Croatia is Growing

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Croatia is Growing
Hrvatska raste
Leader Zoran Milanović
Slogan Croatia is growing, there's no going back
Founded 23 November 2010 (2010-11-23)
Dissolved 2016
Headquarters Zagreb, Croatia
Political position Centre-left
Colours Red
Politics of Croatia
Political parties

Croatia is Growing (Croatian: Hrvatska raste) was a centre-left political alliance in Croatia that consisted of 7 political parties.

Coalition was formed in 2010 as Kukuriku coalition (Croatian: Kukuriku koalicija). This somewhat facetious name meaning 'cock-a-doodle-doo', taken from a restaurant of the same name in Kastav where they first convened in July 2009, became well known and eventually became the coalition's official name.[1][2][3] Coalition originally consisted of four center-left and centrist parties in the Croatian Parliament: Social Democratic Party of Croatia, Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats, Croatian Party of Pensioners and Istrian Democratic Assembly.[4] Colation won 2011 parliamentary election and successfully created new Government. For the 2015 parliamentary election, the coalition changed its name into Croatia is Growing. Coalition was joined by the Croatian Labourists – Labour Party, Authentic Croatian Peasant Party and Zagorje Party, while Istrian Democratic Assembly left. Nevertheless, leader of IDS Boris Miletić explicitly pointed out that his party would still continue to collaborate with the coalition, and has later took an active part in the 2015 post-election negotiations on forming new government as de facto member of the coalition. After coalition failed to achieve agreement with Bridge of Independent Lists on forming new government, it moved to the opposition.

In April 2016, Ivan Vrdoljak (HNS) stated that the Coalition no longer existed because each party had its own Parliamentary club, adding that HNS will still cooperate with SDP.[5]


Ivan Jakovčić, Zoran Milanović, Radimir Čačić and Silvano Hrelja announcing the formation of the Kukuriku coalition on 15 July 2011.
File:Jerneić, Hrelja, Milanović, Tireli, Grčić signing coalition agreement.jpg
Leaders of the coalition "Croatia is Growing" on the occasion of signing a coalition agreement on September 8, 2015

The idea of a joint party list of the main centre-left parties SDP and HNS-LD was discussed in the 2007 general election, however ultimately each party contested the election separately.[6] The election resulted in HDZ forming the Sanader II cabinet and SDP returning to Opposition. After the resignation of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader the three parties: SDP, HNS-LD and IDS; started discussing the possibility of contesting the next general election more extensively.[7] On November 23, 2010 the three parties along with HSU signed a declaration "Alliance for Change" officially confirming their intention of a joint appearance in the next election.[8]

On September 15, 2011, the coalition officially presented their manifesto for the 2011 general election called "Plan 21" in Zagreb.[1][2] On 4 December 2011 the Kukuriku coalition won an absolute majority in the country's parliamentary election.

On 2011 parliamentary elections Coalition won the majority in 8 out of 10 electoral districts which resulted in gaining 81 out 151 seats in the Parliament. On December 23, 2015, Coalition formed 10th Croatian Government led by Zoran Milanović.

On 2015 parliamentary elections Coalition won the majority in 5 out of 10 electoral districts, or 56 voting stations, and eventually gained 56 out of 151 seats in the Parliament. After more than 40 days of negotiations with the Bridge of Independent Lists (MOST) and numerous twists and turns mainly due to MOST frequently changing terms, coalition failed to achieve agreement with MOST on forming new government, which was formed by the independent Tihomir Orešković who was supported by the center-right Patriotic Coalition. Coalition party members returned to the opposition.

On 9 April 2016, vice president of the Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats, Ivan Vrdoljak, announced that Coalition ceased to exist but that he was willing to continue talks with Zoran Milanović..[9]


Former member

Logo Party name Leader Ideology Seats in the Parliament (2015) Member since
Socijaldemokratska Partija Hrvatske Logo.svg Social Democratic Party of Croatia Zoran Milanović Social democracy
42 / 151
HNS Logo.svg Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats Vesna Pusić Liberalism
10 / 151
HSU Logo.svg Croatian Party of Pensioners Silvano Hrelja Rights of pensioners
2 / 151
50px Croatian Labourists – Labour Party Nansi Tireli Democratic socialism
3 / 151
50px Authentic Croatian Peasant Party Stanko Grčić Agrarianism
0 / 151
50px Zagorje Party Miljenko Jerneić Regionalism
0 / 151
50px Istrian Democratic Assembly Boris Miletić Regionalism
3 / 151

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Kukuriku koalicija: Ukinut ćemo POVLAŠTENE mirovine zastupnicima! 'Plan 21'". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Program Kukuriku koalicije: Rast BDP-a od 2 do 4%, manji doprinosi, ukidanje povlaštenih mirovina" (in Croatian). 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. Kukuriku koalicija je savez četiriju stranaka koje zaokupljaju slične vrijednosti i kojima je zajednički cilj - probuditi hrvatske potencijale i stvoriti ekonomski stabilnu Hrvatsku u kojoj žive zadovoljni građani, opisuje se oporba te pojašnjava što je Plan 21.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Zašto baš 'Kukuriku koalicija'?". (in Croatian). 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2012-09-16.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Kukuriku koalicija zajedno izlazi na sljedeće izbore". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2011-02-03.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Antunović - Pusić: Zajedno protiv HDZ-a". (in Croatian). 26 February 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2012.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Milanović okupio opoziciju, Poslovni dnevnik
  8. SDP, HNS, IDS i HSU izlaze na izbore kao ‘savez za promjene’, Poslovni dnevnik
  9. Vrdoljal - Koalicije "Hrvatska Raste’ više nema, tportal

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