“Croatia’s World Cup runners-up have returned home to a massive welcome ceremony at Ban Josip Jelacic Square in Zagreb on Monday, the day after losing the World Cup final 4-2 against France in Moscow.

According to the latest police estimates on Monday evening, a crowd of over 550,000 football supporters greeted the Croatian national team, including more than 110,000 ecstatic fans gathered in Zagreb’s main square to welcome back their heroes, and few hundreds of thousands who lined the entire 20-kilometre route the open-top bus that took footballers from the airport to the city centre.

The team, carried by a Croatia Airlines plane, touched down at Zagreb Airport at 15:22 hours, after being escorted in a low flyover over city centre by the Croatian Air Force MiG-21 fighter jets sporting chequered liveries.” (N1)

“Six uniformed Chinese police officers started joint patrol with their Croatian counterparts here on Sunday.

It is the first ever joint patrol between China and Croatia during tourist season, aiming to help deal with Chinese tourists-related issues.

Six Chinese police officers — four policemen and two policewomen — will be patrolling in popular tourist spots of Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes National Park with their local colleagues for a month.” (Xinhua)

“Consumption in retail trade on the day of the World Football Championship match, and on the day of the matches it grew on average between 11 and 15 percent, and in the hospitality it was a record day of the semifinals and the match of Croatia with England when turnover grew 17 percent, data of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), which is based on data on fiscalization.” (translated from VL)

“Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and European Affairs Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić is in Brussels for a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council.

One of the main themes of the day’s discussions of EU Foreign Ministers was on the implementation of political goals for six eastern European partners, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia, and Ukraine. Talks were in preparation for a ministers’ meeting of eastern partners which is scheduled to take place on the margins of an upcoming European Council meeting in October. Consensus is that the twenty goals laid out previous meetings, including at Riga in 2015 and Brussels in 2017, are progressing well. The aim is to strengthen economic ties, connectivity, and mobility. A priority for the group is to continue to implement reforms, because having secure, stable, and prosperous partners are beneficial to the EU as a whole.” (Voice of Croatia)