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The anti-EU campaigners say their country of just 4.5 million people will lose its identity and have little to say in a union where Germany and France are calling the shots.

And they feel that the war for secession from the former Serb-dominated federation will become meaningless.

“Twenty years after we split from Yugoslavia, why would we enter an organization that is breaking apart?” Dean Golubic, an anti-EU activist, asked several hundred right-wing protesters waving checkered red-and-white Croatian flags reading “I Love Croatia, No to EU” at a recent rally in the capital.

“We didn’t wage the war for our national identity, have 15,000 innocent victims, only to give it away to the capitalists,” war veteran Zeljko Sacic said.