Bitter-sweet occasion for Croatia, EU's 28th member

Making EU flags in Zagreb for celebration's last night to mark the country's recognition as an official EU member state. Photo: Xinhua

From today, Croatia is the 28th member of the European Union, a milestone that caps the Adriatic republic's recovery from war but is tinged with anxiety over the state of the economy and the bloc it joins.

Tuesday, 2 July, 2013, 12:04am

Croatia eyes property tax to cut labour costs ahead of EU entry

Croatia will introduce from April a 1.5 per cent property tax as the government adjusts its policies to attract investment ahead of European Union entry.

"The aim of the property tax is to gradually ease taxes on labour, so we can become more competitive and more attractive to investors," Finance Minister Slavko Linic said.

28 Nov 2012 - 3:13am

Briefs, November 21, 2012

Portuguese merchant shot dead in Corsica

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

Convictions of Croat generals overturned by UN court

War veterans celebrate during the broadcast from the International War Crimes Tribunal as the two Croat generals freed. Photo: AP

The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal overturned the convictions of two Croat generals yesterday for murdering and illegally expelling Serb civilians in a 1995 military blitz, and both men returned home to a hero's welcome.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

History more accessible

With a history dating back more than 1,000 years, Zagreb has a multilayered past and plenty of historical attractions, and it is now more accessible to Hong Kong travellers following the launch of a new connecting service.

In the capital of Croatia are remnants of city walls and fortresses built in centuries past to protect the strategically situated settlement from invaders.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Nation's best kept secret

A gentle breeze stirs the napkins on our table, as the full moon rises over the Adriatic Sea. After a day on the road driving from Dubrovnik, my wife Yuko and I had arrived in Korcula just in time for a dinner of fresh seafood and a chilled bottle of the local wine Posip, a golden, dry white from Smokvica.

28 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Follow the group winners

Euro 2008 has a higher-quality group of quarter-finalists than any previous tournament and that is reflected in the overall betting with very little separating the top five in the HKJC's Champion market. The Netherlands are favourites, followed by Portugal (5.5) and Germany, Italy and Spain (all 6.0).

19 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Wheels of Fortune

Maximillion Cooper, founder of the Gumball Rally, explains how what started as an excuse for a party is now a global extravaganza - from Thailand to Croatia.

4 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

A 'war hero' holding up Croatia's future

The British, Dutch and German governments are so fed up with Croatia's failure to deliver General Ante Gotovina to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague that they have decided to block its bid for European Union membership.

23 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

British investors snap up holiday homes in Croatia

Britons' hopes of Tim Henman winning the Wimbledon tennis championships were dashed by the ice-cool precision of Mario Ancic's power play in the quarter-finals, but this did not dent their enthusiasm for property in the Croat's home country.

7 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Get ready for goals galore in conclusion to group matches

Expect plenty of fireworks in the concluding group matches at Euro 2004, starting with tonight's Iberian blockbuster between Portugal and Spain and followed by tomorrow's crucial Croatia v England clash.

20 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Scalpers make a killing in ticket frenzy

Cash-strapped citizens of Croatia are making a fortune selling World Cup tickets to French fans desperate to see history made at the futuristic Stade de France here tonight.

8 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

war and peace

DUBROVNIK is a paradise temporarily lost. In one of the greatest acts of Philistinism during the horrific Yugoslavian war, this previously unscathed medieval city on the southern tip of Croatia became the victim in 1991 of heavy bombardment by the Serb-led Yugoslav army.

30 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Serbs are 'second-class citizens' in Croatia

CONTRARY to the assertion of your correspondent, Mira Buljan, (South China Morning Post, September 12, 'Serbs' rampage has perpetuated war') Yugoslavia was not always a federation of six republics. From its formation in 1918, until the German invasion in 1941, Yugoslavia was a constitutional monarchy with the King of Serbia as its head of state.

19 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Serbs' rampage has perpetuated war

I WOULD like to believe that Szeto Ho-kwong's letter headlined 'Serbs getting raw deal' (South China Morning Post, August 21), was born out of ignorance or misinformation.

The Cold War had nothing to do with the break-up of Yugoslavia into different republics as he suggested.

12 Sep 1995 - 12:00am