Croatia’s accession into the European Union, which was officially commemorated on July 1 in Zagreb, has come at a time when public opinion concerning the European project is anything but resounding across the continent. Yet the celebratory mood that evening in the Croatian capital suggested otherwise. For Croatia, accession marks the end of a lengthy journey that sees the country – after a period of war, followed by an ultranationalist government, followed by wholesale and rapid political reform – stake its claim for a place at Europe’s top table. 

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