Es weiss absolut jeder, das Kroatien total pleite ist und die Wirtschafts Fakten, viel schlimmer sind wie in Griechenland!
Die Banken haben so viele faule Milliarden Kredite in Kroatien, wo nur noch ein EU Beitritt auch diese Korrupten Geschäfte, der Banken retten kann. siehe Iva Sanader, Hypo Alpe Adria usw.. Und dann das Bestechungs Karusell, des Ost Ausschusses der Deutschen Wirtschaft mit dem Mercedes Bestechungs Motor auch für den Drogen Handel und der Geldwäsche, mit Prof. Klaus Mangold! Kommentar: den Professoren Titel hat Mangold bekommen, als Weltmeister der Bestechung im Balkan. 18,5 Milliarden € faule Kredite der KfW in Griechenland, für die sogenannte Bestechungs Export Förderung, u.a. für Siemens, Mercedes, Telekom, EADS usw..
Mangold läuft frei herum, als Lehrmeister der Bestechungs und der grossen Mafia Zirkels der Welt.
Vor allem ist Klaus Mangold auch ziemlich Hirnlos, denn seine Lobby Kollegen, wollen doch Geschäfte machen in China. Darunter seine Financiers, wie Daimler und Siemens. Aber erst denken, dann reden ist halt schwierig für Leute, die Null Hirn haben und nur Betrug und Bestechung kennen.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Mangold – ehemal. Vorstandsmitglied Daimler AG (Daimler musste 2010, eine 185 Millionen € Strafe bezahlen und hat für 3 Jahre einen FBI Aufpasser akzeptiert, u.a. wegen Bestechung ausl. Regierungen auch auf dem Balkan, wo man wie VW, seine Partner direkt im Drogen Handel hat.) Die Kompetenz des Ost-Ausschuss der Wirtschaft, liegt im Bestechungs Bereich, getürkte Ausschreibungen, Finanz Betrug bei der Finanzierung, Volks Betrug bei Export Finanzierung und der kompletten Bestechung, ganser Regierung. bekannt ist ja Griechenland u.a. mit Siemens, Thyssen, Merck und Co.
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Forbes, October 28, 2011
Croatia in the EU: A Disaster Waiting to Happen
In the late 19th century, someone asked Bismarck what would cause the next great European war. “Some damn thing in the Balkans,” he presciently answered. Today, events in that region are no less consequential if we remember that Greece, now roiling global markets, is also a Balkan state.
Unfortunately, it might get much worse.
In 2013, another Balkan nation, Croatia, is scheduled to join the European Union. Unless that country cleans house before then, another hobbled economy will add its weight to the EU, exacerbating the problems that already exist. There will be more debt, more burden on EU taxpayers, more risk of loan defaults, and more downward pressure on U.S. markets inextricably linked to European markets.
Since 2003-2004, Croatia and the EU have been preparing for that nation’s membership, delayed in part by Slovenian concerns over border issues.
As we get nearer to 2013, much attention has been given Croatia’s economic problems, including a warning from central bank Governor Zeljko Rohatinski that it must cut more waste to avoid an economic crash.
Yet one rising star of Croatian politics points to deeper systemic malignancies beyond such familiar concerns over the fiscal problems of a modern welfare state (including a 20% unemployment rate in Croatia).
Natasha Srdoc, founder and chair of the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy (AI), is a compelling figure if only because she’s also directly addressing what is now a top-priority initiative for global regulators: anticorruption.
If the many reports are accurate, corruption in Croatia is ruthless and systemic in a way that altogether changes the dialogue from “how” Croatia should enter the EU, to “if” Croatia should enter the EU.
As things purportedly stand now, Croatian membership in the EU would be another liability that we cannot afford to add to our ongoing exposure in Greece. EU membership could prove a disaster for the Croatian people as well.
“Croatia is an economy at risk and a burden on EU and U.S. taxpayers through its high debt and high borrowing as well as its persistently dysfunctional judicial system,” says Srdoc, who’s formed her own political party, Croatia 21st Century, with anticorruption at the center of its agenda along with tax reform, private property rights, and family values.
While businesses and officials may fret over the draconian enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the threat of the same pursuant to the newly adopted UK Bribery Act, the Croatia 21st Century approach to corruption is well-nigh confiscatory. In addition to new laws mandating transparency, Srdoc wants to prosecute all politicians, past and present, who have amassed unexplained wealth.
She’d seize misappropriated amounts that reportedly total multiple billions and use the money to help pay down Croatia’s debt. No wonder she’s been stigmatized as “an enemy of the state” by the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) or that she and her family have been threatened.
Whatever their actual source, those threats are not likely idle. Among other deadly incidents, media publisher and regime critic Ivo Pukanic died in a 2008 car bomb explosion in Zagreb. Six men were convicted in what was vaguely depicted in the media as an organized crime hit.
“I do not think it would be a good idea to have a Croatian politician as an unelected EU Commissioner wielding tremendous power,” Srdoc quips. EU and U.S. taxpayers have already invested nearly 1 billion euros over the past decade in a reform process “without any results.” The prospect of loan defaults may put the IMF in a ticklish situation: let Croatia go bankrupt or continue to feed the ravenous maw of its leaders. (The socialist SDP party already supports recourse to the IMF.)
The EU has promised an additional 4 billion euros to government institutions apparently mired in rampant corruption. So the vicious circle spirals on.
The more we donate to sham reform, the more empowered the regime becomes even as European investors who’ve already sunk significant amounts into Croatian banks, telecoms, and real estate – and who knows how those deals were negotiated with local apparatchiks! – seek to protect their interests by lofting yet another albatross over EU skies.
It is possible that nascent political forces in Croatia will lead to change if reports of growing public support for such change are accurate. (We’re also assuming the country holds honest elections, as concerns remain about a purported infusion of 550,000 illegal votes, an alarming 17% that skewed past results.)
But indisputably, those forces – so potentially beneficial to legitimate U.S. and European interests – face a daunting uphill battle absent helpful pressure from outside. Added to the impact on the EU and global financial markets, there is a laundry list of other vital considerations, not the least of which is Croatia’s geo-political positioning with respect to drug routes, weapon deals, and human trafficking.
In the best-case scenario, Croatia’s scheduled EU membership is an opportunity to speed the winds of change. If total regime change is possible, we’re well-advised to support it financially and via all the communications channels we have at our disposal.
If regime change is not yet realistic, dangle the EU carrot to at least achieve some tangible results. For example, in this nation of 4 million people, there are over 1 million backlogged court cases, a deadlock that, according to Srdoc, has allowed the ruling elite to arrest a few of its own for show but with nary a single conviction. One condition for EU membership might be oversight by visiting legal experts from nations with strong rule-of-law traditions.