“The national summit will meet twice a week earlier – on Monday in the afternoon, the topic will be Russia, and on Tuesday, the Defense Council will deal with the decision to buy combat aircraft.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic recalled that on Friday after returning from Brussels, he heard with the president of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and expects that she (although moving her office for several days to Karlovac) participates in a meeting of the state summit on Monday.

We agreed on consultations –  we want to harmonize attitudes and what is essential to show solidarity towards our ally in NATO and the EU, but also to take into account the real foreign relations that we have, said the Prime Minister, commenting on the case of poisoning with a nerve poison for which London accuses Russia.” (translated from N1)

“Thousands of Croatians have rallied in central Zagreb against a European agreement designed to protect women, saying it threatens traditional values.

They object to the Istanbul Convention on the basis that it would legitimise same-sex marriage and improve rights for transgender people.

Women’s rights groups staged a counter-protest along the route of the march.

They pointed out that polls suggest two-thirds of Croatians support the convention.

That is despite the rise of the far right – including revisionist views of Nazi rule – since Croatia joined the EU in 2013.

Parliament has not yet ratified the convention but it has been approved by the centre-right government – prompting dissent from within its own ranks, conservative groups and the Catholic Church.” (BBC News)

“An announcement of the abolition of restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens in the United Kingdom was sent British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković today. Plenkovic welcomed this decision from Downing Street, and Croatia will respond reciprocally to British citizens, and they will also be able to work freely in Croatia from the 1st of July.

‘This Decision means that Croatian citizens will be equalized in the United Kingdom’s right of access to the labour market with all other EU citizens on the 1st of July 2018. It is the result many negotiations between the two prime ministers and the wider political and diplomatic activities Croatia has undertaken in the past period and will further stimulate the development of partnerships and bilateral relations after the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU,’ commented the Croatian government.” (Dubrovnik Times)