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Lorenci, Janko

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Mladina - Slovenia | 28/01/2013

High time for alternative party in Slovenia

After the withdrawal of the liberal Civic List party, the centre-right government of Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša has lost its majority in parliament. Janša, however, insists on remaining in his post despite the growing calls for early elections. The left-leaning weekly Mladina puts its hopes in the founding of a new party: "The creation of an alternative, competent party is a more important topic than all the current strategising of the established parties. We believe that despite the current difficulties of the political class, such a party would gain support after eventual early elections. In the civil society out of which this party would grow there are plenty of clever and committed people with good intentions. And what's more, the citizens' plight and anger is increasing. ... The fact that time is running out could serve as extra motivation here, because when we have plenty of time we tend to put off the unpleasant tasks for later."

Mladina - Slovenia | 14/01/2013

Protests as beginning of Slovenia's renewal

Several thousand Slovenians demonstrated against their government in Ljubljana on Friday and called for the resignation of Prime Minister Janez Janša and opposition leader Zoran Janković. Both are accused of corruption. The left-leaning weekly Mladina is delighted about the current wave of protest in the country: "This new uprising is the most positive event since Slovenia gained its independence. For the first time there is collective reflection on what we stand for, where we want to go and what we really want. The discontent has penetrated deep into the academic circles and the middle class, the two sections of the population that are generally responsible for major change. If this unrest continues and assumes a political character, perhaps in the form of a new party that offers alternatives to the current political elite, we can start to talk about the beginning of a renewal in Slovenian politics - and also about the collapse of the myth surrounding Janez Janša. Both these things are absolutely crucial for the long-term recovery of the state."

Delo - Slovenia | 04/08/2006

Criticism of Slovenia's environmental policy

Janko Lorencis sums up Slovenia's environmental policy up to now. "Slovenia is quite heavily polluted for a country of its size and development. But it would have been a lot worse if the country hadn't been at least partially de-industrialised following the collapse of Yugoslavia. We signed the Kyoto protocol, but like other developed EU member states, we've failed to meet some of its demands. "Lorenci fears the situation will worsen if the energy sector is liberalised: "The government plans to liberalise the energy sector, which until now had been in state hands – officially for the benefit of the consumer and unofficially as part of its neo-liberal course. Experience in other countries has shown that liberalisation often results in higher prices and poorer service for consumers. The state will lose control of environmentally-friendly policies. This is what happened in the 1990s in certain parts of Europe. Private owners tend to be less concerned about the environment and global warming."

Delo - Slovenia | 17/01/2006

Soldiers in Iraq

The Slovenian government's decision to send four Slovenian soldiers to Iraq has triggered a lively debate. "It's a peculiar decision coming at a peculiar time. Even the English, who are so fond of the US, have announced the withdrawal of their troops from Iraq," Janko Lorenci observes. "The possibility that the Americans under Bush's command may suddenly withdraw their troops – regardless of the situation in Iraq – can't be ruled out. Iraq could then turn into another Vietnam. Is that what it would take for Slovenian Prime Minister Jansa and Foreign Minister Rupel to admit that their decision was wrong and against the interests of the Iraqi state?"

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