“In an exclusive interview for German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic talked about visiting Belgrade, the upcoming celebration of the 1995 military Operation Storm, and Croatia’s support for the constitutional equality of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In her first big interview following this summer’s World Cup in Russia in which Croatia won second place, Grabar-Kitarovic told Deutsche Welle that she hoped the national team’s sports success on the pitch would translate into a new impetus for much needed reforms, which ‘have unfortunately somehow lost their meaning and content,’ and that ‘Croatia would take the path to prosperity.’

Commenting on reactions in the foreign media who said they fear that the euphoria over the team’s success and the positive atmosphere of patriotism might give way to increased nationalism in what they described as ‘a country ruled by a symbiosis of politics, sports, and patriotism,’ Grabar-Kitarovic said that there was no reason for concern, and that ‘such a symbiosis should not be suppressed.'” (full article at N1)


“Turkish Airlines is looking for a third Croatian destination after flights to the capital Zagreb and to Dubrovnik have proved successful. Turkish Airlines is one of the rare airlines that operates flights to Dubrovnik out of the main summer season, with four operations a week through the winter last year. And they are now on the hunt for a further Croatian destination to connect with Istanbul. There are rumours that Split is the leading contender, and as the airport is the second busiest in the country this would seem to make business sense.” (Dubrovnik Times)


“Russian President Vladimir Putin’s return visit to Croatia is being discussed now, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic told national television in an interview on Thursday.

‘Yes, there is the discussion about the return visit. Certainly, it depends on President Putin’s and my schedule. It will take place as soon as we agree on the agenda,’ Grabar-Kitarovic said, noting progress in bilateral ties.

During an informal visit on the sidelines of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, the two countries agreed that they solved several issues at the meeting in Sochi. ‘From Sberbank’s role and checks of Agrokor to air cleaning in Slavonski Brod,’ she said.” (TASS)

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