Croats say ‘yes’ to EU membership

A majority of Croats have voted in favour of joining the European Union, Croatia’s state referendum commission says.

Officials say that with about 30 per cent of the ballot calculated, about 67 per cent of those who took part in the referendum on Sunday answered ‘yes’ to the question: ‘Do you support the membership of the Republic of Croatia in the European Union?’

About 32 per cent were against, while the rest of the ballots were invalid. About 42 per cent of eligible voters took part in the referendum, illustrating voters’ apathy toward the debt-stricken 27-nation bloc.

Croatia signed an EU accession treaty last year and will become its 28th member in July 2013 after all the bloc’s states ratify the deal.



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