HDZ earns its second worst rating since Andrej Plenkovic has been at the helm of the party
HDZ hasnt done brilliantly in its latest rating, with it being the second worst one since Plenkovic has been top dog. Index reports that in cooperation with Promocija (Promotion) plus, RTL published the CRO Demoskop for the month of October 2022. The survey was conducted from October the 3rd to thr 6th on a sample of 1,300 respondents. The standard error of the sample was +/- 2.77 percent with a confidence level of 95 percent.
For most people, the INA situation is the most important issue within Croatian politics and in the country at this moment in time, and this continues to affect the rating of the ruling party and of the prime minister himself.
Although HDZ is still the first choice when it comes to political parties for almost a quarter of respondents, this is HDZ’s second lowest rating since the arrival of Andrej Plenkovic at as head of the party (October 24.4 percent – September 24.2 percent). SDP (October 16.7 percent – September 16.6 percent) and Mozemo! (We Can!) also have similar support as they did back in September. (October 10.6 percent – September 10.6 percent.
With a slight drop, the fourth choice of the respondents was Most (Bridge), slightly above 9 percent (October 9.2 percent – September 9.4 percent), and another right-wing option, Domovinski pokret (Homeland Movement), which is growing when compared to September (October 6 percent – September 5.5 percent).
The Croatian Government apparently wants to go ahead with the much talked about plans to build the country’s national stadium in Zagreb, the Ministry of Tourism and Sport says no, and the City of Zagreb has been left in the dark
If you follow the world of sport, particularly football, you’ve probably wondered why a country so famed for its sportsmanship and for churning out top class athletes doesn’t actually have its own national football stadium. You wouldn’t be the only one who has asked that question. It is a subject that people have gone back and forth on for years now, and it appears that the situation is as clear as it has ever been (clear like mud, that is), as the government says we’re set to go ahead with the stadium’s construction, but the Ministry of Tourism and Sport says no.
A spokesperson for the Croatian Government, Marko Milic, has said that a stadium is going to be built, finally, and that it is a priority, but in just as much time as it took him to make the statement, the aforementioned ministry said that wasn’t going to be the case. To say he is a government spokeperson, Milic doesn’t take the stand as it were very often, and his confidence surrounding this matter has obviously confused some.
“Soon it could be a reality. And yes, I can tell you that we are going to build a stadium in Zagreb,” said Milic, adding that addition to the state, other stakeholders will participate in the work, without specifying who exactly those stakeholders actually are.
Milic also said that preparations and consultations for the new budget year are currently underway, and that investments for the apparently upcoming stadium are also being taken into account in these calculations. Hr also noted that a financial framework is being sought for the construction of a stadium in Zagreb where Dinamo would play. Milic later mentioned other larger cities such as Rijeka and Split, where there are stadiums that have “national significance”.
“The priority is to build the stadium in Zagreb, which is in a bad condition,” said Milic, adding at the end that both Dinamo and the Croatian national team have shown that they deserve an adequate stadium.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sport was quick to deny what Milic had stated.
“The state isn’t building the stadium, nor is it financing the stadium independently, nor is this the model we’re thinking about, but the state could potentially co-finance the construction and equipping of sports buildings, according to clearly developed criteria and based on the conducted tender,” the Ministry led by Nikolina Brnjac stated in response.
As she explained, the draft Law on Sport will give the government the opportunity to declare certain sports buildings as buildings of national interest, but it is, in typical Croatian style, entirely unclear what the criteria for something to be of national interest actually are. Also in typical Croatian style, the City of Zagreb apparently has absolutely no idea of any of these plans. ”We know absolutely nothing about any of these government plans,” Mayor Tomislav Tomasevic’s office stated.
It also begs the question as to why this is even a topic within Croatian politics when parts of Zagreb and particularly Sisak-Moslavina County are still waiting for renovations and reconstruction following the earthquakes of 2020.
Most tries to twist the knife with HDZ by publishing a list of the party’s apparently ”forgotten” ties with Russia
Most took to good old Facebook to respond to PM Andrej Plenkovic, who, just to quickly remind you, rejected the opposition’s claims that the government and HDZ were to blame for the catastrophically embarrassing and expensive INA affair, and said that the opposition is attempting to come together and overthrow the government in a joint operation.
“There are no doubts about any of this, it’s all just an orchestrated operation and the actions of very clearly visible and recognisable actors, we just have to see how much of it is internal, and how much is external. That’s the only question we still need to look at in a little more detail, but we’ll examine that too,” Plenkovic said.
Most then made a list of links between HDZ and Russia.
“Here are all of HDZ’s ”forgotten’ connections with the Russians. Since HDZ is trying to move away from the topic of its corruption and high treason in regard to INA to the topic of Russian players, mercenaries and Russian influence, we’ll be very happy to oblige and remind them a little about their own connections:
– HDZ borrowed 4.2 million kuna from the company Gas trading d.o.o., owned by PPD, which in turn created its wealth from the sale of Russian gas.
– HDZ negotiated for a long time with Ivan Vrdoljak about ousting Most so that HNS, which was connected to Russian capital through Vrdoljak, would take its place. By the way, Ivan Vrdoljak asked the Ministry of the Interior (MUP) in a written document to give the Russian tycoons Grigory Edel and Mihail Zhukov Croatian citizenship, which they needed to break through Russian capital of dubious origins, which was, strangely enough, linked to Oksana Dvinski, HDZ’s great “benefactor”.
– HDZ minister Zdravko Maric came into his job [as finance minister] from Agrokor came and stayed with the government after securing Russian money from Russian banks for Agrokor. At the same time, Agrokor was a donor to HDZ through various different companies.
– HDZ’s Minister of Construction Ivan Paladina has business ties to Russian tycoons, especially to Sergey Glyadelkin, who is connected to the Russian secret service.
– The Russian Foundation called ”New Generation”, led by the already mentioned Russian citizen Oksana Dvinski, the wife of Maksim Poletaev, was a donor to HDZ with 2.6 million kuna after completion.
– The HDZ government awarded the contract for the overhaul of the Mi-171Sh helicopter worth 206.9 million kuna to the Russians, and that overhaul turned out to be very problematic.
As you can see, HDZ members are the last ones who should be talking about Russian mercenaries,” Most concluded in their rather damning Facebook post.
An HDZ parliamentarian claims that his role model is Sylvester Stallone
What does the world of Croatian politics and Hollywood have in common? Apparently more than you’d think, and not just because of the endless drama. HDZ Parliamentarian Ante Bacic Baco, who is enrolled in military school and attends it with HV officers, once told Dalmatinski portal that his role model is actor Sylvester Stallone.
“I like such people who don’t really have the prerequisites to succeed, but still succeed with motivation and persistent effort,” Ante explained, saying that Stallone inspires him because of that fact.
His life motto is, as he said in an interview: “Keep punching” – a statement from the classic Stallone movie, Rocky.
Aside from idolising Rocky, Baco has been quite the hot topic of sorts over more recent weeks. President Zoran Milanovic commented on his enrollment in the “Ban Josip Jelacic” War School, judging that it was “a criminal offense because there’s no place in the war school for parliamentarians, who by definition are state officials”.
“If they don’t withdraw, we’ll report them and I will personally forbid the entry of such people into the premises of the Croatian Army,” Milanovic said of the matter.
Following Ivo Sanader’s acquital, President Zoran Milanovic wasted no time in claiming that while Sanader was a thief ”solely for his own gain”, HDZ has advanced its tactics of theft
Zoran Milanovic and Andrej Plenkovic make very little effort (if any) to hide their utter disdain for each other. The pair frequently come to blows (not literally of course, Sylvester Stallone isn’t involved in this particular feud), and Milanovic has quite the way with words when it comes to insults and being a troll. One may hope the pair would have more pressing issues to tackle, but I digress.
Milanovic was quick to hop on the band wagon in regard to the massive INA scandal, of course blaming HDZ entirely, and claiming that while Ivo Sanader was indeed a thief, he was in it for himself, unlike HDZ which he claims has ”improved its methods” of theft.
“The story surrounding INA is the story of HDZ. All these slurs about Russian people are attempts by Plenkovic’s martyrs to bury that story with whitewash. But that isn’t going to work, it doesn’t work because these things are just obvious. Did HDZ set up people there? Is Skugor connected to the top people within HDZ? Yes. Was he going to get rich in this underhanded way? Did he panic because he got too rich? Was the gas sold through the county company where Banozic is? Those are the facts,” he said.
“Ivo Sanader fell like the greedy private thief he was, but he stole for himself. He was accused in the way in which he stole. HDZ was declared to be an organisation of robbers. They didn’t learn anything [from matters involving Sanader], they just improved their techniques when it comes to robbing. Plenkovic ignores it all, but to me that just means he supports it,” Milanovic said.
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