Croatia’s Crony Capitalism and Corruption on Display with Proposed Aircraft Purchase

Croatia’s proposal to buy 30-year old U.S. made F16 fighter jets from Israel is an illustration of the corruption and crony capitalism in not only Croatia but NATO as well.

The fundamental problem is that Croatia became a NATO member in 2009, despite rampant high-level corruption and failing to fulfill the rule-of-law criterion of NATO’s charter.

The lack of rule of law and unfettered corruption permeates government decisions, public tenders, erodes freedom of speech and comes to weaken the NATO alliance in the Balkans.

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