Milanovic says HDZ leads "headless" coalition

Social Democratic Party president and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic on Thursday called the Croatian Democratic Union-led Patriotic Coalition a "headless" coalition because of contradictory statements on the fate of the second pension insurance pillar.

"Look at what the alternative is offering, what the people who'd like to lead Croatia as of November 9 are saying when it comes to outlays for the second pension pillar. One is saying the outlays should be increased to ten percent, another that they should be frozen at five percent, and a third that all special pensions should be pushed into the welfare sphere. These people are preparing to form the government and asking for a vote of confidence. That's not a patriotic, but a headless coalition," Milanovic said at a panel for pensioners.

He said a cut to the general VAT rate and a pension increase were being announced "by someone without any elementary respect for the intelligence of pensioners... He is lying, not telling you the truth. That's impossible."

Milanovic said his coalition would fight for what was possible. "We can promise you the same approach, a cold one, rational, analytical and sceptical to the dubious ideas coming from Klagenfurt, Munich or Brussels."

Last update: Thu, 29/10/2015 - 19:00

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