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March 17, 2017

Croatia, Romania Closer to NATO Alliance Invite and the Nukes?


Croatia and Romania share a similar vision on most European issues, including enlargement and the eastern partnership, according to the countries’ foreign ministers, who met in Bucharest yesterday (14 March). EURACTIV Romania reports.

Croatian minister Davor Ivo Stier and his Romanian counterpart, Teodor Meleșcanu, spoke about further EU enlargement, the future of the bloc and the situation in Ukraine in a meeting in the Romanian capital on Tuesday.

The two foreign affairs chiefs also discussed bilateral cooperation within the framework of the European Union and NATO, as well as their forthcoming stints at the helm of the EU’s rotating presidency.

Romania and Croatia will both hold the presidency for the first time in 2019 and 2020, respectively, as part of the same “trio”, sandwiching Finland, which will hold the presidency for the first time since 2006.

Croatia inches closer to Schengen membership

The European Commission on Wednesday (18 January) proposed the gradual integration of Croatia into the Schengen Information System (SIS), bringing the newest EU member state slightly closer to full membership of the EU borderless area.

Meleșcanu said there is a common interest in “anchoring the region irrevocably and irreversibly on the European path”.

He added that “there is huge potential for further cooperation. Romania and Croatia have similar views on most European issues, especially under the current conditions, as well as the future of the European project itself”.

Moldova and the Ukraine crisis were also on the agenda and Romania’s foreign minister, in agreement with his Croatian colleague, insisted that “the importance and need is for the full implementation of the Minsk agreement”.

Both ministers said they share “views about the eastern partnership and how to bring these countries (closer) to” Europe.

Moldova balks at idea of closer NATO ties

Pro-Russian President of Moldova Igor Dodon yesterday (7 February) warned NATO that the closer ties it seeks with his strategically placed country could undermine its neutrality and threaten its security.

Stier revealed that his visit is the first of a number of trips that will seek to strengthen bilateral ties and he said that the country’s president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, “will visit”.

He added that the two countries’ period holding the rotating presidency will be “challenging” and that “we must support the EU’s enlargement policy”.

Stier also spoke about a number of bilateral agreements including a cooperation agreement and a memorandum of understanding on NATO defence. He also said that there are plans to work together in the Danube port of Constanta.

Nukes Out of Turkey to Romania (last summer of 2016)

 Two independent sources told that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara.
According to one of the sources, the transfer has been very challenging in technical and political terms.
“It’s not easy to move 20+ nukes,” said the source, on conditions of anonymity.
According to a recent report by the Simson Center, since the Cold War, some 50 US tactical nuclear weapons have been stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base, approximately 100 kilometres from the Syrian border.
Most Americans don’t know this fact but many will be surprised when and if they find out. Turkey has been a bad partner in both NATO with the US and EU with its European partners. This has been traditionally and historically been “Turkey”which has been in a backwards spiral on Human Rights particularly in the  LGBT community. EU rules stipulates not only a good human rights record but same sex unions or marriage. On the NATO front again Turkey has been an impediment to NATO needs dealing with the far east and Russia. Many times flights on US or NATO missions had to be rearranged to not enter their airspace because they would not clear them. Same has been on the ground on the fight against ISIS in Syria. On this front they have been Johnny come lately and only because they and no choice being inundated with Syrian refugees and attacks by ISIS on their Eastern front.

It was to be an expected change of NATO nuke policy for some time. Turkey was the partner no body wanted because it could not be counted on but at the time there was no body else that could take its place. Turkey has always acted for Turkey and that is great unless you enter into alliances in which an attack on one is an attack for all. They signed the document but it looked like they looked the other way on those tricky parts of helping each other out in times of difficulty.

The missiles have been there since the Kennedy administration and it always been a sour point with Russia. It was the break of the Soviet Union that has given the West choices though it has antagonized Moscow from one time having these countries serve as satellites of the Soviets to now being surrounded with nations that have missiles pointed at them to stop a Croatian-Georgia like invasion by the Russians with a promised of NATO to come to their help.

Now you can see why Turkey and Russia wanted to have eyes, ears and moving lips in no other place but the Oval office of the White House. What they misjudged  with Flynn who was getting money from both the Russians and the Turks,  its something the old Soviets were good at and that is secrecy. They went about in an open way for this stuff but Im sure there are other hungry palms that wont think twice to helping out someone who at the moment we are not at war with. Usually the oily field of candidates can be found in the Love America first fellows among others.

Adam Gonzalez
adamfoxie blog

June 12, 2016

Thousands March in Poland and Croatia’s Gay Pride


Thousands march for gay rights in Poland, Croatia photo

Thousands march for gay rights in Poland, Croatia photo

Thousands march for gay rights in Poland, Croatia photo

Several thousand people marched Saturday in colorful gay pride events in Italy, Poland and Croatia urging support for minority rights in the mostly Catholic nations.
The parades in Poland and Croatia come amid mounting right-wing sentiments that pose new challenges to gay rights activists. In Italy, however, the gay pride celebration comes after lawmakers granted some legal rights to same-sex couples.
Balloons and flags in rainbow colors marked both the Equality March in the Polish capital of Warsaw and Zagreb’s Gay Pride event while participants at the parade in Rome were more daring, baring a bit of skin in some cases.
In Zagreb, former interior minister Ranko Ostojic and several well-known public figures joined the event dubbed “Croatia is Not Over Yet.” Ostojic says “I am glad to be here today, this is my Croatia.”
Liberals have warned that Croatia has been tilting to the right under a conservative government that took over in January. Similarly in Poland, there are concerns for minority rights under a right-wing government that took office in November.
Police secured both marches.

December 8, 2014

Croatia Vote Against Gay Marriage, Catholic Church Pleased


CROATIA used to market itself as holiday destination under the slogan: “The Mediterranean as it once was.” This was meant to conjure up images of pristine beaches and beautiful and historic towns and sights. It was not meant to give an image of country crustily conservative, socially illiberal and pining for a simpler time when being gay was at best kept in the closet and at worst a crime.
On December 1st a referendum showed that a large minority of Croats do in fact long for the old days. Fully 66% approved the proposition:  “Are you in favour of the constitution of the Republic of Croatia being amended with a provision stating that marriage is matrimony between a woman and a man?” The turnout was 38% so the question was approved by a quarter of the electorate.
The referendum was a defeat for the government of Zoran Milanovic, the Social Democratic prime minister who had campaigned hard for a “no” vote. The strange thing about it, however, was that that it came from nowhere. There was no significant debate about gay marriage in Croatia before the campaign. Florian Bieber, a Balkan expert at Graz University, points out here Croatia is rather mainstream, in terms of legislation and outlook about homosexuality, among both central and southern European countries as well as former communist ones.
Before the demise of Yugoslavia, Croatia was one of only two of its six republics, along with Slovenia, to have decriminalised homosexuality. Croats will now make their constitution like that of neighboring Serbia, which defines marriage as between a man and woman. There the church and nationalist groups have used threats of violence against gay pride parades and other gay issues to attack liberal agendas.
The referendum was held after a group called “In the Name of the Family” gathered almost 750,000 signatures asking for one. Their leading light is a Zeljka Markic, a successful businesswoman with close links to the Catholic Church and a far-right party called Hrast. The constitution will be amended, but the referendum’s impact will be more symbolic. Laws on civil partnerships are in the pipeline, which will cover inheritance and other contentious topics, although not adoption.
One result of the referendum is that it has emboldened those fighting against the introduction of Serbian Cyrillic script on road and other signs in the Vukovar area. They say they have now gathered enough signatures to hold a referendum seeking to ban it. Vukovar was virtually leveled during the war in Croatia. But following its peaceful reintegration back into the Croatian state from Serb control after 1995 many Serbs remain there. In the wake of the marriage referendum Mr Milanovic has sworn that there will be no referendum on Cyrillic: “This was the last referendum in which a majority limits the rights of a minority,” he fumed.
Since Cyrillic was not contentious in the Vukovar region until the government decided to introduce it, some have wondered whether the government has caused problems has given right wing populists an opportunity to go on the offensive. Raising the dormant issue of Cyrillic appeared to bolster Mr Milanovic’s liberal credentials after he had appeased right wingers last year by introducing legislation that prevented the extradition of Josip Perkovic, a former secret policeman, to Germany wanted for a murder in 1983 of a Croatian defector who had become involved with nationalist circles.
According to Mr Bieber the referendum “suggests that a conservative social agenda might gather popular support. Such campaigning is likely to be polarising and cannot capture a majority, but can energise the conservative spectrum of the electorate.” Referring to the anti-Cyrillic campaign, he notes the marriage referendum provides an incentive for the opposition to bypass representative democracy and impose a conservative agenda through referenda (or the threat of them).
A joke now making the rounds says: “Marriage is a union between a man and a woman who use Latin letters.” For now the referendum has had no international ramifications. Ines Sabalic, who represents the city of Zagreb in Brussels, says her city remains tolerant and open . But, for many, especially in the north of Europe, it is another worryingly illiberal sign from the European Union’s newest state. Last month Josip Simunic a footballer was fined after rallying supporters in a world cup qualifying match with a cry associated with the country’s Nazi-quisling wartime state. Since then more than 160,000 have come out in support for him on Facebook.

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