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Večer - Slovenia | 07/10/2015

Slovenia's government wants to control bad bank

The government in Ljubljana on Tuesday dismissed the two Swedish heads of Slovenia's "bad bank", Lars Nyberg and Torbjörn Mansson. The official version is that they were dismissed over the excessive wages they paid to themselves. But the liberal daily Večer believes that the move is a bid by the government to regain power in the bank: "The government didn't sound particularly convincing when it commented on the dismissal of Mansson and Nyberg yesterday, so political interests can't be ruled out here. The decisions on who to appoint next will show what the motivation was. The bad bank's main problem is not wages but the lack of institutional supervision. The bad bank could start acting against taxpayers' interests and through privatisations become a key decision maker on the country's economy and politics."

Večer - Slovenia | 20/12/2012

Slovenia's Constitutional Court no longer trusted

There will be no referendum in Slovenia on the planned "bad bank" or on the state holding company. The country's Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the referendums were unconstitutional on the grounds that the smooth functioning of the state took priority. The conservative daily Večer believes the decision will further diminish the citizens' trust in the rule of law: "With this decision the court has gambled away a good deal of its authority and credibility - something state institutions are already lacking right now. This also means that the judges have effectively confirmed that there is no alternative to the government's austerity policy. Will they bear the consequences of this decision, which many consider questionable? With this ruling, the highest protector of the constitution has itself cast doubts on its apolitical nature and the principle that constitutional issues are not adapted to political and economic constellations. Clearly the judges (no longer) have any understanding of the distrust in politics and the constitutional state that is being voiced on Slovenia's streets and squares."

Večer - Slovenia | 25/03/2009

Slovenia not the only country to have reservations about Croatia joining the EU

The foreign ministers of Slovenia and Croatia are meeting EU enlargement commissioner Olli Rehn in Brussels to discuss solutions to their border dispute. In the run-up to the visit Croatia's Prime Minister Ivo Sanader had attempted in vain to convince the conservative European People's Party (EPP) to support his country's position. The daily Večer comments: "In the EPP, too, people are aware that Slovenia is not alone in its reservations regarding Croatia. For many countries such as the Netherlands it will be decisive how Serge Brammertz, the main prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, assesses Croatia. And in recent times he has been very critical of Croatia. Meanwhile the resounding rhetoric from Zagreb continues relentlessly. This is evident in the context of the upcoming local elections and in the fact that the government is trying to divert attention from its difficulties in managing the crisis and initiating reforms."

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