After parliamentary elections which havenât really changed anything despite the defeat of Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), the time has come for us to decide whether we would like to be a part of (Dis)United Europe.
The breaking news is that the referendum on our joining the EU wonât be postponed as previously told! Although there were some announcements from Croatiaâs future Minister of Foreign Affairs Vesna PusiÄ, the President of the State confirmed earlier today that there wonât be any delays. The referendum will be held on 22 January 2012. Oh happy dayâ¦
So, here we are, 33 days before that historical decision-making day and still without any real political debate on this matter. Itâs funny how this proud nation, after all itâs been through, puts up with being treated like a flock of sheep. Whatâs even more funny or tragic, depending on how you look at it, is that even those 33 days canât be used properly for a debate or a fair campaign because of the Christmas holidays and New Yearâs Eve that follow. Itâs obvious that there wil be almost no debate and the campaign will be reduced to political leadersâ messages for their voters to vote not by their conscience, but by the political establishmentâs suggestion. Pro and contra arguments wonât even be presented to the public, even though Croatian citizens know so little about the Union that it seems to be so distant and unreal as if itâs some sort of Wonderland and our country is the poor little Alice.
The European Union has given our politicians a great pile of money to persuade Croatian citizens to vote âYesâ on the referendum. Video spots that have been made for the official pro-EU campaign in Croatia clearly show what our political elite think of us. Those spots âprofessionally explainâ that weâll still be Croats when we join the EU, weâll continue to speak Croatian language and that no one is going to colonize our land. Crucial infoâ¦ for a medieval society without any national consciousness maybe. For a European nation in the 21st century that sort of information is hilarious. While being brainwashed with this bull, many still donât have even the slightest clue what really awaits us if we join, so I expect the adaptation time will be pretty long and painful. If we add a never ending economic crisis to this charade, itâs obvious that some Chinese guy must have cursed us to live in such âinteresting timesâ.
This lack of proper political debate in Croatia has made Nigel Farage a sort of Euroscepticsâ hero despite our nationâs resistance to the British foreign policy for almost a century. Maybe his nationality really is an obstacle for his corageous messages (especially if we consider some sort of Balkan integrations to be an alternative to the EU accession), knowing that Balkan integrations have always been cooked in the British foreign policy kitchen. For a Croat, everything is better than Balkan integrations, even the 9th circle of Danteâs Inferno is a lesser evil. Hell, Iâd rather find myself in the 10th circle thatâs been opened especially for us than to be part of such project once again. British policy on Balkans has always been integrative, putting Serbia in a privileged position over Croatia, so itâs not unusual that there are doubts as to Nigelâs good intentions. Nevertheless, over the last few months heâs been telling things that just couldnât be heard in our public, so one should really be thankful for his words.
Well then, in 33 days all hell will break loose. Wish us luck.