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Subject: Crisis squeezes Croat Christmas

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/18/08 at 2:22 am

The Croatian government has banned Christmas and New Year parties in the public sector because of the global financial crisis.

State-run firms and organisations have also been told that they won't be allowed to dip into their funds to buy Christmas presents.

The ban follows a proposal to freeze public-sector salaries next year.

Prime Minister Ivo Sanader said there was no need for panic, but the country had to be serious

"For that goal we forbid buying of Christmas and New Year's gifts as well as organising of Christmas and New Year's receptions," said Mr Sanader.

"I believe that with the proposed measures ... we can avoid a deeper crisis within the next year," he added.

The government has promised to balance the budget in 2009.

If this is achieved, it will be for the first time since Croatia became independent of the former Yugoslavia in 1991.

Croatia is heavily reliant on earnings from its tourist industry and there are fears that visitor numbers will drop sharply next year.


Subject: Re: Crisis squeezes Croat Christmas

Written By: JamieMcBain on 11/19/08 at 4:35 pm

The Grinch now has a country, he can move to!  ;D

Subject: Re: Crisis squeezes Croat Christmas

Written By: Reynolds1863 on 11/19/08 at 4:42 pm

Everyone's feeling the economic pinch.  Maybe the people of Croatia will find the true meaning of Christmas . . . like the Grinch.

Subject: Re: Crisis squeezes Croat Christmas

Written By: danootaandme on 11/19/08 at 4:53 pm

Well, it isn't like they are banning Christmas, just a separation of church and state.

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