"Officials in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik... had decided to honour the former Hong Kong governor [Chris Patten] for his work as 'one of Europe's foremost politicians' [for his promotion of the Balkan state's entry into the EU]," Ananova News reported in August 2004. "But a survey by local media in the southern coastal city had Croats listing him as a footballer, actor, or singer. None recognised him as a politician.
"The Croatian daily Jutarni List asked hundreds of locals and found none could say who Patten was or what he does.
"Locals apparently questioned whether or not he had done enough for Dubrovnik, claiming he had much to live up to in comparison with another of its honorary citizens -- Pope John Paul II."