Croatia joins the European Union as enthusiasm wanes

Croatia's Dalmatian coast is important to its economy (photo:dpa)
Croatia's Dalmatian coast is important to its economy (photo:dpa)

European Union members gave Croatia a cool reception as it joined the trading block after overcoming 13 years of hurdles. It is perceived by some as a problem country and the EU catalogue of legislation and regulation is no certain recipe for a prosperous future.

<i>Croatia has joined the European Union at a difficult moment in history. Its own economy is fraught with all sorts of problems and the EU has fallen down on its job as a problem solver. Croatia may benefit from being in the EU and attract new foreign investment, but its leaders will have to try to minimise some of the disadvantages which come with the heavy load of EU regulation. This is hardly the ideal recipe to de...

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