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Trtnik, Samo

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Večer - Slovenia | 28/02/2013

Real fresh start in Slovenia questionable

The Slovenian parliament ousted the government of Prime Minister Janez Janša with a vote of no confidence on Wednesday. Janša has been struggling with accusations of corruption for some time now. The conservative daily Večer doubts that the new prime minister, Alenka Bratušek of the centre-left party Pozitivna Slovenija, will be successful: "The break is incomplete. Firstly because the new coalition is full of contradictions. Diverging interests that are easy to put down on paper under the collective heading 'Coalition Agreement' but won't be so easy to reconcile during the actual term of office. And also because if you read between the lines of ex-leader of the Pozitivna Slovenija party Zoran Janković's resignation announcement, it becomes obvious that he resigned because others wanted him to and not because it was the right thing to do. This proves that this section of the anti-Janša faction is also not aware of the key problem. It's not about what others want, but about the common good. It's about people's trust in politics and also politicians trusting each other."

Večer - Slovenia | 05/07/2012

Rejection a success for the people of Europe

The European Parliament has rejected the Acta agreement by a large majority: 479 out of 682 MEPs voted against the controversial anti-piracy agreement on Wednesday. The conservative daily Večer sees this as a success: "Yesterday's decision in the European Parliament is historical. Firstly because it means that Europe's understanding of copyright triumphs over that of the US. Secondly because the people's will has defeated the will of the corporations. The civil protests played an important role in this decision, the politicians would probably not have listened to their voters if they hadn't protested so loudly against the agreement. Thirdly, it is a historical decision because the European Parliament had demonstrated its power over the Commission in the struggle among the EU institutions. When the Commission signed the agreement back then it certainly didn't reckon with the agreement being torpedoed by 'insignificant' individuals like the members of the European Parliament."

Dnevnik - Slovenia | 24/11/2006

Slovenian law for the protection of the Roma

"It comes a little too late," Samo Trtnik comments on the new law for protection of Roma as an ethnic minority proposed by the Slovenian government on Thursday. The law foresees special rights for Roma regarding protection of their language and culture, and would guarantee them a seat in the Slovenian parliament. Up to now only the Hungarian and Italian minorities had been granted this special status in Slovenia. "The law will make its way through parliament and, according to the government, will be passed by the end of this year... However, it's more likely to take until the end of next year." Trtnik speculates on whether the law would have helped a Roma family that was forced out of a town in eastern Slovakia last October. "Perhaps it would have, perhaps not. But it certainly would have been a lot easier to find a solution to the problem."

Dnevnik - Slovenia | 09/01/2006

The Price of the Schengen Agreement

Samo Trtnik is concerned that Slovenia's joining the Schengen Agreement "as a test before Slovenia takes over the EU presidency" will come at a high price. "Slovenia expects to encounter the most problems with infrastructural delays at sea ports and airports. But it also expects to have difficulties on the EU's outer borders with Croatia. The main challenge here is networking the checkpoints with the Schengen information system (SIS II). "Calls for more investment in this area are justified, but will cost the country a considerable amount in financial resources. The government is at a dead end in this respect. The implementation of the Schengen agreement requires investment and readjustments. Slovenia, however, is supposed to be cutting costs."

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