Croats gather in Austria for controversial commemoration

Europe 05/18/19, 08:15

Thousands of Croatian far-right supporters gathered in a field in southern Austria on Saturday to commemorate the massacre of pro-Nazi Croats by communists at the end of World War II.For Croatian nationalists, the controversial annual event near the village of Bleiburg symbolizes their suffering under communism in the former Yugoslavia ...

Croatia’s WWII divisions in the open as Merkel visits

Europe 05/17/19, 06:45

Croatia's divisions over its World War II legacy will be out in the open when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the country to drum up support for moderate, conservative candidates in the upcoming elections to the European Parliament.While Merkel will on Saturday address the main convention of the center-right European ...

Croatian authorities urge caution during windy weather

Europe 05/13/19, 05:24

Croatian authorities have advised people to stay indoors Monday after two pedestrians were injured in the capital Zagreb during storms that uprooted trees and brought down traffic lights.Authorities have restricted traffic on several roads in the country and warned of landslide danger. The gusts were reported to have reached 150 ...

Croatia president points to EU lack of interest in Balkans

Europe 05/09/19, 07:41

Croatia's president has criticized the EU for not taking enough of an interest in what is going on in the Balkans.Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, whose country is a member of the EU, bemoaned "a lack of understanding of the situation in southeast Europe" and also a "lack of interest."Other countries in the ...

Croatia Jews, Serbs, anti-fascists, Roma gather at WWII site

Europe 04/12/19, 08:40

Jewish, Serb, anti-fascist and Roma groups came together Friday to commemorate the victims of a World War II death camp in Croatia, boycotting upcoming official ceremonies for the fourth year in a row over what they say is government inaction over neo-Nazi sentiments in the country.Hundreds gathered in silence at ...

China’s PM Li seeks to reassure Europe at Croatia summit

Europe 04/12/19, 04:40

China's prime minister has promised that Beijing will respect European standards and fair trade, seeking to allay concerns that it's flouting EU competition rules with huge investments on the continent.Opening an annual summit of Eastern and Central European nations and China, Li Keqiang said "we intend to fully respect European ...

Chinese premier visits bridge construction in Croatia

Asia & Pacific 04/11/19, 09:59

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has visited a construction site in Croatia where a major European Union-funded bridge is being built by a Chinese state-owned company.The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) won in 2018 an international bid to construct the 2.4 kilometer-long bridge over the Adriatic Sea.The 420 million-euro ...

China’s spreading influence in Eastern Europe worries West

World 04/10/19, 20:24

Coal-powered plants, mobile networks, major bridges, roads and railways: Chinese investments have been booming throughout Central and Eastern Europe's cash-strapped developing countries, even as European Union officials scramble to counter Beijing's mounting economic and political influence on the continent. EU member Croatia is hosting a summit Thursday between China and 16 ...

Belgium leads FIFA rankings; England above Croatia to No. 4

Sports 04/04/19, 03:20

Belgium stays atop the FIFA rankings and England rises above Croatia, which it defeated in the World Cup semifinals, to reach No. 4 this month.Two wins in European Championship qualifying games means England swaps places with Croatia, which lost against Hungary last month and is No. 5.Belgium edges World Cup ...

World Cup role reversal as Germany wins, Croatia struggles

Europe 03/24/19, 18:46

Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago.After a year of problems off the field — and humiliation on it — the new Germany is finally starting to look like the old Germany. Grit, determination and Nico Schulz's 90th-minute winner earned ...

Croatia beaten by Hungary in European qualifying, Wales wins

Soccer 03/24/19, 14:20

World Cup finalist Croatia slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Hungary on Sunday, continuing its shaky start to European Championship qualifying. In a group which looks up for grabs with four teams level on points, Wales began its campaign with a 1-0 win over Slovakia.Fresh off a narrow 2-1 win ...

Update: Croatia leader backs strict Brexit deadlines

Europe 03/22/19, 04:50

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):10:45 a.m.Croatia's prime minister says European Union leaders are protecting their citizens and businesses by setting strict deadlines for Britain's departure from the bloc given the impasse in the U.K.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, center, speaks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, second left, during ...

Belgium, Croatia battle to wins as 2020 qualifying begins

Europe 03/21/19, 17:23

The stars of last year's World Cup had to dig deep as European Championship qualifying began Thursday.World Cup finalist Croatia nearly dropped points against Azerbaijan, only to be saved by a fine curling shot from Andrej Kramaric for a 2-1 win. Belgium needed two goals from Eden Hazard to defeat ...

New Zealand gunman entranced with Ottoman sites in Europe

World 03/16/19, 10:48

The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead in New Zealand had traveled to the Balkans in the past three years, where he toured historic sites and apparently studied battles between Christians and the Ottoman empire.Authorities in Bulgaria, Turkey and Croatia have confirmed ...

Rights group: EU complicit in violence against migrants

Europe 03/13/19, 06:42

A leading rights group has accused European Union states of complacency in the "systematic, unlawful and frequently violent pushbacks" by Croatian border guards of thousands of asylum-seekers to squalid and unsafe refugee camps in Bosnia.Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday that "European governments are not just turning a ...

Croatia’s top oyster farmers in alarm after norovirus found

Europe 03/11/19, 04:06

Oyster farming is the pride of this small town in the south of Croatia's Adriatic Sea coast. But tasting the famed local delicacy may not be a good idea at the moment.Authorities have detected norovirus, which causes diarrhea and vomiting, in parts of the Mali Ston bay — triggering shock ...

Gale force winds sweep across Adriatic Sea, Croatian coast

Europe 02/23/19, 09:22

Gale force winds have swept across much of the Croatian Adriatic coast, toppling trees, damaging cars and shattering windows.There were no reports of major injuries.Croatia's weather bureau said Saturday that gusts in the region of the Adriatic port of Split reached 191 kilometers per hour (118 mph).The Turkish merchant ship ...

Saric criticizes World Cup qualifying system as Croatia out

Basketball 02/22/19, 23:45

Dario Saric says basketball's World Cup qualifying system "doesn't make any sense" to him after Croatia was eliminated from contention Friday.The Croatians had a strong run in the 2016 Olympics, winning their group and reaching the quarterfinals. But they will be sitting home this summer after a 77-69 loss to ...

Croatian court detains sister after body found in freezer

Europe 02/20/19, 11:45

A Croatian court on Wednesday ordered one month's detention for a woman suspected of killing her younger sister, whose body was found in a freezer more than 18 years after she went missing.The news came as hundreds of people attended the funeral Wednesday for the missing woman, Jasmina Dominic, in ...

Turkey’s Erdogan calls for revision of Bosnia peace accords

Europe 01/16/19, 14:04

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a revision of the 1995 peace agreement that ended the Bosnian War, saying they failed to address the former Yugoslav republic's future.Erdogan said the United Nations should take "a stronger step" in a possible revision of the international Dayton Accords that established ...

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