Croatia is Growing

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Croatia is Growing
Hrvatska raste
Leader Zoran Milanović
Slogan Croatia is growing, there's no going back
Founded 2010 (2010)
Headquarters Zagreb, Croatia
Political position Centre-left
Colours Red
Sabor
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European Parliament
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County Prefects
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Mayors
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Website
hrvatskaraste.org
Politics of Croatia
Political parties
Elections

Croatia is Growing (Croatian: Hrvatska raste) is a political alliance in Croatia formed in 2010 as Kukuriku coalition. It originally consisted of four centre-left and centrist parties in the Croatian Parliament: Social Democratic Party of Croatia, Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats, Croatian Party of Pensioners and Istrian Democratic Assembly, but only the first three are still members, while three minor parties have since joined it.

The group was originally founded as the Kukuriku coalition (Croatian: Kukuriku koalicija), meaning 'cock-a-doodle-doo'. This somewhat facetious name was taken from a restaurant of the same name in Kastav, where they first convened in July 2009,[1] became well known,[2] and eventually became the coalition's official name.[3][4] For the 2015 parliamentary election, the coalition changed to its current name and consists of three out of four original members: Social Democratic Party, Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats, Croatian Party of Pensioners, as well as three new ones: Croatian Labourists – Labour Party, Authentic Croatian Peasant Party and Zagorje Party, while Istrian Democratic Assembly left the coalition. Nevertheless, leader of IDS Boris Miletić explicitly pointed out that his party will collaborate only with coalition Croatia is Growing.

History[edit]

Ivan Jakovčić, Zoran Milanović, Radimir Čačić and Silvano Hrelja announcing the formation of the Kukuriku coalition on 15 July 2011.
Leaders of the coalition "Croatia is Growing" on the occasion of signing a coalition agreement on September 8, 2015

The idea of a joint party list of the main centre-left parties SDP and HNS-LD was discussed in the 2007 general election, however ultimately each party contested the election separately.[5] The election resulted in HDZ forming the Sanader II cabinet and SDP returning to Opposition. After the resignation of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader the three parties: SDP, HNS-LD and IDS; started discussing the possibility of contesting the next general election more extensively.[6] On November 23, 2010 the three parties along with HSU signed a declaration "Alliance for Change" officially confirming their intention of a joint appearance in the next election.[7]

On September 15, 2011, the coalition officially presented their manifesto for the 2011 general election called "Plan 21" in Zagreb.[3][4] On 4 December 2011 the Kukuriku coalition won an absolute majority in the country's parliamentary election.

On 2011 parliamentary elections Coalition won the majority in 8 out of 10 electoral districts which resulted in gaining 81 out 151 seats in the Parliament. On December 23, 2015, Coalition formed 10th Croatian Government led by Zoran Milanović.

On 2015 parliamentary elections Coalition won the majority in 5 out of 10 electoral districts, or 56 voting stations, and eventually gained 56 out of 151 seats in the Parliament.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Logo Party name Leader Ideology Seats in the Parliament Member since
Socijaldemokratska Partija Hrvatske Logo.svg Social Democratic Party of Croatia Zoran Milanović Social democracy
42 / 151
2011
HNS Logo.svg Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats Vesna Pusić Liberalism
10 / 151
2011
HSU Logo.svg Croatian Party of Pensioners Silvano Hrelja Rights of pensioners
2 / 151
2011
Hrvatski Laburisti logo.png Croatian Labourists – Labour Party Nansi Tireli Democratic socialism
3 / 151
2015
Authentic Croatian Peasant Party logo.jpg Authentic Croatian Peasant Party Stanko Grčić Agrarianism
0 / 151
2015
Zagorje Party logo.png Zagorje Party Miljenko Jerneić Regionalism
0 / 151
2015

Former member[edit]

Logo Party name Leader Ideology Seats in the Parliament Member from-until
IDS.gif Istrian Democratic Assembly Boris Miletić Regionalism
3 / 151
2011-2015

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zašto baš 'Kukuriku koalicija'?". dnevnik.hr (in Croatian). 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  2. ^ "Kukuriku koalicija zajedno izlazi na sljedeće izbore". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Kukuriku koalicija: Ukinut ćemo POVLAŠTENE mirovine zastupnicima! 'Plan 21'". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Program Kukuriku koalicije: Rast BDP-a od 2 do 4%, manji doprinosi, ukidanje povlaštenih mirovina" (in Croatian). SEEbiz.eu. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. Kukuriku koalicija je savez četiriju stranaka koje zaokupljaju slične vrijednosti i kojima je zajednički cilj - probuditi hrvatske potencijale i stvoriti ekonomski stabilnu Hrvatsku u kojoj žive zadovoljni građani, opisuje se oporba te pojašnjava što je Plan 21. 
  5. ^ "Antunović - Pusić: Zajedno protiv HDZ-a". jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). 26 February 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Milanović okupio opoziciju, Poslovni dnevnik
  7. ^ SDP, HNS, IDS i HSU izlaze na izbore kao ‘savez za promjene’, Poslovni dnevnik

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