Elections in Croatia: Is the Far-Right Rhetoric on the Rise?

Kursnummer: 111420on

Europe 2020: Avoiding electoral surprises
Part 25: Elections in Croatia: Is the Far-Right Rhetoric on the Rise?

When:  Tuesday, 30 June 2020. 9:00–11:00
Where: ConcordiaCloud (Zoom)
Registration deadline:   Monday, 29 June 2020

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Cooperation project: forum journalismus und medien and the European Commission Representation in Austria.

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The parliamentary elections in Croatia, to take place on 5 July 2020, are scheduled several months ahead of time. Some analysts consider that early elections are being held in order to avoid possible electoral consequences of the expected economic crisis. It is still too early to evaluate the 2020 tourist season, considering the steady rise of infections. International tourists‘ expenditure in Croatia amounts to almost 20% of GDP.

Political parties to the left and to the right of the political spectrum have been splintering. Although their economic programs are not diametrically  divergent, their political rhetoric seems to be shifting towards discussing the values advanced by the far right: women’s reproductive rights (even in rape cases, abortion should be discussed in family), revision of history and mainstreaming of the Croatian version of fascism (ustaša) , ethnic intolerance, church influence, etc.

Which topics matter to the voters?

Political scientist and university professor, Dejan Jović will provide an overview of the political scene, while lawyer and sociologist, and university lecturer,  Antonija Petričušić will reflect on the rise of the extreme ideas and the role of the Catholic Church.


Dejan Jović, political scientist, professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. Former advisor to Croatia’s president Ivo Josipovic.

Antonija Petričušić, lawyer and sociologist, assistant professor, Chair of Sociology, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. Her recent research focuses on the rise of neo-conservatism in Croatia and the use of the judicial field for legitimising conservative ideas.

Concept and moderation

Mirjana Tomić, fjum


Presentations, Q&A, dialogue

Target Groups

Journalists from the Austrian and Austria-based media, foreign and national news desks.

Number of participants: Maximum 40


Read the provided material before the session.

Further Questions

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomic, seminar manager, mirjana.tomic@fjum-wien.at, or call 0676 365 26 93

30.06.202009:00 - 11:00
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich.
Dejan Jovic, Antonija Petričušić
Online (Zoom)