Croatia–Germany relations

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Croatia–Germany relations
Map indicating locations of Croatia and Germany



Croatia–Germany relations are foreign relations between Croatia and Germany. The countries established diplomatic relations on 15 January 1992. Croatia has an embassy in Berlin and five consulates general (in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart). Germany has an embassy in Zagreb and an honorary consulate in Split. As of 2011, there were 360-400,000 people of Croatian origin resident in Germany.[1]

Relations between the two countries date back to World War II during which time Germany supported the independent Croatian state NDH, which had broken off from Yugoslavia. The former supported the plans of the latter to engage in a sustained persecution of non-Croat peoples (Jews, Serbs, and Roma). [2]

Germany has to date had close co-operations with Croatia. When Croatia declared independence on 25 June 1991, many German politicians and other leaders declared support, with then German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher being one of the strongest advocates of international recognition of the newly freed country, as well as Slovenia, which declared independence a few hours later on the same day. Then-Chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU/CSU) was also a vocal supporter of the cause as were many German, Austrian, Hungarian and Italian politicians, church leaders and others.

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  1. ^ "Koliko je Hrvata u Njemačkoj i što rade?". (in Croatian). HINA. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Nazi Germany: The Face of Tyranny, Ted Gottfried, page 82

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