Articles by Drago Hedl

Croatia: purges in the newsrooms

01/07/2015 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

On the eve of a probable victory of the centre-right in the general election to be held in late 2015, the Association of Croatian journalists sounded the alarm on the purges taking place in newsrooms

Croatia, the SDP staggers after defeat in EU elections

03/06/2014 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

Crushing defeat for the Social Democrats of Prime minister Milanović. The HDZ, currently in opposition, ranks first party in the country

Croatia, a law threatens journalists

18/04/2014 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

Croatia's new Criminal Code establishes the offence of "humiliation", a barrier to freedom of expression that has already claimed its first victim among journalists – Slavica Lukić, of newspaper Jutarnji list

Croatia: the great European Parliament battle

13/02/2014 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

In Croatia, the battle for a seat in Strasbourg and Brussels has already begun. With surprises

Croatia: suspected psychiatric abuse

26/08/2013 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

Last July, the wife of a judge from Osijek was subjected to forced hospitalization, for no apparent reason. The dramatic case has raised the attention of the public and the media on the abuse of psychiatry in Croatia

Little Nora brings Croatians together

19/02/2013 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

In just a few days, the Croatian civil society raised a million Dollars so that a seriously ill 5-year-old girl could get treatment. Now there is not a single person in Croatia who does not know who little Nora Šitum is

Cyrillic divides Serbs and Croats in Vukovar

19/02/2013 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

The law introducing double signs in Latin and Cyrillic on the streets of Vukovar has triggered strong protests. But how much is the city really divided?

Sex Education in Croatia. The war between the Church and government

04/02/2013 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

It is open clash between the Croatian Catholic Church and the center-left government. The disputed issue is sex education in schools, recently introduced in the broader context of civic education and health

Oluja crimes, a test for Croatian justice

10/12/2012 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

After the acquittal of generals Gotovina and Markač at the ICTY, the Croatian judiciary must demonstrate that they know how to judge the crimes committed by the Croatian side in the 90s, without the bias seen so far against the Serbs

Croatia: the return of the Pelješac bridge

09/08/2012 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

Caught in the grip of economic crisis, Croatia is desperate for investments. So much that the centre-left government is reconsidering the long-opposed Pelješac bridge

Croatia in recession looks to the Middle East

18/01/2012 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

Zoran Milanović's new executive is facing one of Croatia's most economically difficult periods, in its fourth consecutive year of recession. While taxes and contributions increase, Zagreb is thinking of attracting investors from the Middle East

Croatia: HDZ ringed by corruption ahead of the elections

15/11/2011 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

While former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader faces trial on corruption charges, further evidence emerges on the wrongdoings of the ruling party HDZ, whose popularity is at an all-time low. Political analysts believe the center-left has already won the elections, scheduled for next December 4th

The Decade of Mesić

04/03/2010 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

With the official swearing-in of new Croatian president Ivo Josipović on 18 February, the 10-year era of Stjepan Mesić came to an end. Our correspondent looked back on the Mesić era, a time that saw the strengthening of democratic institutions

Bread and Circuses

23/01/2009 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

The global economic crisis is at Croatia's doorstep. The budget deficit is on the rise, industrial production is in decline and external debt stands at 36 billion Euro. For now, public debate is monopolized by the world handball championship but economists foresee a rude awakening

Storm in a Teacup

28/11/2008 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

The diplomatic battle which started after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) accepted jurisdiction in the charge of genocide raised by Zagreb against Belgrade, has abated. According to many Croatian analysts, it would have been better had the court not accepted the task

Storm in a Teacup

28/11/2008 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

The diplomatic battle which started after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) accepted jurisdiction in the charge of genocide raised by Zagreb against Belgrade, has abated. According to many Croatian analysts, it would have been better had the court not accepted the task

Hot Autumn in Croatia

16/07/2008 -  Drago Hedl Osijek

Rising prices and galloping inflation. The expensive life is squeezing Croats as in a clamp. Over a third of an average family's monthly income goes for food. Discontent is growing and might explode in the streets this autumn