Thursday, 16 April, 2009
At 1102 BST on BBC Radio 4
The assassination of a young woman, a car bomb explosion killing the country's most famous newspaper editor, journalists and businessmen beaten in the streets.
These are just some of the events that have rocked Croatia in recent months.
In Crossing Continents Matt Prodger examines the grip organised crime and its partner-in-arms, corruption, have on the country as it stands on the brink of EU membership.
BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents was broadcast on Thursday, 16 April, 2009 at 1102 BST and repeated on Monday, 20 April, 2009 at 20:30 BST.
Reporter: Matt Prodger
Producer: John Murphy