Almost 100 days after Croatia’s official entry into the EU on July 1, Večernji list examines the mixed results of accession.
The conservative daily deplores “the threat of sanctions prompted by the "lex Perković" on the European Arrest Warrant. It further notes that “instead of cheap loans, the ratings agencies have downgraded Croatian debt to speculative grade. There are no more customs duties, but prices have not fallen. The visa system has chased away thousands of Turkish, Russian and Ukrainian tourists.” Worse still, Croatia is being “monitored by the Union for its soaring public spending deficit.”
The only positive points reported by Večernji list are “crossing the border is easier, and telephone calls are cheaper”.