Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Good News for Croatian Drug-Abusing Students?

Croatian government is most likely to drop the plans of obligatory drug testing of university students in public dormitories. Science and Technology minister Gvozden Flego said that there are "better ways to combat drug addiction" and that the "testing would be too expensive".

More likely explanation for Flego's change of heart could be found in avalanche of criticism from various student organisation and first traces of political activism among traditionally apathetic Croatian youth – all triggered by the proposed testing. Račan's (Racan's) government saw that the measure turned very unpopular among potential young voters, while the old and conservative weren't likely to be swayed by it. So, the matter was unceremoniously dropped. Flego, of course, follows good Croatian tradition and doesn't even think about resignation after such fiasco.


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