After the difficulties of the 1990s, Croatia could only join the EU in 2013, with a significant backlog compared to the rest of the region. However, the country has been able to demonstrate its ability to utilize the opportunities lying in European integration. Taking no more than ten years after its accession, Croatia will be able to join the EU’s “innermost circles”, i.e., Schengen and the Eurozone. I think the latter appears to be an even larger achievement as EU member states are required to meet famously strict economic conditions to adopt the common currency. After lapping several countries that had joined earlier, Croatia was able to meet all those requirements.