The leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Tomislav Karamarko, said on Monday that the position of Prime Minister would be discussed with the reformist Bridge party at the end of their negotiations on a new government, stressing that it was of crucial importance to start dealing with economic problems and pull the country out of the crisis.
"There is an agreement to discuss such issues at the end. Economic problems are now crucial issues and we have to start dealing with them," Karamarko told reporters outside the HDZ offices when asked if he was willing to give up the position of Prime Minister if Bridge demanded it.
He said that in its talks with Bridge, the HDZ would insists on some of the positions but that a government comprising the HDZ, Bridge and those supporting them would be a government of experts. "Every segment of the reforms and projects we worked on together with the German IFO institute must be implemented by experts," said Karamarko.
He went on to say that public companies could no longer be managed by politicians and that they should only be able to oversee how they were run.
Expressing concern about the security situation following terrorist attacks in Paris this past Friday, Karamarko said that Croatia should have a government that would care about security. "Hopefully the issue of terrorism will not escalate. We must have a government that will take care of that segment because if we are not safe, there will be no economy."
Answering a reporter's question, he said that he had no information that all representatives of ethnic minorities supported the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led coalition "Croatia Is Growing".