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    Opinion piece I found interesting…

    Croatia has been in the European Union for more than three months now—with nothing to show for it.
    By The Week Staff | October 17, 2013

    Marko Spoljar
    Vecernji List

    Croatia has been in the European Union for more than three months now—with nothing to show for it, said Marko Spoljar. The euroskeptics who didn’t want us to join in the first place say we “arrived in the EU like someone showing up at a party at 3 a.m., after the bottles are empty and most of the guests have gone home.” Are they right? It’s true that we finally attained our decade-long goal of membership at the worst possible time, with a debt crisis crippling the Continent. “We haven’t seen a significant rise in foreign investment, taking out new loans hasn’t gotten any cheaper, and we’re not seeing a new sense of optimism either in the economy or society.” But that’s all more our own fault than the EU’s. Instead of trying to make a good impression, one of Croatia’s first acts as a member was to make a fuss over EU arrest warrants, saying we wouldn’t extradite our citizens to any other EU country. Only after the EU threatened to freeze our funding did we back down. We’re also at risk of losing up to a billion euros in EU grants simply because we have not properly applied for them. These displays of incompetence have made European investors wary of us. It’s tempting to look elsewhere for responsibility, but “we have only ourselves to blame.”

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    The original column can be found here: http://www.vecernji.hr/kolumne/umjesto-da-glancamo-imidz-mi-se-svadamo-kolumna-624318

    Vrijeme će pokazati koliko su bili u pravu cinici koji su ulazak Hrvatske u Europsku uniju 2013. godine usporedili s dolaskom na tulum u 3 sata ujutro kad se gosti već spremaju svojim kućama, a boce su odavno ispražnjene. Budu li se stvari razvijale slično kako su cinici to opisali, to će biti posljedica niza danas teško predvidivih procesa, “viša sila” na koju, po definiciji, ionako ne možemo utjecati. Istina je da smo u Uniju ušli u nezgodan čas, u jeku dužničke krize koja drma Europom pa će izostati mnogi pozitivni efekti u kojima su uživale druge zemlje nakon pridruženja Uniji – izostat će nagli porast inozemnih investicija, veliki optimizam u ekonomiji i društvu općenito te olakšan pristup jeftinijem kapitalu. Međutim, za sve naše najveće probleme sami smo si krivi. Sami smo si krivi što smo “dužni ko Grčka”, što nas investitori zaobilaze, što imamo sporu i korumpiranu birokraciju, što mijenjajući zakone “svaka dva dana” potvrđujemo reputaciju pravno nesigurne države. Štoviše, u rješavanju svih navedenih problema ulazak u EU može nam biti samo od koristi. Ali ne bismo mi bili mi kad ne bismo sve uprskali na samom početku priče. Što smo napravili u prva tri mjeseca članstva u Uniji? U čudu gledali našeg premijera kako tjera mak na konac s Europskom komisijom zbog zakona koji velikoj većini građana nikada nije niti će ikada biti bitan. Umjesto da ulazak u Uniju spretno iskoristimo za “glancanje” imidža, mi tjeramo “pravicu”, a s njom i investitore. I za to smo si sami krivi.

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