New member Croatia has already fallen out with EU in row over extradition
ZAGREB (AFP) - It took 10 years for Croatia to become the newest member of the European Union and it has taken just three months for Zagreb to fall out with Brussels in a burgeoning row over the bloc's extradition and arrest rules.
The dispute has placed Croatia at the risk of sanctions, losing EU aid money and tarnishing its reputation among its new partners.
At the heart of what political analysts have dubbed a "futile and senseless" quarrel is Zagreb's decision to amend its law - just three days before it became the 28th member of the EU on July 1 - to apply the use of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) to crimes committed only after August 2002.
That was the date the EAW, which regulates extradition between EU member states, was originally introduced.