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Cavusoglu: Turkey will protect Bosniaks in Bosnia

Turkey is determined to protect the Bosniaks in Bosnia and Herzegovina and will not allow crimes such as the 1995 Srebrenica genocide to be committed against them again, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with the Sarajevo newspaper Dnevni Avaz, published on Tuesday.

Sprlje: Mention of 20 judges in SOA report shows not entire justice system is corrupt

Justice Minister Ante Sprlje says that the mention of 20 judges as a national security threat in a report by the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) shows that not the entire justice system is corrupt, as is often perceived by the Croatian public, but that only a small circle of individuals may be a problem.

President says isn't worried about election but lack of continuity

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Sunday it was not unusual that a new parliamentary election, which she will likely call for September 11, would be held in a short time, but voiced concern about a  lack of continuity between Croatian governments.

Reiner: It's logical to discuss confidence in PM first

Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) said on Tuesday that it was logical that Parliament should first discuss the HDZ's motion for a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic.

Croatian culture minister on accusations of being revisionist

"This is a defamation campaign which is not based on a single fact. I have already explained that the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) was the biggest moral failure of this country. I have condemned its regime and its crimes," Hasenbegovic said 

German MP: Populist struggle to stay in power doing long-term damage to Croatian people

"The right wing feeds on fear and prejudices about others and people who are different. In Germany, it is fear of refugees, in France it is fear of Muslims, and in Croatia it is fear of people nostalgic for Yugoslavia and fear of Serbs," Juratovic said, 

Karamarko: Petrov is walking "on thin ice", there's no conflict of interest

Croatian First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko says that the Bridge party, a junior partner in the ruling coalition, is walking on thin ice when demanding his resignation.

Kovac: Croatia not blocking Serbia, rejects extremism

Kovac denied that some groups in Croatia, including the HDZ, had a negative opinion of the European Union, comparing directives from Brussels to new communism.

Hasanbegovic rejects Ustasha ideology in interview with Le Monde

Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde that he did not feel sorry for the Ustasha regime and that criticisms against him were a result of post-communism in Croatia.

Culture minister: Motion to replace First Deputy PM will be rejected

Hasanbegovic said he did not expect any surprises from the HDZ's partner Bridge during the vote, adding that Bridge leader Bozo Petrov "clearly said that he would rely on facts and not rumours and lies."

Panenic says INA-MOL dispute result of many interests

Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic said on Wednesday that the latest escalation in relations between the ruling partners Bridge and HDZ over the INA-MOL dispute was the result of many interests that were trying to destabilise the situation ...

Parliament speaker says ruling coalition has stable majority

Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner on Monday refuted claims that voting on a bill to abolish the office of former president Stjepan Mesic had been postponed twice because the ruling coalition doesn't have a majority support for that bill ...

Ostojic says prosecutor's office must investigate president's allegations

Ostojic recalled that the Prosecutor's Office had promptly investigated allegations that he, in his capacity of interior minister, had ordered illegal surveilling of Bridge party chief Bozo Petrov.

Grabar-Kitarovic advocates negotiated settlement to Croatia-Montenegro border dispute

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday that Croatia and Montenegro should once again try to solve their border dispute over the Prevlaka peninsula through dialogue before the matter was referred to international arbitration.

PM says Lozancic will not be his adviser

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic has said that former head of the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) Dragan Lozancic will not be his adviser or work in the government, adding however that Lozancic deserves an adequate position.

President: Freedom of media much better than some try to portray

"It is true that there are incidents in Croatia, I'm not denying that, they occur in every country," Grabar-Kitarovic said in an interview with the HRT public broadcaster when asked to comment on criticisms in foreign media about the fascistisation of Croatia.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Ex-SOA chief was Milanovic's personal intelligence officer

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, speaking in a television interview on Wednesday, accused former Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) chief Dragan Lozancic of having served as a "personal intelligence officer" for former Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic.

PM says there will be no early vote

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said in an interview with Media Servis on Wednesday there would be no early election, expressing confidence Daniel Markic would be excellent Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) chief.

PM says energy key segment for Croatia's economy

Oreskovic told Nova TV commercial television that Culture Minister Zlatko Izetbegovic enjoyed his full support, warning that a lot of spins had been carried by the media.

President says won't go to either Jasenovac or Bleiburg this year

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has saidthat this year she is not going to either Jasenovac or Bleiburg because she refuses to take part in ideological divisions.

Karamarko: I would prefer more candidates for HDZ leader

First Deputy Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko said on Saturday that the fact that he was the only candidate for HDZ leader was a confirmation of his work and victories at all elections held in the last four years.

Reiner: Bosnian Croats must have cultural and national autonomy

"To achieve full equality, it is necessary to make sure that the Croat people too enjoy cultural and national autonomy, identity, language, media and equal job opportunities as the other two constituent peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina," Reiner said.

Croatia's candidate for UN Secretary-General interviewed

Croatia's candidate for UN Secretary-General, Vesna Pusic, was interviewed at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday.

President confident government will take brave, decisive steps

She said her impression was that the government members "have clear goals and ideas" and that when they "begin presenting them to the public more strongly and actively, we will be able to assess the direction the government is taking."

Croatian FM says reconciliation possible only after facing truth about the past

"The main generator of wars in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo was the aggressive Greater Serbian policy. We need to face this and draw appropriate conclusions from it," Kovac told the Dnevni Avaz daily.

Karamarko: This government has a future and will succeed

"We are a heterogeneous group, we are not a coalition. We cooperate and our negotiations are sometimes exhausting, sometimes they stop, but so far we have resolved all the problems that we had," he added.

PM advocates independent monetary policy

"My position is clear: monetary policy has to be independent, which is the case in all European countries," Oreskovic told Bloomberg.

PM: Croatia supports Bosnia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Thursday that he strongly supported Bosnia and Herzegovina's Euro-Atlantic future and that he expected equality for Croats in relation to the other two constituent peoples in that country.

Croatian PM defends Germany's open door policy

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said in an interview with the German Bild daily which hit the newsstands on Thursday that he supported Germany's open door policy for refugees, comparing the complex situation with building Legos.

Oreskovic: Croatia has leader role in SE Europe

Croatia has a leader role in Southeast Europe and wants to help the countries in the region in speeding up the process of their integration into the European Union, Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said in an interview with the German broadcasting service Deutsche Welle.

President says will aim all her energy at improving life of Croatian citizens

Commenting on its relationship with the new government, Grabar-Kitarovic said they did not have to agree on everything, adding that this partnership should be used to the benefit of Croatia.

PM says every option possible to cut budget deficit

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Wednesday the priority regarding this year's budget was to reduce the public debt, adding that attempts would be made to reduce the deficit to three percent of GDP, with every option open and every card on the table.

MOL set to increase production in Croatia

MOL is planning to reduce investments and focus on assets closer to Hungary that can still generate cash after a plunge in oil prices, Bloomberg cited the head of the upstream division at Hungary’s largest refiner as saying.
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