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Croatia: UK Warning about Organized Crime Riles Government

Date: April 22nd, 2009 | No Comments

The Croatian government sharply protested a BBC report and warning from the British Foreign Office for travelers to be aware of an underlying threat from organized crime. The advisory added, however, that Croatia “has a low crime rate and violent crime is rare.” The U.S. State Department has no similar warning for Croatia. Its report [read more]

Central Europe: Floods

Date: August 23rd, 2005 | No Comments

Three days of torrential rain caused extensive flooding in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. In Switzerland, rail service through the Alps to Italy was shut down and many major roads were closed. Several villages, including the resort town of Grindelwald, were cut off and floods threatened parts of Interlaken and Bern, the [read more]


Date: July 10th, 2001 | No Comments

A decision by the Croatian government July 7 to cooperate with the international tribunal on war crimes in The Hague and extradite two accused war criminals prompted the resignation of four ministers and threats of massive protests from veterans groups who consider the accused to be war heroes. Protesters threatened to block roads and border [read more]

Balkan Region: UN Report Calls Balkans One of Europe’s Safest Places

Date: June 4th, 2008 | No Comments

According to a UN report, the Balkan region is now one of the safest in Europe. The report found that this region that was wracked by violence and war in the 1990s now has lower rates of homicide, robbery and rape than Western Europe. Of the nine countries in the study—Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, [read more]


Date: February 25th, 2004 | No Comments

About a third of all crime in Croatia occurs in Zagreb, but the city is still considerably safer than most other major European cities. According to an annual police report, Zagreb experienced 2,420 criminal acts per 100,000 inhabitants in 2003. In comparison, Vienna, Austria had more than 13,000. Residents perceive crime to be a bigger [read more]


Date: May 30th, 2001 | No Comments

Some 100,000 people rallied in Split Feb. 11 to protest the government’s attempt to arrest a suspected war criminal who is viewed by war veterans and right-wing opposition leaders as a hero. Roads were blocked in the central region of Lika for a few hours and further demonstrations could occur if the government holds firm [read more]

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