People’s Coalition ‘Neck and Neck’ with Croatian Democratic Union
5 September 2016, VG Intelligence Weekly Issue 20
Early parliamentary elections in Croatia are right around the corner (11 Sept), and the present available polls (conducted several weeks ago) suggest that we are heading towards a similar scenario as in the 2015 parliamentary elections. The centre-left People’s Coalition, led by the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) are running ‘neck and neck’ in terms of public support. Meanwhile, a number of debates were held, organised by various organizations, such as the Croatian Employers Association (HUP), Croatian Independent Software Exporters (CISEx) and the N1 television station, that showed all political options as lacking concrete economic policies.
Along with four HUP round-tables (see VG IW 19), two debates covering macro-economic topics and the ICT sector were held by N1 and CISEx, respectively. At the N1 debate, the topics discussed included GDP growth projections, fiscal policy and monetary policy, competitiveness, labour market, et al. The participants included: former Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Branko Grcic (SDP), HDZ’s chief economic strategist and MEP Ivana Maletic (HDZ), and Marinko Skare (MOST). The lively, and at points heated, debate focused mainly on defining the major structural economic problems, but without proposing any tangible and systematic solutions from any of the political parties…