The Old City Hall in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, where the city’s local government meets. Local elections in Croatia will take place on May 16, 2021. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Suradnik13 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Croatia has scheduled local elections for May 16, 2021.
Since Croatia’s declaration of independence in 1991 and the subsequent breakup of Yugoslavia, Croatia has held regular elections.
Croatia has a number of political parties. The two biggest are the conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The parties have alternated stints in power. On the one hand, SDP currently holds the presidency, and on the other hand, HDZ heads the government coalition.
Croatia is a member of NATO and the European Union.
Sven Milekic, Balkan Insight (February 17, 2021): Zoran Milanovic: Croatia’s Jekyll and Hyde
Anja Vladisavljevic, Balkan Insight (July 5, 2020): Conservatives Win Croatia Election, First Results Show
Joe Orovic and Patrick Kingsley, New York Times (July 5, 2020): Croatian Prime Minister’s Gamble on Early Elections Pays Off.
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Updated February 21, 2021