Der Spiegel criticises Croatian government's first 100 days in office

German weekly Der Spiegel has ran in its online edition on Tuesday a comprehensive analysis of the first 100 days of the Croatian government in office, saying that this period was marked by increased nationalism and pressure on the media, and an emphasis was put on Culture Minister Zlatko Hasenbegovic.

A single week cannot go by without the belligerent minister causing a controversy. This historian is an example of the nationalistic and conservative movement in the country, read the analysis headlined "Croatia's nationalism: Fear of the next Hungary". The article also says that developments in Croatia are observed with concern both in Croatia and abroad.

The author said that even Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, who also belongs to "a moderate nationalistic bloc", had warned about a threat of putting Croatia's anti-fascist foundations into question.

When speaking about the leadership, the author said he was primarily referring to Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Tomislav Karamarko and leaders of the Bridge party. The authors also noted the new leadership is faced with over indebtedness, uncompetitive economy, large public administration and the third highest unemployment rate in the European Union which stood at 15%.

But instead of reforms, the new government has so far dealt with ideological fights from the right front and pressure on the media, read the article written by Keno Verseck, freelance reporter writing for several German media about the situation in eastern and southeastern Europe.

As the article was released on World Press Freedom Day, the author attached special attention to the government's treatment of the media saying that "those in offices clearly care about favourable reporting."

Der Spiegel is a German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg. It is one of Europe's largest publications of its kind, with a weekly circulation of 840,000.

Last update: Wed, 04/05/2016 - 11:57

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