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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.

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.

Croatia allows thousands stranded at Serbian border to cross

Serbia - Croatia allowed thousands of migrants who were stuck at the border with Serbia to cross into its territory late Monday afternoon, having earlier dramatically slowed the number of crossings, an AFP photographer saw.

Slovenia blocks over 1,000 migrants at border

Ljubljana - Slovenian authorities said Monday they had refused to let in more than 1,000 migrants arriving from Croatia after a daily quota had been reached, stoking fears of a new human bottleneck on the western Balkan route.

Migrants told 'Be patient' as entry to Croatia slows

Serbia - Two Syrian sisters hold up a sign on an improvised board made of pink rubber -- an attempt to keep fellow refugees calm as they wait in long, slow-moving queues at the Serbia-Croatia border."There are no buses right now.

Migrants pour into Slovenia from Croatia after Hungary closes border

Sveti Jurij - Nearly 3,000 migrants trying to reach northern Europe crossed into Slovenia from Croatia on Saturday, having been forced to change their route after Hungary closed off another border with razor wire.

Gloom as Hungary seals Croatian border

Ortilos - "Closure!" barks the Hungarian army officer shortly after midnight, prompting the soldiers to unfurl the final length of the country's new anti-migrant fence and attach it to steel columns -- and the border with Croatia is officially sealed.

Hungarian-Croatian border closed to 'illegal' migrants: Hungary

Ortilos - The border between Hungary and Croatia has been closed to "illegal" migrants, the Hungarian government said early Saturday, with barbed wire fences being set up to seal the frontier.

Slovenia suspends trains from Croatia ahead of migrant arrivals: railways

Ljubljana - Slovenia on Friday suspended its rail links with Croatia ahead of the anticipated arrival of large numbers of migrants being rerouted towards the Alpine country after Hungary announced it would close its border with Croatia.

Croatia to divert migrants to Slovenia as Hungary announces border closure

Zagreb - Croatia is set to divert migrants passing through its territory towards Slovenia after Hungary, where most were headed, announced it would close their common border, Croatia's interior minister said Friday.

Hungary to close Croatia border to migrants at midnight

Budapest - Hungary said Friday it will shut its border with Croatia at midnight, closing a major entry point for migrants bound for northern Europe, weeks after a similar move on its Serbian frontier triggered clashes with refugees.

Hungary complete Croatia border fence

Budapest - The Hungarian government announced Thursday it had completed its construction of a fence alongside its southern border with Croatia, to stem the massive daily influx of migrants."We are ready to close the border.

Croatia calls election for early November

Zagreb - Croatia's president on Monday called a parliamentary election for November 8, a vote expected to be a tight race as the EU member grapples with a migrant influx and a weak economy.

Croatia braces for winter as shivering migrants pour in

Opatovac - The Croatian sun has given way to rain and the temperature has dropped, but refugees and migrants continue to stream into the country, forcing officials and charities to scramble to prepare for wintry conditions.

Hungary rolls out anti-migrant razor wire on Croatia border

Beremend - Hungary was attaching razor wire Thursday to a fence erected at its border with Croatia, AFP reporters said, in a possible prelude to sealing the frontier to thousands of migrants.

Top Croatian court overturns ex-PM's jail term for graft

Zagreb - Croatia's Supreme Court has overturned a nine-year prison sentence and ordered a retrial for former prime minister Ivo Sanader, who was jailed for embezzling millions of euros in public funds, a spokesman said Thursday.

Tired Croatian bus drivers ferry migrants day and night

Baranjsko Petrovo Selo - They usually chauffeur tourists or school children, but Croatian bus drivers are now working into the night ferrying thousands of migrants from one corner of their country to another."Temporary transport," say the signs on their buses.

Hungary asks UN for global quotas on migrants

New York - Hungary called Tuesday for the United Nations to set global quotas on accepting migrants, saying it was unfair for Europe to take so many refugees fleeing Syria.
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