Western Yugoslavia reacts
From Mikulić to Marković In early summer 1988, two years after his accession to office, Prime Minister Branko Mikulić was confronted with the fact that his administration’s dogmatically-oriented policies had reached a dead end. The patience of the western republics of Slovenia and Croatia was exhausted. There were growing problems with the International Monetary Fund. The real situation in the economy showed not the slightest sign of improvement. Inflation was rising rapidly. And the country’s external debt stood unchanged at around US $20 billion. None of the government’s measures had been without controversy; by the same virtue, none of them had had any positive effect whatsoever.