Croatia

 

Danube's surface has completely frozen

Staff Reporter

The surface waters of the Danube River, Europe's busiest waterway, have frozen completely for the first time in over 20 years in Bulgaria.

Danube's surface has completely frozen

Croatia joins list of countries offering medical tourism

Lajla Veselica

Giuseppe Costanzo has become a regular visitor to Vodice, a tiny beach resort on Croatia's coast. But unlike many tourists, the 63-year-old Italian has come to take a seat in a dental clinic rather than claim a spot on the sand. The Italian, a retired postal worker from Latina, near Rome, says he has come to have his teeth implants done by a Croatian dentist.

Truffle fever hits Croatia's Istria peninsula

Lajla Veselica

It's 5am and dawn is still far off, but Keti and Bela are already at work and don't seem to mind the cold autumn mist shrouding the Motovun woods in the heart of the Istria peninsula. "Come on Bela! Shoo, shoo! Where is it? Go for it Keti! Shoo, shoo!" Milena Labinjan briskly encourages her two dogs.

Croatian 'Dracula' revived to lure tourists

Lajla Veselica

As evening mist slowly embraces the village of Kringa in the heart of Croatia's picturesque Istrian peninsula, a few young enthusiasts gather in a bar trying to revive the legend of a 17th-century local Dracula. Sitting in a red velvet chair in the Vampire bar, decorated with garlic wreaths and lamps with crosses, Mladen Rajko explains how local tourist authorities launched a project last year called "Jure Grando, the Vampire from Kringa".

Missing Croat lay dead at home for eight years

Staff Reporter

A Croatian man lay dead for eight years in his flat in downtown Zagreb before a neighbour discovered the body, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday. Ivan Bosanac, born in 1918, went missing in February 1999. His nephew reported his absence to the police, who conducted a brief search of the small attic flat, but found nothing.

No Easter eggs, says protester in cage

Staff Reporter

A Croatian activist on Friday completed a 24-hour stay in a chicken cage in a central square in Zagreb to urge people not to eat eggs on Easter Sunday. But one man attempted to scramble the stunt. He showed up with a bag full of eggs and bombarded the caged man and other activists before police stopped him.

Goal blunder boosts diplomatic ties

Staff Reporter

A Christmas gift inspired by England goalkeeper Paul Robinson's horror own goal against Croatia has helped to boost diplomatic ties between London and Zagreb, it was reported on Thursday. The British embassy in Zagreb has printed photographs of the infamous incident on the back of an official invitation for its Christmas party.

Croatian grannies fight over lover

Staff Reporter

A 71-year-old woman in Croatia attacked and seriously injured another elderly woman over an alleged affair with a 78-year-old man, the daily Vecernji List said on Friday. The jealous granny in the northern town of Cakovec reportedly used a wooden stick to attack her 75-year-old neighbour.

Croatia hails its Davis Cup star

Snjezana Vukic

Goran Ivanisevic, step aside. Ivan Ljubicic is Croatia's new tennis celebrity. Ljubicic was hailed as a national icon after leading Croatia to their first Davis Cup final, accounting for all three points in the 3-2 win over Russia in the world-group semifinals. Ljubicic has now won 11 straight matches in Davis Cup play.

Croatian resistance crumbles before Arsenal

Staff Reporter

Arsenal all but guaranteed themselves a place in the group stages of the Champions League in Zagreb on Tuesday after cruising to a 3-0 victory away to Dinamo Zagreb. A two-goal burst from Cesc Fabregas either side of a strike from Robin van Persie was just reward for the English Premiership side.

Montenegro vote opens separatist Pandora's box

Calin Neacsu

Montenegro's independence could open a Pandora's box for other separatist movements in Europe and the former Soviet Union, with some already claiming the right to follow the same path. Separatists in Spain's Basque and Catalan regions were among the first to welcome Montenegro's independence vote as a positive omen.

EU growth 'must not be stopped'

Katarina Kratovac

Heads of state from central and south-east Europe insisted on Friday that European Union enlargement continue and include Turkey as well as the Balkan states that emerged from the bloody wars of the 1990s. Fifteen leaders are attending a summit in Zagreb to discuss European integration and expansion