Croatian presidential candidate promises to dig up ‘Auschwitz of the Balkans’ in bid for power

A folk singer and former talent show judge in Croatia is vying to be president with a pledge to dig up the ‘Auschwitz of the Balkans’ amid a bitter rows over the state’s complicity in Nazi war crimes.

Miroslav Skoro, who gained fame for his patriotically-themed lute songs during the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s is polling just behind incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of the ruling center-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).

Mrs Grabar-Kitarovic and Mr Skoro are fighting to win over HDZ’s nationalist wing, many of whom believe the party has become too moderate.

Mr Skoro’s bid to woo the voters has provoked controversy after he claimed during the campaign that the chant used by the Second…

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