Finland in NATO? Croatia says no and threatens to blow up the expansion of the Atlantic alliance

No to NATO enlargement. The Croatian president Zoran Milanović he said he is ready to veto to block the admission of Sweden And Finland at the top Born of Madrid to be held at the end of June, if he will represent the Croatia (Member of the alliance since 2009). Membership of NATO can only be approved unanimously (Article 10 of the Atlantic Treaty). Already a week ago in Vukovar, Milanović, who from 1996 to 1999 was adviser to the Croatian mission to the European Union and NATO in Brussels, had expressed his opposition: he had said that Finnish membership in the Atlantic alliance was ” a dangerous adventure and shameless cialtroneria ». He said he will pursue “like the devil the sinful souls of every member of parliament who votes in favor” of Finnish membership of NATO.

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And then he said it was necessary, before ratify the NATO membership of any new member country, change the electoral law in Bosnia“. This is yet another reverberation of the war Ukraine – Russia which participates in the escalation and which many analysts fear.

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Sarajevo – Milanović refers to the fact that the current electoral system does not guarantee the possibility of electing their representatives in Sarajevo for Croatians living in Bosnia. General elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina will be held on 2 October next. This was decided today by the Central Electoral Commission. The Bosnians will vote to renew the tripartite presidency, the central state parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the parliaments of the two entities that make up the Balkan country – the Muslim Croatian Federation and the Republika Srpska – the Councils of the ten cantons of the Muslim Croatian Federation, and the District Council of Brcko, an administrative entity autonomous under the sovereignty of the central state. In view of the vote, they have been underway for months negotiations on a reform of the electoral lawclaimed in particular by the Croatian ethnic component, which have not yet led to any agreement, despite the mediation of the EU and the US.

The Croatian parliament, whose ruling Conservative HDZ party has a slim majority, is expected to approve the candidacy of Sweden and Finland. It should. Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said this decision it can only help strengthen collective defense and securityAnd that Croatia has a clear position.

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There is an obstacle and it is macroscopic though: the veto of the Croatian president at the Madrid summit. According to the Croatian constitution, the president is the supreme commander of the army and deals with foreign policy. While Prime Minister Andrej Plenković regularly represents Croatia at EU summits, President Milanović can and has already represented Croatia at crucial summits like this one scheduled for late June.

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