NECE News: Parliamentary Elections in Croatia

Nearly one month ago, on 11 September, parliamentary elections were held in Croatia, the host country of the this year‘s NECE conference. It’s the second election within the last two years. In 2015, the government was formed by independent candidate Tihomir Orešković. He was supported by the Patriotic Coalition, consisting of the Croatian Democratic Union (H.D.Z.) and Bridge of Independent Lists (MOST). However, on 20 June the members of parliament voted for the dissolution of the parliament, calling a new election.

Contrary to election forecasts, the conservative party (H.D.Z.) won the parliamentary election in September. Regarding this election The New York Times wrote: “With all of the votes counted, the party, known as H.D.Z., had 61 seats, pushing the Social Democrats into second place with 54. But it was still short of a majority in the 151-seat Parliament, even with the support of the center-right Most party, or Bridge, whose 13 seats make it a likely kingmaker.” Check out the full article here

For a breakdown of the vote share, check this page

For more information on the course of the election, check out “BalkanInsight”:

The elections of the last few years in Europe have shown that right-wing parties are on the rise. Is the election in Croatia connected to this general phenomena? The 2015 coalition endured for less than a year. What are the chances for a more steady coalition this year? What do you think? Feel free to comment.

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