BBC: CROATIA CURSED BY CRIME AND CORRUPTION
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Britain's Foreign Office is warning visitors to Croatia this summer to beware of a threat from organised crime, following a number of assassinations and attacks on prominent figures, reports Matt Prodger.
From the BBC report - Comments by Natasha Srdoc, President, Adriatic Institute:
"You can see corruption with government officials and practically ministerial-level people with wealth that cannot be explained," says Natasha Srdoc from the anti-corruption think tank the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy.
"So the question is - how did they amass such huge amounts of wealth in Croatia? And that's our problem in Croatia because these things we cannot deal with from within. You know, you really need external pressure.
"Croatia needs to put an independent judiciary, the rule of law, and protection of property rights in place before it gets into the EU, because if it is allowed to get in before then it will not reform - it won't do anything."
Full text of BBC's Article on Croatia:
Croatia cursed by crime and corruption