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.
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.
Countryaah.com, 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.