This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. She eventually moved to the United States and enrolled at the George Washington University. [40], The run-off took place on 11 January 2015, with Grabar-Kitarović winning 50.7% of the vote. She would also have become the first, and to date only, Croatian president to have never finished first in the first round of a presidential election. [42][Note 1] She was ceremonially sworn into office on 15 February,[43] and assumed office officially at midnight on 19 February 2015.[44]. Ms. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President", "LIJEPA KOLINDINA KĆI BRILJIRA NA LEDU Hoće li nova državna prvakinja Katarina Kitarović braniti boje Hrvatske na Olimpijskim igrama? Furthermore, the 1.114 million votes she received in the second round is the lowest number of votes for any winning candidate in a presidential election in Croatia and the 1.48% victory margin against Josipović is the smallest in any such election to date. [13] As a high school student, she entered a student exchange program and at 17 moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, subsequently graduating from Los Alamos High School in 1986. EMMANUEL MACRON, the French president, has warned European countries that they can no longer rely on America to defend NATO allies. [39] Since no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, a run-off election was scheduled between the top two candidates, Josipović and Grabar-Kitarović, in two weeks time. She was minister of European Affairs from 2003 to 2005, the first female minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration from 2005 to 2008, Croatian ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011 and assistant secretary general for public diplomacy at NATO under Secretaries General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Jens Stoltenberg from 2011 to 2014. Zoran Milanović won a plurality of 29.55% of the vote, ahead of Grabar-Kitarović, who received 26.65% of the vote,[75] while Miroslav Škoro attracted the support of 24.45% of voters. [41] She thereby became Croatia's first female post-independence head of state and the country's first conservative president in 15 years. Playing at Istanbul's Sinan Erdem Dome, Anadolu Efes forward... Turkish president hails NATO chief's 'objective evaluations'. Less than nine months into Grabar-Kitarović's term the European migrant crisis began to escalate with large numbers of migrants entering Greece and Macedonia and crossing from Serbia into Hungary, with the latter beginning the construction of a fence on its southern border as a result. Vladimir Putin. In addition, Grabar-Kitarović is the only presidential candidate to date to have won a Croatian presidential election without having won the most votes in the first round of elections, as she lost it by 1.24% or 21,000 votes. She thus proceeded to face 10 other candidates in the first round on 22 December 2019, with her main challengers being former Social Democratic Prime Minister Zoran Milanović and conservative folk musician and former Member of Parliament Miroslav Škoro. [24] With the formation of the new government led by HDZ chairman Ivo Sanader she became Minister of European integration, which entailed the commencement of negotiations regarding Croatia's ascension to the European Union.[5]. In 2011 Grabar-Kitarović submitted her resignation as ambassador and on 4 June 2011 became assistant secretary general of NATO for Public Diplomacy. [91] During another speech at the UN, she stated that climate change was a "powerful weapon of mass destruction. With the parliament expected to dissolve by 25 September,[50] Grabar-Kitarović called parliamentary elections for 8 November 2015. -Jutarnji List", "Rouhani: Croatia can be gateway to Iran's ties with Europe", "Rouhani officially welcomes Croatian president", "Potvrđeni tradicionalno dobri i prijateljski odnosi Hrvatske i Irana - Več", "President: Croatia, Azerbaijan "have very good political relations without outstanding issues, "Slobodan Praljak: War criminal or Croatian hero? She was invited to join the Trilateral Commission and became an official member in April 2013.[35]. "[64] Following the end of the war and the establishment of a communist regime, about 20,000 Croats, mostly political emigrants, moved to Argentina. It was only when NATO failed to choose a candidate for the job in two rounds that she finally applied, and in the third round she received the position. [75] Therefore, this election marked the first time in Croatian history that the incumbent president did not receive the highest number of votes in the first round. In 2017, Forbes magazine listed Grabar-Kitarović as the world's 39th most powerful woman. She was the first woman to be elected to the office since the first multi-party elections in 1990 and independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. [73] On 2 October 2019, Grabar-Kitarović formally announced her bid for re-election with the campaign slogan "Because I believe in Croatia". ", "Karamarko želi Kolindu Grabar Kitarović za predsjednicu Hrvatske", "Ivo Josipović ili Kolinda Grabar Kitarović – evo što kaže prvo istraživanje! After the separate ministries of Foreign Affairs and European Integration were merged in 2005 Grabar-Kitarović was nominated to become minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. If Grabar-Kitarović was to be reelected, her victory would have marked the second instance in a presidential election where the result of the first round was overturned in the run-off, with the first instance of this occurring having been in the 2014–15 election, in which Grabar-Kitarović won her first term. [78][79][80] Agence France-Presse wrote that Grabar-Kitarović represents moderates within her party. When Grabar-Kitarović saw an ad for a job at NATO in The Economist magazine, she thought that the job was well-suited for her, but in the end decided not to apply for it. [81] Some observers describe her actions as populist,[82][83][84] or nationalist. [2][3][4], Before her election as president of Croatia, Grabar-Kitarović held a number of governmental and diplomatic positions. [5], In December 2015, Grabar-Kitarović began her doctoral studies in international relations at the Zagreb Faculty of Political Science. [59], In October 2016, Grabar-Kitarović made an official visit to Baku, Azerbaijan where she expressed her support for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, stating that the solution to this conflict "must be peaceful and political". Two years later, she was elected to the Croatian Parliament from the seventh electoral district as a member of the Croatian Democratic Union in the 2003 parliamentary elections. [5][21], On 30 December 2020, Grabar-Kitarović made a cameo appearance in the Croatian telenovela Dar mar [hr], playing herself. ", "Grabar-Kitarovic: Serbian President's visit to Croatia was not a mistake", "Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea Leaders Meeting", "Dubrovnik Forum adopts declaration called "The Three Seas Initiative, "KOLINDA GRABAR KITAROVIĆ 'NDH je bila najmanje nezavisna i najmanje je štitila interese Hrvata, a ustaški režim bio je zločinački!' However, she expressed her support for the Life Partnership Act, which enabled same-sex couples to enjoy rights equal to heterosexual married couples except in adoption, praising it as good compromise. [46] In September 2015, after Hungary constructed a fence and closed its border with Serbia, the flow of migrants was redirected towards Croatia, causing over 21,000 migrants to enter the country[47] by 19 September, with the number rising to 39,000 immigrants, while 32,000 migrants exited Croatia, leaving through Slovenia and Hungary. [57][58] The two presidents reaffirmed the traditionally good relations between their countries and signed an agreement on economic cooperation. [9] As president, she launched the Three Seas Initiative in 2015, together with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Grabar-Kitarović contested the presidential election held in December 2014 and January 2015 as the only female candidate (out of four in total), finishing as the runner-up in the first round and thereafter proceeding to narrowly defeat incumbent President Ivo Josipović in the second round. On 18 January 2005, she became head of the State Delegation for Negotiations on the Croatian accession to the European Union. The investigation concluded that Grabar-Kitarović herself was, despite having an embassy-owned Cadillac DTS with a driver available to her 24 hours a day, using another embassy car, a Toyota Sienna, for private purposes. “Turkey, as a NATO ally, will continue to fulfil all its responsibilities and serve global peace and security,” he added. Furthermore, stating that Kosor had just ignored her offers and that it is for this reason that Grabar-Kitarović decided not to communicate with the Prime Minister any further. “We would like to thank the NATO Secretary General @jensstoltenberg for his objective evaluations on … She was eventually defeated in her bid for reelection by Milanovic who won 52.66% of the vote, while Grabar-Kitarovic, who had tried to unite a fractured right wing, garnered 47.3 percent. [90] In 2016, she signed the Paris Agreement at UN Headquarters in New York City. [5][15] From 1995 to 1996, she attended the Diploma Course at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. [38] In the first round of election in December 2014 Grabar-Kitarović won 37.2% of the vote, second to Josipović who received 38.5%, while Sinčić and Kujundžić won 16.4% and 6.3% of the vote respectively. - rezultati", "The 2014/2015 Croatian Presidential Election: Tight and Far-reaching Victory of Political Right", "Croatia elects conservative in presidential election runoff", "Croatia's president rebukes PM for invitation snub as rift deepens", "Grabar-Kitarovic: Croatia's first female president", "Croatia's World Cup run divides nation where football is never just sport", "Croatia's Serbs: Pawns in a Right-Wing Game", "Croatians Elect Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic as Their First Female President", "ŠTO ZAPRAVO ZASTUPAMO Četiri kandidata odgovaraju na 20 teških pitanja Jutarnjeg -Jutarnji List", "Kolinda protiv katoličkih radikala: "Da, ženama treba omogućiti pobačaj kao i do sada" - Vijesti", "Kolinda Grabar Kitarović: Moj osobni stav o pobačaju je poznat, ali zabrana ništa ne rješava > Slobodna Dalmacija", "Croatian president hails Paris accord as step toward environment-friendly progress", "H.E. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. During her stay in the hospital, she applied for Fulbright scholarship for studying international relations and security policy. Grabar-Kitarović only managed to defeat Škoro by a margin of only 2.2% of the vote, and therefore narrowly proceeded to the run-off against Milanović. Grabar-Kitarović criticized the hard process of adoption and stated that "the whole system has to be reformed so that through education and social measures it enables every woman to give birth to a child, and that mother and the child can eventually be taken care of in an appropriate manner. 2003). The Turkish president on Saturday hailed the NATO secretary-general’s comments regarding the Euro-Atlantic security and defense matters. [77] Her political positions have mostly been described as conservative in the media. She was criticized because of the way she left her position in Washington, DC. “We would like to thank the NATO Secretary General @jensstoltenberg for his objective evaluations on Euro-Atlantic security and defence matters,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter. In this virtual event, the President will highlight the strong and deep partnership between the United States and Canada as neighbors, friends and NATO Allies. In 2010 a scandal broke out at the Croatian Embassy in Washington, DC when it was revealed that Grabar-Kitarović's husband, Jakov, had been using an official embassy car for private purposes. She was confirmed by the Parliament and sworn in on 17 February 2005. "[56] In May 2016, Grabar-Kitarović visited Tehran on the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Grabar-Kitarović had previously announced on 22 December 2015, if there were no agreement on a possible Prime Minister-designate in the next 24 hours, she would call for an early election and name a non-partisan transitional government (which would have reportedly been headed by Damir Vanđelić), thereby putting intense pressure on the political parties involved in the negotiations regarding the formation of the new government, to find a solution. Turkey on Sunday reported 13,378 new coronavirus cases, including 852 symptomatic patients, according to the Health Ministry. "[92], In 2020 she was elected in International Olympic Committee as 5th representative of Croatia in this body and first female in this position. Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, likened the nuclear crisis with North Korea to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. 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We would like to thank the NATO Secretary General @jensstoltenberg for his objective evaluations on Euro-Atlantic security and defence matters. [21] In 1993 she joined the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). President Obama spoke in Brussels today; he’s there for meetings with European Union and NATO allies. [70], In August 2019, during the Victory Day celebrations in Knin, Grabar-Kitarović informally hinted that she would be seeking reelection to a second and final 5-year term as President in the upcoming election,[71] and formally confirmed this several days later in an interview for the right-wing publication Hrvatski tjednik (Croatian Weekly). President Aleksandar Vučić handed over a contingent of 5.000 vaccines from the company "AstraZeneca", which Serbia is donating to Bosnia and … [21] She became the head of the North American department of the Foreign ministry in 1995 and held that post until 1997. [48] She appointed Andrija Hebrang her commissioner for the refugee crisis.[49]. During her term at NATO she often visited Afghanistan and the Croatian soldiers that are deployed there as part of a peacekeeping mission. [87], Grabar-Kitarović considers that the prohibition of abortion would not solve anything, and stresses that attention should be paid to education in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies. [22] In the same year she transferred to the Foreign ministry, becoming an advisor. Namely, a member of the embassy's security staff had followed and filmed Kitarović for days and footage of the events was posted on YouTube, but were later removed. She served as assistant secretary general in NATO until 2 October 2014. 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[62], In a speech held at the ceremony at which Grabar-Kitarović was named honorary citizen of Buenos Aires in March 2018,[63] she stated that "after World War II, many Croats found a space of freedom in Argentina where they could testify to their patriotism and express their justified demands for the freedom of the Croatian people and homeland. RB Leipzig scored the... NAIROBI, Kenya The election of French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007 led to a major reform of France's military position, culminating with the return to full membership on 4 April 2009, which also included France rejoining the NATO Military Command Structure, while maintaining an independent nuclear deterrent. On 24 August 2015, Grabar-Kitarović was, as Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief, presented with a petition for the introduction of a Croatian fascist Ustaše movement salute Za dom spremni to the official use in the Croatian Armed Forces. [5], In 2002–2003 she attended George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs as a Fulbright scholar. The Turkish president on Saturday hailed the NATO secretary-general’s comments regarding the Euro-Atlantic security and defense matters. The crisis finally ended on 23 December 2015 when Grabar-Kitarović gave the 30-day mandate to form a government to the non-partisan Croatian-Canadian businessman Tihomir Orešković, who had been selected by HDZ and MOST only hours before the expiration of the President's delegated time frame for the naming of a Prime-Minister-designate. NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, on Sept. 10, 2017, warned: "The reckless behavior of North Korea is a global threat and requires a global response and that of course includes NATO." ", "Predsjednica: Hrvatski narod prvi se odupro velikosrpskoj agresiji braneći svoju opstojnost i opstojnost BiH", "President Begins Visit to Argentina, Meets with Diaspora", "Kolinda: Mnogi su Hrvati u Argentini pronašli slobodu nakon Drugog svjetskog rata", "President Rejects "Malicious Interpretations" of Her Speech in Argentina", "Bauk o Kolindinim izjavama u Argentini: Da je to izjavila Merkel strpali bi je u zatvor", "How Croatia's World Cup party highlighted 'fascist nostalgia, "Croatia's real World Cup star? [5], She is a recipient of the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Award and a number of national and international awards, decorations, honorary doctorates and honorary citizenships. WASHINGTON: NATO alliance members are “very much interested” in keeping troops in Afghanistan but they cannot remain without critical types of US support, President … Upon election, Grabar-Kitarović became the first woman in Europe to defeat an incumbent president running for reelection, as well as the second woman in the world to do so, after Violetta Chamorro of Nicaragua in 1990. The total number of cases in the country... 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[93][94][95], Grabar-Kitarović is a practising Roman Catholic. ANKARA [25] Grabar-Kitarović was the first woman to be named president of the Ottawa Treaty. Turkey has continued its struggle against the Daesh terror group, also known as ISIS, in 2020. [52] She called the salute a "Croatian historical greeting" that was "compromised and unacceptable". Grabar-Kitarović, however, said that she did in fact inform the newly elected president of Croatia, Social Democrat Ivo Josipović, of her plans and Josipović subsequently confirmed these claims in December 2014, stating that he even gave his personal contribution to her appointment to NATO by writing Grabar-Kitarović a written opinion that she needed from someone reputable.
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