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Old January 21st, 2012, 11:38 AM   #12281
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Old January 21st, 2012, 08:06 PM   #12282
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What the **** is that??
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Old January 21st, 2012, 08:59 PM   #12283
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 01:03 AM   #12284
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 11:17 PM   #12285
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Congratulation to Croatia, set to join EU next year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16670298
Given the present crisis, I don't know if it is a smart move, though.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 11:22 PM   #12286
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The crisis is a eurozone debt crisis, not necessarily an EU one. Croatia should've joined in 2007 or even 2004 anyway.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 04:59 AM   #12287
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Is it true that this was the first referendum in Croatia since 1991? We've had 12 of them since then.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 05:32 AM   #12288
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True. In Croatia 10% of voters are needed to demand a referendum, in Slovenia only about 2.34% (40,000). Also a third of MPs (i.e. opposition in the parliament) or the upper house can demand it.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 10:07 AM   #12289
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And there where no referendums at all in Bulgaria since 1946, when on a set-up by Soviet occupators referendum communists abolished monarchy and sent the king in exile... And there was something like a referendum in 1971, when in the constitution was added the so called Article 1, saying that the Bulgarian Communist Party is the leading force in the country and no other party can rule.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 10:59 AM   #12290
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And there where no referendums at all in Bulgaria since 1946, when on a set-up by Soviet occupators referendum communists abolished monarchy and sent the king in exile... And there was something like a referendum in 1971, when in the constitution was added the so called Article 1, saying that the Bulgarian Communist Party is the leading force in the country and no other party can rule.
I can imagine how honest this referendum was and how your people were freely allowed to express their opinion.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 11:36 AM   #12291
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Ironically, the same persons, by the time students of sociology, politology etc. in 1971, who created Article 1 and the discussions in the party, that led to the so called "referendum" on the new constitution, were the politicians in 1985-1989 that made the movements in the communist party that led to the changes in 1989 and the abolition of Article 1...

As for 1946, supporters of the monarchy were repressed, all officials from before the occupation were sent to jail or worse - killed without being even judged... A cousin of my gradfather for example was chief police inspector of the town Kazanlak and when the Soviets and the new communist rule came, they took him from his home in front of wife and children and shot him dead otside the town.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 11:54 AM   #12292
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In Italy we say "Bulgarian majority" when the great majority votes in the same way because of the lack of democratic debate or intimidations towards who votes against the government.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 01:02 PM   #12293
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But of course, this was the situation until 10.10.1989... It was typical on elections during the communist regime that the Communist Party won 99% of the votes and the remaining 1% was for the "Fatherland Front" which was something like a derrivate of the same...
Since the changes no political party has won more than 40-45% at elections.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 01:32 PM   #12294
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The crisis is a eurozone debt crisis, not necessarily an EU one. Croatia should've joined in 2007 or even 2004 anyway.
I don't think that Croatia has the power to negotiate an opt-out like UK and Denmark did... for the times coming EU pretty much equals euro.
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I don't think that Croatia has the power to negotiate an opt-out like UK and Denmark did... for the times coming EU pretty much equals euro.
But I don't think it will adopt euro soon, but few years later, the same for Schengen membership.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 01:59 PM   #12296
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Yes, when Croatia will have to adopt the euro the eurozone is either broken up or the problems are behind us by that time.

Personally I hope the eurozone remains because it's freaking convenient for frequent international travelers.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 02:27 PM   #12297
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Ironically, the same persons, by the time students of sociology, politology etc. in 1971, who created Article 1 and the discussions in the party, that led to the so called "referendum" on the new constitution, were the politicians in 1985-1989 that made the movements in the communist party that led to the changes in 1989 and the abolition of Article 1...

As for 1946, supporters of the monarchy were repressed, all officials from before the occupation were sent to jail or worse - killed without being even judged... A cousin of my gradfather for example was chief police inspector of the town Kazanlak and when the Soviets and the new communist rule came, they took him from his home in front of wife and children and shot him dead otside the town.
Bulgaria really started to improve the last two years, I see law movements which really make me happy. All shops have to connect their counters directly to the tax office for example, very good move. Also some other things that happening are very good, the government does not leave much room for criminalism anymore and will connect much mroe taxes that way.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 03:03 PM   #12298
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Yes, when Croatia will have to adopt the euro the eurozone is either broken up or the problems are behind us by that time.
If eurozone breaks up, so does the EU, and Croatia would have put its efforts into joining for nothing. I think Croatia should have requested a delay, see how the debt crisis is going to solve itself (one way or the other) and then decide whether to access EU or not.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 03:25 PM   #12299
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Even so, aligning laws en economic / environmental standards with the rest of the EU is still useful. Plus Croatia can now apply for structural EU funds, though I don't think they'll gain as much as Poland or Romania did.
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I got a little repair this weekend, the left front brake didn't release properly, so the wheel couldn't turn around freely if lifted from the ground, so while driving it sometimes gives a high squeaky sound, causing people to turn their heads. So I went to the garage (kwik-fit) and they worked on it for 45 minutes and it was FREE. I couldn't believe my ears Didn't have to pay a dime. Glad I didn't go to the official Renault dealer who would've charged me € 40 easily.
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