“Croatian MEP Ruza Tomasic would use force to resolve problems with Slovenia over the demarcation in the Savudrija Bay. Tomasic also said that the Croatian police, and if necessary, the army, should react to the illegal actions of the Slovenian police. She said that it is not about a joint operation by law enforcement agencies of two countries, but the apparent violation of the sovereignty of the Republic of Croatia. ‘In order to avoid further frustration and, God forbid, the escalation of violence among citizens, Croatian authorities must finally begin to defend our border in Savudrija Bay. We all need to be sorry that they are our neighbors decided on this one-sided and somewhat raw move, but no one on it is not forced. They chose to force to solve the dispute, however, but they must face the power with force.’ said Tomasic.” (translated from Vecernji List, Ruza Tomasic’s full statement in Croatian here)

At the Croatian-Slovenian border crossing of Dragonja in ‘no man’s land’ there were the two leftist parties – Labor Front on the Croatian side and ‘Levica’ on the Slovenian side. In a joint action, they wish to refer and warn those of nationalistic fog that is being sold on both sides of the ‘Bay of Piran and disputes around it serve to deal with non-existent national issues rather than the burning issues of economic and social policy,’ they say. The protesters comprised of members of the Worker’s Front and Levica came from all over Slovenia and Croatia. They plan to read a joint statement in Croatian, Slovenian, and Italian.” (translated from N1)

“The Croatian government has not yet made a decision on the selection of a multi-purpose combat aircraft, although it was announced the decision would be made by the end of 2017. It seems that the decision-making process has been halted and it is not clear when it woul be restarted, reports Vecernji List on January 7, 2018. The level of optimism grew after on 14 December, when the Ministry of Defence’s recommendation passed the Parliamentary Committee on Defence, where both the ruling parties and the opposition agreed on the decision. But, realists warned that complications could arise. The fact that there was a problem became clear a week later, when Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said he wanted to analysed all the bids received once again…It is said that the bidder is Swedish SAAB, which offered JAS 39 Gripens. They told Croatian journalists unofficially that they hadn’t given up, although they had also heard rumours that the recommendation was that the government should buy used Israeli F-16s instead.” (total-croatia-news)

“A full-strength Croatian side will play two matches in the United States in March 2018 as it builds up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next summer. The first match will see Zlatko Dalic’s side take on face Peru at the Hard Rock stadium in Miami on 23 March 2018. Kick-off will be at 8 pm local time. Four days later on 27 March 2018 Croatia will play Mexico at AT&T Stadium in Dallas as part of their USA tour.” (for ticket information see Croatia Week)