EU elections in Croatia: Is the tide starting to turn against Andrej Plenkovic and the HDZ?
We believe it is; the election did not provide the type of victory Plenkovic (EPP) was expecting…and he even acknowledged this reality.
The far-left Social Democratic Party (SDP) will have just as many seats (4) in the EP as the HDZ. However, the Socialists are evaporating as well; the SDP fell from 30% to 18%.
Is there a new coalition on the right being established? We hope so, but it may take some time and a strong personality.
– Some exit polls had the HDZ winning six seats but they only managed four. This may not be surprising in Croatia; some Croats – for various reasons – may have felt uncomfortable publicly revealing that they did not vote for the HDZ.
Quite honestly, the V4 Report is not a fan of “exit polls”, although they will continue to exist. One strategy is to start giving these exit polls inaccurate information to discredit them…voting is a private affair.
– As far as voting percentages, the HDZ outpolled the the SDP 22.7% to 18.7%. Four years ago, the HDZ, in coalition with other parties, won more than 40% of the vote. This is a significant decline and Plenkovic was aware of it.
“We will analyze our actions in order to understand what we could have done differently to achieve a better result”, said PM Plenkovic.
– Who is Ruža Tomašić? The former MEP for HDZ, whose newly-formed Croatian Sovereignist coalition won 8.52% of the vote, achieved much success. This was somewhat of a nice surprise.
According to the source, the impressive showing by Tomašić, who attracted a considerable part of the HDZ electorate, could mark the birth of new political formation placed further to the right than the HDZ.
Tomašić has already invited other parties of the Right to dialogue ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
We shall see.
– Although they did not reach the 5% threshold, the nationalist party (NHR) led by Bruna Esih won 4.37% of the vote, which was a very encouraging start for the party.
The NHR seems solid; hopefully, they will build on its initial success. The right has to unite in Croatia to challenge the HDZ, which basically meekly follows orders from Berlin and Brussels.
* For now, the big news centered around the less than stellar performance of Plenkovic’s HDZ. They may have arrogantly pushed things too far in Croatia, such as the UN Migration Pact, EU migrant quotas and the Istanbul Convention.
Hopefully, this represents the beginning of the end for the Plenkovic regime.