Croatia will return to the polls on 5 July 2020 for early parliamentary elections.
In the midst of the economic crisis following the COVID-19 outbreak which will particularly affect the lower classes, but also because of the repeated acts of violence against migrants committed by the Croatian police, and the rise of an anti-Serb sentiment, we urge all members of DiEM25 to voice unified support for the green-left coalition in the coming election, which is crucial for the future of Croatia.
The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) conservatives hope to take advantage of their relatively good management of the coronavirus crisis, but the Social Democrats believe they have been on the rise since the election of their former leader Zoran Milanović as president of the Republic in early January.
Alternatives to the two leading parties, the Croatian Democratic Union HDZ composed of conservative Christian democrats and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) composed of center-left democrats, consist of the populist, eurosceptic trans-ideological party Human Shield (Živi zid), the liberal conservative party The Bridge of Independent Lists (Most), and the patriotic movement of singer Miroslav Škoro.
In this context, the green-left coalition consisting of the Workers’ Front, MOŽEMO, the Croatian Sustainable Development party, the New Left Party (Nova Ljevica), local Zagreb-based movements “For the City!” and „Zagreb is ours“ embodies a new voice on the left in Croatia and the Balkans.
The coalition brings together a pro-European but critical left emphasizing social justice, the end of financial orthodoxy, and the launch of a vast investment program for ecological transition, in line with DiEM25’s principles of sustainable development, social equality, and constructive Euro-criticism. Indeed, we have already supported them at the European elections.
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