TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Croatia's president has criticized the EU for not taking enough of an interest in what is going on in the Balkans.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, whose country is a member...
Turkey’s Erdogan calls for revision of Bosnia peace accords
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a revision of the 1995 peace agreement that ended the Bosnian War, saying they failed to address the former Yugoslav republic's future.
Erdogan said the United Nations should take "a stronger step" in a possible revision of the international Dayton Accords that established a complex government system designed to heal an ethnic divide after the 1992-95 war in which 100,000 people died.
Croatia unveils monument to late wartime leader Tudjman
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia has unveiled a monument to late leader Franjo Tudjman, who led the country to independence from the former Yugoslavia but has also been criticized for his nationalist policies.
Top Croatian officials attended the ceremony in Zagreb on Monday that marked the 19th anniversary of Tudjman's death.
President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said Tudjman has "indebted us for many centuries." Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic praised his "wisdom."
Romanian official: US can help Eastern EU members develop
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian official said Monday that the U.S. needs to have a strong presence in Eastern Europe before a summit on boosting development in the region.
Romania's presidency hosts the 12-member Three Seas Initiative on Sept. 17-18 where officials will discuss about 40 regional government-approved projects that aim to boost interconnectivity in transportation, energy and the digital fields.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia on Sunday celebrated a 1995 military offensive in which its troops retook territory held by rebel Serbs, while Serbia's president compared the attack known as Operation Storm to the policies of Nazi Germany.
Top officials attended a ceremony in the former rebel stronghold of Knin to mark the victory's anniversary, hailing the offensive as a flawless military action that ended Croatia's war for independence and reunited its lands.
MOSCOW (AP) — Croatia's president hopes her American and Russian counterparts show "responsibility" and remember they are the guarantors of the whole world's stability when they hold their first summit Monday.
In an interview Sunday with The Associated Press, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic also shrugged off U.S. President Donald Trump's aggressive behavior with NATO allies at a meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.
"It's about his personality. I don't take it against him," she said.
Croatia fears World Cup chance may never come again
MOSCOW (AP) — The rain hid Croatia's tears.
After Luka Modric collected his Golden Ball award in a downpour, he shared an emotional embrace with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, both wearing the country's red-and-white checkered uniform.
Croatia knows Sunday's 4-2 loss to France in the World Cup final was a chance that may not come again anytime soon.
"We were so close and we played the best soccer. We deserved more," said Modric, who at 32 may have played in his last World Cup match.
MOSCOW (AP) — In a stadium packed with presidents watching the World Cup final, no one had as much fun as Emmanuel Macron.
The French head of state joined his country's victorious players in the locker room after they beat Croatia 4-2. He jostled with midfielder Paul Pogba while being filmed for Snapchat. And he posed for picture doing a dab pose with defender Benjamin Mendy.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian flags are everywhere, people are walking the streets wearing the national team's soccer jerseys and even dogs are sporting red-and-white collars.
Croatia has been gripped by anticipation and euphoria ahead of the national team's first World Cup final appearance against France on Sunday.
Despite rainy weather, thousands of people are expected to gather on city squares throughout the country to watch the game live on screens.
BRUSSELS (AP) — It has been a successful NATO summit for Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. The World Cup took care of that.
With a come-from-behind 2-1 win over favored England, Grabar-Kitarovic could eat her NATO gala dinner with that bit more gusto late Wednesday.
"We followed the game over dinner," a beaming Grabar-Kitarovic said as she entered the last sessions of the NATO summit early Thursday.
MOSCOW (AP) — A Croatian soccer official will be allowed to watch the team's World Cup semifinal match from a VIP section on Wednesday despite being convicted last month in a corruption case linked to the transfer of captain Luka Modric.
When Croatia beat Russia in the quarterfinals on Saturday, the director general of the country's soccer federation sat in the same row of seats as Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA is letting a top Croatian soccer official watch the team's World Cup semifinal against England from a VIP section on Wednesday despite him being convicted last month in a corruption case linked to the transfer of Luka Modric.
When Croatia beat Russia in the quarterfinals on Saturday, the soccer federation's CEO-like director general sat in the same row of seats as state President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Croatia’s president honors victims of WWII camp
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's president visited the site of a World War II concentration camp on Friday and honored its victims, while Jewish leaders are boycotting the main commemoration ceremony for the third year in a row.
President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said visiting the Jasenovac camp near Zagreb "evokes a feeling of deep regret over the crimes that took place here and respect for all the innocent victims."
Serbian president visits Croatia amid tensions, protests
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The presidents of Croatia and Serbia pledged Monday to work on easing tensions between the two Balkan rivals stemming from their 1990s war, amid protests by Croatian war veterans and nationalists.
Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic was on a two-day visit to Croatia seen as an attempt to boost economic ties and solve some of the festering issues that have marred relations between the two neighbors since their war during the bloody breakup of former Yugoslavia.
Croatian president honors war victims in Bosnia
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Croatia's president has paid respect to the victims of one of the most notorious massacres committed by Bosnian Croat troops during Bosnia's 1992-95 conflict — a move expected to ease tensions between Sarajevo and Zagreb.
Serbian president’s visit to Croatia postponed amid tensions
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia and Croatia agreed Wednesday to indefinitely postpone a visit by the Serbian president as diplomatic tensions soared between the two Balkan rivals.
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in a statement that the visit by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, tentatively scheduled for November or December, had to be postponed because there is currently no "mutual trust" between the two neighbors which had been at war in the 1990s.