When Fascist Right-wingers Take Over the Arts: Croatia as a Cautionary Tale

The formation of a coalition government led to the appointment of a minister of culture who began to aggressively attack artists and intellectuals in all their institutions, in order to impose a worldview that can only be described as fascistic. Yes, it happened this year – in Croatia.

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When the international jury of independent experts announced its decision in March to name Rijeka – a small industrial city on the Croatian coast – the European Capital of Culture for 2020, it was seen as a...