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Fears of intolerance grow under Croatia's conservatives

Zagreb - "Nostalgia" for a pro-Nazi past, spurning of ethnic minorities and pressure on the press: Croatian activists say an alarming climate of intolerance is taking hold under a new conservative government.

Croatia showcases lovebird storks to draw visitors

Zagreb - Croatia is trying to attract more visitors to its stunning Adriatic coast by showcasing the enduring love story of a male stork which has been flying thousands of miles every year to join his handicapped mate.

Croatia leads outrage over Serb leader Seselj's acquittal

Zagreb - Croatia and Bosnia on Thursday slammed the acquittal of far-right Serb leader Vojislav Seselj on war crimes charges in a ruling that threatened to damage already fragile relations in the Balkans.

Man in wheelchair robs Croatian bank: Report

Zagreb - A Croatian man in a wheelchair robbed a bank after passers-by helped him to enter the premises, local media reported Friday."I have a bomb!

European police chiefs announce joint refugee register

Zagreb - The police chiefs of five countries on the migrant route through southeast Europe announced an agreement Thursday for a joint refugee registration point at the Greek-Macedonian border.

Oreskovic: Pharma exec and political novice becomes Croatian PM

Zagreb - A pharmaceutical executive and political novice, Tihomir Oreskovic has become Croatia's premier after spending just a few years in the country and speaking only rusty Croatian, prompting some to question his credentials for the post.

Croatia MPs vote in new cabinet amid economic, migrant crises

Zagreb - Croatia's parliament late Friday approved a new centre-right government led by a political novice, who warned "difficult decisions" lie ahead as the EU's newest member struggles with meagre economic growth and an influx of refugees.

Croatia taps pharma exec lead government, heal economy

Zagreb - Croatia's president tasked Wednesday a pharmaceutical executive to form a new government and end the political standoff that has plagued the Balkan EU nation since inconclusive elections last month.

Croatian conservatives secure majority to form government

Zagreb - Croatia's main opposition conservatives and a small party that emerged as a kingmaker in last month's election have secured the parliamentary majority needed to form a government, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said Tuesday.

Croatia turns to Christmas tourism for economic cheer

Zagreb - With an ice sculpture festival, brass band fanfares and a huge skating rink, Croatia's capital is pulling in growing numbers of winter tourists in the hope of cheering its struggling economy.

Slovenia's fence on Croatia border threatening wildlife: WWF

Zagreb - A razor-wire fence rolled out by Slovenia on Croatia's border to block the path of migrants is seriously threating wildlife in the area, conservation group WWF warned Friday.

Croatia exhumes two Serb mass graves after 20 years

Zagreb - Croatian forensic experts have exhumed the remains of 56 ethnic Serbs, believed to be mostly civilians killed at the end of the country's 1990s independence war, officials said Wednesday.

Croatia helps migrants settle by cooking 'taste of home'

Zagreb - In a family kitchen on the hilly outskirts of Zagreb, a group of chefs from Nigeria, Ethiopia and Croatia sprinkle salt into flour and grate orange zest as they whip up a range of breads from their home countries.

President starts talks on new PM in deadlocked Croatia

Zagreb - Croatia's president opened talks with parliamentary parties Thursday to try and name a prime minister-designate and end a political stalemate after an election 18 days ago failed to produce an outright winner.

Biden calls for greater cooperation at Europe's borders

Zagreb - US Vice President Joe Biden called at a Western Balkans summit Wednesday for greater cooperation at European borders to deal with the flow of migrants and to fight terrorist threats.

Croatian parties in tough talks to form government

Zagreb - Croatia's political parties faced tough negotiations Monday to cobble together a government after the conservative opposition narrowly won an election, heightening uncertainty in a country battling the migration crisis and a sluggish economy.

Croatian rivals neck-and-neck in vote overshadowed by migrant crisis

Zagreb - Croatia's rival political blocs were on track to take an equal share of seats in parliament, an exit poll showed Sunday, after a general election overshadowed by the migrant crisis and a sluggish economy.

Main rivals in Croatia vote: Struggling PM vs former spy chief

Zagreb - Croatia began voting in a general election Sunday, with the conservative opposition bidding to retake power from a centre-left alliance that has largely failed to implement promised reforms.

Croatia goes to the polls facing migrant wave, economic woes

Zagreb - Croatians voted in a general election Sunday with conservatives aspiring to return to power as the EU nation faces a wave of migrants and slowly emerges from six years of recession.

Croatia votes as migrants flow in, economy languishes

Zagreb - Croatians vote in a general election Sunday as the nation faces an ongoing influx of refugees -- a crisis that rival political camps have tried to exploit, while lacking concrete policy pledges to kickstart the sluggish economy.
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