Tomislav Karamarko, premijer Orešković i Božo Petrov.jpg
Photograph: HINA / Lana SLIVAR DOMINIĆ / mm

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.

Latest news

Russia's long-time UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin dies in New York

Russia's long-time ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died "suddenly" in New York on Monday, a day before his 65th birthday, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

French police raid National Front over European Parliament payments

France's far-right National Front Monday said that investigators had searched its offices in relation to allegations that it misused European Parliament funds.

Unhappy Presidents' Day: Trump still manoeuvring after Sweden comment

Donald Trump used his first Presidents' Day in office to continue trying to talk his way out of comments implying a terrorist attack in Sweden that never happened.

Croatia supports Kosovo's territorial integrity - Grabar-Kitarovic

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday expressed the support to Kosovo's territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations during her talks with the visiting Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj.

Petrov rules out early parliamentary election

Parliament Speaker and Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov on Monday dismissed speculation about a reshuffle of the parliamentary majority, saying an early election was likelier, but that right now he did not see "such a scenario."

First local elections in 20 years to be held in Nepal on May 14

Nepal's government announced the dates for forthcoming local elections on Monday, nearly 20 years after polls were last held for municipalities and village councils in the country.

US Defence Secretary: We are not in Iraq to seize Iraqi oil

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, in reference to comments made by President Donald Trump last month.

Bryan Adams to play Zagreb

Canadian rock star Bryan Adams, who has sold more than 100 million albums in his 40-year-long career, will perform in Zagreb on November 9, according to his website and Facebook account.

Two charged for racially insulting actor Jamie Foxx in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik police will bring misdemeanour charges against two men for disturbing the peace on Sunday night in a local restaurant when they racially insulted African American actor Jamie Foxx, who is currently in Dubrovnik filming "Robin Hood: Origins".

Film "Anka" starring Eric Cantona shown to reporters

The film "Anka" by Croatian actor and director Dejan Acimovic, a story about children, friendship and the quest for identity, filled with scenes of nature, magic and elves, based on one of the best known novels of Croatian writer Mato Lovrak, "Anka Brazilijanka", was shown at a screening for reporters in Zagreb on Monday.

Opposition youth leader arrested in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean police on Monday arrested an opposition youth leader on charges of inciting public violence against the government of President Robert Mugabe, the youth leader’s lawyer said.

Turkey dismisses 227 judges and prosecutors

Turkey's top judicial body on Monday dismissed 227 judges and prosecutors who are accused of having links to a cleric blamed for last year's coup attempt, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.