Croatia and Serbia: Two New Governments, Two Sets of Challenges
This presentation will discuss political changes that the two new governments elected to office in Croatia in November 2011 and in Serbia in May 2012 bring to the landscape of political parties, regional cooperation and EU accession politics in South Eastern Europe. Rinna Kullaa will highlight the economic challenges Croatia faces while simultaneously setting the example for steps into entry to the EU membership for other EU candidate states. The talk will discuss the impact of the recent Serbian election for political and economic transition in Serbia and in the region.
Rinna Kullaa is an area studies expert for South Eastern Europe and an Associate Professor of Modern European History and International Relations at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. She completed her postgraduate studies at St. Antony's College, the University of Oxford and a doctorate University of Maryland. She works on modern Mediterranean history since the Second World War, political questions of EU accession, and is interested in the current construction of EU foreign policy.