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Plenkovic: HDZ wants to agree most essential things with Bridge this week

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday that everything in the negotiations with the Bridge party was proceeding in line with an agreed road map, that today was no D Day and that the HDZ wanted to agree all the most essential things with Bridge this week.

Plenkovic says expects intensive negotiations with Bridge this week

The leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Andrej Plenkovic, said on Sunday that negotiations with partners from the Bridge party would continue on Monday and that he expected an intensive course of talks in the week to come.

HNS leader urges HDZ and Bridge to finally form government

Croatian People's Party (HNS) leader Ivan Vrdoljak said that the HNS main committee and presidency would not be discussing support for the future government of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge party on Saturday, urging the two parties to finally form the government.  

Plenkovic: Sound foundations should be laid for economy in 2017

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader and Prime Minister-designate hopeful, Andrej Plenkovic, said on Friday that the government's economic policy in 2017 would focus on laying sound foundations for the national economy so that by the end of the government's term in 2020, 5% economic growth, a 68% employment rate and demographic revival were achieved.

Plenkovic says HDZ-Bridge negotiations proceeding normally

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic on Friday refuted media speculation that negotiations on the formation of a new government between the HDZ and the Bridge party had been broken off, saying they were proceeding in line with an agreed road map.

Plenkovic: After a few more days of talks, we'll have more than 76 signatures

The leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Andrej Plenkovic, on Wednesday expressed confidence that after a few more days of talks, his party would have the signatures of support of the minimum 76 elected members of Parliament needed to form a government.

Petrov: Signatures for PM-Designate after agreement on entire "package"

After meeting with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic for consultations on Wednesday, Bridge leader Bozo Petrov said that the party would give its signatures to form a new government once "the entire package is agreed" in negotiations with the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).

Plenkovic ready to offer Petrov post of First Deputy PM

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic, poised to become Croatia's new Prime Minister, said on Wednesday that he saw no problem in offering the position of First Deputy Prime Minister to Bozo Petrov, the leader of the Bridge reformist party.

Administrative Court confirms Karamarko in conflict of interest

Former deputy prime minister and leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Tomislav Karamarko was not available for any comments on Tuesday after a ruling by Zagreb Administrative Court on Monday upholding a decision by the Conflict of Interest Commission that he had been in conflict of interest due to his business and private relations with MOL adviser Josip Petrovic.

HDZ and minorities to resume talks after HDZ-Bridge deal

The negotiations between the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and eight elected representatives of ethnic minorities on the next Croatian government, due to have been held on Tuesday, have been postponed until the HDZ and the Bridge reformist party hammer out an agreement on the new cabinet's agenda, according to unofficial information from negotiators.

PM-Designate hopeful: New gov't to have 4 deputy premiers

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic, poised to become the next Prime Minister, said on Tuesday morning that the next cabinet would likely have four Deputy Prime Ministers.

HDZ and Bridge close to hammering out deal

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic and his counterpart from the Bridge party, Bozo Petrov, on Monday evening said that harmonising of the two parties' views on the seven demands set out by Bridge was nearing completion, and they had started discussing topics important for the new government's agenda.

HDZ deputy chief says Plenkovic will have enough signatures

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) deputy chief Milijan Brkic said on Monday that HDZ president Andrej Plenkovic would have enough signatures for consultations with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

HDZ leader expects progress in talks with Bridge

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic has said that he expects progress in the negotiations with the Bridge reformist party, and the third round of the talks between the two parties on forming Croatia's new government is set for Monday afternoon.

Plenkovic says his first visit abroad will be to Sarajevo

The president of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), a relative winner of the September 11 parliamentary election in Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic, said in an interview for Al Jazeera on Friday that his first visit abroad would be Sarajevo, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Plenkovic says has enough time for negotiations, all to be completed within deadlines

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that negotiations on forming a new government would be successfully completed within constitutional deadlines that would start running on Monday, after the announcement of official election results.

Plenkovic: HDZ close to stable parl. majority

We are close to forming a stable parliamentary majority, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday when asked about his expectations from the continuation of talks with representatives of ethnic minorities, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

HNS rejects possibility of backing HDZ-Bridge government

Croatian People's Party (HNS) president Ivan Vrdoljak on Wednesday dismissed the possibility of the HNS supporting a government formed by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and Bridge parties, saying he expected them "to finish their negotiations as soon as possible and start realising their promises."

Kovac dismisses speculation on HDZ factions

Caretaker Foreign Minister Miro Kovac of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) said in New York on Wednesday that headlines on factions inside the HDZ were media fabrication, and added that everyone in the party was focused on negotiations with the Bridge party about forming a new government.

HDZ official says Bridge remains HDZ's key strategic partner

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) secretary-general Gordan Jandrokovic has expressed satisfaction with the support of the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) to HDZ leader Andrej Plenkovic as prime minister-designate, but has noted that the Bridge party is and will remain the HDZ's key strategic partner.

Petrov: HSS decision to back Plenkovic won't change Bridge-HDZ relationship

The leader of the Bridge party, Bozo Petrov, said on Wednesday that the decision by the presidency of the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) that their five members of Parliament would support Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic as prime minister-designate would not change the Bridge-HDZ relationship or the recently begun talks on government formation.

Hasanbegovic: Croatian and HDZ policies free of extremism

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.

Plenkovic, Petrov reach compromise regarding some demands submitted by Bridge

"We agreed that some of these topics (seven demands Bridge submitted for the forming of the new government) were realistically achievable at beginning of the work of the next Croatian parliament while some will most definitely be part of the programme of the new government with a clearly defined flow-chart, which will be realised," HDZ chief Plenkovic told reporters on Monday evening.

Petir support's Plenkovic's invitation to HSS to join HDZ

MEP Marijana Petir of the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) on Monday supported the invitation of Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief Andrej Plenkovic to the HSS to "return to its family", namely to join the parliamentary majority led by the HDZ, and accused HSS president Kreso Beljak of destroying the party.

Plenkovic: Talks with Bridge to continue; personnel issues still not on agenda

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday that he expected the second round of talks with the Bridge party to focus on that party's seven terms for cooperation and other issues pertaining to the new government's platform, stressing that personnel issues would not be discussed.

Beljak says HSS will be opposition such as hasn't been seen in Croatia

The Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) will be the opposition, such as has not been seen in Croatia yet, HSS president Kreso Beljak said on Saturday, responding to Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic's wish that the two parties re-establish cooperation.

Plenkovic: New gov't to be backed by over 80 MPs

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said in an interview with Croatian Radio on Saturday he was confident that he would receive the support of more than 80 elected members of parliament to form the new government, calling on the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) to renew its cooperation with the HDZ.

Minority MP: We agreed to support Plenkovic as PM-designate

The representative of the Hungarian minority in the Croatian parliament, Robert Jankovics, said on Friday that the national minorities had agreed to support Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic as the future prime minister-designate, underscoring that minorities needed to be an element of stability in the country.

HDZ chief seeks support of all ethnic minorities

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic, who is the likeliest Prime Minister-Designate after the September 11 early parliamentary elections, on Friday held talks with the eight elected representatives of ethnic minorities

Plenkovic: PM-designate decides about gov't make-up

Commenting on Croatian Serb official Milorad Pupovac's statement that his SDSS party would not support a government that would include Zlatko Hasanbegovic, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that, as always, the Prime Minister-designate would decide on government ministers and the government make-up.

Hasanbegovic: Pupovac won't be choosing personnel in new gov't

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic on Thursday said that Vice President of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) Milorad Pupovac won't be choosing personnel in the new government and that that would be done by Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic with a firm parliamentary majority with or without the three SDSS deputies.

HDZ to get one-third of HRK 20.4 mln for electioneering costs

As the relative winner of the September 11 early parliamentary election, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) should receive compensation totalling HRK 7.6 million or one-third of the 20.4 million the government had set aside for the electioneering costs of political parties running in the elections.

Bridge chief says talks with HDZ more constructive than before

The Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov said on Wednesday that the ongoing negotiations between his party and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), the relative winner of the 11 September early elections, on Croatia's new government were more positive and constructive than the talks between the two parties after the 8 November 2015 elections.

Plenkovic and Petrov satisfied with first round of talks

The leaders of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge party, Andrej Plenkovic and Bozo Petrov respectively, said on Tuesday that they were satisfied with the first round of their talks on forming the new government.

Beljak says HSS definitely won't be part of future government

"We respect the legitimacy of the parties that won the election and those are the HDZ and the Bridge party. We wish them best of luck and we hope they will reach an agreement soon and start working as soon as possible," the HSS chief said.

Plenkovic says negotiations with Bridge, other parties begin

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said that he was beginning on Tuesday talks on government formation with the Bridge party and other parties that entered the parliament in Sunday's early election, dismissing reports that he was in touch with the leaders of the Croatian People's Party (HNS) and the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS), members of the SDP-led People's Coalition.

Plenkovic: HDZ to begin talks with other parties on Tuesday

The task force will be led by Plenkovic. He expressed confidence that the HDZ would manage to form a stable government within time frames defined by the constitution and law.

Plenkovic: It would be decent of Milanovic to congratulate HDZ

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic has said that he would like to see congratulations being sent in a decent manner "to those who were better in the (election) race" rather than talk about forming a grand coalition which he once again ruled out.

HDZ leader: Talks on stable government start now

Preliminary results of Croatia's early parliamentary election, released late on Sunday night, showed that the HDZ won 61 seats in the 151-seat parliament, while its main rival, the People's Coalition led by the Social Democratic Party (SDP), captured 54 seats. The Bridge party came third with 12 seats.

HDZ enthusiastic about preliminary election returns

The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) has won 61 seats in the 151-seat parliament, according to preliminary results released by the State Electoral Commission at 10pm on Sunday based on returns from 36 percent of polling stations.

HDZ official: This election looks like a cliffhanger

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Secretary-General Gordan Jandrokovic said on Sunday evening that the exit polls showed that the major blocs were level-pegging in the early parliamentary election.

More instability may loom for Croatia after another hung election

More instability looms ahead for Croatia after Sunday's snap parliamentary poll again produced no clear-cut winners, according to exit polls.

Plenkovic urges citizens to vote and give next MPs strongest legitimacy possible

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic called on citizens on Sunday to go to the polls for the early parliamentary election and give the next MPs the strongest legitimacy possible.  

Court quashes request for judge's exemption in Planinska case

The Zagreb County Court on Friday overruled a request by the Office for the Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK) to exempt Judge Jasna Smiljanic from the trial of former Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Ivo Sanader in a case dubbed "Planinska Street".

HDZ chief says there will be no political experiements after Sunday election

The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)and its partners held their final election rally in Zagreb on Thursday evening when HDZ chief Andrej Plenkovic said there would be no more political experiments after the September 11 parliamentary election.

Bridge: HDZ and SDP haven't given guarantees

Spokesman for the Bridge party Nikola Grmoja said on Thursday that the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) had not responded to Bridge's guarantees (demands) which were to be the basis of any future cooperation, adding that these were not even close to what had been agreed to with Bridge at the last election.

Two political camps announce key moves in tax system

Officials of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led People's Coalition said on Thursday that they would continue fiscal consolidation and reduce the tax burden if they came to power after the September 11 election, and they also promised assistance to the jobless and those in financial trouble.

Milanovic: HDZ same as during Karamarko's era

Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic has said that the latest accusations from the rival Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) that the former SDP-led government "protected the state terrorism of former Yugoslav services that killed Croats worldwide", proved that the HDZ under Andrej Plenkovic did not manage to distance itself from the paradigm of Plenkovic's predecessor Tomislav Karamarko.

Plenkovic says SDP-led gov't wanted to protect Yugoslav state terrorism

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said at an election rally in Split on Wednesday evening that the Social Democratic Party-led People's Coalition comprised parties of the previous SDP-led coalition which "wanted to protect the state terrorism of former Yugoslav services" that killed Croats worldwide.

HDZ set to halve HRT subscription fee to pensioners

The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)  on Wednesday expanded its election promises by adding a promise to pensioners whose pensions amount to less than 3,000 kuna and to those receiving social welfare that their Croatian national broadcaster (HRT) subscription fees would be reduced by half.

Plenkovic on possible cooperation with Bridge

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic, commenting on criticism from Bridge leader Bozo Petrov that the two largest parties, the HDZ and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), were ignoring calls by Bridge to declare their position on its terms for post-election cooperation, said in Pula on Tuesday that it was yet to be seen how parties and coalitions would fare in the September 11 election.

Plenkovic: HDZ didn't lobby to defer admission of Vucic's party to the EPP

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic on Tuesday refuted speculation that the HDZ had "lobbied" to have the admission of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), led by Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, to the European Peoples' Party (EPP) deferred due to his party's interests and success at Sunday's parliamentary election.

Plenkovic says HDZ candidates deserve chance for fresh start

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said in Osijek on Monday the HDZ was running in the upcoming parliamentary election to win and that its candidates deserved a chance for a fresh start and not those of the People's Coalition who, under the Zoran Milanovic cabinet, were incapable of achieving their goals.

Govt prepares energy efficiency projects worth 211 mln euro, says minister

Minister of Construction and Physical Planning Lovro Kuscevic on Monday announced several energy efficiency projects, including a HRK 170 million project for the energy upgrading of the Split General Hospital.

HDZ presents solutions to tackle corporate, household insolvency

The economic strategists of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Ivana Maletic, Zdravko Maric and Tomislav Coric, on Monday presented the party's solutions to the problem of corporate and household insolvency.

HDZ leader comments on alleged espionage case

Commenting on the arrest of an alleged Croatian spy in Belgrade, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Saturday that it was "one in a number of unusual cases that have been happening lately in the Croatian and Serbian media arenas."

HDZ leader: Bridge's terms interesting, but let's wait for elections to be over

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said in Sibenik on Saturday that the terms for cooperation with the HDZ and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) the Bridge party made public earlier in the day were "interesting" but that one should wait for the elections to be over.

Bridge party presents seven terms for cooperation with SDP, HDZ

Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov on Saturday made public his party's seven terms for cooperation with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), which, he said, those two parties would have to accept within 30 days from the inauguration of the next parliament if they wanted Bridge's support to form a government.

Austrian FM supports HDZ candidate

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has sent a video message to the president of the Croatian Democratic Union's (HDZ) Youth branch, Josip Bilaver, wishing him success in the September 11 parliamentary election and thanking him for good cooperation.

HDZ says has options for better tourism

Capelli said the HDZ planned to hire 15,000 tourism workers over four years through inter-departmental cooperation and investments.

Parties present agricultural platforms at round table

Representatives of the major political parties and coalitions presented their agricultural platforms for the next four years at a round table on Monday, highlighting family-run farms, a more efficient farmland policy and stabler financing.

HDZ: Health care costs won't go up

During a presentation of the Croatian Democratic Union's (HDZ) health platform in Zagreb on Monday, it was said that health care would not be privatised or divided into private and public health care and that supplementary health insurance and emergency hospital treatment would not go up in price as Health Minister Dario Nakic had previuosly announced.

Spat between two rivals as campaigning intensifies

In his response to the HDZ leader Andrej Plenkovic's claims that he had made derogatory remarks about his mother, Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic said on Sunday that he had not intended to insult Plenkovic's mother but that he had intended to point out that Plenkovic "is a man who lacks credibility" and who "is keen to polish his CV."

Plenkovic: HDZ and SDP are two worlds apart

Plenkovic recalled that the SDP "have lost five elections" and therefore he called on SDP leaders to think carefully if "their story is convincing to Croatian voters".

SDP leader accuses rivals of 'squalid' policies

Milanovic also accused the HDZ of having those who have sold INA and who advocate the cancellation of arbitration against MOL on its slates for the election.

Plenkovic: Position of Bosnian Croats, European Bosnia in Croatia's strategic interest

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic has said that improving the position of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and a stable BiH making headway towards the European Union are in Croatia's strategic interest, and called on the international community to stop a referendum that has been announced by the Bosnian Serb entity.

Brkic says HDZ isn't changing its mind on war veterans

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) deputy leader Milijan Brkic has said that this party offers "concrete solutions" to issues bothering Homeland Defence War veterans and does not change its mind on this population depending on the situation as political rivals do.

Bridge and HDZ reps trade accusations over lack of reform

Public Administration Minister Dubravka Alibegovic of the Bridge party on Thursday accused the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) of having halted the reform in the public administration, while Ivana Maletic of the HDZ countered that this reform failed due to the inability of the relevant ministry led by the Bridge party to draw up an acceptable action plan.

Milanovic: Culture is not a military march

The SDP leader said it was important to send out the message that culture "is not a military march", "conducted by commissaries in leather coats who carry mausers and lugers, but a space of freedom and realisation."

Ethics Commission: HDZ member's insults of Roma MP breach electoral code

The Ethics Commission said on Wednesday that a Facebook post in which HDZ candidate Stevo Culej insulted Roma candidate Veljko Kajtazi was a "grave breach of the electoral code of ethics" because of "malicious accusations aimed at raising doubts as to the candidate's loyalty to the community and the spreading of ethnic and racial hatred."

Plenkovic: Ideological rows consequence of SDP-led government decisions

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that current ideological debates in Croatian society were the result of the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led coalition government's decisions such as the revocation of the Croatian Sabor's sponsorship of the commemoration of the Bleiburg atrocities.

HDZ leaders visit Osijek, Sisak on whistle-stop tour

The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)-led government will make a thorough effort to facilitate progress of Slavonia, and will endeavour to enable Croatia to have an economic growth of 5% by 2020, the HDZ leader Andrej Plenkovic said in the eastern city of Osijek where he stopped on the campaign trail in the run-up to an early parliamentary election set for 11 September.

HDZ chief rules out grand coalition

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic on Monday said that a big coalition with the SDP-led People's Coalition would not happen because there won't be any need for it, adding that he believed that the next prime minister should come from that party that gets the most votes.

Milanovic asks why HDZ stopped works on Pula General Hospital

Social Democratic Party (SDP) president and candidate for prime minister Zoran Milanovic said in Pula on Monday that no one understood why the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), in its short term in office, had stopped the construction of a new general hospital in Pula, as it "could only have profited" from it.

HDZ chief reassures war veterans that their legal security will be protected

Croatia will protect the legal security of Homeland Defence War veterans and the latest developments show that the issue of arrests of Croatian veterans by Serbia must be solved, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief, Andrej Plenkovic said in Zadar on Saturday, calling on Serbia to resort to dialogue.

Andrej Plenkovic: HDZ lives in present and is turned to future

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic has said that his party is deeply in the present, turned to the future and is also aware that it is necessary to come to terms with the past.

Dobrovic accuses HDZ over scrapped waste management plan

Environment and Nature Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic of the Bridge party on Friday accused the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) of taking the side of individual interests, at the expense of public interest, by scrapping the adoption of a waste management plan.

Plenkovic says next govt. should adopt waste management plan

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said in Karlovac on Thursday that the party decided to take off the agenda of tomorrow's government session a draft waste management plan because it was necessary to conduct a 30-day public discussion first and that it was more natural if it was adopted by the next government.

Plenkovic talks campaign funding, veterans, INA

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said in Karlovac on Thursday that the party would spend HRK 1.5 million per constituency in campaigning for the September 11 early parliamentary election.

HDZ, SDP agree stabilisation of public finance crucial for higher credit rating

Representatives of the two biggest parties on Thursday took part in the first of several round tables which the Croatian Employers Association (HUP) is organising ahead of the September 11 early parliamentary election.

Croatian Democratic Union promises higher salaries, more jobs

A lower VAT, an increase in salaries, the write-off of debts for citizens with blocked bank accounts and changes to the Distraint Law are some of the promises the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) makes in its platform entitled "Economic growth, new jobs and social equity", presented at a news conference in Zagreb on Wednesday.

Plenkovic says HDZ candidates must be seen as consistent, excellent, patriotic

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said in Hvar on Tuesday it was imperative for the party's candidates in the upcoming polls to be recognised as consistent and patriotic.

Plenkovic begins HDZ's election campaign on Hvar island

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic began the party's campaign for the September 11 early parliamentary election in Stari Grad on Hvar island on Tuesday.

Petrov: We'll keep changing system tailored by HDZ and SDP

Leader of the Bridge party Bozo Petrov on Tuesday said in Osijek that in the past period Bridge had endeavoured to change "malignant duopoly" tailored by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and Social Democratic Party (SDP), two major political parties.

European Broadcasting Union urges Zagreb to protect HRT independence

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), an international alliance of public service media, has urged the Croatian government to make sure that the national broadcaster (HRT) will maintain its independence in the run-up to the parliamentary election set for 11 September.

HDZ leader says campaign financing to be reponsible, transparent

The leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Andrej Plenkovic, said on Monday that his party would conduct a positive election campaign and that he would launch it on Tuesday, at Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, as well as that campaign financing would be legal, responsible and transparent.

Croatian Democratic Union submits slates for Sept 11 polls

About 100 slates for 11 constituencies and about 20 for the 12th, in which national minority deputies are elected, were submitted to the State Election Commission by noon on Saturday.

Plenkovic, Milanovic face off on ideology, foreign and home affairs

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic and Social Democratic Party (SDP) president Zoran Milanovic, after tackling the economy in a debate on Croatian Television on Friday, discussed ideological issues, the foreign policy and the possibility of a big coalition after the September 11 early parliamentary election.

Milanovic, Plenkovic face off on economy

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic and Social Democratic Party (SDP) president Zoran Milanovic faced off on Croatian Television on Friday for the first time ahead of the early September 11 election.

HDZ harmonises slates for Sept 11 parliamentary election

The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) national council late on Thursday evening harmonised the slates for the September 11 parliamentary election and contrary to media speculation, HDZ deputy chief Milijan Brkic will not be at the helm of any slate, but candidate no.14 on the slate for Constituency no. 2.

Plenkovic says HDZ's election platform adopted

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday that the party had adopted its election platform and strategy by consensus.

Politico releases article on Plenkovic

Andrej Plenkovic has four weeks to persuade voters that he’s the right man to lead his country but the trouble is that many Croatians have no idea who he is, the Politico weekly magazine reported in its latest edition on Thursday.

HDZ again offering HRK 7,500 for each newborn

Ivana Maletic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Wednesday revealed the key aspects of the party's welfare policy, saying it would offer one-off aid in the amount of HRK 7,500 for each newborn.

HDZ chief Plenkovic says appreciates Kalmeta's decision

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that he understood Zadar Mayor and senior HDZ member Bozidar Kalmeta's decision not to run in early parliamentary elections set for September 11, insisting that Kalmeta's decision had nothing to do with an indictment against him.

Int'l organisations: Gov't interference in HRT's work main problem of media freedoms in Croatia

The report notes that the national parliament, led by the right-leaning Patriotic Coalition and the centrist Bridge party, after barely a month in office, replaced the then HRT director-general and appointed an acting director-general who then demoted and reassigned around 70 journalists and editors in a move that critics call an idelogically motivated purge.

Bozidar Kalmeta says won't to run in Sept election

Zadar Mayor and prominent member of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Bozidar Kalmeta on Tuesday confirmed that he would not run in the September election.

HRT to air election debate between leaders of HDZ, SDP on Aug 12

Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) said on Monday it would broadcast an election debate between the leaders of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Andrej Plenkovic and Zoran Milanovic, respectively, at 8 pm on August 12.

Petrov wants TV debate with Plenkovic, Milanovic

Bridge party president Bozo Petrov said on Sunday that he would like to take part in a TV debate with Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic and Social Democratic Party (SDP) president Zoran Milanovic, and announced that his party would soon decide whether he would run against them in Constituency I.

Plenkovic says can't wait for face-off with Milanovic

The president of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Andrej Plenkovic, said in the southern Croatian town of Sinj on Sunday that a television face-off with Social Democratic Party (SDP) president Zoran Milanovic had not yet been arranged, adding however that he could not wait for a public debate with his political rival and that the HDZ's rating was growing.

HDZ founders say Perkovic, Mustac weren't among them

The founders of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) said on Friday they "reject with abhorrence the lie uttered by SDP president Zoran Milanovic," after a Munich court convicted Yugoslav-era Croatian intelligence officers Josip Perkovic and Zdravko Mustac, that the two had been among the HDZ's founders.