Fueling the Populists Why Did EU Commission Chief Go Silent in Border Dispute?

The president of the European Commission is ignoring his own legal staff's advice to issue a position statement in the long-simmering border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia. Has he gone quiet to help the Croatian prime minister, who is a member of the same political party?
The Gulf of Piran

The Gulf of Piran

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (right) welcomes Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic upon his arrival at EU headquarters in Brussels in February.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (right) welcomes Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic upon his arrival at EU headquarters in Brussels in February.

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