Milanović said unacceptable iconography used by some of the local Croatian associations in Australia made the trip difficult.
“There are people there who live in the past and think that Josip Broz (Tito) is still alive and, for some reason, they associate us with him. In one place 300 people gather with whom you have phenomenal communication, while in another 20 people gather who had the need to present themselves loudly because they live on conflicts and divisions which don’t exist anymore even in Croatia. That’s the way it is and it’s complicated, while the trip was physically exhausting,” Milanović told a press conference on Wednesday, adding that the trip was an important one despite the criticism he faced for going.
The Croatian PM met with a large number of successful Croatians in both Australia and New Zealand, many of whom had been burnt trying to invest in Croatia.
“When someone encounters barriers set up by local government, they give up and these things should be prevented in Croatia.” said Milanović. (PIC: vlada.hr)