Croatia has continued on its unbeaten streak at the World Handball Championship in Madrid. This time it was hosts Spain who suffered at the hands of the Croats with Slavko Goluza’s side winning 27:25 in Madrid today.
“I have to congratulate the guys in playing in a fair and correct way. I am proud of them,” said Goluza after the win, adding that he was only upset with injuries to two of his players, especially the one to Manuel Strlek which will see him miss the rest of the tournament
The win meant Croatia wins Group D and now face Belarus in the knock-out phase.
“The Slovenes say that maybe we will never enter the EU. The time has come for someone to say to them: maybe we will not enter the EU, but you will not be able to come to the Adriatic coast,” that is what the Mayor of Croatian city Rijeka Vojko Obersnel wrote on social network twitter after Slovenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Karl Erjavec publicly stated that because Slovenia’s ratification of Croatia’s accession treaty to enter the EU was in jeopardy, that Croatia may never enter the EU.
Slovenia’s ratification is up in the air due to the “Ljubljanska bank” case. Slovenia want Croatia to withdraw its power of attorney given to Croatian banks to sue the Slovenian bank Ljubljanska Banka before Croatian courts.
The court case relates to the financial compensation for the Croatian depositors who lost their savings in the liquidation of the Slovenian-based Yugoslav bank Ljubljanska banka. In 1991, Croatian authorities allowed the transfer of two-thirds of the foreign-currency debt of the Zagreb branch of Ljubljanska banka to a number of Croatian banks. However, some 132,000 clients kept their savings in Ljubljanska banka.
Hotel Esplanade in the capital Zagreb is the Traveler’s Choice Winner 2013 for the best hotel in Croatia, awarded by the world’s largest travel rating website TripAdvisor.
Hotel Esplanade was the traveler’s choice in 2013 in all three categories – best hotel, best service, and best luxury hotel in Croatia. The award is the latest in a string on awards for the luxury hotel which was built-in 1925 for the purpose of accommodating passengers from the famous Orient Express train. Kongres Magazine recently named the hotel as the best luxury conference hotel for 2013 in the region.
Also Hotel Esplanade picked up the Luxury Travel Guide Award for the best luxury hotel in Croatia and made Conde Nast Traveler’s gold list, being the only Croatian hotel to receive that honour.
Croatia’s remaining two hopes in the Australian Open have both been knocked out today in the 3rd round. Croatia’s number one tennis player Marin Cilic went down in a 5-set marathon to world number 23 Andreas Seppi from Italy 6-7, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
9th seed for the tournament Richard Gasquet was too strong for Ivan Dodig, winning 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-0. Cilic will have chance for revenge against Seppi when Croatia face Italy in the Davis Cup early next month.