BELGRADE – The responsibility for growing right-wing extremism and deterioration of the position of Serbs in Croatia lies not only with the government in Zagreb, but with the EU as well, President of the Coalition of Refugee Associations Miodrag Linta said Friday.

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Linta noted that President of the Serb National Council Milorad Pupovac was right to warn about the rising political intolerance and right-wing extremism, a kind of retrograde nationalism gaining ground, and the worsening position of the Serb community in Croatia since the country’s admission to the EU.

Some of the responsibility for that lies with the EU, which allowed Croatia to join the Union before it resolved the issues related to the position of the Serb community, the return of the banished and refugee Serbs, their property and other fundamental rights, said Linta.

He added, however, that the former government of Serbia and its then president Boris Tadic also share the blame, as they actively supported the closing of negotiations between the EU and Zagreb on Chapter 23 – Judiciary and fundamental rights, in June 2011.

“At that time, they erroneously and naively believed that after joining the EU Croatia will become an ally of Serbia and immediately solve the problems of its citizens of Serb nationality,” Linta said.