Croatia is in the grip of general election fever as the bitterly-fought campaign draws to a close before Sunday’s poll. The two main parties, the resurgent Social Democrats and the HDZ Croatian Democratic Union of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader have vowed to take the country into the European Union within four years.
Polls show Sanader is neck-and-neck with his rivals. With the race so close, the tone of the campaign has descended into negativity and personal attacks. Sanader has accused his opponent of being unfit to lead the country. Social Democrat leader Zoran Milanovic has called Sanader a coward and a manipulator.