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Croatia Is Growing coalition files motion for no confidence vote in veterans minister

The parties of the opposition Croatia Is Growing coalition sent a motion to parliament on Thursday for a confidence vote in War Veterans' Minister Mijo Crnoja.

Croatia's political life in 2015 marked by elections

Grabar-Kitarovic defeated the then incumbent Ivo Josipovic by a narrow margin,  50.7% to 49.3%, although media and opinion polls had predicted a strong victory for Josipovic.

Milanovic: Whom did Bridge, Patriotic Coalition support as PM-designate?

He added that that question should be put to the politicians concerned over and over again, "otherwise the state is not run by institutions."

Milanovic: Bridge's accusations make no sense, we have agreed to all their demands

"We agreed to everything and now the logical question is: who would have we called in the first place and what would we have offered them?" Milanovic said. 

Petrov says Bridge terminating negotiations with SDP coalition

"We are consistent, we have said clearly that this is too much," Petrov said adding that the Bridge leadership was currently conducting a meeting on the future moves.

Petrov says Patriotic Coalition given 24 hrs to rejoin negotiations

he joint body of members of parliament and the National Council decided that, because of equality, just as we gave the Croatia Is Growing coalition a certain additional time... 

Bridge continuing negotiations with SDP-led coalition, Milanovic will no longer be PM

"No names of prime ministers-designate were on the table. We talked about the format of and how we see the next government," Petrov said after the two-hour meeting with the SDP.

Milanovic calls for cooperation in preventing "criminal organisation's return to power"

Croatia needs a strong government with a majority, together with Bridge we would form a strong, stable Croatian government which only needs to continue doing what we have been doing so far, 

SDP chief: Talks with Bridge lose sight of reforms, resemble attempt to save HDZ

"I say once again, we are for talks with Bridge, we are not fakes. It's well-known that all of the HDZ's coalition partners are ruined," Milanovic said.

Six of 8 minority MPs continue backing SDP-led coalition

The elected representative of the Italian minority, Furio Radin, told reproters after the consultation that he had told the President that "time is nearing when a new (parliamentary) election may be needed."

Bridge to continue talks with HDZ coalition, leaves door open to SDP

HNS member Goran Beus Richembergh has said that Bridge's negotiations are a farce and that Bridge and the HDZ are only negotiating about how to divide positions.

Milanovic: Only Karamarko or I can be prime minister

Milanovic said that a non-partisan prime minister, as proposed by the Bridge reformist party, would be "a deception of the voters" and would weaken Croatia.

Milanovic: We didn't reject Bridge, but HDZ

This is not a rejection. As far as we are concerned, we are continuing talks. Bridge will decide on their own who actually rejected them, humiliated them, tried to eliminate them, ...

Bridge to meet separately with two coalitions Wednesday

"The Patriotic Coalition has requested an additional meeting concerning Bridge's proposals put forward at yesterday's meeting in the Esplanade (hotel). 

President invites political parties for third round of consultations on Monday

The meeting with the political leaders will be preceded by consultations with constitutional law experts from all four Croatian universities.

Pensioners' and Labour parties against grand coalition

"Based on my 12-year political experience, this combination is impossible, I cannot believe in the future of this project," Hrelja told Hina.

Milanovic confident Croatia Is Growing coalition will form government

During his talks with the President he heard that his coalition would have Petrina's support, who was elected to parliament on the Bridge's slate of independent candidates. 

IDS for SDP, Prgomet says grand coalition gov't utopian

After the consultations, Miletic told the press that he had informed the President that the three IDS deputies would support the SDP-led coalition.

Petrina says will back SDP coalition because it's closer to majority

I have told the President that I will support those who have secured 75 seats, in the event that my vote is crucial. As for the prime minister-designate, we will see.

MOST invites two party blocs for joint meeting

In the event that only one of the two blocs appears at the scheduled meeting, Bridge will resume negotiations with that side on forming a reformist government, 

Podolnjak says MOST can't nominate its parliament speaker candidate

He also said that at talks with both the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Bridge discussed all possibilities and potential names.

SDP-led coalition responds to Bridge's reform proposals

Croatia today is growing. That's a result of the targeted and planned work of our government and the results of that work are clearly visible in numbers.

Milanovic calls on MOST to back him, offers Petrov to be parl. speaker

If Petrov cannot or will not accept the offer, the SDP will accept that and will "as the relatively biggest group in the Sabor" propose a person for the post of Parliament Speaker.

Milanovic says hasn't enough votes of support, talks with Bridge to continue

"Everything is clear for now; as a candidate for Prime Minister-Designate I have 66 signatures, which is not enough. We will see how many the others have.

HDZ chief: News of 7 ethnic minority MPs supporting SDP small deception

"This is a small deception and Mr. Milorad Pupovac (an ethnic Serb MP) will have to explain how it is possible for one man to give signatures on behalf of three persons," 

Official says SDP coalition has collected signatures of 67 MPs so far

"What you have read in media is true, at this moment we have 67 sigfnatures. Surprises are always possible, but they do not happen frequently," 

Seven out of eight minority MPs sign support for Milanovic

The only minority MP who did not give her support to the SDP's Croatia Is Growing coalition was Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj, who represents the Albanian minority.

Neither SDP nor HDZ parties want TIH observers at talks

"When they (TIH) win seats in elections, we will negotiate with them, too," Maric said.

MOST, SDP-led coalition continue talks; HDZ chief says there's political will to prune public administration

One of the SDP's negotiators, Public Administration Minister Arsen Bauk, said he expected some of the issues related to the political system to be opened today.

Bridge party unveils reform demands for judiciary and entrepreneurship

In the guidelines for the development of entrepreneurship, Bridge proposes a review of pre-bankruptcy settlement deals and of the method of creditor protection over the next two years.

MOST starts negotiations with SDP on judiciary, entrepreneuship

Party chiefs are not taking part in the negotiations and SDP leader and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic only briefly greeted the participants in the meeting at the beginning.

Milanovic confident of support of minority MPs, but still short of majority

He added that his government had cooperated well with minorities in the past and that his was confident that the cooperation could be even better in the next term.

Newly-elected SDP MPs support Milanovic as PM-designate

"We have gathered our signatures and are certain that we will have far more signatures than any other party. We consider ourselves the winners of this election

Vrdoljak: Meeting between SDP-led coalition and Bridge set for Tuesday

"Most likely over the next seven or ten days it will be clear whether the meeting between Zoran Milanovic and Drago Prgomet reduced our chances (of forming the government),"

Petrov reiterates there'll be no coalition with HDZ or SDP

Petrov said that both the SDP and the HDZ were well aware "who they are dealing with and know that any such pressure might be counterproductive for them."

HNS chief calls for level-headed talks on next gov't

"When it comes to the next government, I believe that with a decent and rational approach the HNS and 'Croatia is growing', together with the IDS (Istrian Democratic Party) ...

Milanovic offers Bridge alliance post-election cooperation

"We will decide in the days ahead in which direction we are going. For four years we have been implementing reforms, protecting the fragile social tissue ...

Milanovic: You'll be choosing between us and a corrupt government

"It's either growth or cuts, Tomislav Karamarko or I, Zoran Milanovic and my people. A democratic government which you will be able to control, commend or criticise,  ...