Wednesday, 3 July 2013

So Why Did Croatia Join the EU?

At first I assumed that Croatia had joined the EU because it was eager to share the same currency crisis, vast debt-burden, and rocketing unemployment rates of Ireland, Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal. Were the Croatians envious of the starving children in Greece, or did they aspire to jump out of windows like the homeless unemployed people of Spain? Actually, no.
 I'm grateful to Rodney Atkinson for sending me this clearer explanation....

2012 Corrupt Croat EU Referendum
In the January 2012 Croat referendum on EU membership, according to Marjan BoŇ°njak of the Only Croatia Party, the same historically intervening powers (Germany, the Vatican, the EU) were involved in the grossest manipulations.

At the first-ever referendum held in Croatia in 1991, the turnout had been 83.5%, of which 94% voted in favour of independence.Changing the Croatian Constitution prior to the January 2012 EU referendum to eliminate the 50% participation rulethe Government mobilised the Roman Catholic Church, German and Austrian owned media and EU propaganda to get a 66% majority for EU membership. But the 43% participation rate meant that only 28% of the Croatian people voted to surrender their democratic sovereignty. 

So, the Government gave huge amounts of public funds to the YES campaign, whilst denying any funding to the NO campaign. State Television, Croatia Post and the City of Zagreb provided free or low cost EU advertising to the Yes side. Just days before the referendum, Foreign minister Vesna Pusic shamelessly threatened Croatia's 1.2 million pensioners that they would lose their pensions if they voted against EU membership.
So now Croatia, the most overt representative of that 1940s fascism, which it has extended by its recent behaviour into the 21st century, is welcomed ceremoniously as a member of the European Union while Serbia, whose people have suffered grievously and with a history of anti-fascism and as an ally of Britain and the USA, is rejected. If the British political class still does not understand what they have done then they are guilty not just of gross incompetence but of a crime of historical dimensions for which a terrible price is being paid.

From Free Nations website.


  1. The Croatian people were not motivated to oppose the entry to the EU, and they do not have much passion for anything to come and vote YES for these days... It is pretty hard to get anything set for vote that would get more than 75% turnout... The people have lost their faith in...well, any kind of government, or government actions, unless it is dramatically changing things. The idea of Croatia entering the EU was not coldly received, nor has the enthusiasm pushed to bar to red hot temps... In this context, I's say Croats were lukewarmingly welcoming this prospect, while still keeping in mind the possible risks and negatives... As one of my friends put it "it is bad if we stay outside the EU, and it could be bad if we join, but might be better, too"...
    Both countries had quisling regimes during the WWII, and both countries had strong antifascist partisan movement, the first group of organized partisan rebels being from Croatia, and Tito, the leader of antifascist partisan movement and afterwards the lifelong president of Yugoslavia federation, was from Croatia and a Croat.
    In 1991, Serbia was the one that started trouble in Slovenia and Croatia and attacked them by military means because those countries decided to became independent from the rest of Yugoslavia. Later on Yugoslav army (backed and commanded by Serbia) occupied majority of Bosnia and Herzegovina, killed 8000 of unarmed Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in a matter of days, shelled the Sarajevo market and murdered the civilians in thousands...
    When the war in Croatia and Bosnia finished in 1996, the Serbian army attacked Kosovo, only to have NATO defend the Albanians there and force Serbia to return home...
    During all these events, did Serbian people suffer? YES, many did so; wounded, killed, tortured.. But, ONLY AFTER they had been the initial aggressor and the originally defenseless people of the invaded countries managed to get means of military response (US and allies helped Croatia, Bosnians and Kosovo people get modern weaponry and provided training and assistance in planning counter-attacks!) to Serbian aggression...
    Liberating armies never condoned, ordered or knowingly allowed the war crimes against Serbian civilians, but some individuals in their lines, whose relatives had been either killed, raped, or tortured by Serbian forces, took on themselves to exact revenge, and committed crimes against the innocent Serbian civilians... That is why the court in Hague is investigating and processing the war criminals from all the sides that were engaged in the wars on the territory of ex-Yugoslavia...
    Putting aside the war legacy of both Croatia and Serbia, looking only at the level of their individual similarity and cultural ties to Western European country, as well as rule of love and the type of economy, the differences are striking...
    Croatia, like Slovenia, spent hundreds of years closely following and participating in Central European customs, economy, politics and culture, because of the political union with the Austrian empire... Therefore nowadays economy is thriving (although, subject to the negative influences of trends in the world economy, as is any European country) , society is open for new ideas and worldviews, corruption and unreasonably troublesome bureaucracy while present and can occur, are not commonplace... While there are still areas needing improvement, the general perception is that Croatia is close to the standards of an European country, to be able to participate and contribute to the EU, while benefiting from the encouraging and challenging influences from its partner states.

  2. Serbia spent hundreds of years being heavily influenced by Turkey and Islam, as well as being heavily reliant on Russian cultural and political influence. After the WWI, WWII and then the period of sanctions and isolation it was under (which the Western Europe and US imposed!) during the wars on the ex-Yugoslavia's territory, and the air strikes that NATO delivered to its infrastructure to make Serbian army withdraw from the occupied Kosovo, Serbia as a country is reluctantly moving towards Europe.
    Politically speaking..
    Most of the people in Serbia are modern, want to partake in the better European society and co-operation and don't dwell on the past much... But, as it was hard to be a German after the WWII, most of teh Serbian people feel they carry the stigma of legacy forced upon them by nationalist president Milosevic and the actions of the Serbian state under his command. However, as Serbia will get more integrated in Europe, most of its people will feel more accepted and leave thoughts about the sordid past for the history classes.
    The economy of Serbia has even greater potential than Croatia's, however antiquated business models, lack of modernization, and bribery and corruption are pretty much commonplace. During the future years of negotiating for the EU membership, Serbia will have to modernize politically and economically, as well as improve the state of personal freedoms and human rights...

    In present state, Croatia is in far better shape and more readier for the EU membership, than Romania and Bulgaria were when they joined the EU. Serbia, on the other hand, while still enjoying the positive effects of reforms done during Yugoslavia's existence, has to deal with certain aspects of political, social and commercial life, that are currently far below of what the EU (and the UK!) expect from the potentially ascending country.

  3. As for the British political class... Hmmmm.. that is a tough one... That class is heavily divided... Some, even today are primarily guided by the remnants of Britain's and Serbia's ties that stem from the fact that the House of Windsor provided refuge and asylum to the Serbian monarch and his court during the WWII. Who, by the way was banned from returning to Yugoslavia after the WWII ended. Even the official Britain provided strong support for Serbia during the beginning of Serbian invasion of Croatia and Bosnia, but withdrew it when they realized that the rest of the West has a more critical view of Serbia as an unjustified aggressor and oppressor... During the Croatia's way to the the EU membership, from the initial efforts to become a candidate country, starting the negotiations, closing the chapters, all the way to almost the very end, it was noticeable that the official politics of the UK would prefer to see Croatia's advancement stalled, until Serbia caught up, so that they would join and enter the EU together..
    For your comfort, the UK political class has done as much as they could have for Serbia... Had they insisted openly on slowing down Croatia, just so that Serbia would not come last, they would have had greatly endanger their political credibility in the EU and in the US.

    Soon, Serbia will also be one of Europe's stars.. But, there is still some homework to be done.. Serbian people deserve the EU future, Croatia and countries in the Balkans region want and need Serbia as a reliable political and commercial ally...
    Great majority of Croatian and Serbian people don't really care what nationality their friends are, because they realize that the horrid events of the recent past were planned and commanded by the political leaders, and are not to be perceived as the reflection of what the people think and want.
    For the better tomorrow of us and our children, lets focus on how to make our common future better, and let the past stay in the history books, so that we can still learn the important lessons and avoid getting manipulated in ways we were in the past, on both, or rather, ALL sides...

    Respectfully Your loving neighbour and a son of Serbian mother and a Croatian father :)

  4. Thank you very much for this, If you think that Rodney Atkinson's remarks are biased against your country, it is very important for you to put the records straight.

  5. You are welcome! :) Many people from the Western Europe, and definitely even more outside the continent have trouble seeing the real picture..
    No surprise, because there are many layers and crucial details, making it hard for an average person (used to black and white portrayals of history and political/military upheavals) to understand the fears, tensions and all the domestic and foreign catalysts that led to all our conflicts... Even the people of Yugoslavia were confused at the time...
    From the beginning of the 11th century when Croatia entered personal union with Hungary (their king was a brother of our assassinated king's wife!) right until the beginning of WWI, it was the Hungarian state that wanted to hungarize us, make us forget who we are, etc.. Today they are our best neighbours. :)
    And during WWI, since Croatia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Croatian troops were also sent against the Slavic brethern, although reports say they used to desert and coup, or just refuse to fight..
    Come 1918, Croatia separates from the Empire, like Slovenia and in few months joins with Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia and Montenegro into a most numerous (counting the number of states in the union) Slavic federation ever.
    But, if was all to quick and majority the Serbian politicians and esp. the (now) Yugoslav Monarch felt that all these people need to adapt national identity of a Yugoslav (South Slav), and not insist on their historical national identities, in order to solidify the union and truly make them all one people... Of course, all the other states protested, the King abolished the powers of parliament, and proclaimed dictatorship... Just before that a most prominent Croatian political figure in the parliament was shot and died later during assembly by a Serbian extremist.
    Soon, WWII came, Germany and its allies invaded, King fled the country and the puppet figures were installed, and Hitler and Mussolini giving promises to individual states, encouraging hatred and manipulating the quisling regimes to keep the nations of the conquered kingdom from cooperating.. However, Tito and partisan antifascist movement followed, cooperated with the Allies and freed the country in 1944...

  6. After the WWII, federal "democratic" Yugoslavia was born, when on the paper every nation had the same rights, duties, etc...
    But, as the Serbia was the most populous member state, it was natural and easier for them to soon seize much of the influence on the politics and military... Even though the head of Yugoslavia was a Croat.. What irony! That is why many Croats today feel Tito betrayed them...
    After Tito's death in 1980, the rotational presidency over Yugoslavia was put in place. However, in 1986 it was clear that things will not stay the same for long. Slovenia and Croatia pressed on for a multiparty political system and a looser political union, such as confederation.. Serbian leaders rejected that completely.
    Referendums for independence were done in Slovenia and Croatia, with people massively voting for separation from Yugoslavia. Knowing about some and hoping for more support from European countries, the countries proclaimed independence unilaterally... The rest is a well known history of Yugo army invasion, occupation, destruction, etc..
    The saddest thing is that, before the political conflict became military, the European Community (as EU was called then, before Maastricht treaty in 1993) was inviting all the parties to stop the tensions and in return EC would pay a huge stimulus (1 Billion Deutsche Marks??? not sure on the amount) to Yugoslavia and welcome the Yugoslav federation to the European club without negotiations of any sort. However, the rebel Serbs in Croatia would not hear about it..
    The breakup was innitiated, war started and just over ten months after the proposal to Yugoslavia to join Europe, the European Community officially recognized Slovenia and Croatia as independent states...

    Just hours before Croatia joined the EU on the 1st of July this year (2013), the president of Srpska Krajina (Serbian ruled/dominated canton in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina) Milorad Dodik gave a sincere and the truest statement ever on the Balkan territories so far.. For the German state television ARD TV he said, as a conclusion on the history and variety of the paths Croatia and other ex-YU countries have taken towards Europe, "As someone who remembers that there used to be one beautiful country, Yugoslavia, a thought and question comes to me "What for did we need all that, when we could had entered the EU as such, as one country?"

    People in all war affected ex-YU countries might have different experiences of the conflicts, different thoughts on who is more, or less guilty, etc.. But, ALL agree the war was above all (cruel, uncivilized, self-destructive, etc) completely and utterly STUPID. I just hope this lesson learned stays fixed in our memory for as long as we as nations exist...

  7. As for Rodney Atkinson being biased... I can understand it is easier to pick one point of view and stick to it... However, I rarely find it productive and reliable... :)