"Everything we join falls apart," Mr. Pavic said, with a laugh. "Just look at history: the Roman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian regime, socialist Yugoslavia. Just don't blame us if the EU collapses the day after we get in."
"Croatians were not impressed with this government, regardless of the EU treaty. We're much more concerned with ending corruption and creating jobs," said author Sinisa Pavic, 42, of Zagreb. "We want changes that will bring us a better life here, not smiling photo ops from Brussels."