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Mladina - Slovenia | 27/05/2013

Slovenians lack courage for own economic policy

The Slovenian parliament on Friday anchored a debt cap into the country's constitution. The plan is to balance the budget starting 2015 - although Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek had previously argued for a debt cap starting 2017. The left-leaning weekly Mladina puts Bratušek's change of heart down to her feelings of uncertainty "both at home and abroad. [Bratušek's predecessor] Janez Janša also acted in the same way. In times of international crisis it's simply too risky for most politicians to push through their own economic policy, which is for the most part in direct contrast to the instructions of the international institutions. It's much simpler just to follow these instructions than to follow your own economic policy and subject yourself to criticism at home and abroad."

Mladina - Slovenia | 25/03/2013

Women only do jobs that men don't want

In recent weeks the Slovenian media has made much of the fact that with Alenka Bratušek the country has a female prime minister for the first time. The leftist weekly Mladina observes that women take the helm only under very specific circumstances: "Because politics is a very delicate area in which there can be no discrimination, one must ask: has the number of women politicians grown simply because politics has become less interesting and attractive - above all for men? Because in fact, this is not the first field which women only started becoming interested in once it had lost interest in men's eyes. ... Many professions became predominantly female only once their prestige and high salaries had dwindled. To that extent the fact that Alenka Bratušek has become our first woman prime minister has a bitter after-taste."

Mladina - Slovenia | 08/10/2012

Slovenia treats citizens like greedy hyenas

Slovenia's Minister for Education and Science Žiga Turk on Friday announced plans to cut salaries in the education sector. At the beginning of the semester he had called on students to be grateful for the fact that the state continues to provide free university education. But the citizens pay taxes and therefore have a right to education and other services from the state, the left-leaning weekly Mladina points out indignantly: "The citizen pays high taxes because the state is supposed to guarantee education and the infrastructure. ... We pay taxes and social contributions also for the event that we lose our jobs. We pay social contributions for the event that we need medical care or social benefits. This is why social benefits are not a gift from the state but something to which we are entitled. ... And why are all these examples being cited? Because in recent times the state has been portraying all our rights (for which we pay!) as if they were a gift from the state. The citizens by contrast are being portrayed as hyenas who are being given something that doesn't belong to them."

Mladina - Slovenia | 14/05/2012

Slovenia follows dictates of the markets

The Slovenian parliament passed the government's austerity package for 2012 and 2013 on Friday. Public spending is to be cut by 500 million euros this year and 750 in 2013. Starting June, the salaries of public sector employees will go down by eight percent. But economising measures alone will accomplish nothing, as other countries in Europe have already shown, writes the left-leaning weekly Mladina: "The current government has not dared to undertake systemic changes or structural reforms. All it does is cut spending, which is exactly what Europe has said goodbye to this week. Austerity for austerity's sake has proved the wrong way to go. Yet this is precisely the step Slovenia has chosen to take even though it pulled Greece, Spain and Ireland ever deeper into the crisis maelstrom. By cinching their belts tighter and tighter, these countries have eliminated the little breathing space they had. ... But some countries still obey the financial markets, and not without reason. Because the markets are not nameless figures. Behind them are people, proprietors."

Mladina - Slovenia | 16/01/2012

Slovenia's opposition faces difficult task

Slovenia's conservative ex-prime minister Janez Janša (2004 - 2008) could become the country's new head of government after the winner of the parliamentary elections, Zoran Janković, was not elected to the post by the parliament last Wednesday. As leader of the opposition Janković now faces the difficult task of defending Slovenia's democracy against Janša's plans, writes the left-leaning weekly Mladina: "Janša may very well be making a comeback. Whereas in 2004 it looked like Janša would be less imperious once he took power, we now know that this is the basis of all his actions. The question is where he will begin to set things in order. ... Janković will have to assume a role he never really wanted: namely that of defending the achievements of the social welfare state and democratic standards as the leader of the opposition. If Janša governs in the same way he did between 2004 and 2008, Janković faces a truly difficult task."

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