Associated Press, May 25, 2013
Croatia may be on the doorstep of the European Union, but in this tiny village another union of nations was getting all the glory.
In Kumrovec, the birthplace of Yugoslavia’s late communist leader Josip Broz Tito, thousands gathered Saturday to mark his birthday and pay their respects to him and the ex-federation that fell apart in a cascade of ethnic wars more than 20 years ago.
As Croatia prepares to formally enter the EU on July 1, becoming only the second former Yugoslav republic to become a member of the bloc after Slovenia, many in this town and across the region still regard Yugoslavia as having been a haven of peace and prosperity.
“Tito, the one and only,” Slobodan Janusevic, a 52-year-old retiree, said. “I think all the worse of both the EU and today’s Croatia.”