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Delo - Slovenia | 25/02/2008

Remembering Janez Drnovsek

Slovenia is mourning the loss of Janez Drnovsek, Slovenia's prime minister from 1992 to 2002, and president until December 2007. Darijan Kosir says Drnovsek was one of the few true Slovenian statesmen to have a major influence on the country in the last 20 years. "When he entered politics, Slovenia was a half-open province in a very complicated supra-national society, stuck in the middle of pre-war relations. ... Today, Slovenia is a member of the EU, NATO, the euro-zone and the Schengen area. It has all the attributes of Europe, including openness and progressiveness. Drnovsek's life's work is visible everywhere. He had an influence on Slovenia's normalization and Europeanization. ... His individualistic style of governing will go down in Slovenian history, and his methods will be a model for others."

Delo - Slovenia | 11/01/2008

Censorship in Slovenia?

In October 2007, 571 Slovenian journalists signed a petition against censorship and political pressure. At the start of their country's EU-Council presidency, they reiterated their point: In Slovenia journalists are subjected to censorship, harassment and bans on writing. The government now has responded with a study on press freedoms in the country. Darijan Kosir criticizes this study: "Not only because they chose a controversial and simplistic method for a complex analysis, but because it was carried out on a government commission by 'pundits' who are known supporters of the administration. ... The mere fact that the evaluation of journalistic work according to whether a text is positively oriented toward the government, whether it rejects the government or is 'balanced' highly questionable. Is it the role of journalism to approach every problem as a chance to praise or criticize the government? Or may not journalism also spread more sophisticated thinking?"

Delo - Slovenia | 28/11/2007

Striking customs officials cause tailbacks at border

Slovenian customs officials are worried about losing their jobs as a result of the enlargement of the Schengen area, and are demanding higher pay. To this end they staged a two-day strike which caused long tailbacks at the border with Croatia. Darijan Kosir comments: "It almost falls into the category of the 'bizarre': the customs officials' trade union has achieved its goal of ensuring that there will be no cuts in the number of employees in this sector. However in the weeks leading up to the introduction of the Schengen rules, it would be wise to bear in mind that the occupation of the customs official is at much in danger as that of the blacksmith once was. Under these circumstances it's an anachronism to maintain the same number of employees in the future. It would have been more sensible if both sides had reached an agreement on how to help this sector recover faster and less painfully once it's been hit by the Schengen shock."

Delo - Slovenia | 30/03/2007

Foreign supermarkets control Slovenia

The German discount supermarket chain Lidl yesterday opened 15 branches in Slovenia. "Apparently, in Slovenia there are still cases of impatient customers getting into scuffles with security officers because they want to bend the rules to get their hands on a cheap TV or sewing machine," Darijan Kosir notes. But this hasn't deterred the three supermarket chains Mercator, Spar and Tus, who between them already have an 80 percent market share in Slovenia's retail trade sector. "The Slovenian market is basically already saturated, so there's no room for major shake-ups. Years of experience have shown how conservative Slovenian customers are. They don't like major upheavals, so it's difficult to persuade them to change 'their' retailer... Although we'll see some pushing and shoving for bargains, it's unlikely this will have a major impact on the economy."

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