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Yearbook 2017

Croatia. During the refugee crisis of 2015-16, Croatia became one of several transit countries for migrants en route to the EU. When both Hungary and Slovenia closed their borders against Croatia by building barbed wire fences, many migrants risked getting stuck in the country. Croatia also faced major problems in guarding the 32 km long border with Serbia. The situation was seen as a threat to the country's security and economy. At a meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Stockholm on March 21, Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović said that if drones and increased electronic surveillance do not help, the last resort could be a physical wall or a fence against Serbia.

2017 Croatia

A chocolate crisis that had started in December 2016 appeared to be resolved in April. In December, the Croatian president donated chocolate to the children in Dubrovnik. However, the chocolate, which was Serbian, had been distributed on the 25th anniversary of Dubrovnik's defense against Serbian forces during the Balkan war. Thus, Grabar Kitarović had offended fallen compatriots. In April, the mine was forgotten since the two countries' prime ministers met in Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Together they ate the Serbian chocolate.

In July, Croatia (together with Italy and Montenegro) got Venetian defense buildings from the 16th and 16th centuries listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

According to, the Lucifer heat wave, with temperatures up to 47 degrees, led, among other things, to severe fires that raged in August in the Balkan Peninsula. In Croatia, the resort of Split was particularly affected.

The Croatian giant company Agrokor, with 60,000 employees in the agricultural sector in the Balkans, is the country's largest private employer; two-thirds are employed in Croatia. However, the company has become insolvent and is at risk of bankruptcy. With revenue of EUR 6.7 billion, the company accounts for 15% of Croatia's GDP. But now they have managed to get a debt mountain of over EUR 6 billion, and with a seemingly inevitable bankruptcy, there is a risk that Croatia will be pulled down in a serious recession.

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