The organisation of war-escalation in the Krajina region of Croatia 1990–91
Hannes Grandits and Carolin Leutloff
nationalistic Croatian DemocraticCommunity (HDZ), led by Franjo
Tudjman, was remarkable.2 This party became the new leading political force
after forty-ﬁve years of socialist autocracy. The HDZ was able to form the new
government in the Croatian federal parliament (Sabor) without other parties.
Two weeks later, on 20 May 1990, the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS), the small
nationalistic party of the Serbs in Croatia, which had only a few representatives
in the newly elected Sabor, suspended its contacts with the parliament.3 Their
withdrawal from formal politics in Croatia
each other as members of a transgenerational political community whose
government institutions have to track the collective will of the citizenry.
This more demanding republican conception of democraticcommunity cannot apply
to international organizations and many would also contest that it applies to
the European Union in its present shape. Yet the Union has already grounded its
political legitimacy to a large extent on equal treatment and democratic