BETWEEN YU AND EU
Politics has always been a traumatic issue in this region. Some Croatian citizens are allegedly still nostalgic about socialism, Tito and Yugoslavia. Others are delighted Yugoslavia is no more. Some look forward to the long-awaited accession to the European Union. Others don’t want to enter the EU, or are afraid of it and criticize it fiercely. Be that as it may, debates and arguments on the topic make Croatia’s everyday reality. There is no consensus. Croatia’s present position in time, whatever someone has to say about that, is somewhere between YU and EU. At least for a while.
BEFORE CUBA, AFTER CÔTE D’IVOIRE
Not many things are as pointless as charts listing top countries. But for some reason, Croatian people love rankings and comparisons with other nations: from football and skiing to wines. Croatia is thus — that’s the agreement we’ve all reached — in comparison to all other countries Croatia ranked highest when it comes to beautiful women and islands. And if there really is a need for such a chart, we suggest that it be formed in the only order everyone will agree upon: alphabetical. That is why, with great certainty, we can now say that Croatia stands before Cuba, but after Côte d’Ivoire. No one can say otherwise.
SIMILAR TO A CROISSANT, DIFFERENT FROM A DONUT
Croatia invests a great deal of funds in promoting its tourist offer. Most brochures and TV ads point out its blue sea, enchanting coves, golden plains and the magical Istria peninsula… Well, we do not have anything against that, Croatian landscapes are indeed beautiful; but which country does not believe that its natural beauties are something everyone must see? If we take a look at Croatia’s picturesque diversity of regions from an appropriate distance, the only conclusion that seems logical is: this country definitely looks like a nice croissant. Also, we don’t see any similarity to a pancake, pizza or donut. It is due time that this feature also receives some attention.