Five years ago, on July 1st, 2013, Croatia joined the European Union - a historical step for a country heavily marked by the conflicts of the 1990s. But, what have these 5 years meant for the country? This special dossier features contents on civil rights and politics of memory; policies for refugees and asylum seekers; Europe, social inequality, and development; videos and infographics. And much more


INTERVIEW Dejan Jović: Croatia must rethink its foreign policy

Zagreb | Sven Milekić | 4/7/2018

Dejan Jović, professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Zagreb and Balkans expert, analyses the record of Croatia's membership in the EU, marked in his view by the intensification of nationalist rhetoric and the absence of a clear foreign policy.

Croatia, 5 years in the Eu: tourism

Giovanni Vale | 29/6/2018

Tourism has been growing rapidly in recent years and is an important sector for Croatia, producing almost 20% of GDP and employing about 7% of the workforce. The data in this infographic

ANALYSIS Croatia and its neighbours after the entry into the EU

Francesca Rolandi | 29/6/2018

Over the past five years, since Croatia joined the EU and the centre-right rose to power, relations with neighbouring countries have undergone a progressive deterioration

Croatia, 5 years in the Eu: economy

Giovanni Vale | 29/6/2018

Despite the gradual economic growth, the gap between the European Union and Croatia still remains wide. The unemployment rate has dropped, but the percentage of people at risk of poverty remains high. The data in this infographic

REPORTAGE Croatia: agriculture and fisheries at the time of the EU

Zagreb | Giovanni Vale | 29/6/2018

Two important sectors for the country, two important EU policies with which Zagreb has had to deal – not always with the best outcome, due to lack of preparation and poor management of negotiations

INTERVIEW Croatian citizens are indifferent about the EU

Zagreb | Sven Milekić | 26/6/2018

Paul Stubbs, British sociologist at the Institute of Economics in Zagreb, lives in Croatia for 25 years and claims, supported by figures, that Croatia did not benefit the EU membership, while its citizens remain indifferent on the issue

Croatia, 5 years in the Eu: demography

Giovanni Vale | 28/6/2018

Over the past five years, Croatia has recorded a steady decrease of its population. The trend in focus

ANALYSIS Croatia, refugees and responsibilities

Francesca Rolandi | 28/6/2018

Two years after its entry into the European Union, Croatia saw the arrival of the first waves of refugees and migrants. With the change of government in 2016, the first instances of solidarity gave way to rejection and violence.

REPORTAGE Croatia: emigration, European funds, and beers

Zagreb | Giovanni Vale | 21/6/2018

Some leave and never want to come back, some – although the country is not fully ready yet – use EU funds to create new artisanal businesses, such as the production of craft beers

ANALYSIS Croatia: identity, the past, and reconciliation

Francesca Rolandi | 27/6/2018

It's been 5 years since Croatia entered the European Union – years in which the nationalist right came back to power and Zagreb abandoned the policy of reconciliation with the countries of the region


Dubrovnik, Croazia

On July 1st, Croatia becomes the 28th member of the EU. According to Professor Dejan Jović, adviser to president Ivo Josipović, while the country's political and economic elite celebrates, the public opinion shows indifference and does not hide some fear

Next July 1st, Croatia enters the European Union. A historic moment, a step away from the tragedies of the 90s and a hope for the future. We met and interviewed Croatian president Ivo Josipović