Croatian president "adores" Ustasha-glorifying musician

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has said that she "adores" the music of pro-Ustasha singer-songwriter Marko Perkovic aka Thompson.

Source: B92,
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As reported by the Croatia-based website, the president was a guest on the People's Radio ("Narodni Radio") when she stressed that she also listened to Thompson - known for glorying Ustashism - with her children.

The Ustasha regime was in power in the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) - a Nazi-allied entity that existed from 1941 until 1945, and operated death camps for Serbs, Jews, and Roma, including Jasenovac.

"I adore listening to Thompson, and I also listened to him often in the car with the children while they were little," revealed Grabar-Kitarovic.

She then "broke into song and started dancing" to the anthem of the Croatian football team supporters, "Heart of Fire", but said she was not certain if she would travel to France for the upcoming European Football Championship.

As for the ongoing political crisis in Croatia, she said:

"Of course everything will be alright. Croatia is in this situation for the first time, when there is such instability in the government. We have not had such a situation yet during our young democracy, since the reestablishment of Croatia's independence."


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