Croatia's caretaker Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said on Tuesday that there was no extremism either in the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) or in Croatia's society and therefore no one should impose a legacy of so-called extremism in Croatian politics.
Asked by the press to comment on HDZ leader Andrej Plenkovic's statement for Germany's ARD broadcaster that he would remove extremism from the HDZ, Hasanbegovic, an elected member of the HDZ in the new, ninth parliament, said that there was no serious form of extremism in Croatian society and that certain "pathological political occurrences" could not be regarded as parties' political extremism.
He also denied speculations in the media that he was not communicating with Plenkovic. He said that he met him on a regular basis.
Commenting on the position of the national broadcaster HRT, Hasanbegovic advocated the elaboration of a completely new law on the HRT which, he said, would require a serious expert discussion.
He said that the current legislation on the national broadcaster was the product of a "political decree" of the Social Democratic Party-led government and recalled that the law had been criticised by the European Union and the public. Hasanbegovic added that the atmosphere surrounding his work in in the ministerial post made it impossible to conduct a serious discussion, and he is hopeful that the next, stable government would address the matter in a favourable atmosphere.