CROATIA'S ECONOMY - "MOSTLY UNFREE", RANKED 113th OUT OF 157 NATIONS AND REMAINS AT THE BOTTOM OF EUROPE - 14Th ANNUAL INDEX OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM SHOWS - PUBLISHED BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL AND THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION
Adriatic Institute and Global Financial Integrity Announce Strategic Partnership to Launch New Study on the Balkans’ Illicit Financial Outflows via Crime, Corruption, and Tax Evasion for the Period 1991-2011
The Balkans’ $111.6 Billion in Illicit Financial Outflows (2001-2010) Hemorrhages the Region’s Treasuries and Exposes Western Nations to Financial Risks
Global Financial Integrity's Clark Gascoigne and Raymond Baker with Adriatic Institute's Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy
Croatia: Corruption, Organized Crime and the Balkan Route By Katelyn Foster, Research Associate, Adriatic Institute for Public Policy
How Breach of EU Regulation May Lead to Regional Environmental Disaster
Natasha Srdoc on the Balkans: "Why we aren't free yet"
"But in order to beat back the scourge of corruption we need both to help ourselves, most importantly to be helped by outside forces. Citizens can exert a certain degree of pressure, by resolving not to accept endemic corruption. However, they would benefit greatly from more immediate and more robust support from international partners.
This is why, contrary to conventional wisdom, many citizens of the countries of southeast Europe would be grateful to the EU and NATO if these organisations would more explicitly pressure governments in the region to curb corruption.
The freedom that membership in such organisations is meant to strengthen and protect is otherwise exposed to attack and erosion on its crucial economic flank. The risk may not be felt in Brussels or in this region’s halls of power, but we citizens feel it in our bones."
Rise and Fall of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader
By Boris Divjak, Senior Fellow, Adriatic Institute for Public Policy and Member of Board of Directors of Transparency International, Berlin, Germany
Having been formally appointed the Prime Minister of Croatia on 23 December 2003, Dr. Ivo Sanader succeeded late Ivica Racan at the moment when the previous government was losing pace and struggled to maintain internal cohesion, which led the ruling six-party coalition into avoiding most painstaking reformist decisions.