Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic

Erdogan Visits Croatia to Bolster Turkey's EU Role

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Croatia for the first time this week, aiming to firm up Turkey's position in the EU - and raising hopes of trade spin-offs for Turkish exporters.

Erdogan will visit Zagreb on Tuesday and Wednesday, meeting Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic.

Expert Doubts Croatia Can Restore Conscript Army

Current discussion in Croatia on re-introducing military conscription is "not serious" and shows a lack of proper analysis and preparation, a military analyst, Igor Tabak, told BIRN.

"The military doesn't serve itself and is financed from the state budget by the citizens - so starting such a debate without taking into account the basis for such a decision is frivolous," he said.