German press comment on Croatian PM-Designate

German newspapers that hit newsstands on Monday commented on the nomination of non-partisan technocrat Tihomir Oreskovic for Croatia's Prime Minister-Designate, pointing out that the political inexperience of Oreskovic, who came to Croatia after a successful business career in Canada, might be both an advantage and a disadvantage.

If Tihomir Oreskovic wins confidence in the parliament, and the vote of confidence will be on the agenda in the next 30 days, Croatia will for the first time get a premier who has economic expertise and business experience. On the other hand, Oreskovic is not acquainted with the "Croatian internal political thicket". This may be useful to him as he can tackle problems without burden. However, this may be an obstacle in efforts to make political allegiances necessary for the implementation of a comprehensive reform programme, the Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung (FAZ) said.

Much work lays ahead for the new premier in Croatia, reads the FAZ article whose author is Karl-Peter Schwarz.

"The new parliamentary majority is unstable. Oreskovic is politically inexperienced and faces a huge pressure to implement reforms from which previous governments have shunned, the FAZ article reads.

The Berliner Zeitung gave a brief portrait of the future Croatian premier and also commented on his rich business experience and lack of political experience. The newspaper also read that Oreskovic is not fluent in Croatian.

It added that the new premier fitted the fact that the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), the party that has proposed Oreskovic, prioritises the economy in its agenda.

Last update: Mon, 28/12/2015 - 14:25
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