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Žurnal24 online - Slovenia | Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Street protests pave way for pension reform

The Slovenian parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved a new pension reform, among other measures raising the retirement age to 65. The online edition of Žurnal24 sees the compromise as a reaction to the current protests in the country: "The heated mood in society influenced this agreement to no small degree. Because for some time now the protests have been directed against all politicians rather than a specific politician. For this reason, too, the politicians at least had to reach an agreement on one point and show that they can work together, that they can at least push through a reform that improves the situation in the country. … Unfortunately it was apparently necessary for thousands of demonstrators to derail the country before the politicians would talk to each other and unanimously approve the measure."

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