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Delo - Slovenia | 08/05/2013

Slovenia must fight bribery

Around 39 percent of Europe's managers believe that bribes are part and parcel of daily business in their country, a recent survey by consulting firm Ernst & Young reveals. Slovenia came out worst in the survey, with 96 percent of the respondents taking corruption for granted in their country. The left-liberal daily Delo calls for radical action: "It's time we banged the table here in Slovenia. When our country comes first among the countries with most corruption and bribery, it's also time for a radical change. If 96 percent of the managers and financial experts included in the survey believe that Slovenia is a country of corruption, dirty money and bribery, there can be no more excuses. ... Could the cause of these filthy business morals not lie in the filthy morals of the political elite that rules the country?"

Delo - Slovenia | 19/02/2013

Borisov is role model for Slovenia

After several days of mass protests, the Bulgarian Finance Minister Simeon Djankov resigned on Monday. Demonstrations have been going on for months in Slovenia, and according to the most recent monthly polls put out by the left-liberal daily Delo, only 14.4 percent of respondents support the government. Nevertheless there's no sign of anyone resigning. For the daily this is indefensible: "According to news agency reports today [Monday], Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced he would reshuffle the cabinet just a day after a protest by tens of thousands of dissatisfied Bulgarians who accuse the government of corruption and monopolism [on the energy market]. The government of this poorest of the EU countries is just as unpopular as our own. But one thing is clear: the Bulgarian leader is far more sensitive to the opinion of the Bulgarian voters than our government is to the concerns of Slovenians. Bulgaria's voters at least elected politicians who govern, and who are ready to take their responsibilities somewhat seriously."

Delo - Slovenia | 14/11/2007

Slovenia's prime minister threatens to step down

Following the clear election victory of the new Slovenian president, Danilo Türk, which is widely regarded as a "vote of no confidence" against the current government, Prime Minister Janes Jansa has threatened to resign. Janez Markes comments: "[Jansa] believes all this could have a negative impact on the preparations for the country's upcoming EU presidency. ... The rift between the governing coalition and the president could cause them to head in opposite directions. ... Jansa sees Türk's victory over Peterle, with Türk winning 68 percent of the vote, as a major defeat for the government. Now we are witnessing how he's trying to manoeuvre the country into a political situation that has always worked to his advantage - a state of emergency. Yet he's taking a big risk with these tactics because at the same time he knows that a state of emergency would not be good for Slovenia.

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