Kovac: “Croatia is a role model”

Croatia’s Foreign Minister Miro Kovac unequivocally denied on Monday that anti-Semitism, racism, and extremism are prevalent in his country, The Jerusalem Post reports.

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Kovac – who is his country’s first government minister to visit Israel since Croatia won accession to the European Union in 2013 – said: “I strongly reject any perception of anti-Semitism. It is simply wrong. It is not true.”

He claimed that as far as tolerance and protection of minorities are concerned, “Croatia is a role model” with a constitution whose preamble condemns fascism and guarantees protection to minorities.

When there are instances of racism, anti-Semitism and extremism he said, “It is up to us to denounce it. That kind of behavior is not compatible with our values as defined by the constitution.”

When it was pointed out to him that spectators at a recent friendly soccer match between Croatia and Israel made anti-Semitic remarks and yelled pro-Ustashe slogans in the presence of Croatia’s prime minister, Tihomir Oreskovic, who remained silent on the issue, Kovac admitted that he would have loved a clear, on the spot reaction.

He had not been at the match himself, he said, but had he attended, he certainly would have said something.

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  1. Croatia is an embarrassment to the European Union. They are almost literally the last holdouts to denounce their criminal, Nazi regime that killed over half a million people, amongst other horrors. It is remarkable that a modern European nation and member of the EU can so openly practice neo Nazism by such a large percent of its popukation, including many of those in power. What is more remarkable is that they find a way to get away with it….The only silver lining is that Croat emigres in most European nations are legally unallowed to espouse praise for the Ustashe or their ideology and it is illegal to display their fascist symbols. There is no place for neo Nazism in our post modern, post WWII world, and Croatia needs to get with the program before completely losing its credibility and damaging its image beyond repair…..

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