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Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) candidate for party president Andrej Plenkovic said in Split on Thursday that a big coalition between the HDZ and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) was neither possible nor necessary at this moment.

Speaking to reporters on the fringes of an European People's Party conference, he said the HDZ was open for other coalition arrangements for an upcoming early parliamentary election.

He said such coalitions would be agreed in time so that the public and political partners could know the HDZ's position. "My position is clear, first and foremost a world view match and, after that, common programme goals."

Speaking of an upcoming election for HDZ president, Plenkovic, a member of the European Parliament, said that every HDZ member could run. "Its up to every individual who thinks that, with their knowledge, experience and work, they can contribute to the HDZ in the current situation."

He said the "The Mediterranean - Geopolitics and European integration, Challenges and Opportunities" conference was an opportunity "not only to revitalise the HDZ as the strongest European party, but also to fight for a responsible political and credible mainstream."

"Because this trend of populism which, as we see, leads also to results like these at... referendums... is bad for the European project and, in the end, has negative economic and financial implications," Plenkovic said, referring to Brexit and the Dutch rejection of an agreement on Ukraine's association with the European Union.

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