News Archive - 2012

Russian crash investigators blame plane’s brakes

31. 12. 2012
Russian crash investigators blame plane’s brakes
Crash investigators suspect faulty brakes may have been to blame for a Russian airliner skidding off the runway and careering onto a motorway near Moscow.

President Of The Republic Visited Homeless

31. 12. 2012
President Of The Republic Visited Homeless
President Borut Pahor underlined the importance of solidarity in fighting the effects of the economic crisis at his visit to a homeless shelter in Maribor on Sunday. "Maintaining the dignity of everyone is our common task," he stressed.

Newly Elected President Took Over Duties

28. 12. 2012
Newly Elected President Took Over Duties
Newly elected President Borut Pahor officially took over duties from his predecessor Danilo Türk on Sunday. Pahor, who was already sworn in by parliament yesterday, was received with military honours at the presidential palace in Ljubljana.

French unemployment rises again

28. 12. 2012
French unemployment rises again
2013 will be a crucial year for the French economy and the government which targets a public deficit of under three percent of GDP in 12 month’s time.

Deadly cold in Russia kills more than 120 people

27. 12. 2012
Deadly cold in Russia kills more than 120 people
Russia is in the icy grip of its coldest December on record.

Employment Outlook For 2013 Pessimistic

27. 12. 2012
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Slovenia will have an estimated 114,000 people registered as unemployed at the end of the year, and the joblessness is expected to increase further next year. A moderate economic recovery forecast for 2014 is not expected to reflect favourably on the labour market until 2015.

Shock reverberates as Syrian bakery obliterated

24. 12. 2012
Shock reverberates as Syrian bakery obliterated
There is not much left that is recognisable after a bakery has been obliterated a missile.

Poll: Govt Support at 20%

24. 12. 2012
Poll: Govt Support at 20%
Support for the cabinet has grown slightly, up from some 19% in November to 20.7%, shows the December vox populi poll. The opposition Social Democrats (SD) remain at the top of party rankings and more than 28% believe it is time for a technical government. 75% expressed support for the protests against the establishment.

Adria Airways With New CEO

21. 12. 2012
Adria Airways With New CEO
The supervisors of flag carrier Adria Airways dismissed on Thursday CEO Klemen Boštjančič for business reasons and appointed Mark Anžur acting CEO. Anžur has so far served as commercial director.

Republicans reject their own “plan B” for tax reform

21. 12. 2012
Republicans reject their own “plan B” for tax reform
A split US Republican party has failed to unite behind its own “Plan B” to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff”. The proposal would have raised taxes on earnings above one million dollars (758,000 euros), but even that tax hike was too much for conservative members.

Foreign Investors Expect Change in Mindset and Attitude

20. 12. 2012
Foreign Investors Expect Change in Mindset and Attitude
The Slovenia Times and Faculty of Economics from Ljubljana presented teh Conclusion Paper from this year´s FDI Summit Slovenia 2012 Conference. The message is very clear: enough talking, time for act now!

French president refuses to apologise for Algeria colonial past

20. 12. 2012
French president refuses to apologise for Algeria colonial past
French President Francois Hollande had his eyes firmly fixed on the future – not the past – as he began a two-day visit to Algeria.

Finnish Bribery Charges Connected With PM Janša

19. 12. 2012
Finnish Bribery Charges Connected With PM Janša
The years-long investigation by Finnish police into alleged bribery in the 2006 defence deal between Patria and Slovenia has ended with the prosecution bringing charges of aggravated bribery and business espionage against two former CEOs as well as four other employees of the Finnish contractor.

Queen Elizabeth II attends her first UK cabinet meeting

19. 12. 2012
Queen Elizabeth II attends her first UK cabinet meeting
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has become the first monarch in more than two centuries to attend a cabinet meeting.

Fuel shortage blocks aid support in Syria, UN warns

18. 12. 2012
Fuel shortage blocks aid support in Syria, UN warns
The UN's humanitarian chief has called on Syria to urgently allow fuel imports for aid deliveries and give access to 10 more aid agencies.

Slovenia Strongly Against Gas Terminals In Trieste Gulf

18. 12. 2012
Slovenia Strongly Against Gas Terminals In Trieste Gulf
The government has adopted confidential decisions about gas terminals planned by Italy in the Gulf of Trieste aiming to protect Slovenia's interest, according to Agriculture and Environment Minister Franc Bogovič.

Public Sector Announced Strike for January

17. 12. 2012
Public Sector Announced Strike for January
Public sector unions will hold a general strike on 23 January next year to protest against layoffs in the sector, unionist Branimir Štrukelj announced before New Year holidays.

Obama pledges action at Newtown vigil service

17. 12. 2012
Obama pledges action at Newtown vigil service
The United States is not doing enough to protect its children.

Maribor Bids Farewell to European Capital of Culture

14. 12. 2012
Maribor Bids Farewell to European Capital of Culture
A number of events are scheduled this weekend as the 2012 European Capital of Culture comes to a close in Slovenia's second-largest city, which will hand over the title to France's Marseilles and Slovakia's Košice at a special ceremony on Saturday.

Greek unemployment climbs

14. 12. 2012
Greek unemployment climbs
The jobs news from Greece continues to be relentlessly bad.

Slovenia is too Pessimistic

13. 12. 2012
Slovenia is too Pessimistic
European Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget, Janusz Lewandowski, said during a visit to Ljubljana that Slovenia will remain a net beneficiary of EU funds in the next financial framework budget and labelled as realistic Slovenia's wish to keep in place EU safety net funding for areas where the development level has exceeded 75% of the EU average. Lewandowski also touched on the general situation in Slovenia, saying that Slovenians are too pessimistic given the situation in some other EU countries. The true problems lie elsewhere in Europe he said, adding that Slovenia has "imported" the crisis and not the other way around.

Deal reached over new watchdog role for ECB

13. 12. 2012
Deal reached over new watchdog role for ECB
After 14 hours of talks European finance ministers have reached a deal to give the European Central Bank new supervisory powers.

Slovenian Innovators Awarded in Seoul

12. 12. 2012
Slovenian Innovators Awarded in Seoul
Eight out of ten Slovenian innovations presented at the Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) were awarded by a special jury. Gold medals went to Jože Stopar of Senovo for an automated hand-held fire extinguisher and to Aleš Zamuda of the Maribor University for a tool for interactive 3D reconstruction of trees.

EU foreign ministers meet Syrian opposition

12. 12. 2012
EU foreign ministers meet Syrian opposition
EU foreign ministers have held talks with the newly-elected head of Syria’s opposition coalition.

Veto on Budget Implementation Law?

11. 12. 2012
Veto on Budget Implementation Law?
The National Council, the upper chamber of parliament, will debate Tuesday a proposal to veto the budget implementation act. The law was passed in parliament last week and outlines a 5% cut to the public sector wage bill.

Peace prize for historically war-prone Europe

11. 12. 2012
Peace prize for historically war-prone Europe
A continent cursed by world wars has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Slovenia Welcomes Kyoto Extension

10. 12. 2012
Slovenia Welcomes Kyoto Extension
The head of Slovenia's delegation to the UN climate talks in Doha has welcomed the conference's extension of the Kyoto Protocol as an important success in the fight against climate change.

EU wants to crack down on tax dodgers

10. 12. 2012
EU wants to crack down on tax dodgers
Tax dodgers cost the coffers of EU governments as much as one trillion euros a year.

Berlusconi withdraws support for Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti

07. 12. 2012
Berlusconi withdraws support for Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti lost substantial parliamentary support on Thursday over a raft of economic measures.

Austerity Budgets Passed in Parliament

07. 12. 2012
Austerity Budgets Passed in Parliament
The National Assembly passed on Thursday austerity budgets for the coming two years aiming to reduce the deficit to 2.8% of GDP in 2013 and to 2.5% of GDP in 2014. The budgets also include a cut in the public sector wage bill.

The Democrats and the fiscal cliff

06. 12. 2012
The Democrats and the fiscal cliff
DEMOCRATS say it so often that it has become something of a mantra: there will be no deal to resolve America’s fiscal mess unless Republicans agree to higher tax rates on the richest Americans. But they seldom talk about their side of that bargain: the cost-cutting reforms to such entitlements as Medicare, the government’s health-care scheme for the old, and Social Security, its pension scheme, that they are expected to offer in return. As more and more Republicans grudgingly accept the prospect of higher taxes, the Democrats will soon have to decide what they can stomach on entitlement reform.

Maribor Mayor to Finally Resign

06. 12. 2012
Maribor Mayor to Finally Resign
Embattled Maribor Mayor Franc Kangler, who has been the target of growing protests in Slovenia's second-largest city, will announce his resignation on Thursday, commercial broadcaster POP TV reported

Eurogroup urgently seeks new head

05. 12. 2012
Eurogroup urgently seeks new head
France’s Pierre Moscovici has emerged as a candidate to become the new chairman of the Eurogroup as Jean-Claude Juncker confirmed he will step down at the end of the year.

Latvian Cultural Embassy Last One to Open Doors in Maribor

05. 12. 2012
Latvian Cultural Embassy Last One to Open Doors in Maribor
The Latvian Cultural Embassy is opening its doors in Maribor on Tuesday as the last one of more than 30 cultural embassies that had been set up during Maribor's stint as European Capital of Culture 2012. Latvia's embassy focuses above all on Art Nouveau architecture in the capital of Riga.

Hollande and Monti swap notes on Europe

04. 12. 2012
Hollande and Monti swap notes on Europe
With the French and Italian leaders meeting for a bilateral summit in Lyon it was a perfect opportunity to get them face-to-face to answer a range of questions on Europe’s current preoccupations.

Maribor Protest Calming Down after Heavy Clashes

04. 12. 2012
Maribor Protest Calming Down after Heavy Clashes
Heavy violence erupted at the protests in Maribor on Monday, as police reacted to a hail of flares and rocks against City Hall with calls for an end to the rally and tear gas. While many protesters left after the eruption of violence, clashes were reported around the city late into the evening. The situation is reportedly calming down.

European Parliament supports ECB bank supervision power

03. 12. 2012
European Parliament supports ECB bank supervision power
A group of MEPs have backed plans to give the ECB the task of supervising banks in the European Union.

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Pahor Wins Landslide Victory

03. 12. 2012
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Pahor Wins Landslide Victory
The Social Democratic former Prime Minister Borut Pahor will be the new president of Slovenia. He won Sunday's presidential run-off in a landslide against the incumbent, Danilo Türk, with early unofficial results showing him winning over 65% of the vote.

Review of the Bad bank referenda

30. 11. 2012
Review of the Bad bank referenda
The ruling coalition will file for a constitutional review of a trade unions' initiative for a referendum on the law establishing a bad bank on Monday, Jože Tanko of the Democrats (SDS) announced on Friday 16th November.

UN General Assembly upgrades Palestine status

30. 11. 2012
UN General Assembly upgrades Palestine status
The UN General Assembly has decided to upgrade Palestine from an observer to non-member status.

NATO Appreciates Slovenia's Contribution

29. 11. 2012
NATO Appreciates Slovenia
NATO appreciates Slovenia's concrete contributions, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the STA in an interview ten years after the country received invitation to join the alliance.

‘Higgs boson’ professors come to European Parliament

29. 11. 2012
‘Higgs boson’ professors come to European Parliament
It was predicted 45 years ago, but it was only earlier this year that the existence of the ‘Higgs Boson’ could finally be proven.

Early Voting Starts in Presidential Run-off

27. 11. 2012
Early Voting Starts in Presidential Run-off
Slovenians who will be absent from their place of residence on the day of the presidential run-off on Sunday, will be able to cast their vote as early as Tuesday.

Scientists hope Arafat’s remains will answer poisoning claims

27. 11. 2012
Scientists hope Arafat’s remains will answer poisoning claims
Scientists exhume the body of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat today to find out whether he died of poisoning.

On the rocks, again

23. 11. 2012
Barack Obama courts a region at odds over the South China Sea
Barack Obama courts a region at odds over the South China Sea

Parliament to Conduct Second Reading of Pension Bill Next Week

23. 11. 2012
Parliament to Conduct Second Reading of Pension Bill Next Week
The National Assembly will convene an extraordinary session next Thursday to carry out a second reading of the pension reform bill and a package of tax laws, the college of deputy group leaders decided on Thursday.

PM Janša Joins Debate on 2014-2020 Budget

22. 11. 2012
PM Janša Joins Debate on 2014-2020 Budget
Prime Minister Janez Janša will travel to Brussels on Thursday to take part in two-day EU summit dedicated to finding a compromise on the union's next seven year budget framework. Slovenia will be looking to secure smaller cuts to EU cohesion funding for 2014-2020 as part of the debate.

French centre-right split as Fillon contests Copé win

22. 11. 2012
French centre-right split as Fillon contests Copé win
The bitter battle to lead the French centre-right opposition is descending into open political warfare between Jean-François Copé, who narrowly won the internal election, and the former prime minister François Fillon.

EuroBasket 2013: Spectacular draw

21. 11. 2012
EuroBasket 2013: Spectacular draw
The Eurobasket 2013 draw in the world-famous Postojna Caves decided Sunday the groups for the 2013 European Basketball Championships, which will be held in Slovenia in September 2013. Slovenia will play in group C together with Spain, Croatia, Poland, Georgia and the Czech Republic

EU leaders set for budget showdown

21. 11. 2012
EU leaders set for budget showdown
EU leaders will hold tough talks over the next two days over how much the 27-member club will spend over the next seven years.

Rome Festival Winners

20. 11. 2012
Larry Clark
Larry Clark’s “Marfa Girl” won the top prize at the Rome Film Festival which drew to a close last weekend.

Garry Kasparov visiting European Capital of Culture

20. 11. 2012
European Capital of Culture
Political change is at the gates of Russia and President Vladimir Putin will not stay in office for the next six years, one of the leaders of the country's opposition, chess master Garry Kasparov, believes. The regime is not tough enough to prevent the changes over the coming two or three years, he said in Maribor on Monday.

EU parliament talks stall over 2013 budget

15. 11. 2012
EU parliament talks stall over 2013 budget
It was all smiles and warm handshakes at the start of European Parliament talks on the bloc’s budget for next year.

Presidential Election: Pahor, Türk Enter Run-off

15. 11. 2012
Presidential Election: Pahor, Türk Enter Run-off
Slovenians will be returning to the polls on 2 December for the run-off between the two candidates of the left bloc - incumbent Danilo Türk under the motto "For the Common Good" and his challenger and former Prime Minister Borut Pahor, who has built his campaign around the word "together".

Obama and Romney in the final push for votes

24. 10. 2012
Obama and Romney in the final push for votes
A sprightly Barack Obama bounded onstage in Florida, kicking off the final two weeks of campaigning before the US presidential election.

Slovenj Gradec to Host Fellow Peace Messenger Cities

24. 10. 2012
Slovenj Gradec to Host Fellow Peace Messenger Cities
Slovenj Gradec will host an assembly of peace messenger cities on Thursday and Friday as the culmination of events marking United Nations Day, observed worldwide on 24 October.

L'Aquila quake: Italy scientists guilty of manslaughter

23. 10. 2012
L'Aquila quake
Six Italian scientists and an ex-government official have been sentenced to six years in prison over the 2009 deadly earthquake in L'Aquila.

Janša Says 2013, 2014 Budgets to Restore Growth

23. 10. 2012
Janša Says 2013, 2014 Budgets to Restore Growth
Presenting the budget bills for 2013 and 2014 in parliament on Monday, Prime Minister Janez Janša said they sent a clear signal to domestic and foreign partners that Slovenia is adopting serious and prudent measures.

EU resignation row: Dalli says Barroso forced him out

17. 10. 2012
EU resignation row
Former EU Health Commissioner John Dalli denies corruption allegations and says he resigned under pressure from European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Yield on Slovenian Bonds Drops Below 6%

17. 10. 2012
Yield on Slovenian Bonds Drops Below 6%
The yield on the Slovenian ten-year bond has fallen below 6% in trading on the secondary market as the government is expected to adopt pension and labour market reform proposals.

Diverted Syrian jet continues on to Damascus

11. 10. 2012
Diverted Syrian jet continues on to Damascus
The Syrian passenger plane diverted to the Turkish capital, Ankara, due to concerns over its cargo, has continued its journey on to Damascus.

PM Janša Adamant His Govt Will Not Resign

11. 10. 2012
PM Janša Adamant His Govt Will Not Resign
Prime Minister Janez Janša was adamant in a televised interview last night that his government would not step down, even if reforms proposed by his government failed and Slovenia had to ask for a bailout.

Turkey approves military action in response to Syria attack

04. 10. 2012
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Turkey’s parliament has voted by 320 to 129 in favour of authorising foreign military operations for a period of one year. This permits action in Syria if Ankara deems it necessary. The move comes following an attack by Syrian forces on the town of Akcakale on Wednesday that killed five civilians.

Hitachi Eyeing Railway, Energy Deals in Slovenia

04. 10. 2012
hitachi
Prime Minister Janez Janša met the chairman of the industrial group Hitachi, Takashi Kawamura, on Wednesday to discuss economic cooperation. "We can expect good business cooperation in the future," Kawamura said after the meeting, mentioning nuclear technology and railways.

Tbilisi and Moscow to end their four-year freeze?

03. 10. 2012
bidzina ivanishvili
News that the six-party Georgian Dream coalition had won the parliamentary election in Georgia was welcomed in the capital, Tbilisi.

IMF Mission in Slovenia: adopt urgent reforms ASAP

03. 10. 2012
imf
The head of the IMF mission concluding its regular autumn visit to Slovenia, Antonio Spilimbergo, labelled on Tuesday Slovenia's recession as one of the worst in the euro area, saying it would also persist next year. Although painful, short-term fiscal consolidation is urgent, he said.

Greece gambles on quick fix in teeth of economic storm

02. 10. 2012
Greece gambles on quick fix in teeth of economic storm
Greece is going for pain now in an attempt to produce a budget surplus in 2013 for the first time in a decade, but the economy is likely to shrink for a sixth successive year by up to four percent.

Central Bank Projects 1.8% Contraction for 2012

02. 10. 2012
Central Bank Projects 1.8% Contraction for 2012
The Slovenian economy is expected to contract by 1.8% this year and a further 0.7% in 2013 before rebounding, the central bank forecast on Monday. This is a significant downgrade from its spring projections, when it forecast that the economy will shrink by 1.2% this year and return to growth in 2013.

South Africa shooting: Marikana mine inquiry to begin

01. 10. 2012
South Africa shooting: Marikana mine inquiry to begin
A judicial commission of inquiry into the fatal August shootings of 34 striking miners at the Marikana mine is due to begin.

International Science, Tesici, chnology, Engineering and Business Cooperation

01. 10. 2012
International Science, Technology, Engineering and Business Cooperation
The Centre of Excellence for Polymer Materials and Technologies (CE PoliMaT) successfully brings together polymer knowledge, research, technology and innovation in Slovenia. It is now on the way to harnessing the power of biopolymer materials and technology by fostering international science, technology and engineering cooperation.

UN Security Council wants talks with Tehran on nuclear ambitions

28. 09. 2012
UN Security Council wants talks with Tehran on nuclear ambitions
The Five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany have met in New York to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme.

Triglav Leading Insurer in Adria Region, NLB 3rd Biggest Bank

28. 09. 2012
Triglav Leading Insurer in Adria Region, NLB 3rd Biggest Bank
Insurer Zavarovalnica Triglav remained the leading insurer in the Adria region last year, while the group around the NLB bank fell from second to third place among the banks, shows a survey by auditing firm Deloitte.

Sudan and South Sudan reach agreement

27. 09. 2012
Sudan and South Sudan reach agreement
Sudan and South Sudan have agreed a border security deal after four days of talks. The agreement allows for the resumption of oil exports through Sudan from South Sudan. The dispute brought the countries to the brink of war in April.

Slovenia Can Return to Growth in 2014 PM Says

27. 09. 2012
Slovenia Can Return to Growth in 2014 PM Says
Prime Minister Janez Janša told public broadcaster POP TV late on Saturday that the situation in the country was tougher than it was a year ago but still better than what could be in a year if nothing is done. Provided government measures are implemented, Slovenia could return to the path of growth in 2014, Janša stressed.

French court upholds Erika disaster guilty verdict

25. 09. 2012
French court upholds Erika disaster guilty verdict
France’s highest court has upheld the conviction of oil giant Total in the Erika disaster, which left Brittany’s beaches covered with oil, and polluted for a generation.

September Plenary Begins With Q&A Session

25. 09. 2012
September Plenary Begins With Q&A Session
The National Assembly will meet Monday for its first plenary session after the summer recess. The plenary will begin with questions for the cabinet and government secretary general Božo Predalič, while legislative motions, including on the establishing of a bad bank and the sovereign holding, are scheduled for later this week.

Insurgents blame anti-Islam film for Kabul suicide bombing

18. 09. 2012
Insurgents blame anti-Islam film for Kabul suicide bombing
The insurgent group Hezb-e-Islami has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on a minibus in the Afghan capital Kabul.

SID Bank Funds 500 Companies in First Six Months

18. 09. 2012
SID Bank Funds 500 Companies in First Six Months
The state-owned development bank SID provided a total of EUR 433m to around 500 Slovenian companies in the first half of this year. The largest share of the loans funded efforts on foreign markets, while the biggest increase in funding was recorded in technological and development projects. As many as 84% of the loans went to SMEs.

Anti-US clashes continue in Cairo

14. 09. 2012
Anti-US clashes continue in Cairo
Anti-US protests sparked by a film which was made in the United States and which mocks the Prophet Muhammad continued in Cairo on Friday.

State Could Provide Up to EUR 4bn in Bad Loan Guarantees

14. 09. 2012
State Could Provide Up to EUR 4bn in Bad Loan Guarantees
Finance Minister Janez Šušteršič commented on Thursday on some of the details of the planned bill addressing banks' bad claims, confirming that the amount of state guarantees needed to finance bad loans of Slovenian banks transferred to a new entity would be limited to EUR 4bn.

Yemen minister survives assassination attempt

11. 09. 2012
Yemen minister survives assassination attempt
Yemen's defence minister has survived an assassination attempt which killed at least 11 people, including seven of his bodyguards, security officials say.

DeSUS on Board for Pension Reform, Some Issues Still Open

11. 09. 2012
DeSUS on Board for Pension Reform, Some Issues Still Open
The coalition Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) backs in principle the government's pension reform proposal, though it has qualms about certain aspects of the bill. "The devil's in the detail," DeSUS president Karl Erjavec said Tuesday after the party's executive committee discussed the reform.

Troika rejects parts of Greek austerity plan

10. 09. 2012
Troika rejects parts of Greek austerity plan
Protesters gathered outside the Greek finance ministry in Athens while crucial bailout talks went on inside.

Gorenje Taking on Markets Outside Europe with Premium Products

10. 09. 2012
Gorenje Taking on Markets Outside Europe with Premium Products
CEO of household appliance maker Gorenje Franjo Bobinac talked to the Monday edition of the daily Delo about the company's plans, including the relocation of washing and drying machine plant from Sweden to the company's base in Velenje. Gorenje is also working on penetrating markets outside Europe with premium products.

Police probe feud as motive for murder in French Alps

07. 09. 2012
Police probe feud as motive for murder in French Alps
Three members of British family killed in France may have been the victims of a contract killing, according to detectives

SocDems Propose Internal Bailout for Slovenia

07. 09. 2012
SocDems Propose Internal Bailout for Slovenia
The opposition Social Democrats (SD) have drawn up a set of proposals that they say should enable Slovenia to resolve its problems on its own, including by encouraging individuals and businesses to invest in domestic banks and sovereign bonds.

‘Negative’ outlook for Europe as EU heads battle on

04. 09. 2012
‘Negative’ outlook for Europe as EU heads battle on
The EU has had its rating outlook lowered from stable to negative by Moodys.

Croatian FM Confident of Solution in LB Issue

04. 09. 2012
Croatian FM Confident of Solution in LB Issue
Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusić said in an interview for the STA on Monday she was absolutely confident that Slovenia and Croatia will find a solution to the issue of Croatian savers in the Zagreb offshoot of the defunct Slovenian LB bank.

Obama and Romney level pegging in crucial week for Democrats

03. 09. 2012
Obama and Romney level pegging in crucial week for Democrats
It was a relaxed looking President Barack Obama who attended a campaign event in Colorado as he begins a crucial week in his bid to be re-elected.

China, Afghanistan and SE Europe Topics of Final Day at Bled Forum

03. 09. 2012
China, Afghanistan and SE Europe Topics of Final Day at Bled Forum
The Bled Strategic Forum, a major international meeting of politicians, business representatives and scholars, will conclude on Monday with debates on China, Central Asia and Afghanistan, and on the EU's challenges in SE Europe.

Romney pledges 12 million new jobs as he accepts US presidential

31. 08. 2012
Romney pledges 12 million new jobs as he accepts US presidential
US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has formally accepted the Republican party’s nomination to challenge Barack Obama for the White House.

Statistics Office to Release GDP Data for Q2

31. 08. 2012
Statistics Office to Release GDP Data for Q2
The Statistics Office will release figures on Slovenia's economic output in the second quarter of the year. According to season and working days adjusted data, the country's GDP grew by 0.2% in the first quarter on the quarter before, but contracted by 0.8% year-on-year.

Mitt is the man for the White House, Romney’s wife tells US

30. 08. 2012
Mitt is the man for the White House, Romney’s wife tells US
"This is the man America needs." So says Ann Romney, describing her husband Mitt to a rapturous Republican National Convention in Florida.

Pivovarna Laško Shareholders Reject Capital Hike Again

30. 08. 2012
Pivovarna Laško Shareholders Reject Capital Hike Again
Shareholders of the Laško-based brewer Pivovarna Laško rejected on Wednesday a EUR 36.5m capital injection in what is a second rejection of a recapitalisation this year. Out of the 85.47% of capital present at the meeting, 74.6% voted against.

Syria's Assad says military 'needs time to win battle'

29. 08. 2012
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the government needs more time to "win the battle" against rebel forces.

Laško Shareholders Meet over Recapitalisation

29. 08. 2012
Laško Shareholders Meet over Recapitalisation
Shareholders of the Laško-based brewer Pivovarna Laško are meeting on Wednesday to decide about an EUR 36.5m capital injection and on offsetting the EUR 15.5m in net loss for 2011.

Syria government confirms army helicopter crash

27. 08. 2012
Syria government confirms army helicopter crash
Syrian rebels claim to have shot down an army helicopter during fighting in a suburb of Damascus.

Ban Imposed on Hot Air Balloon Flights

27. 08. 2012
Ban Imposed on Hot Air Balloon Flights
Following Thursday's hot air balloon accident near Ljubljana in which four people were killed and 28 injured, all commercial hot air balloon flights are now cancelled until further notice.

Syria: Cameron adds his voice to chemical weapons warning

23. 08. 2012
Syria: Cameron adds his voice to chemical weapons warning
British Prime Minister David Cameron has joined President Barack Obama in warning Syria the use of chemical weapons would trigger a re-think in their approach.

Days of Poetry and Wine Begin in Ptuj

23. 08. 2012
Days of Poetry and Wine Begin in Ptuj
The 16th festival Days of Poetry and Wine will get under way in the town of Ptuj (E) on Wednesday, bringing four days of poetry, debates, music, theatre, exhibitions and wine tasting.

Samaras to call for more time to meet bailout conditions

22. 08. 2012
Samaras to call for more time to meet bailout conditions
Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras meets with the Eurogroup chief today when he’s expected to ask for more time to ram through unpopular reforms required by the last multi-euro bailout deal.

Bovec Cheese Gets Special EU Status

22. 08. 2012
Bovec Cheese Gets Special EU Status
Bovški sir (Bovec cheese) is the fourteenth Slovenian food product registered by the EU. The European Commission has entered it in the register of protected designations of origin in the latest edition of the Official Journal of the EU.

Fatal blast in Turkish city near Syrian border

21. 08. 2012
Fatal blast in Turkish city near Syrian border
At least eight people are reported killed and sixty wounded in a car bomb attack in southeastern Turkey, not far from the Syrian border.

Krško N-Plant at Full Power Despite Low Water Levels

21. 08. 2012
Krško N-Plant at Full Power Despite Low Water Levels
Slovenia's Krško nuclear power plant (NEK) continues to operate at full power despite low water levels in the River Sava, which provides cooling for its generators. The Environment Agency has issued a temporary permit allowing the plant to return cooling water to the river at a slightly higher temperature.

Bo Xilai scandal: Gu Kailai jailed over Heywood murder

20. 08. 2012
Bo Xilai scandal: Gu Kailai jailed over Heywood murder
The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been given a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.

Presidential Candidates to Start Collecting Signatures

20. 08. 2012
Presidential Candidates to Start Collecting Signatures
Presidential candidates will be able to start collecting signatures and formally register their campaigns as the formal procedures ahead of the 11 November ballot formally start on Monday.

UK determined to extradite Assange despite Ecuador asylum

17. 08. 2012
UK determined to extradite Assange despite Ecuador asylum
He has been granted asylum by Ecuador but as Julian Assange’s supporters celebrated outside the country’s embassy in London, Britain is still determined to extradite the Wikileaks founder.

Average Monthly Pay Down 1.8% in June over May

17. 08. 2012
Average Monthly Pay Down 1.8% in June over May
The average monthly pay in Slovenia dropped by 1.8% in June over May to EUR 978.99 net, 0.7% lower than in June 2012, the Statistics Office said on Tuesday. The average net pay decreased in real terms as well - it was 1.2% down on the monthly level and 2.9% lower year-on-year.

Syrian rebels claim victory over downed fighter jet

14. 08. 2012
Syrian rebels claim victory over downed fighter jet
Syrian state media continues to insist the downing of one of the regime’s military planes on Monday was due to technical problems and not because it was shot at by rebels.

OLYMPICS: Slovenia 42nd on Medal Count, 6th by Medals Per Capita

14. 08. 2012
OLYMPICS: Slovenia 42nd on Medal Count, 6th by Medals Per Capita
Slovenia finished the London Olympics with four medals, including one gold, one silver and two bronze, placing it 42nd among 85 countries who won a medal. In terms of medals per capita, the Slovenian team finished sixth.

London games end with a rock and pop party

13. 08. 2012
London games end with a rock and pop party
The London 2012 Games have ended with a spectacular closing ceremony.

Situation in Banks Not As Bad as Portrayed

13. 08. 2012
Situation in Banks Not As Bad as Portrayed
Former central bank governor and finance minister Mitja Gaspari believes that the method of measuring capital adequacy of banks in Europe is unfair. "I myself am one of those who believe that the situation [of the banking sector] is nowhere near as bad as is being portrayed," he told the Saturday edition of the daily Večer.

Syria rebels forced out of key Aleppo district

10. 08. 2012
Syria rebels forced out of key Aleppo district
Syrian rebels have been pushed back from a strategically important district of Aleppo, but clashes have continued in the country’s second city.

Italy's Austerity Measures Affect Gaming Revenues

10. 08. 2012
Italy's Austerity Measures Affect Gaming Revenues
August is normally the peak of the season for the Slovenian gaming industry, but this year revenues have been effected by the far-reaching austerity measures in place in neighbouring Italy. Slovenia's largest gaming chain, Hit, has reported a significant decline of visitors in the first half of the year.

Egypt targets Islamic militants

08. 08. 2012
Egypt targets Islamic militants
Egypt launched air strikes against suspected Islamic militants in the Sinai peninsula on Wednesday killing more than 20, according to a state-run news agency.

Slovenian Hacker Involved in Intl Scheme on Trial

08. 08. 2012
Slovenian Hacker Involved in Intl Scheme on Trial
A trial started at the Maribor District Court on Monday, in which a 26-year-old Slovenian hacker known as Iserdo stands accused of being the mastermind behind the Mariposa botnet, which was dismantled in an international cyber crime sting in 2010.

Syria: UN monitor mission unclear as Annan quits

03. 08. 2012
Syria: Battle for Aleppo continues
The international community has voiced regret over Kofi Annan’s decision to quit as the United Nations and Arab League’s joint special envoy to Syria.

NLB Generates EUR 19.7M in Profit in H1, Gets Chief Supervisor

03. 08. 2012
NLB Generates EUR 19.7M in Profit in H1, Gets Chief Supervisor
Slovenia's biggest bank NLB generated EUR 19.7m in profit in the first half of the year, while net profit of the NLB group amounted to EUR 32.3m, the bank said on Thursday, after a supervisory board meeting. At the session, Janko Medja was appointed chief supervisor.

Euro crisis: ECB to meet amid bond intervention hopes

02. 08. 2012
Euro crisis: ECB to meet amid bond intervention hopes
The European Central Bank (ECB) will hold its latest meeting amid much speculation that it will take action to bring down Spain's cost of borrowing.

GOLD for Slovenia

02. 08. 2012
GOLD for Slovenia
Urška Žolnir is being showered with praise after winning gold Tuesday in the women's -63 judo category, with congratulations coming in from fans as well as senior Slovenian office holders.

Assad supporters ‘executed’ by Syria rebels

01. 08. 2012
Assad supporters ‘executed’ by Syria rebels
Amateur video, said to be from Syria, reportedly shows an execution of captured government supporters in Aleppo by rebels from the Free Syria Army.

Thermo Plant TEŠ 6 going forward

01. 08. 2012
Thermo Plant TEŠ 6 going forward
The law that enables the government to issue the Šoštanj coal-fired power plant TEŠ a guarantee for a EUR 440m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) took effect on Wednesday. Yet before the loan guarantee agreement for a new generator is signed, TEŠ and the government need to close an accord listing the conditions for the guarantee.

Clashes continue in Syria’s second city

31. 07. 2012
Clashes continue in Syria’s second city
Reports from Syria point to continued intense fighting in the northern region of Aleppo.

Sales of Annual Vignettes Down, Short-Time on Increase

31. 07. 2012
Sales of Annual Vignettes Down, Short-Time on Increase
The Slovenian motorway company, DARS, sold 1.3 million weekly, 295,000 monthly and 790,000 annual motorway toll stickers in the first half of this year. Sales of annual vignettes dropped, but the sales of shorter-period vignettes rose on the same period last year.

Syria: Battle for Aleppo continues

30. 07. 2012
Syria: Battle for Aleppo continues
Syrian rebel forces claim to have fought off an army offensive around the district of Salaheddin in the second city of Aleppo.

Poll: More than 80% Say Slovenia Facing Political Crisis

30. 07. 2012
Poll: More than 80% Say Slovenia Facing Political Crisis
As many as 83% of respondents in a poll published by the daily Delo on Monday believe Slovenia is in a political crisis, with 47% saying that all political parties are responsible for the situation. More than half believe the situation could be resolved with a different government.

Criticism over Draghi’s vow to save the eurozone

27. 07. 2012
Criticism over Draghi’s vow to save the eurozone
European Central Bank Chief Mario Draghi can certainly move the markets – more than 6 percent higher in the case of Spain on Thursday. But his vow to save the eurozone has been criticised as a short-term “bluff”.

Krka Ups Revenue by 7%, Profit Down 3% in H1

27. 07. 2012
Krka Ups Revenue by 7%, Profit Down 3% in H1
The pharmaceutical group Krka increased its sales revenues by 7% in the first half of the year to EUR 565.3m compared to the same period last year. However, its profit dropped 3% to EUR 90.1m year-on-year, Krka said at a press conference on Thursday.

Man Steals 240,000 Viagra Pills

26. 07. 2012
Man Steals 240,000 Viagra Pills
Police have arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of breaking into a Lendava warehouse of pharma company Lek and stealing 15 crates containing a total of 240,000 pills of Viagra.

Germany rallies behind Spain as economic tensions soar

25. 07. 2012
Germany rallies behind Spain as economic tensions soar
Germany stood squarely behind Spain and its reform and austerity programme on Tuesday evening, issuing a joint statement condemning high interest rates demanded for the sale of Spanish bonds.

LB Issue Could Be Solved Fast if Croatia Were more Flexible

25. 07. 2012
LB Issue Could Be Solved Fast if Croatia Were more Flexible
The issue of LB bank could be resolved very quickly if Croatia were more flexible, Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec told the press after a short meeting with Croatian counterpart Vesna Pusić in Brussels on Tuesday. The FMs want two renowned bankers from each of the countries to meet as soon as possible.

Germany rejects Moody’s pessimistic view

24. 07. 2012
Germany rejects Moody’s pessimistic view
Credit rating agency Moody’s has put Germany on the so-called ‘watch list’, lowering its outlook for Europe’s economic power engine to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’.

Petrol Prices Up again, Diesel Hits Record High

24. 07. 2012
Petrol Prices Up again, Diesel Hits Record High
Retail prices of petrol went up in Slovenia on Tuesday and that was the second price hike this month. The price of diesel is a record high.

Obama offers comfort to cinema-shooting victims

23. 07. 2012
Obama offers comfort to cinema-shooting victims
As the people of Aurora, Colorado tried to come to terms with Friday’s cinema shooting, President Barack Obama flew in to offer his own words of comfort.

Hercog First Slovenian to Defend WTA Title

23. 07. 2012
Hercog First Slovenian to Defend WTA Title
Polona Hercog made Slovenian tennis history on Sunday, becoming the first Slovenian tennis player ever to defend a WTA title when she defeated France's Mathilde Johansson 0:6, 6:4, 7:5 in Bastad.

Residents flee Damascus after warning from Syria military

20. 07. 2012
Residents flee Damascus after warning from Syria military
Syria’s military has given residents of several districts of the capital Damascus 48 hours to leave.

Initiative Collecting Signatures to Stop TEŠ6 Project

20. 07. 2012
Initiative Collecting Signatures to Stop TEŠ6 Project
An initiative of several NGOs and individuals opposing the construction of the new generator at the Šoštanj coal-fired power plant TEŠ has began collecting signatures to call a referendum on a law providing a state guarantee for the project.

Bulgaria blast: 'Suicide bomber' killed Israelis

19. 07. 2012
Bulgaria blast: 'Suicide bomber' killed Israelis
The bombing of an Israeli tourist bus in eastern Bulgaria was probably carried out by a male suicide bomber with fake US documents, officials say.

PM Calls Meeting of Party Leaders Ahead of Fiscal Rule Vote

19. 07. 2012
PM Calls Meeting of Party Leaders Ahead of Fiscal Rule Vote
Prime Minister Janez Janša has called for Thursday a meeting of leaders of parliamentary parties in a bid to secure a sufficient majority for inserting the fiscal rule in the Constitution. Lawmakers are to vote on the proposal on Friday.

Diplomatic failure prompts Syrian oppositon to demand international action

18. 07. 2012
Diplomatic failure prompts Syrian oppositon to demand international action
The Syrian National Council, the country’s main opposition umbrella group, has called on the UN to continue to threaten sanctions against the Syrian government.

Parliament Begins Four-Day Emergency Session

18. 07. 2012
Parliament Begins Four-Day Emergency Session
The National Assembly will begin Tuesday a four-day emergency session dedicated to a number of key pieces of legislation, including the government proposal for a state-run holding to manage all state assets, the bill on a state guarantee for the TEŠ6 power generator and constitutional changes introducing the golden fiscal rule.

Street battles rage in Syria, activists say

17. 07. 2012
Street battles rage in Syria, activists say
Sixteen months into the Syrian crisis and it appears the unrest is gripping Damascus.

Coalition to Discuss Possible Changes to Omnibus Act

17. 07. 2012
Coalition to Discuss Possible Changes to Omnibus Act
Coalition party presidents will meet on Monday to discuss possible changes to the recently passed act on the balancing of public finances, especially as regards to pension cuts, as the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) demands that "unjust" cuts be abolished.

New massacre reported in Syria, more than 200 people dead

13. 07. 2012
New massacre reported in Syria, more than 200 people dead
Syrian activists said on Friday that more than 200 people had been killed in Hama province amid reports of a massacre by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Serious Damage Reported After Wednesday Night Storms

13. 07. 2012
Serious Damage Reported After Wednesday Night Storms
Hailstorms that ravaged northwestern and central parts of Slovenia on Wednesday night caused several million euros worth of damage, preliminary estimates by insurance companies suggest.

Iran, Iraq back Syria peace plan, Annan says

12. 07. 2012
Iran, Iraq back Syria peace plan, Annan says
UN and Arab League envoy on Syria Kofi Annan said on Wednesday that both Iran and Iraq back his peace plan to end the 17-month standoff between President Bashar Assad’s regime and the opposition.

Slovenia Can Solve Its Problems

12. 07. 2012
Slovenia Can Solve Its Problems
The Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) is sticking with its spring forecast that the Slovenian economy will shrink by about 1% this year. The biggest obstacle to recovery remains the banking system, but the country is at this point capable of solving its problems, IMAD head Boštjan Vasle told the press on Wednesday.

Egyptians return to Tahrir Square in protest

11. 07. 2012
Egyptians return to Tahrir Square in protest
Tahrir Square in central Cairo was again humming with crowds late on Tuesday night.

Coalition to Discuss NLB, State Assets Holding

11. 07. 2012
Coalition to Discuss NLB, State Assets Holding
The coalition will meet on Wednesday to discuss efforts to shore up the NLB bank and the establishment of a single holding that would manage all state assets.

Spain is given more time to sort out its deficit

10. 07. 2012
Spain is given more time to sort out its deficit
Euro zone ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed to give Spain until 2014 to reach a 3 per cent deficit target. They also detailed aid package for Madrid’s ailing banks.

Italian President to Address National Assembly

10. 07. 2012
Italian President to Address National Assembly
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano will start a two-day state visit to Slovenia on Tuesday aimed at reaffirming strong ties between the countries. He will address the National Assembly and meet top state officials.

Greek government wins confidence vote

09. 07. 2012
Greek government wins confidence vote
Greece’s government has won a parliamentary vote of confidence. In the end the deputies voted along party lines with the government taking 179 of the 300 votes available.

Poll: Three Quarters of Slovenians Say Pension Cuts Unjustified

09. 07. 2012
Poll: Three Quarters of Slovenians Say Pension Cuts Unjustified
Almost three quarters of Slovenians believe that cuts in pensions of some 26,000 pensioners that stem from the austerity measures are unjustified, whereas only 20% believe otherwise, suggests a poll run by the daily Delo on Monday.

Italy’s high court upholds Genoa G8 police convictions

06. 07. 2012
Italy’s high court upholds Genoa G8 police convictions
Italy's high court has upheld the convictions of senior police officers found guilty of beating protesters and then orchestrating a cover-up during the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001.

Slovenia to Contribute Half a Million Dollars for Afghan Security Forces

06. 07. 2012
Slovenia to Contribute Half a Million Dollars for Afghan Security Forces
Slovenia will contribute half a million dollars to Afghan security forces after NATO combat operations there are scheduled to end in 2014, Prime Minister Janez Janša said after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

‘Veto Russian language law’ – Ukraine protesters tell Yanukovich

05. 07. 2012
‘Veto Russian language law’ – Ukraine protesters tell Yanukovich
Ukrainian police have fired teargas and used batons on protesters after parliament voted to make Russian the main language in schools and local government in some parts of the country.

State to Help Capitalise NKBM Only as a Last Resort

05. 07. 2012
State to Help Capitalise NKBM Only as a Last Resort
Finance Minister Janez Šušteršič suggested Wednesday that NKBM, Slovenia's second largest bank, will have to fend for itself as it strives to secure fresh capital. "The state will only help as a last resort," he said during a government visit to the Maribor region.

Pakistan and US reach deal to reopen Afghan land routes

04. 07. 2012
Pakistan and US reach deal to reopen Afghan land routes
Nato will once again be able to send lorries from Pakistan into Afghanistan to supply its forces.

Police Union Files Suit Against Govt over Holiday Allowance

04. 07. 2012
Police Union Files Suit Against Govt over Holiday Allowance
The Trade Union of Police Officers (SPS) filed on Monday a collective lawsuit against the government at the Labour and Social Court over the failure to pay holiday allowances in line with the 2011 and 2012 pay agreement and the collective labour agreement.

Syria: New claims of torture by Assad’s regime

03. 07. 2012
Syria: New claims of torture by Assad’s regime
Refugees are continuing to stream out of Syria, where the regime is running torture centres according to Human Rights Watch.

Cabinet Visiting Maribor and Nearby Towns

03. 07. 2012
Cabinet Visiting Maribor and Nearby Towns
The government's tour of Slovenian regions will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday with a visit to Maribor and the surrounding municipalities of upper Podravje (NE), which have been hit hard by the crisis.

Arab League urges Syrian opposition to unite

02. 07. 2012
Arab League urges Syrian opposition to unite
The head of the Arab League has urged Syrian opposition groups to show more unity in their fight against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Janša Calls for Stepping Up of Non-Military Action against Syria

02. 07. 2012
Janša Calls for Stepping Up of Non-Military Action against Syria
The international community will have to step up its sanctions against Syria in the coming weeks, but a military action is not "an option at the moment", Prime Minister Janez Janša stressed as EU leaders discussed the situation in the country at the EU summit on Friday.

Leaders’ late night breathrough in euro crisis

29. 06. 2012
Leaders’ late night breathrough in euro crisis
The talks went right through the night but ended in eurozone leaders agreeing a series of new measures aimed at stabilising the single currency.

Parliamentary Committee again Suspends TEŠ6 Debate

29. 06. 2012
Parliamentary Committee again Suspends TEŠ6 Debate
The parliamentary Finance and Monetary Policy Committee suspended on Thursday discussion on a state guarantee bill for a EUR 440m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the construction of a new generator at the TEŠ power plant.

Greece: Hotel workers strike over pay and conditions

28. 06. 2012
Greece: Hotel workers strike over pay and conditions
Hotel and restaurant staff in Greece have taken to the streets in a 24-hour strike to protest at their plight amid the country’s economic crisis.

EU Summit Expected to Confirm New Crisis Measures

28. 06. 2012
EU Summit Expected to Confirm New Crisis Measures
EU leaders, including Slovenian PM Janez Janša, will meet for a summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to discuss new measures for the debt crisis in the eurozone. Clear and realistic messages are needed to calm financial markets, EU officials have said in the face of aid requests from Spain and Cyprus.

Assad talks of war as fighting reaches Damascus

27. 06. 2012
Assad talks of war as fighting reaches Damascus
“Syria is in a state of war!”, that was the message the country’s president delivered to his newly appointed cabinet.

PM Janša to Meet Barroso ahead of EU Summit

27. 06. 2012
PM Janša to Meet Barroso ahead of EU Summit
Prime Minister Janez Janša will meet European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels on Wednesday ahead of the two-day EU summit that is to commence on Thursday.

Moody’s downgrades Spain’s banks

26. 06. 2012
Moody’s downgrades Spain’s banks
The ratings agency Moody’s has cut the credit rating on 28 of Spain’s 33 banks by between one to four notches.

EU looking for solutions

26. 06. 2012
EU looking for solutions
Lacking clear solutions to the eurozone crisis, EU leaders will look to buy more time when they met in Brussels on Thursday, the daily Dnevnik writes in its commentary on Tuesday.

Spain: Rajoy welcomes independent audits of banking needs

22. 06. 2012
Spain: Rajoy welcomes independent audits of banking needs
Spain has welcomed independent audits saying its ailing banking sector does not need as much extra funding as many analysts had feared.

Žbogar Believes Slovenia to Get Another EU Diplomatic Post

22. 06. 2012
Žbogar Believes Slovenia to Get Another EU Diplomatic Post
Slovenia's former Foreign Minister Samuel Žbogar, who took over as EU's special representative in Kosovo and the head of EU office in Prishtina earlier in the year, says in an interview with the STA that Slovenia could get another key post in the EU diplomatic service in the future.

Egyptian election result is delayed until the weekend

21. 06. 2012
Egyptian election result is delayed until the weekend
The results of Egypt’s presidential election have been delayed adding to the tension in Tahrir Square. The people had been expecting to discover the winner today. Now they will have to wait until the weekend.

Stanley Cup Winner Kopitar Welcomed Home

21. 06. 2012
Stanley Cup Winner Kopitar Welcomed Home
Slovenia's ice-hockey star Anže Kopitar received a warm welcome at the Ljubljana airport on Wednesday, a week after becoming the first Slovenian to win the NHL's Stanley Cup.

Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak 'close to death'

20. 06. 2012
Hosni Mubarak
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is critically ill and may be close to death, reports from Cairo suggest.

Unemployment Drops in April

20. 06. 2012
Unemployment Drops in April
The registered unemployment rate in Slovenia hit 11.8% in April, down 0.2 percentage points in what was the third consecutive month of decline, the Statistics Office said on Monday.

Greece’s New Democracy close to a coalition deal

19. 06. 2012
Greece’s New Democracy close to a coalition deal
Sources inside Greece’s election winning New Democracy party say they expect third-placed PASOK to agree to form a coalition government later today.

Krka Chairman Colarič Rated Best Slovenian CEO

19. 06. 2012
Krka Chairman Colarič Rated Best Slovenian CEO
Chairman of pharma company Krka Jože Colarič is the most respected executive in Slovenia, followed by France Arhar of the Slovenian branch of Unicredit bank and Tatjana Fink of pre-fabricated constructions panels maker Trimo, shows a survey carried Monday by the financial supplement of the daily Delo, Posel&denar.

Pro-bailout party set to rule in Greece

18. 06. 2012
Pro-bailout party set to rule in Greece
Antonis Samaras is set to become the new prime minister of Greece. The 62-year-old’s New Democracy party achieved the highest percentage of votes in Sundays election, beating the radical left Syriza party into second place.

Govt and Business Delegation Starts Visit to Brazil

18. 06. 2012
Govt and Business Delegation Starts Visit to Brazil
Economic Development and Technology Minister Radovan Žerjav, accompanied by government officials and a strong business delegation, will start a two-day visit to Brazil on Monday aimed at strengthening business ties.

Greek elections: Syriza leader holds final campaign rally

15. 06. 2012
Greek elections: Syriza leader holds final campaign rally
The leader of Greece’s radical left Syriza party has reaffirmed that he will scrap the country’s international bailout deal.

International Management Teachers Academy (IMTA) successfully started in Bled

15. 06. 2012
International Management Teachers Academy (IMTA) successfully started in Bled
This year, 36 participants from 19 countries came to Bled to attend this major European faculty development program, which attracts participants from all over the world.

Charity »Midsummer night 2012« - Lions Club Ljubljana Iliria

14. 06. 2012
Charity »Midsummer night 2012« - Lions Club Ljubljana Iliria
Lions Club Ljubljana Iliria Charity »Midsummer night 2012« Thursday, 21 June at 8:30 pm

Spain’s sovereign debt rating cut by Moody’s

14. 06. 2012
Spain’s sovereign debt rating cut by Moody’s
Spain’s sovereign debt rating has been cut by three notches, to just above ‘junk’ levels.

Finance Committee Backs Reserve Scenario for NLB Capital Rise

14. 06. 2012
Finance Committee Backs Reserve Scenario for NLB Capital Rise
Legislative changes that pave the way for the recapitalisation of state-owned banks were endorsed by the parliamentary Finance and Monetary Policy Committee late on Tuesday. The opposition obstructed the vote fearing the reform banking act would enable the government to sell the NLB bank cheap and out of public sight.

Market fears continue over Eurozone crisis

13. 06. 2012
Market fears continue over Eurozone crisis
Breaking records of the unenviable kind – Spain’s benchmark borrowing rate yesterday hit its highest level since adopting the euro currency as markets continue to be uneasy about the eurozone.

FM Erjavec to Discuss Bilateral Cooperation in Berlin

13. 06. 2012
FM Erjavec to Discuss Bilateral Cooperation in Berlin
Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec will meet his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle in Berlin on Wednesday to discuss bilateral cooperation and topical European and international issues.

Opposition leaders’ homes searched in Moscow

12. 06. 2012
Opposition leaders’ homes searched in Moscow
It appears the Kremlin may have lost patience with democratic protest after police fanned out around Moscow on Monday, searching opposition leaders’ homes and summoning several of them for questioning.

Insurer Triglav to Inject Capital in Abanka

12. 06. 2012
Insurer Triglav to Inject Capital in Abanka
The CEO of insurer Zavarovalnica Triglav, Matjaž Rakovec, told a press that Triglav would take part in a capital injection in the Abanka bank so as to retain its 25.6% stake in the bank.

French Socialists closer to control of parliament

11. 06. 2012
French Socialists closer to control of parliament
French Socialists closer to control of parliament

Parliament Starts June Session

11. 06. 2012
Parliament Starts June Session
Parliament Starts June Session

Syria: UN chief warns of “imminent” threat of civil war

08. 06. 2012
Syria: UN chief warns of “imminent” threat of civil war
There is a growing threat of full-scale civil war erupting in Syria, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Slovenia closing embassies in Sweden, Finland, Portugal and Ireland

08. 06. 2012
Slovenia closing embassies in Sweden, Finland, Portugal and Ireland
President Danilo Türk has signed decrees implementing the closure of four embassies, Foreign Minster Karl Erjavec announced on Thursday.

Europe considers limited rescue for Spain

07. 06. 2012
Europe considers limited rescue for Spain
European officials are said to be considering a limited bailout programme for Spain although Madrid has not yet requested assistance.

Kings Lose Despite Kopitar’s Assist, Aim to Win Stanley Cup as Road Warriors

07. 06. 2012
Kings Lose Despite Kopitar’s Assist, Aim to Win Stanley Cup as Road Warriors
The New Jersey Devils avoided a sweep taking Game 4, 3-1. Los Angeles Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick had dominated the Devils for more than 3 and 2/3 games making 89 consecutive saves until the Devils took their first lead of the series 7:56 into the third period.

US has “depleted” al-Qaeda’s ranks by killing deputy leader

06. 06. 2012
US has “depleted” al-Qaeda’s ranks by killing deputy leader
The United States claims to have killed one of al- Qaeda’s “most experienced and versatile leaders” after successfully targeting the group’s deputy head Abu Yahya al-Libi.

The end of last construction giant Primorje

06. 06. 2012
The end of last construction giant Primorje
The fate of Slovenia's last remaining big construction company looks sealed as the strike committee at the Ajdovščina-based builder Primorje filed for receivership on Tuesday.

Germany moves closer to EU banking union

05. 06. 2012
Germany moves closer to EU banking union
As pressure grows on Europe’s battered banks, eurozone leaders are trying to rebuild confidence. Germany’s Angela Merkel has suggested the need for a European body to monitor major banks.

Banka Slovenije Urges Recapitalisation of State Banks

05. 06. 2012
Banka Slovenije Urges Recapitalisation of State Banks
The central bank voiced expectation on Monday that the state would speed up procedures for capital increase in banks it controls as it established that Slovenia's banking system remained under pressure due to poor availability of outside financing sources and a continued growth in bad claims and impairments.

National mourning for Nigeria plane crash victims

04. 06. 2012
National mourning for Nigeria plane crash victims
There will be three days of national mourning in Nigeria after a passenger plane crashed into a suburb of the country’s largest city, Lagos.

Slovenians sceptical about Greece prospect in Euro zone

04. 06. 2012
Slovenians sceptical about Greece prospect in Euro zone
A poll by the daily Delo shows the Slovenian public split on Greece and the prospects for the European Union should Greece abandon the euro, although the optimists outnumber the pessimists.

Spanish miners march against spending cuts

01. 06. 2012
Spanish miners march against spending cuts
Spanish coal miners rallied in Madrid on Thursday to protest against spending cuts in the mining sector

US Experimental Music Icon Performs in Maribor

01. 06. 2012
US Experimental Music Icon Performs in Maribor
US experimental artist Laurie Anderson will perform her latest solo story work "Dirtday!" in Maribor on Friday evening in what is expected to be one of the high points of the European Capital of Culture programme.

Europe awaits Irish vote outcome on EU Fiscal Treaty

31. 05. 2012
Europe awaits Irish vote outcome on EU Fiscal Treaty
Ireland votes in a referendum on the European Fiscal Treaty today and the signs are it will be approved.

PM Holds Talks With Gazprom Chairman

31. 05. 2012
PM Holds Talks With Gazprom Chairman
Prime Minister Janez Janša held talks late on Wednesday with Alexei Miller, the boss of Russian gas company Gazprom, according to the PM's office. The pair discussed the incorporation of a joint venture to manage the Slovenian section of the South Stream pipeline which is expected to be signed on Thursday.

Frightened Italians refuse to return home after second quake

30. 05. 2012
Frightened Italians refuse to return home after second quake
Residents in the Italian town of Medolla spent an anxious night in the open after yesterday’s earthquake left many buildings unsafe to sleep in.

All Bathing Sites in Slovenia Meet Water Quality Standards

30. 05. 2012
All Bathing Sites in Slovenia Meet Water Quality Standards
All 48 bathing sites in Slovenia met the mandatory water quality levels in 2011, making the country one of four EU members with this immaculate record, shows the annual report by the European Commission presented in Ljubljana on Tuesday.

Ex-Mubarak PM’s office is set ablaze

29. 05. 2012
Ex-Mubarak PM’s office is set ablaze
The campaign head quarters of Ahmed Shafiq were set ablaze last night. Demonstrators were furious that the man who had served as Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister had made it through to the run-off in Egypt’s presidential election.

Agreement on Pay Cuts at Rail Operator Reached

29. 05. 2012
Agreement on Pay Cuts at Rail Operator Reached
The unions and the management of Slovenia's national rail operator Slovenske železnice have reached an agreement on a 3-5% pay cut coming into effect in May, TV Slovenija reported on Monday.

UN condemns Syrian government for Houla shelling

28. 05. 2012
UN condemns Syrian government for Houla shelling
Protests have erupted across Syria after Friday’s massacre of at least 100 people, many of them children, in the town of Houla.

Party Heads to Discuss Changes to Referendum Rules

28. 05. 2012
Party Heads to Discuss Changes to Referendum Rules
Prime Minister Janez Janša will meet party leaders on Monday evening to debate the changes to referendum rules tightening conditions for calling referenda.

Euro Crisis: Draghi calls for closer integration

25. 05. 2012
Euro Crisis: Draghi calls for closer integration
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has renewed his call for greater economic integration within the eurozone.

Macedonian FM Expected in Slovenia

25. 05. 2012
Macedonian FM Expected in Slovenia
Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki will pay a visit to Slovenia on Friday, with bilateral relations, Macedonia's accession to the EU and NATO, regional initiatives and the situation in the Western Balkans topping the agenda.

EU leaders back Greece while planning for its euro exit

24. 05. 2012
EU leaders back Greece while planning for its euro exit
European leaders ended their informal summit in Brussels with a message of support for Greece and a collective wish the country should remain within the eurozone.

Deal Reached to Avert Austerity Referendum

24. 05. 2012
Deal Reached to Avert Austerity Referendum
Government and police trade union officials have reached a deal that could avert a referendum on the omnibus act on the balancing of public finances if it is endorsed by the cabinet and the relevant bodies of both police trade unions later on Thursday.

Egypt in first truly democratic presidential poll

23. 05. 2012
Egypt in first truly democratic presidential poll
Egypt holds its first truly democratic presidential election on Wednesday and Thursday.

Port of Koper looking for strategic partners

23. 05. 2012
Port of Koper looking for strategic partners
The future of the Koper Port was in focus at a maritime panel held on Tuesday. Luka Koper CEO Gregor Veselko stressed the importance of a strategic partner for the long-term development of the port, while economist Jože Damijan sees the future in creating a port authority with at least two concessionaires.

Nato plans Afghan pullout but Pakistan problem remains

22. 05. 2012
Nato plans Afghan pullout but Pakistan problem remains
A two-day Nato summit in Chicago has concluded with a landmark agreement on handing control of Afghan security to the country’s own forces by the middle of next year.

Slovenia Celebrates 20 Years of UN Membership

22. 05. 2012
Slovenia Celebrates 20 Years of UN Membership
Twenty years are passing on Tuesday since Slovenia became a member of the United Nations (UN). The anniversary will be marked at a number of events, including a special session of the parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee.

Aftershocks cause fresh panic in northern Italy

21. 05. 2012
Aftershocks cause fresh panic in northern Italy
Strong aftershocks have continued to cause damage and frighten residents in northern Italy after Sunday morning’s earthquake which killed at least seven people.

Mercator Supervisors to Present New Chairman

21. 05. 2012
Mercator Supervisors to Present New Chairman
Supervisors of Mercator are to decide Friday on who will succeed Žiga Debeljak as the new chairman at Slovenia's biggest retailer, after taking ten days to consider the presentations of two invited candidates.

Moody’s cuts ratings on 16 Spanish banks

18. 05. 2012
Moody’s cuts ratings on 16 Spanish banks
Ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded the credit ratings of 16 Spanish banks amid continued concern over bad debts in the country’s banking sector.

Golden Fiscal Rule Put on Hold

18. 05. 2012
Golden Fiscal Rule Put on Hold
Government plans to amend the Constitution with a fiscal rule requiring that the budget be balanced or in surplus will be put on hold after the latest meeting of party leaders on Thursday evening failed to bring the opposition on board, leaving the government short of a two-thirds majority.

Greece swears in a caretaker prime minister

17. 05. 2012
Greece swears in a caretaker prime minister
A senior judge will head up the emergency government before Greeks go back to the polls on June 17 for new elections.

Economic Diplomacy to Stay in FM's Focus

17. 05. 2012
Economic Diplomacy to Stay in FM's Focus
Economic diplomacy will remain one of the main priorities in the coming term, Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec said at a press conference marking the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's membership of the UN. Erjavec also pointed to relations with neighbouring countries as a centrepiece of future policy.

Hollande and Merkel put growth on the agenda

16. 05. 2012
Hollande and Merkel put growth on the agenda
France’s new president Francois Hollande has held his first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, hours after his inauguration on Tuesday.

Janša: Change in Mindset Biggest Success in 100 Days of Govt

16. 05. 2012
Janša: Change in Mindset Biggest Success in 100 Days of Govt
Prime Minister Janez Janša told the STA on Tuesday that the greatest success of the cabinet in the first 100 days since its formation had been a change in Slovenia's mindset and the "understanding that something has to be done".

France: Hollande prepares himself for leadership

15. 05. 2012
France: Hollande prepares himself for leadership
François Hollande tied up loose ends on Monday with his Socialist party colleagues ahead of today’s transition from presidential election winner to France’s Head of State.

Dalai Lama Starting Second Visit to Maribor

15. 05. 2012
Dalai Lama Starting Second Visit to Maribor
Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, the Tibetan spiritual leader, is arriving in Slovenia on Tuesday for his second visit to Maribor. A number of events are scheduled during his three-day visit as part of Maribor's stint as the European Capital of Culture, including a meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates on Thursday.

Merkel’s CDU suffer worst regional defeat in decades

14. 05. 2012
Merkel’s CDU suffer worst regional defeat in decades
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats appeared despondent and shocked after suffering their worst defeat in decades in an election in Germany’s most populous state.

Departure of Greece from Eurozone realistic option

14. 05. 2012
Departure of Greece from Eurozone realistic option
The finance ministers of the eurozone are in for another intense debate on Monday, as the political developments in Greece have increased the chances of Greece leaving the common currency area. There are also growing about the situation in Spain.

17th International Boat Show, Internautica 2012

11. 05. 2012
17th International Boat Show, Internautica 2012
17th International Boat Show, Internautica 2012. Program for Friday, 11 May 2012 / INTERNAUTICA 2012 DAY

Socialist leader tries to form Greece government

11. 05. 2012
Socialist leader tries to form Greece government
Following Sunday’s election, Socialist Party head Evangelos Venizelos is holding meetings with different party leaders as he tries to form a government in Greece.

The Government and public sector unions sign agreement on austerity measures

11. 05. 2012
The Government and public sector unions sign agreement on austerity measures
The Government and public sector unions have signed a strike agreement, which regulates the issues between the Government and unions on strike, while providing the basis for alleviating some austerity measures in the Public Finance Balance Act.

Dozens reported dead in bomb blasts

10. 05. 2012
Dozens reported dead in bomb blasts
Two large explosions in the Syrian capital of Damascus have killed 40 people injuring more 170.

National Assembly Starts Debate on Austerity Bills

10. 05. 2012
National Assembly Starts Debate on Austerity Bills
The National Assembly will start an extraordinary session on Thursday at which the supplementary budget for 2012 and other bills aimed at balancing the budget will be voted on. The government-sponsored motions seek to save almost EUR 800m. The deal with the unions is expected to be signed this morning.

Greek crisis deepens as hopes of forming a government fade

09. 05. 2012
Greek crisis deepens as hopes of forming a government fade
Greece’s political drama is sinking deeper into crisis with the Leftist candidate for prime minister effectively ruling out forming a coalition with the two dominant parties.

Janša to Meet Merkel on First Official Trip Abroad

09. 05. 2012
Janša to Meet Merkel on First Official Trip Abroad
Prime Minister Janez Janša will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday for talks dominated by the euro debt crisis and efforts to boost cooperation with Slovenia's top trade partner.

CIA foils an al Qaeda-linked bomb plot

08. 05. 2012
CIA foils an al Qaeda-linked bomb plot
US officials claim to have foiled a plot to blow up an airliner using an upgraded version of the failed 2009 “underwear bomb”.

Ljubljana to Move to World Tunes as Druga Godba Opens

08. 05. 2012
Ljubljana to Move to World Tunes as Druga Godba Opens
US-French group Moriarty will raise the curtain on Slovenia's top festival of world music, Druga Godba, on Tuesday. The annual show, running until 26 May, will also feature performances by Portugal's Madredeus and the Quantic-Alice Russell project as well as a traditional African evening

France celebrates an historic night

07. 05. 2012
France celebrates an historic night
In over thirty years in politics he has never served as a minister, now Francois Hollande holds the highest office in the land.

Austerity Measures to Take Final Shape

07. 05. 2012
Austerity Measures to Take Final Shape
The parliamentary Finance and Monetary Policy Committee will open a two-day sitting on Monday afternoon to take its position on the highly controversial omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances and austerity budget for 2012. But before that the government and public sector trade unions will make a last-ditch attempt at a compromise.

Blind Chinese dissident in US phone appeal

04. 05. 2012
Blind Chinese dissident in US phone appeal
The fate of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng is causing concern after he telephoned a US congressional hearing and asked for help to leave China with his family.

Constitution Commission to Discuss Abolishing National Council

04. 05. 2012
Constitution Commission to Discuss Abolishing National Council
The parliamentary Constitution Commission will discuss on Thursday a motion by the coalition Democrats (SDS), Citizens' List, Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) and New Slovenia (NSi) to abolish the upper chamber of parliament, the National Council.

Austria to boycott Euro 2012

03. 05. 2012
Austria to boycott Euro 2012
Austrian government officials won’t be going to the European football championships in Ukraine in June.

Two-Day Labour Day Holiday Probably Lost to Cost Cutting

03. 05. 2012
Two-Day Labour Day Holiday Probably Lost to Cost Cutting
Today may well be the last time that 2 May is a public holiday in Slovenia. As part of its austerity measures, the government has proposed the abolishment of two-day public holidays for Labour Day and New Year's. No other EU country has a public holiday on 2 May, and in only two others workers are free on 2 January.

UN observer chief says Syria mission is “a huge challenge”

30. 04. 2012
UN observer chief says Syria mission is “a huge challenge”
In Damascus Syrian state run television showed the damage to the Central Bank after militants fired rocket propelled grenades at the building.

Relaxing the Austerity Measures

30. 04. 2012
Relaxing the Austerity Measures
The government will relax the austerity measures that are most unacceptable to the public should a referendum be called on the law on the balancing the public finance, Labour, Family and Social Affairs Andrej Vizjak said after an informal meeting between the government and the unions.

France to press for further action against Syria

26. 04. 2012
France to press for further action against Syria
France says it will push for a UN resolution, which could ultimately involve military force, if the violence in Syria continues.

Abanka Seeks Capital Increase

26. 04. 2012
Abanka Seeks Capital Increase
Abanka Vipa, Slovenia's third largest bank, will embark on a EUR 50m capital increase with a public share offering after reporting a EUR 119m net loss for 2011, the bank's supervisory board decided.

Situation in Syria is ‘unacceptable’ – Annan

25. 04. 2012
Situation in Syria is ‘unacceptable’ – Annan
Video evidence that Syrian forces have failed to withdraw heavy weapons and tanks from urban centres has been posted on the internet.

Internet Shopping up 17%

25. 04. 2012
Internet Shopping up 17%
A survey has shown the number of people in Slovenia using the internet for shopping at least a few times a year increasing by 17% in the last couple of years.

Sarkozy flirts with National Front to secure presidency

24. 04. 2012
Sarkozy flirts with National Front to secure presidency
Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday renewed his bid to convince National Front voters to back him in the second-round of the French presidential election.

The Moment of Truth for the Fiscal Rule

24. 04. 2012
The Moment of Truth for the Fiscal Rule
Prime Minister Janez Janša labelled bipartisan meeting a "moment of truth", saying the parties failed to agree to enshrine the fiscal rule into the constitution. The opposition is disinclined towards taking part in the partnership for tackling the crisis bar in certain cases.

Hollande says ‘change is now underway’ in France

23. 04. 2012
Hollande says ‘change is now underway’ in France
The winner of France’s first round presidential election, Francois Hollande, has thanked his supporters for their vote of confidence and hit out at his main opponent Nicolas Sarkozy for “playing to the far right”.

Govt Has to Seek Consensus

23. 04. 2012
Govt Has to Seek Consensus
The government and the unions must hammer out an agreement, even if the government gets less than it has planned, opposition Social Democrats (SDS) leader Borut Pahor told public broadcaster.Positive Slovenia (PS) leader Zoran Janković meanwhile highlighted the need for measures to kick-start the economy.

South Sudan 'to withdraw troops from Heglig oil field

20. 04. 2012
South Sudan 'to withdraw troops from Heglig oil field
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has ordered the withdrawal of his troops from the Heglig oil field across the border in Sudan.

Parliament Ratifies Fiscal Compact

20. 04. 2012
Parliament Ratifies Fiscal Compact
The National Assembly ratified the intergovernmental fiscal pact treaty, on the basis of which Slovenia will introduce a balanced budget rule into its Constitution. Parliament also ratified the treaty creating the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

US troops posed with severed bodies of Afghan insurgents

19. 04. 2012
US troops posed with severed bodies of Afghan insurgents
The US has been quick to apologise after the publication of new photos showing American troops posing with the maimed bodies of suspected Afghan insurgents

The Biggest Strike Since Independence

19. 04. 2012
The Biggest Strike Since Independence
The number of public sector employees on strike is estimated at 100,000, making it the biggest public sector strike since Slovenia gained independence in 1991.

Argentina won’t pay seven billion euros for Spanish controlled oil firm

18. 04. 2012
Argentina won’t pay seven billion euros for Spanish controlled oil firm
Argentina says it will not pay the equivalent of around seven billion euros to buy a majority stake in Spanish controlled oil company YPF.

Sweeping Changes on the Table

18. 04. 2012
Sweeping Changes on the Table
The government sent to parliament a bill to balance public finances which would bring changes to 45 pieces of existing legislation in a bid to reduce public spending and cut the budget deficit to 3% of GDP.

Norway’s mass murderer shows no pity for victims

17. 04. 2012
Norway’s mass murderer shows no pity for victims
Smirking and showing no remorse Anders Behring Breivik pleaded not guilty to the massacre of 77 people in Norway last year.

Victorious Against GB

17. 04. 2012
Victorious Against GB
A late goal by captain Tomaž Razingar lifted Slovenia to victory over Great Britain 3:2 (2:1, 0:1, 1:0) in the first day of play at the World Division I Ice Hockey Championships in Ljubljana.

Taliban test Afghan security forces in attacks

16. 04. 2012
Taliban test Afghan security forces in attacks
Afghan security forces have been praised by their NATO colleagues in the way they responded to Sunday’s wave of coordinated attacks on Kabul and several other cities.

Unions Oppose Golden Fiscal Rule

16. 04. 2012
Unions Oppose Golden Fiscal Rule
The ZSSS trade unions confederation rejected the planned introduction of the golden fiscal rule into the Constitution as something that will bring even more poverty and unemployment. The unions are also ready to defend workers' rights with a referendum.

North Korea’s rocket launch fails

13. 04. 2012
North Korea weeps for its “Dear Leader”
North Korea has attempted to launch a rocket – ostensibly to send a weather satellite into orbit – as it had said it would do.

Environmental Crisis Warning

13. 04. 2012
Environmental Crisis Warning
European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik stressed that tackling the current crisis should not open the way to an environmental crisis as he addressed a joint session of the parliamentary agriculture and EU affairs committees in Ljubljana.

Syria ceasefire deadline passes with no reports of violence

12. 04. 2012
Syria ceasefire deadline passes with no reports of violence
Fierce attacks on Syrian opposition neighbourhoods marked the run up to a dawn deadline set for all sides to observe a ceasefire.

Ready for the Fiscal Rule

12. 04. 2012
Ready for the Fiscal Rule
Heads of the parliamentary parties agreed to officially launch the procedure for introducing the golden fiscal rule into the Constitution as they met in Ljubljana. PM Janez Janša said after the meeting that the introduction of the rule will serve as the basis for stable development.

Annan admits concern over unfolding events in Syria

11. 04. 2012
Annan admits concern over unfolding events in Syria
U.N. and Arab League envoy, Kofi Annan has arrived in Tehran. He met with the Iran’s deputy minister of foreign affairs before the talking starts with officials in which he will press Iran, Syria’s close ally for support.

Roma Community Faces Tough Times

11. 04. 2012
Roma Community Faces Tough Times
New social security legislation puts the Roma community in even worse conditions, as many unemployed Roma have been stripped of unemployment benefits as real estate owners, Forum of Roma City Councillors head Darko Rudaš said ahead of International Romani Day. He also complained about continuing segregation and discrimination.

Violence in Syria leaves hopes for peace plan in tatters

10. 04. 2012
Violence in Syria leaves hopes for peace plan in tatters
Opposition activists claim a military bombardment of a town in central Syria killed 35 people on Monday.

The court against freezing judges' pay.

10. 04. 2012
The court against freezing judges' pay.
The Constitutional Court has dismissed a petition by Slovenian judges to examine whether the fiscal austerity act is in line with the Constitution in parts referring to a freeze in judges' pay.

Vorteks Named Best Startup

06. 04. 2012
Vorteks Named Best Startup
Engineering company Vorteks was declared this year's best startup as the Podim 2012 entrepreneurship conference concluded in Maribor. Economic Development and Technology Minister Radovan Žerjav handed out the award to the company's co-founder Peter Frantar.

Supplementary Budget and the Threats of Strike

06. 04. 2012
Supplementary Budget and the Threats of Strike
The government is expected to adopt a supplementary budget at its regular session. Trimming spending by about EUR 818m, the new budget will focus on public sector austerity, a move opposed by the unions, which have already announced a strike for 18 April.

Greek pensioner kills himself over debts

05. 04. 2012
Greek pensioner kills himself over debts
A Greek pensioner has committed suicide outside the parliament building in Athens because he could not cope with debts and financial worries caused by the country’s economic troubles.

Unions Reject Social Agreement

05. 04. 2012
Unions Reject Social Agreement
Only three trade union groups signed on to the proposed starting points for a new social agreement, whereas the major ones labelled it only a good basis for dialogue, continuing to reject a number of austerity measures put forward by the government.

Romney passes halfway mark in Republican race

04. 04. 2012
Romney passes halfway mark in Republican race
Republican front runner Mitt Romney made a clean sweep of it on Tuesday, taking all three primaries, and thereby giving his bid for his party’s presidential nomination an extra boost.

Prince Not Entitled to Protocol Estate

04. 04. 2012
Prince Not Entitled to Protocol Estate
Crown Prince Alexander II, the heir to the Serbian royal family Karađorđević, does not have the right to the protocol estate of Brdo pri Kranju, the Ljubljana Higher Court has decided.

Gunman kills seven in US college shooting

03. 04. 2012
Gunman kills seven in US college shooting
A man is in custody after opening fire at a private college in California. Seven people died in the attack, three more were wounded.

Terme Maribor Sold to Russians

03. 04. 2012
Terme Maribor Sold to Russians
Platanus, a Slovenian firm with Russian capital, has bought a majority stake in Maribor-based tourism company Terme Maribor under an agreement signed on Friday. The price has not been revealed, but media reports suggest the 86.57% stake is valued at EUR 28m.

More than 30 dead in Russian plane crash

02. 04. 2012
More than 30 dead in Russian plane crash
More than 30 people have been killed in a plane crash in Siberia, according to Russian media. The aircraft, a twin-engine ATR-72 run by the company Utair, crashed some 30 kilometres from the city of Tyumen.

Mercator Management Steps Down

02. 04. 2012
Mercator Management Steps Down
The entire management of Slovenia's biggest retailer Mercator stepped down, citing mutual lack of trust between them and the majority owners. CEO Žiga Debeljak told the STA that the lack of trust stemmed from the divergent views on the sale of Mercator to its biggest rival in the region, Croatia's Agrokor.

Clashes as Spanish unions protest further austerity

30. 03. 2012
Clashes as Spanish unions protest further austerity
Spain counted the cost of nationwide protests against the government’s planned austerity measures on Thursday. Demonstrators clashed with police in Barcelona and the capital Madrid during a general strike.

Missing Girl Found Alive and Well

30. 03. 2012
Missing Girl Found Alive and Well
The five-year-old girl who went missing over a year ago amidst a bitter custody dispute has been found "alive and well".

Spain on strike – unions call a national stoppage against labour reform

29. 03. 2012
Spain on strike – unions call a national stoppage against labour reform
Thursday is general strike day in Spain and night shift workers were the first to down tools.

Slovenian Dietary Habits

29. 03. 2012
Slovenian Dietary Habits
An average Slovenian consumed 121 kilos of cereals, 94 kilos of meat, 70 kilos of potato and 90 kilos of vegetables as well as drinking nearly 38 litres of wine in 2010, fresh statistics show.

Syria authorities target children, says UN rights chief

28. 03. 2012
Syria authorities target children, says UN rights chief
Syrian authorities are deliberately and systematically targeting children, the United Nations' human rights chief, Navi Pillay, has told the BBC.

Adria Supervisors Resign

28. 03. 2012
Adria Supervisors Resign
Four of the six supervisors of flag carrier Adria Airways, including chief supervisor Vinko Može, have resigned after failing to dismiss company chairman Klemen Boštjančič at a marathon session.

Strauss-Kahn charged for alleged role in French vice ring.

27. 03. 2012
Strauss-Kahn charged for alleged role in French vice ring.
A French court, on Monday, placed the former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn under formal investigation into his alleged role in a vice ring.

And the Guest Stars for 2011 are...

27. 03. 2012
And the Guest Stars for 2011 are...
he Spanish ambassador, a German executive, a Madagascar-born artist and a Canadian ice-hockey player were voted the most notable expatriates in their respective categories as The Slovenia Times newspaper and Radio Slovenia International gave out the annual Guest Star awards in Maribor.

Brother of Toulouse killer is charged over deaths

26. 03. 2012
Brother of Toulouse killer is charged over deaths
The brother of the Toulouse gunman has been charged with complicity in seven murders and involvement with terrorism.

Discipline Leads to Welfare

26. 03. 2012
Discipline Leads to Welfare
Prime Minister told public broadcaster that if the state is disciplined in consolidating public finances, the state budget could be balanced by 2015, otherwise Slovenia can bid farewell to being a welfare state.

Critics slam handling of Toulouse shoot-out

23. 03. 2012
Critics slam handling of Toulouse shoot-out
After one of the longest police operations in France, some are criticising the assault that ended with the death of self-confessed killer Mohamed Merah.

Watchdog Critical for the Asset Reporting System

23. 03. 2012
Watchdog Critical for the Asset Reporting System
Goran Klemenčič, the head of the Corruption Prevention Commission, told that the Slovenian system of oversight of assets of public office holders was inefficient. The corruption watchdog is therefore preparing legislative changes.

A Fifity of Primorje for Sale

22. 03. 2012
A Fifity of Primorje for Sale
Factor banka announced an auction of just under 20% of troubled builder Primorje, in what appears to be the start of the disowning of managers who had carried out a leveraged buyout ten years ago.

Iran vows to hit back at any US-Israeli attack

21. 03. 2012
Iran vows to hit back at any US-Israeli attack
In a speech to mark Nowrouz, the Persian New Year, Iran’s Supreme Leader has warned that his country will hit back at any attack from Israel or the US.

The Epilogue of 2005 Bank Robbery

21. 03. 2012
The Epilogue of 2005 Bank Robbery
The police said that one of the two suspects arrested last week in relation to the 2005 robbery of SKB bank was suspected of carrying out the act, while the other was a security guard serving as an accomplice. The damage of the burglary of the bank's vault in Ljubljana has been estimated at EUR 32m.

Politics is put on hold after Toulouse shootings

20. 03. 2012
Politics is put on hold after Toulouse shootings
The Toulouse shootings have brought the French presidential race to a halt.Both Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande have suspended their campaigns.The incumbent head of state and his wife Carla Bruni joined the Socialist contender in attending a memorial service for those who died.

Discussing issues in positive atmosphere

20. 03. 2012
Discussing issues in positive atmosphere
Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec and his Croatian counterpart Vesna Pusić agreed at a meeting in Zagreb that the Slovenian and Croatian governments should meet to discuss all open issues. Pusić expressed hope that the meeting will take place before the summer.

Heavy fighting breaks out in Syrian capital

19. 03. 2012
Heavy fighting breaks out in Syrian capital
Fighting in a main district of Damascus has been reported between Free Syria Army rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad.

Unemployment Rate Hits 12-Year High

19. 03. 2012
Unemployment Rate Hits 12-Year High
Slovenia's unemployment rate rose 0.4 percentage points to 12.5% in January, a twelve-year high, as scores of workers whose fixed-term works contracts expired at the end of the year rushed to register as jobless and construction continued to shed jobs, the Statistics Office said.

President Türk Declares Re-election Bid

16. 03. 2012
President Türk Declares Re-election Bid
President Danilo Türk declared his intention to stand for a second term in the autumn presidential election as an independent candidate.

Assad emails reveal private world of Syria’s leader

15. 03. 2012
assas emails private world of syrias leader
Emails reportedly taken from the personal accounts of Syria’s president and his wife allegedly reveal his regime sought advice from Iran on suppressing opposition protests.

ACTA Remains Frozen

15. 03. 2012
ACTA Remains Frozen
The parliamentary foreign policy and EU affairs committees on Wednesday refused to back an opposition-sponsored move that would lead to an outright rejection of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Slovenia, but all procedures regarding the agreement remain suspended.

Hoops and diplomacy for British prime minister's visit

14. 03. 2012
Hoops and diplomacy for British prime minister's visit
Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama gave a nod to America's heartland Tuesday, saying in an interview conducted during halftime of an NCAA basketball game in Ohio he wanted to show his British counterpart, David Cameron, a part of America rarely seen by foreign visitors.

The Unpopular Church

14. 03. 2012
The Unpopular Church
Ljubljana Archbishop Anton Stres has told an interview that he was "unpleasantly surprised" over the amount of hate speech directed at the Church. While it is normal that some people have a negative opinion of the Church, their number is exceptionally high in Slovenia, he says

Spain gets the euro group treatment after Greece

13. 03. 2012
Spain gets the euro group treatment after Greece
There was relief all round after Greece’s second bailout was finally rubber stamped in Brussels but immediately euro zone ministers turned their attention to Spain.

NKBM Faces Restructuring and Layoffs

13. 03. 2012
NKBM Faces Restructuring and Layoffs
Aleš Hauc, the new chief executive of NKBM bank, said that the bank and the group would have to be slimmed down and consolidated, including with layoffs and the mergers of subsidiaries. But he does not deem it necessary to recapitalise the bank at this point.

Anger grows over US soldier’s shooting spree

12. 03. 2012
Anger grows over US soldier’s shooting spree
There is growing anger among villagers near a US military base in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province after an American soldier went on a shooting spree killing at least 16 civilians including nine children.

Pomurje among top 10 regions by FDI Strategy

12. 03. 2012
Pomurje among top 10 regions by FDI Strategy
Representatives from over 40 cities and 23 regions assembled for the prestigious fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future awards ceremony in Cannes.

Debt swap success for Greece in bailout bid

09. 03. 2012
Debt swap success for Greece in bailout bid
The Greek government has said it has secured enough backing from private creditors to avoid a chaotic default on its deft.

Flaws in Municipal Real Estate Deals

09. 03. 2012
Flaws in Municipal Real Estate Deals
An audit into land sale and swap procedures in the municipalities of Ljubljana, Murska Sobota and Nova Gorica between 2007 and 2010 revealed irregularities which were detected in most municipalities in recent years, the president of the Court of Audit, Igor Šoltes told.

Baba Amr ‘devastated’ says UN’s humanitarian chief

08. 03. 2012
Baba Amr ‘devastated’ says UN’s humanitarian chief
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has visited Baba Amr in Homs describing it as devastated by the recent shelling and almost devoid of people

Fak World Champion in 20km

08. 03. 2012
Fak World Champion in 20km
Jakov Fak of Slovenia won gold in the men's 20km event at the World Biathlon Championships, finishing ahead of Simon Fourcade of France and Jaroslav Sokoup of the Czech Republic.

Syria: Red Cross convoy denied access to Baba Amro

07. 03. 2012
Syria: Red Cross convoy denied access to Baba Amro
The International Committee of the Red Cross has told euronews that its aid convoy is still being denied access to the shattered Baba Amro district of Homs in Syria.

A House for EUR 124

07. 03. 2012
Anton Panjan
Slovenia has been abuzz over media reports that a family's house was auctioned off in November 2010 over an unpaid bill for EUR 124.38. The Vaskrsić family, which claims they had no idea that their house was being put up for auction, has to move out by 16 March.

Hundreds arrested in Russian anti-Putin protests

06. 03. 2012
Hundreds arrested in Russian anti-Putin protests
Russian police have arrested hundreds of people including prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny amid protests against Vladimir Putin’s election as president.

A Balanced Budget Within This Govt Term

06. 03. 2012
A Balanced Budget Within This Govt Term
Leaders of parliamentary parties agreed to include the golden fiscal rule into the Slovenian Constitution. "There is a goal to reach a balanced budget as soon as possible, definitely within this [government's] term," Prime Minister Janez Janša told the press after the meeting.

Tears and promises as Putin claims victory

05. 03. 2012
Tears and promises as Putin claims victory
Vladimir Putin has thanked his supporters for returning him to the Kremlin as president. The 59-year-old claimed victory as exit polls and official prelimary figures gave him a commanding lead.

Government to Financially Disburden Economy

05. 03. 2012
Government to Financially Disburden Economy
The supplementary budget, one of the government's priorities, will include certain measures to financially disburden the economy, Economic Development and Technology Minister Radovan Žerjav said as he met representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) and other Slovenian business officials .

EU focus on growth as Van Rompuy is re-elected

02. 03. 2012
EU focus on growth as Van Rompuy is re-elected
Although debt is still very much on the agenda for EU leaders meeting at the latest summit in Brussels, they are turning their attention to growth as a possible way out of the crisis.

Jankovič Enters Race for Ljubljana Mayor

02. 03. 2012
Jankovič Enters Race for Ljubljana Mayor
Positive Slovenia president Zoran Janković announced Wednesday he would enter the race for Ljubljana mayor, a post he had to vacate in December after he was elected to parliament. He said being mayor would allow him to do the most for his party and for Slovenia.

Costa Allegra docks on main Seychelles island

01. 03. 2012
Costa Allegra docks on main Seychelles island
After a towing operation by French boats, the stricken Costa Allegra cruise ship has arrived at Mahé in the Seychelles.

Back into Recession

01. 03. 2012
Back into Recession
Slovenia officially slid back into recession as its economy contracted by 2.8% in real terms in the final quarter of last year, shrinking at a rate of 0.2% in the whole of 2011, according to the Statistics Office.

Romney wins Michigan and Arizona primaries

29. 02. 2012
Romney wins Michigan and Arizona primaries
In a tight run race, Mitt Romney has won both Michigan and Arizona in the latest Republican presidential primaries.

South Stream Preparations Running Well

29. 02. 2012
South Stream Preparations Running Well - Gazprom
President Danilo Türk and PM Janez Janša met the boss of Russian gas company Gazprom, Alexei Miller. Türk and Miller assessed in their separate meeting that the preparations for the planned South Stream gas pipeline, which is to run through Slovenia, were going well.

More dead in Syria as referendum passed

28. 02. 2012
More dead in Syria as referendum passed
It is feared as many as 135 people were killed across Syria on Monday. According to some activist groups, 64 were members of families fleeing areas of Homs that have been under sustained attack from government forces for weeks.

Six Slovenian Banks on Negative Watch

28. 02. 2012
Six Slovenian Banks on Negative Watch
Fitch Ratings placed ratings of six largest Slovenian banks on its negative rating watch. The ratings agency cited rising concerns over the provision of support of the Slovenian authorities for the country's banking sector.

‘The Artist’ takes the honours at the Oscars

27. 02. 2012
‘The Artist’ takes the honours at the Oscars
This year’s Academy Awards was dominated by the silent romance of ‘The Artist’ which scooped up five Oscars including best director, best actor and the coveted best film.

Against Abolition of High School Scholarships

27. 02. 2012
Against Abolition of High School Scholarships
The national Organisation of Secondary School Students (DOS) staged a rally in front of the National Assembly to protest against the abolition of state scholarships for students under 18.

World powers gather for Syria summit

24. 02. 2012
World powers gather for Syria summit
Western and Arab nations are expected to demand that Syrian forces implement an immediate ceasefire, when they meet in Tunis on Friday.

More than Meets the Eye

24. 02. 2012
More than Meets the Eye
Variation is the trump card the Slovenian meetings industry holds over its competitors. For events with more than a thousand delegates there are the immense halls of venues in Ljubljana. For small teambuilding exercises, travel to the mountains. For a brainstorming day, head to a sun splattered terrace on the Adriatic coast. The sector has been growing steadily and looks set to continue to do so, but there are still challenges to face.

Scores die in Homs including journalists

23. 02. 2012
Scores die in Homs including journalists
Rockets and bombs have rained down on the Syrian city of Homs for almost three weeks now.

600 Millions for the New Greek Bailout

23. 02. 2012
600 Millions for the New Greek Bailout
After the second bailout package for Greece worth EUR 130bn was agreed in Brussels, Finance Minister Janez Šušteršič announced that Slovenia would contribute about EUR 600m in guarantees.

US to consider additional measures against Assad

22. 02. 2012
US to consider additional measures against Assad
At least 100 people were killed in Syria on Tuesday during assaults on villages and a sustained bombardment on the city of Homs – according to activists.

Slovenia Needs Foreign Investment

22. 02. 2012
Slovenia Needs Foreign Investment
One of the key tasks of the new government is to create a competitive business environment, which will not be possible without foreign investments, Economic Development and Technology Minister Radovan Žerjav has said in an interview for STA. He hopes politicians will show unity in key moments.

Eurozone ministers agree Greek bailout deal

21. 02. 2012
Eurozone ministers agree Greek bailout deal
Eurozone finance ministers have reached a deal with Greece over its second bailout.

NLB Looking after Investors?

21. 02. 2012
NLB Looking after Investors?
The government plans to do all it can to ensure that NLB bank can be recapitalised without direct budgetary funds, Finance Minister Janez Šušteršič said, after the bank reported a EUR 239m loss for 2011 and said it would need EUR 400m in fresh capital.

IAEA holds talks with Iran over nuclear programme

20. 02. 2012
IAEA holds talks with Iran over nuclear programme
The International Atomic Energy Agency is in Iran for discussions on the country’s controversial nuclear programme.

Riko Wins a Deal in Minsk

20. 02. 2012
Riko Wins a Deal in Minsk
The Slovenian civil engineering company Riko will build a EUR 100m complex featuring a five-star Kempinski Hotel, apartments and offices in the Belarus capital Minsk.

UN General Assembly urges Assad to step down

17. 02. 2012
UN General Assembly urges Assad to step down
The United Nations General Assembly has overwhelming passed a non-binding resolution calling on Syrian President Bashar Assad to step aside.

Ideas for Higher Education

17. 02. 2012
Ideas for Higher Education
Minister for Education, Science, Culture and Sport Žiga Turk pointed to innovation as the key to Slovenia's future prosperity as he addressed a conference on diversification of higher education.

Iran hails new nuclear advances

16. 02. 2012
Iran hails new nuclear advances
Iran has proclaimed new advances in its nuclear programme.

Facing the Brussels Warning

16. 02. 2012
Facing the Brussels Warning
After the European Commission included Slovenia among the EU member states that are in for an in-depth macroeconomic review, the Labour Ministry announced on Wednesday measures to decrease labour costs, while Economic Development and Technology Minister Radovan Žerjav called for a more competitive business environment.

Eurogroup cancels meeting on Greek bailout

15. 02. 2012
Eurogroup cancels meeting on Greek bailout
There was disappointment as Greek politicians heard that eurozone finance ministers will not be meeting today to rubber stamp their bailout deal.

Moody's Downgrades Slovenia

15. 02. 2012
Moody's Downgrades Slovenia
Rating agency Moody's downgraded several EU countries, including Slovenia, which had its rating cut from A1 to A2 with a negative outlook due to concerns about ongoing weakness in the eurozone.

Moody’s threatens UK and French credit ratings

14. 02. 2012
Moody’s threatens UK and French credit ratings
Rating agency Moody’s has warned it may cut the coveted triple-A ratings of the United Kingdom, France and Austria.

Agrokor Gives Up

14. 02. 2012
Agrokor Gives Up
Croatian food group Agrokor said on 7 February it had decided after months of unsuccessful efforts to acquire a 52.1% stake in Slovenia's leading grocer Mercator to withdraw its bid.

Athens ablaze as protesters say ‘no’ to more cuts

13. 02. 2012
Athens ablaze as protesters say ‘no’ to more cuts
Burning buildings, tear gas, petrol bombs – mayhem broke out in central Athens while lawmakers in parliament grappled with the future of Greece.

Up for a Major Challenge

13. 02. 2012
Up for a Major Challenge
The team of ministers that will be put to vote today faces a big and difficult challenge, PM-elect Janez Janša told MPs on Friday as he presented his cabinet line-up. "This will be a term that will bring nothing spectacular at first, just hard work," he pointed out

Greece: 48-hour general strike over new austerity measures

10. 02. 2012
Greece: 48-hour general strike over new austerity measures
Greek political leaders have struck a deal on further austerity measures, angering protesters but failing to secure a second international bailout.

OSCE Evaluates Elections

10. 02. 2012
Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has issued a report on Slovenia's 4 December general election stating that the country's legislative framework provides a sound basis for the conduct of democratic elections, but certain aspects could benefit from further review.

Greek leaders edge closer to a bailout deal

09. 02. 2012
Greek leaders edge closer to a bailout deal
Greek coalition party leaders have agreed on all issues of a bailout plan expect one, and that’s about pensions.

Slovenia Wants Changes to TEN-T Plans

09. 02. 2012
Slovenia Wants Changes to TEN-T Plans
A conference on planned guidelines for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) 2013-2020 in Slovenia and beyond heard in Brussels that Slovenia believes its sole sea port in Koper should not only be connected with the east, as envisaged by new TEN-T plans, but also with Central Europe.

Homs under attack as Russia’s Lavrov arrives in Syria

07. 02. 2012
Homs under attack as Russia’s Lavrov arrives in Syria
Syria’s military intensified its crackdown in Homs and other cities on the eve of a peace visit to Damascus by Russia’s foreign minister.

Prices of Petrol to Hit New High

07. 02. 2012
Prices of Petrol to Hit New High
The retail prices of petrol in Slovenia will reach new record highs, with regular unleaded fuel becoming dearer by 0.6 cents to EUR 1.412 per litre, and premium unleaded going up 0.5 cents to EUR 1.428. Diesel will meanwhile be cheaper by 2.2 cents at EUR 1.302.

Greek leaders seek last minute agreement on aid

06. 02. 2012
Greek leaders seek last minute agreement on aid
Political leaders in Greece have failed to agree on austerity measures demanded by the EU and the International Monetary Fund perilously close to a crucial deadline.

Janša Presents the Cabinet

06. 02. 2012
Jansa Presents the Cabinet
Prime Minister-Elect Janez Janša presented the candidates for his cabinet, which is to have 11 ministers and one minister without portfolio. The list of names does not come as a surprise, as the names have already been circulated by the media.

Hundreds injured in Cairo clashes after football protest

03. 02. 2012
Hundreds injured in Cairo clashes after football protest
There were violent clashes on the streets of Cairo on Thursday night, as outraged people expressed anger at the deaths of 74 people after a football match on Wednesday.

Fitch Downgrades Govt-Guaranteed Bonds of Banks

03. 02. 2012
Eurozone
Fitch Ratings has downgraded government-guaranteed bonds of Slovenian banks NLB and Abanka Vipa to A from AA- and assigned negative outlook following the respective downgrade of Slovenia's credit rating, the banks said in a release on the web site of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange.

Egypt’s leaders vow to catch culprits after football mayhem

02. 02. 2012
Egyptian protesters
Injured players were forced to refuge in their changing room after being attacked in the mayhem which followed a pitch invasion in the Egyptian city of Port Said.

In Search of a New Mentality

02. 02. 2012
In Search of a New Mentality
To achieve a breakthrough Slovenia needs a new mentality, new values and innovation, as prosperity will not be achieved without competitiveness, a panel organised by the Manager Association was told.

UN remains split over Syria

01. 02. 2012
Un Security Council
The UN is divided over how to end the violence in Syria. A special session of the 15-nation Security Council had been asked to consider a resolution backing an Arab League plan, but Russia and China remain to be convinced.

Fiscal Measures Now!

01. 02. 2012
mechanism
Europe is changing rapidly and Slovenia must not hesitate to take measures, outgoing Prime Minister Borut Pahor said after an EU summit in Brussels at which 25 EU members, including Slovenia, reached an agreement on the new EU treaty on fiscal discipline.

UK and Czech Republic refuse to sign EU fiscal pact

31. 01. 2012
uk
Chancellor Angela Merkel has finally got her way with most of Europe agreeing to a German-inspired pact for stricter budget discipline.

Public Opinion Shifts in Favour of Janša

31. 01. 2012
janez
Public opinion has coalesced around Janez Janša, according to a poll released by Delo, with the recently-appointed PM-elect outranking election winner Zoran Janković for the first time as the most appropriate prime minister.

EU leaders hold debt crisis summit – again

30. 01. 2012
ec
European leaders are holding their 17th summit in two years as the bloc battles to resolve its sovereign debt problems.

Parliament Endorses Janša

30. 01. 2012
sds
The National Assembly endorsed Janez Janša, leader of the Democrats (SDS), for prime minister-elect by 51 votes to 39, opening the door for Slovenia to get a full-fledged government after weeks of political deadlock following early elections.

Shock German survey on Holocaust Remembrance Day

27. 01. 2012
hitler
It is international Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Janša for PM, Coalition Deal Signed

27. 01. 2012
jansa
Janez Janša, the leader of the Democrats (SDS), was nominated for prime minister by the newly-formed centre-right coalition featuring his SDS alongside the Virant List, the People's Party (SLS), the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) and New Slovenia (NSi).

Merkel tells Davos that Europe must reform

26. 01. 2012
forum
Having flown in by helicopter, German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a down to earth message at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Let the Parties Decide

26. 01. 2012
turk
President Danilo Türk will not nominate a new prime minister-designate for Saturday's vote in the National Assembly. He said he expected that parties forming a right-leaning coalition would file the nomination.

Obama makes bid for re-election in Union address

25. 01. 2012
obama
President Barack Obama has made a rallying call against inequality in his third State of the Union address.

Japan Quake Shook Revoz Production

25. 01. 2012
car
Revoz, the Novo mesto-based subsidiary of French car maker Renault, produced 174,127 cars in 2011, CEO Aleš Bratož told. The figure is bellow that of 2010 mostly due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which forced the company to scrap one shift between May and August.

France passes ‘genocide’ bill

24. 01. 2012
jean
After a debate lasting more than seven hours, the French Senate voted to back a controversial new law making it illegal to refer to the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as anything other than genocide. Anyone breaking the law could be fined or imprisoned.

Plečnik's 140th Birth Anniversary

24. 01. 2012
tromostovje
Today marks the 140th birth anniversary of Jože Plečnik (1872-1957), Slovenia's most acclaimed architect, whose life and work will be celebrated throughout the year with a series of events hosted by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MOA).

Syria rejects Arab League roadmap

23. 01. 2012
syria
Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo have agreed on a new political roadmap for Syria and called on support from the United Nations.

Kirchgasser Wins, Maze Fourth

23. 01. 2012
maze
Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria charged to victory in Sunday's World Cup slalom race in Kranjska Gora. Slovenia's Tina Maze finished fourth.

Passengers of stricken liner ‘told to return to cabins’

20. 01. 2012
boat
Passengers on the stricken Costa Concordia were told to return to their cabins, 40 minutes after the cruise ship struck a rock, according to Italian TV.

Banker Voljč as Possible Alternative PM

20. 01. 2012
vojc
President Danilo Türk proposed to parties to reflect on the possibility of supporting former NLB bank chairman Marko Voljč as a candidate for PM-designate. He said Voljč was ready to stand, however only if a consensus among parties is secured beforehand.

Turkish embassy in Baghdad hit by rockets

19. 01. 2012
embassy
The Turkish embassy in Baghdad has been attacked with at least two rockets.

Factory Gate Prices Up 3.6%

19. 01. 2012
factory
Factory gate prices in Slovenia in December were up by 0.1% compared to November, while their growth in the entire year stood at 3.6%, the Statistics Office.

Concordia captain under house arrest

18. 01. 2012
capitan
The man at the centre of the investigation into the Italian cruise ship disaster, Captain Francesco Schettino, is under house arrest after appearing in court.

New Round of Talks on PM-Designate

18. 01. 2012
designate
President Danilo Türk held a fresh round of talks on a PM-designate, but there are no indications whom he might nominate for the second round of voting in parliament. It is clear, however, that the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) will be the kingmaker.

ECB chief slams credit rating agencies

17. 01. 2012
eecb
ECB chief Mario Draghi has taken a swipe at credit rating agencies after Standard & Poor’s downgraded the eurozone’s EFSF bailout fund.

Kranjec Wins, Maze on the Podioum

17. 01. 2012
ski
Slovenia's Robert Kranjec won Sunday's World Cup ski jumping event on Austria's Kulm hill, landing at 206 metres to score 212.5 points.

Another body found in cruise disaster

16. 01. 2012
ship
A sixth body has been discovered in the wreck of the cruise liner which capzied off the coast of Italy on Friday night.

Car Sales Up Slightly in 2011

16. 01. 2012
car
The number of cars or light commercial vehicles registered for the first time stood at 64,899 in 2011, a 0.5% increase on the year before. Renault's compact Clio model remained the most popular car.

Ahmadinejad completes Latin America visit

13. 01. 2012
ahmadinejad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been rounding off his tour of allies in Latin America.

Six Major Bills to Break Deadlock

13. 01. 2012
parlament
Faced with a deadlock in parliament after the failed appointment of a new prime minister, the outgoing government adopted on six bills it deems necessary to "protect the national interest". "It is now up to parliament to decide what to do with them," Prime Minister Borut Pahor said.

Second Arab League monitor to quit Syrian mission

12. 01. 2012
arab
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the Arab League monitoring mission in Syria cannot continue indefinitely. Speaking yesterday she also gave her first reaction to President Bashar al Assad’s speech on Tuesday.

Janković Loses Vote for PM-Elect

12. 01. 2012
jankovic
Zoran Janković failed to be appointed prime minister-elect, mustering 42 votes, four short of the needed absolute majority in vote in the National Assembly.

Primaries spark more protests by Occupy activists

11. 01. 2012
mitt
Not everyone in New Hampshire has election fever.

Where are the Arbiters?

11. 01. 2012
eu
The EU Commission will present Slovenia and Croatia with a list of 15 international law experts, candidates for the border arbitration tribunal, in the second half of January, European Commissioner for Enlargement Štefan Füle told the countries' foreign ministers in Brussels.

Romney is poised to win New Hampshire

10. 01. 2012
romney
Mitt Romney is in pole position for todays race to win the New Hampshire primary. If he takes the state after narrowly winning Iowa, his five rivals will be playing catchup for the US Republican presidential nominiation.

No to Janković's Coalition

10. 01. 2012
jankovic
The Virant List (VL), considered the king-maker in the tug-of-war for the new governing coalition, decided it will not back PM-designate Zoran Janković of election winner Positive Slovenia (PS) as PM and also not join his left-leaning coalition.

Ahmadinejad rallies support in Venezuela

09. 01. 2012
mahmoud
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Venezuela at the start of a tour of Latin American countries.

Freight Shipping Company on Sale

09. 01. 2012
splosna
The state-owned KAD and SOD funds have put up for sale their combined 25.05% stake in Slovenia's maritime transport group Splosna plovba. The minimum bidding price was set at EUR 59.9m.

More cuts in the new US defence strategy

06. 01. 2012
uspentagon
US President Barack Obama has announced changes to America’s defence strategy that will see a much “leaner” military force.

And the PM Designate is...

06. 01. 2012
zokidanilo
President Danilo Türk put forward Zoran Janković, leader of the biggest party in parliament after the 4 December general election, the Positive Slovenia (PS), for PM-designate.

The West raises sanction stakes against Iran

05. 01. 2012
oil
Washington has welcomed the move by European governments to agree in principle to ban imports of Iranian oil.

Person of the Year

05. 01. 2012
ivo
Ivo Boscarol, the co-owner and boss of the ultralight plane maker Pipistrel, was named the person of the year by Slovenia's leading daily Delo.

Dead heat in Iowa Republican caucuses

04. 01. 2012
romney
Voting in Iowa to choose a Republican presidential candidate turned into a two horse race with the biggest surprise of the evening being the performance of newcomer, social conservative Rick Santorum.

The End of National Unity Governement Idea

04. 01. 2012
parlament
The idea by three smaller parties that Slovenia should get a government of national unity has been shelved due to the refusal of the other parties to sign up. But the trio may continue to "stick together as a bloc" in coalition talks, Virant List president Gregor Virant said.

Iran test-fires missiles in Strait of Hormuz exercises

03. 01. 2012
iran
Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- Iran test-fired two missiles Monday, the final day of its naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, state-run media reported.

Education Improving, Women Doing Better

03. 01. 2012
education
One is six people living in Slovenia older than 15 has finished at least a higher vocational school, data released by the Statistics Office show. The number of women with higher education exceeds that of men by a third.