Milanović Says Situation Not Normal, Croatia and Europe at Crossroads

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Image: Zoran Milanović/Facebook screenshot
Image: Zoran Milanović/Facebook screenshot

Speaking to the press in Varaždin, where he celebrated International Workers’ Day, Milanović reiterated that the HDZ was a “gang.”

“I watch what I say. Not everything will be nice, but 90% of the things I say have been considered beforehand,” he said, adding that he does not have political instruments. “I don’t have… the parliamentary majority, which I didn’t steal like (HDZ leader and PM Andrej) Plenković. Therefore I have to say certain things.”

The president also commented on Serb National Council president and MP Milorad Pupovac’s statement that Milanović was a jug that would soon break.

“He is totally insignificant, a profiteer. People voted for me… Nobody votes for him,” he said, adding that Pupovac “steals from the state budget.”

He criticised Pupovac for saying in parliament that the 1995 Operation Storm was ethnic cleansing, asking him to explain that to the 7th Guard Brigade’s Varaždin defenders.

“They were liberating that area not from Serbs but from a military enemy and they have not one crime behind them,” Milanović said. “He’s not a Serb, he’s a common petty thief.”

International Workers’ Day

Celebrating International Workers’ Day with the people of Varaždin, the president said “it’s more difficult to be a unionist than ever” because “employers are dispersed on many more positions.”

“A worker is someone who lives off their pay,” he said, adding that inflation affects such people the most, not just in Croatia.

This situation has much less to do with workers’ rights and much more with geopolitics and the systemic global policy “which is devouring us at the moment,” Milanović said.

He explained that he decided to celebrate International Workers’ Day in Varaždin because that northern city “has had the biggest May Day celebration in Croatia for 30 years already.”

For more, check out our politics section.


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