The political status in Croatia
On Sunday 17 May, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Davor Bernardic announced that he perceived a coalition between the SDP and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) as impossible given his view that the HDZ is spoiled by corruption. Similarly, on 20 May the HDZ secretary-general Gordan Jandrokovic stated that he saw a coalition with the SDP as uninteresting given that according to him, the SDP does not have a leader who matches with HDZ leader and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.
For those reasons, it seems higlhy unlikely that the SDP and the HDZ will form a coalition. On Monday 18 May, the Parliament revised its state budget for the current year. the outcome were 79 votes for and 41 against after a decrease of HRK 23.2 billion to HRK 122 billion while overall expenditure will remain at HRK 147.3 billion. Croatian president Zoran Milanovic has decided on Wednesday 20 May to plan the parliamentary elections in Croatia on 5 July. He also communicated to the citizens that he strongly urges them to vote in order to have the best citizens representation. Prime Minister and HDZ party leader Andrej Plenkovic mentioned on Thursday 28 May that he will run in these parliamentary election as a candidate and that he thinks that his party will win the same number of seats as in the 2016 election.
Since Thursday 28 May, Croatia has lifted the temporary entry ban for citizens of Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany and Poland in the context of COVID-19.