friday.

Calls to boycott Serb businesses criticized

Calls to boycott Serb businesses criticized

ZAGREB -- The invitation to boycott stores in Vukovar owned by local Serbs is "a revitalization of fascism," several Croatian organizations have said.