Week 48 in Croatia

On Saturday November 29th in Split, around 30.000 people gathered to protest “against darkness, against oppression”, reported N1. In the same week when the Croatian Bureau of Statistics reported that “according to the flash estimate the quarterly gross domestic product for the third quarter of 2014 decreased in the real terms by 0.5% as compared to the same quarter of 2013.” That’s 12 quarters in a row, mind you.

In the same week the European Commission reported that “the contracting economy and high budget deficits have put the public debt-to-GDP ratio on a rapidly increasing trend, where fiscal consolidation is difficult in a recessionary environment. Slow wage adjustment contributes to accelerating employment destruction and increasing and high unemployment. High youth and long-term unemployment, as well as low activity rates further damage growth prospects, enforce negative feedback loops, and strain the social fabric.”

Now, I’m not big on numbers and I understand economy only so much, but doesn’t it seem amazing that almost 30.000 people gathered to protest against the situation in the Croatian Football Federation? I’m not going to judge, nor shall I endeavour to make an analysis of the sedated population, for I am a member of that population, but shit, aren’t out priorities screwed up?

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