22 Jan '12, 2am

Croatians to vote on EU entry in key referendum

Croatians to vote on EU entry in key referendum

ZAGREB: Croatians will decide on European Union membership in a referendum on Sunday that all leaders here say is crucial for the future of the former Yugoslav republic, 20 years since its independence. A positive outcome of the vote, which pre-poll surveys show is likely, would enable the Balkan country to become the 27-nation bloc's next member in July, 2013. Croatia's leaders say that entering the bloc has been a strategic goal since Zagreb won its hard-fought independence following the 1991-95 war with rebel Serbs and will confirm a break from the volatile Balkans region. The importance of EU membership is one of the few issues on which all major Croatian political parties agree. Of the six former Yugoslav republics Slovenia is the only EU member, although Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia all have aspirations. "I will vote for the EU since I believe it is good ...

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