Balkans: January 7, 2000

Archives

No surprise here. Croatia's six-party opposition alliance smashed late President Franjo Tudjman's creaking Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) in national elections held on January 3. The count as of January 5 says the Social Democratic Party (SDP) the former communists, and Croat Social-Liberal Party (HSLS), the two center-left elements of the opposition, will have around 70 of the 150 Croat parliament seats, the other four parties (Liberal Party (LS), Croatian Peasants' Party (HSS), the Croatian People's Party (HNS), and the Istria Democratic Party (IDS)) will have 20 to 25 seats. The HDZ will control the remaining seats (40 to 45). Drazen Budisa of the SDP will most likely be the new president. Look for Croatia to "follow Slovenia" in trying to link its economy as rapidly as possible to the West. Croatia will attempt to cut new deals with Hungary, Austria, and Italy. All three of these western nations view the election results as favorable for cleaning up Tudjman's corrupt, ultra-nationalist legacy. Tudjman favored dividing Bosnia up into three different countries (and implicitly favored Croatia's absorption of part of Bosnia). Look for the new government to be concerned about Croat refugees throughout the Balkans, but to curtail Bosnian intrigues.

 

Article Archive

Balkans: Current 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close