Sociologist and university professor Slaven Letica for Next commented on the current political situation in the City of Zagreb as well as at the national level because at this moment these two policies can not be viewed separately. How will the new parliamentary majority influence and already influence the formation of the majority, who will all support Milan Bandic in the Assembly, although all of the kings will not be with him ...
The agreement of the majority in the Assembly - will Milan Bandic succeed in gathering a majority as he wants to conduct a referendum on changing the name of the Marshal Tito Square, to which Bruno Esih and Zlatko Hasanbegović disagree. Others, however, have already announced that they will not go with Bandic ?!
Of course, given that during a pre-election campaign he promised a referendum - it is logical to insist on a referendum and insist. On the other hand, Bruno Esih and Zlatko Hasanbegović said that the name of the Square should be changed immediately, so it is obvious that they can not create a coalition. It is also obvious that Bandic for a potential coalition partner has an HDZ, but that is not enough, and then he will seek and individually find enough hands to have a majority.
Who could find these "hands" as all the kings would not go with Bandic?
I do not have "insider information". I know that he had a very active role in the creation of this coalition at the national level, hence, a part of HNS MPs or SDP's dissatisfied with Davor Bernardic's or HSLS's can support Milan Bandic from the position of a minority mayor - not to enter the coalition, but to provide support for stability.
We had the 2009 - 2013 situation. when Bandic did not have any deputies in the Assembly, but his budget went through every year, that is, we did not have early elections?
Adopting the Budget is always one possible and impossible art. So, if some projects are involved, it is logical for them to give support to such a budget, which is the most important decision of the year for the mayor.
How does the national situation affect the City of Zagreb?
Zagreb is atypical, it is a capital city and a county, and it is a large part of the Croatian economy, so it is not a valid rule that municipal and municipal policies are separate from national policies, but there is still this element of separation. In any case, the creation of a coalition at the national level will influence the creation of visible and invisible coalitions in the City of Zagreb, and perhaps vice versa. The stability of the Government of Andreja Plenković and the parliamentary majority will certainly affect the creation of psychosis in creating and maintaining stability at the level of the City of Zagreb.
How are you at all watching this new national coalition? Some praise, but mostly criticize, both left and right?
Politics is a ***, a popular saying that no one likes, and everyone wants to have at least minimal minimum ethical rules and moral principles that are respected in politics. So you can not lie in the same way as Ivan Vrdoljak did or as it seemed to be the leadership of HNS, but for them it would have to be political suicide. The question is only whether people will experience this, I do not know personally, in our political life so intense that people forget what was last week and the question is what will happen next election.
Yes, we see this also in the case of the affairs of crowded politicians who, in spite of this, participate and win the elections ?!
This is what Durkheim called the state of anomie, meaning a situation where normal social norms, customs and moral principles are not valid, a kind of moral obscurity is created and unfortunately the situation in Croatia.
Will this government survive the next three, three and a half years or will it break somewhere?
It will not break in coalition relations, but possibly on the ice sand that are on the way of this government, which Ivan Vrdoljak called "Titanic Vlad". So, this is arbitrage, public debt, Agrokor, Ina-Mol, border problems, the situation in the European Union ... So, if the situation is economically stable, it will certainly be three and a half years if the situation is bad - we will have early elections .