“According to the latest monthly political opinion poll, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) is still the strongest political party in Croatia. Despite the fact that the HDZ has an approval rating of less than 27 percent, they are still well ahead of the Social Democrats who are currently polling at just over 21 percent. The Živi zid activist party is in a distant third, but continues to maintain a lead over the Most party; both sit at around 11 and 8 percent respectively.

After a three-month hiatus, the most popular politician according to those polled is ‘No one in particular; with almost 19 percent. In second place is President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović with 16.5 percent, while rounding out the top three is Prime Minister Andrej Plenković with 11 percent – a full one and a half percent lower than the previous month.”(Voice of Croatia)

“Between March 25 and October 27, Croatia has over 70 new regular flights, while the total number is 15% higher than last year, over 34,400, the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) said in a press release on Thursday.

HTZ director Kristjan Stanicic says one of the key goals is to position Croatia as an attractive year-round destination with very good transport connections and that flights are key for extending tourist turnover in the shoulder seasons, the press release said.

Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli believes flights are important also for expanding demand in markets with the highest growth potential and that they make it possible for Croatia to become an even more competitive and interesting destination.” (Croatia Week)

“Unemployment in the European Union fell slightly in February and stood at 8.5 percent. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since December 2008. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Eurostat estimates that 17.632 million men and women in the EU28, of whom 13.916 million in the euro area, were unemployed in February 2018.

Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates in February 2018 were recorded in the Czech Republic (2.4%), Germany and Malta (both 3.5%) as well as Hungary (3.7% in January 2018). The highest unemployment rates were observed in Greece (20.8% in December 2017) and Spain (16.1%).” (Dubrovnik Times)