However, the author is a Senior Fellow in the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy and placed part of the article on its website.
The European Commission is planning to spend £16m on a public relations campaign to promote European enlargement ahead of the entry next year of Croatia, a country with such serious economic problems that it could be forced to seek a bailout.
Croatia’s credit rating was downgraded to junk status last week after a deterioration in its economy attributed to a lack of reforms.
This prompted fears that the Balkan country might require a bailout even before it joins the EU next July. Youth unemployment is about 40% and foreign investment is deterred by rampant corruption, organised crime and weak rule of law.What better way there is of spending our money?