ZAGREB, February 2, 2019 – Representatives of the HRAST party and the Croatian Conservative Party (HKS), who organised the conference “The future of the Croatian and European societies” in Zagreb on Saturday, said that people in Croatia were banned from speaking about Christian values, which were treated as an ideology, as well as that politics currently prevailed over the Christian way of life but that European politics would change soon.
Noting that the conference focused on the importance of advocacy of Christian values, Ladislav Ilčić, leader of HRAST, which has one seat in the Croatian parliament, called for national unity, saying that it was necessary “given what we have achieved so far and given that we have seen that a large part of Croatia is against Prime Minister Andrej Plenković’s taking a turn to the left, against marginalisation and attempts at manipulation regarding signatures collected in our referendum campaigns.”
HKS president Ruža Tomašić, who serves as a member of the European Parliament, said that politics currently prevailed over the Christian way of life.
“The voice of the minority is winning; therefore, we must be a loud majority. We have become frightened, but we have nothing to be afraid of. We have our rights and will exercise them and show that we are not retrograde,” said Tomašić.
Ilčić said that the coming elections for the European Parliament would reveal the real situation in Croatia and that European politics would change because the coalition between the European People’s Party and the Socialists “has practically failed.”
Tomašić said that she would not run in the elections for the European Parliament and would retire if the trialogue between the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament on fisheries was completed.
“But if the trialogue is not completed, I will have to go if people elect me. I want to finish the trialogue so that it does not end up in Italians’ hands because that would spell doom for our fishermen,” she said.
Attending the Zagreb conference was also Polish MEP Marek Jurek.
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