Croatians celebrate their entry into the European Union, and only they know why

posted at 6:31 pm on June 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Well, we know why, really, although in fact, it sounds like not that many Croatians are actually all that psyched about the proceedings. There are festivities planned throughout Sunday, and when it officially becomes the 28th member of the EU on July 1st, Croatia will no doubt continue to tout the reasons to which they’re clinging for doing so: Better access to and less bureaucratic red tape keeping them from the larger EU markets; less expensive education opportunities for Croatian students at EU universities and easier travel for EU citizens (their beaches are big attractions for tourism); and the promise of billions of euros in EU investment that they hope will help boost them out of what looks like a fifth year of economic recession and their 21 percent unemployment rate.

But… many Croatians, apparently, are only going through the motions of celebrating their long fight to get into the EU after their war for independence in the 1990s, and there doesn’t seem to be an abundance of genuine enthusiasm about it. Via Reuters:

Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union at midnight on Sunday, passing a milestone in its recovery from war but anxious over the troubled state of its economy and the bloc it is joining. …

The EU is mired in its own economic woes, which have created internal divisions and undermined popular support for the union. …

“Just look what’s happening in Greece and Spain! Is this where we’re headed?” said pensioner Pavao Brkanovic in a marketplace. “You need illusions to be joyful, but the illusions have long gone.” …

Croatia has gone through seven years of tortuous and often unpopular EU-guided reform. …

Their prime minister, of course, was expressing bullishness about their ostensibly new-and-improved prospects after joining the EU and what he called Croatians’ “reasonable amount of skepticism” about it:

Zoran Milanovic sought to dispel doubts about becoming the bloc’s 28th addition as fireworks are prepared and foreign leaders arrive for celebrations at midnight on Sunday. …

Mr Milanovic told Sky’s Murnaghan show there was a “plethora” of good reasons for being part of the EU, despite the bloc’s economic woes of recent years which have undermined the public’s support. …

Support for membership is now at just about 50% down from the 66% recorded during a referendum last year.

Referring to the low turnout for recent elections of Croatian MEPs, which Mr Milanovic said was below 21% of the electorate, he told Sky News: “When you say people are not enthusiastic, I think people are sober because this succession has been long overdue.

Because the succession is long overdue, or because it’s just the best out of the few bad options they’re willing to consider?


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…drugs?

KOOLAID2 on June 30, 2013 at 6:32 PM

promise of billions of euros in EU investment that they hope will help boost them out of what looks like a fifth year of economic recession and their 21 percent unemployment rate

…can they be our 58th state?

KOOLAID2 on June 30, 2013 at 6:34 PM

…can they be our 58th state?

KOOLAID2 on June 30, 2013 at 6:34 PM

They are mostly independent, anti-government, hardworking, law and order Christians.

We don’t want them.

IlikedAUH2O on June 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM

I heard the EU let them in because Croatia is the only place around that still has money.

coldwarrior on June 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

…can they be our 58th state?

KOOLAID2 on June 30, 2013 at 6:34 PM

You bring up an interesting point. Why don’t we see countries petitioning to join the US? I know the Kurds brought it up informally after the first gulf war but were not taken seriously at the time. You would think they would all be itching to join a successful system, the current administration notwithstanding.

Kafir on June 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM

KOOLAID2 on June 30, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Be a real problem for the Department of Transportation…how to get an interstate highway connection…might require another Obama stimulus.

coldwarrior on June 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Croatians celebrate their entry into the European Union, and only they know why

…drugs?

KOOLAID2 on June 30, 2013 at 6:32 PM

….I take that back!….they’re drunk!

KOOLAID2 on June 30, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Be a real problem for the Department of Transportation…how to get an interstate highway connection…might require another Obama stimulus.

coldwarrior on June 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

…Alaska…has a bridge…to nowhere!…

KOOLAID2 on June 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

You’re on a Croatian lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. A huge ocean liner rescues you from drifting aimlessly at sea. “Hey! What’s the name of this ship?”, you ask. A crewmember replies, “HMS Titanic.”

bugsy on June 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

‘For a small, open economy like Cyprus, euro adoption provides protection from international financial turmoil.’

- European Central Bank President, Jean-Claude Trichet, welcoming Cyprus into the European single currency in 2008

So, Croats, how’d that work out for the Cypriots?

Resist We Much on June 30, 2013 at 7:02 PM

KOOLAID2 on June 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Speaking of Alaska:-), there is a link in the Gulch if you’re into the Civil War & Gettysburg.

bluefox on June 30, 2013 at 7:05 PM

They have managed to book passage on the Titanic. Aren’t they lucky!

VorDaj on June 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Lucky number 28?

But Jack van Impe and Hal Lindsey told me there was only going to be ten.

davidk on June 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Congratulations Croatia, your “welcome to the EU Club” presents include Greece, Portugal and Spain!

rbj on June 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM

So the Croats are greeting the Fourth Reich just like they did that Third one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0P2YLYKSnM

sartana on June 30, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Congratulations Croatia, your “welcome to the EU Club” presents include Greece, Portugal and Spain!

rbj on June 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Speaking of Spain, Brazil is handing their a$$e$ to them at the moment. 3-0 on Espn

loveofcountry on June 30, 2013 at 7:47 PM

“Just look what’s happening in Greece and Spain! Is this where we’re headed?” said pensioner Pavao Brkanovic in a marketplace. “You need illusions to be joyful, but the illusions have long gone.”

Notably, Greece and Spain brought their problems on themselves by overspending.

Count to 10 on June 30, 2013 at 8:33 PM

and the promise of billions of euros in EU investment that they hope will help boost them out of what looks like a fifth year of economic recession and their 21 percent unemployment rate.

Blind leading the blind.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM

My in-laws are of Croatian background. A proud people who make really yummy ethnic foods. But not so smart. They waited until the EU is about to crash and burn, then decide they want to join them.
If they were smarter, they’d declare war against the U.S. and then we’d send them tons of money and JoeBiden would make nice with them.

srdem65 on June 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Be a real problem for the Department of Transportation…how to get an interstate highway connection…might require another Obama stimulus.
coldwarrior on June 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Hell, for the amount that 0bama and Bernanke have thrown away on ‘stimulus’ they probably COULD build a viable bridge across the the ocean and however many miles of cross country road.

LegendHasIt on June 30, 2013 at 10:03 PM

EU to Croatia:

“Welcome to the Union, comrades…
and pay up, suckas!!!

Marcola on June 30, 2013 at 10:29 PM

LegendHasIt on June 30, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Resist Much has a way to get $46 million maybe you can jump on another thread..

IlikedAUH2O on June 30, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Whaddaya expect from Cretins?!
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What?

Shy Guy on June 30, 2013 at 11:06 PM

IlikedAUH2O on June 30, 2013 at 10:40 PM

?

LegendHasIt on June 30, 2013 at 11:07 PM

LegendHasIt on June 30, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I found “Resist” and was told I had to be an illegal. The US gov’t, according to an official source, sent $46 million to one address used (apparently fraudulently) by illegals.

We just sent billions to Egypt and they also have a large IMF or World Bank loan.

Moral: Money can’t buy happiness.

Gang disintegrated, This is the last post from IlikedAUH20.

If only President Bush had been familiar with the Commentaries of Julius Caesar.

Everyone needs an end game.

Thanks all.

IlikedAUH2O on July 1, 2013 at 12:44 AM

IlikedAUH2O on July 1, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Oh. well. God Bless.

LegendHasIt on July 1, 2013 at 1:09 AM

I’ve wanted to travel to Croatia for a while now and it’s meant to be really beautiful. I can’t see being in the Euro zone helping their travel industry since there’s no savings from a currency perspective and EU regulations are bound to jack up prices everywhere.

ExPat on July 1, 2013 at 3:33 AM

Let’s not confuse being in the EU with being in the Eurozone. Quite a few EU countries (UK, Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Ireland, to name a few) do not use the euro. Croatia is not adopting the euro today.

Time Lord on July 1, 2013 at 11:54 AM