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(E) Opinion about the EU hoopla
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  06/21/2004 | Opinions | Unrated
(E) Opinion about the EU hoopla

 

Opinion about the EU hoopla

 

"without a clear vision of who Croatiansare and what they want"

Dear Sanja,
You could not have said it better! Exactly my opinion about the EU hoopla and the whole idea of rushing into joining it without much thought of what it really entails. Yes, it is SAD, clearly showing a lack of self respect! When are they going to wake up over there and be proud of their own nation? We are Slavs - not slaves, enough of this inferiority complex!
Best regards,
Hilda


Dear all,
For all you who can read Croatian, below is some non-news -- the Croatian govt raised the EU flag next to the Croatian flag in Jelacic Square in Zagreb in a whoop-de-doo ceremony.
SAD! It is so pathetic that now Croats can only feel good about themselves if they wrap themselves up in other peoples' symbols. Their own are just not good enough. It seems that all efforts and all activities are just EU-oriented without a clear vision of who Croats are and what they want.
But EU membership is not a magic bullet and if Croatia carries on like it is it will only be another disappointment in half-baked federalism. It will not automatically create jobs or make Croatia rich. It will not make Croatia more respected or help it achieve its political goals. Only a clear vision of enlightened national self-interest can do that. But that is too much like hard work and responsibility, and after all Croats are only children. Their EU betters will know what to do. After all, they are German, or English, or French, or whatever. Much more civilized. Lowly Slavs can't figure out how to tie their shoes without EU instruction.
Isn't it time Croatia stopped looking for a benign colonizer or for a foreign savior? When will Croats decide that the only security is to save themselves? Message to the succession of Peter Pans who have run the Croatian govt -- GROW UP!
That ends our polemic for today.
Best wishes
Sanja

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ZAGREB, 19. lipnja 2004. (Hina) - Dobivanje statusa kandidata za punopravno clanstvo u Europskoj uniji Hrvatska je sinoc proslavila svecanim koncertom na središnjem trgu glavnoga grada, gdje je prvi put, uz hrvatsku, podignuta i zastava te zajednice europskih država.
Zastavu EU je, nakon izvodenja europske himne, Beethovenove "Ode radosti", podigao na zagrebackom Trgu bana Jelacica premijer Ivo Sanader, u cijoj je pratnji bila supruga. Uz jarbol do kojeg su zastavu donijela dvojica pripadnika pocasne garde stajali su i predsjednik Republike i Sabora Stjepan Mesic i Vladimir Šeks sa suprugama te potpredsjednica Vlade Jadranka Kosor.
Uz više tisuca gradana na proslavi, koja je pocela izvodenjem hrvatske himne "Lijepa naša domovino", bili su svi clanovi Vlade, saborski zastupnici, celnici parlamentarnih stranaka, te brojni
uglednici iz vjerskoga, javnoga i kulturnog života. Kako je i najavljeno na svecanosti nije bilo govora politicara.
Europsku himnu izveli su, pod vodstvom maestra Vjekoslava Šuteja, Zagrebacki filharmonijski orkestar i Pjevacki zbor Vatroslava Lisinskog.
U zabavnom dijelu nastupili su Vanna i Prljavo kazalište, a sve je popraceno posebnim laserskim šouom, zamjenom za vatromet.
Najavljujuci proslavu u Vladi su ranije istaknuli kako troškove svecanosti nece snositi porezni obveznici, nego sponzori - ugledne tvrtke koje vec posluju na tržištu EU-a.
Europsko vijece odlucilo je u petak u Bruxellesu promaknuti Hrvatsku u službenog kandidata za clanstvo u EU i zakazati otvaranje pristupnih pregovora pocetkom iduce godine.

 

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