“The Council of Europe is urging Croatia to investigate allegations against police of the “ill treatment” of migrants trying to cross through the western Balkan nation’s borders.

In a letter sent in September and made public on October 5, the council said Croatian authorities should probe “all recorded cases of collective expulsions and of allegations of violence against migrants.”

The letter was signed by the human rights commissioner, Dunja Mijatovic, and addressed to Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.” (RFE/RL)

“Croatia’s ministry of the interior has rejected accusations put forth by the Council of Europe, a human rights watchdog, that illegal migrants have suffered violence at the hands of Croatian authorities while attempting to enter the country.A statement from the ministry noted that Croatia, a Schengen area candidate, had the obligation to prevent the illegal entry of migrants to protect its own sovereignty and national security.” (Voice of Croatia)

“According to the latest opinion poll, the HDZ continues to be the strongest party in the country with 27.5% approval – they are also the only party to record an increase over the previous month. The largest opposition party, the SDP, has 17.7% support from voters – their lowest rating in fifteen years; while the Živi Zid and Most parties sit at 12.4% and 6% respectively.

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is still the most popular politician in the country, with 25.2% approval. She is followed by no-one in particular at 20%, while Prime Minister Andrej Plenković is third with 9.7% approval. Anka Mrak Taritaš with 7.3% and Ivan Vilibor Sinčić with 6.% round out the top five.” (Voice of Croatia)