Latest News from Croatia

International Conference of Young Scientists under way

BELGRADE - Belgrade is hosting the International Conference of Young Scientists (ICYS) until April 23, which is an unofficial world championship for research papers from several domains, bringing together high-school students from the entire world.

"Nothing can stop" canonization of controversial cardinal

"Nothing can stop" canonization of controversial cardinal

ZAGREB -- Archbishop of Zagreb Josip Bozanić has said during Easter Mass that "nobody and nothing" can stop the canonization of Alojzije Stepinac.

Croatia to implement wide-ranging economic reforms

Croatia to implement wide-ranging economic reforms

Urged by the European Commission, Croatia will implement economic reforms to create conditions for recovery and growth.

Croatia's railway infrastructure could benefit from EU funds, one expert said. [AFP]

Refugee Serbs want SPC property to stay in Serbia

BELGRADE - President of the Coalition of Refugee Associations Miodrag Linta asked the Serbian Ministry of Culture on Thursday to deny Croatia's proposal to return Serbian Orthodox Church property and cultural artifacts of the Serb refugees to Croatia, to a place designated by the Croatian Ministry of Culture.

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.