SLOVENIA & COVID-19: Number of coronavirus cases up by 39 to 841, death toll at 15

A total of 1,288 tests for the new coronavirus were performed in Slovenia on Tuesday, with 39 new Covid-19 cases confirmed to increase the total number of confirmed cases to 841. The death toll increased to 15 by the end of Tuesday as two more persons died.

The government said on Twitter that a total of 119 Covid-19 patients were in hospital, the same number as on Monday, of whom 31 are in intensive care.

Nursing homes remain hot spots for the disease, with 137 residents and 30 healthcare workers employed in nursing homes having contracted the disease.

Grafični prikaz trenda okužb, hospitaliziranih oseb, oseb na intenzivni negi in štev. umrlih od začetka epidemije

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Slovenian PM Jansa: “Issuing a common debt instrument would send out a strong signal of unity and solidarity in Europe”

Following a political crisis in Slovenia, at the session of the National Assembly on 3 March 2020, Janez Janša was elected as the 14th President of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. We interviewed him on the health emergency in Europe, the respnses of the European Union and the migrant crisis.

What measures did you take in the fight against Covid-19 as soon as you became Prime Minister? 

We took over the Government at a time when no serious measures had been put in place to tackle the epidemic. Stocks with necessary personal protective equipment were empty. We wrote every single order, ordinance and decision from scratch, which required devoting additional efforts to dealing with this insidious virus. In adopting the measures, we followed the instructions of medical experts, while following the situation not only in our neighbouring countries but also in other countries that faced the epidemic before us. We immediately adopted an ordinance on the temporary prohibition of offering and selling goods and services to consumers, allowing only the operation of business providing food and other essential services (post offices, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, agricultural stores), whereas all other accommodation, hospitality, wellness, sports and recreational, cinematographic, cultural, hairdressing, cosmetics and pedicure services, including gaming and other similar activities, have been suspended.

We allocated doctors without licences, adopted an act on temporary measures regarding judicial, administrative and other public law-related matters, and banned the operation of air services in the Republic of Slovenia, with some exceptions. Educational institutions have been closed meaning that the study process is being carried out remotely, and will continue to be performed this way as long as the risk of the virus being spread persists. Furthermore, we adopted the act proposal for the intervention measure of deferred payment of borrowers’ liabilities, restricted entry into the Republic of Slovenia from Italy, and established checkpoints on the Austrian border. We prohibited movement outside the municipality of residence as well as gatherings of people at public meetings, public events and other events in public places in the Republic of Slovenia.

Being aware of the social and economic impact of measures on peoples’ lives – as we face the overall shutdown of public work and life – we adopted an anti-corona legislative package containing measures to preserve jobs, improve people’s social situation, help the self-employed, keep businesses in operation, improve the liquidity of businesses, and provide support to scientific research projects in the fight against the epidemic and guidelines for measures designed to aid agriculture. This package will be followed by others, all with the aim of getting back to the life we once had as soon as possible after this battle with the coronavirus. As the magnitude of the crisis is truly large and could have major and fatal effects on the coherence of the EU and the economic and monetary union, Slovenia supported the initiative for a common debt instrument.

 How is Slovenia handling protective and medical equipment shortages, if any? 

Just like other countries that are now making every effort worldwide to find medical equipment, the production of which is concentrated in China, this Government immediately upon its appointment launched activities to supply such equipment and we are doing everything humanly possible to ensure the delivery of the equipment. Not a day goes by without at least one large shipment being delivered to Slovenia. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Czech Republic for their help not only in connection with the protective equipment but also the repatriation of Slovenian citizens. Solidarity between human beings and states is being put to the test in this ........

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Minister Logar: If possible, stay where you are

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently undertaking one of the biggest repatriation efforts in the history of both the Ministry and the state. Since the evacuation of Slovenian citizens from the cruise ship quarantined at Yokohama in the beginning of February, the Ministry is constantly and intensively seeking for new ways and solutions to bring home Slovenian citizens.

Slovenian Government Wants to Give Military Police Powers on Croatian Border; police officers needs to be relieved during the coronavirus

The government has adopted a motion that, if passed in parliament, will activate a legislative provision that gives the military limited police powers in controlling the border. To be passed, the proposal needs the support of two-thirds of MPs. The National Assembly might discuss it as soon as on Thursday.

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SLOVENIA & CORONAVIRUS: Four die as number of Covid-19 persons rises by 46 to 802

Slovenia's Covid-19 death toll has risen to 15 as four people died on Monday and Tuesday, the latest government figures released on Tuesday show. The number of new coronavirus cases increased by 46 to 802 after 1,125 persons were tested on Monday.

At least one of the four persons died at the University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases at Golnik, according to coronavirus crisis spokesperson Jelko Kacin.

As many as 119 Covid-19 patients were in hospital, of whom 28 were in intensive care, on Monday, when six patients were released from hospital.

The number of persons who have been so far been tested for the virus in Slovenia has risen to 22,474.

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New stimulus package in parliament on Wednesday

Parliamentary Speaker Igor Zorčič has announced that the new stimulus package, adopted by the government on Sunday to mitigate the impact of coronavirus, will be discussed and voted on in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

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Joze Biscak, open letter to Mr. Harlem Désir: Without critical distance, you shame the reputation of OSCE!

I am really tired of the outburst of propaganda that after the change of government on March 13, when the center-left government of Marjan Sarec was replaced by the center-right government of Janez Jansa, is being launched by some Slovenian journalists, editors, and above all by the Slovenian Journalists Association (DNS). This activist war, fueled by hatred not only for Jansa, but for the right-wing and conservative people in general, has no comparison to anything in the recent history of Slovenia. And you, Mr. Harlem, are falling for this activist war, thus shaming the reputation of an organization such as OSCE (HERE).

These vile writings to various international organizations, full of manipulation, deception and lies, comes at a time when the world is facing the global crisis of the COVID-19 virus and is threatening hundreds of thousands of lives. However, this crisis is being used by the Slovenian mainstream media, which is mostly left-wing-oriented, for the propaganda war and incitement, and in the public service broadcaster RTV Slovenia that you are so concerned about, they use the crisis for political billing. It is a shameful, unworthy for journalistic profession, and we have not seen such a thing in these places for a long time. And then you respond, giving such abuses public and international support. Your words sound like the words of a political commissioner of the Socialist International from some of the darkest days of 20th century history.

You are referring to the OSCE Ministerial Council Decision on Safety of Journalists, adopted in 2018 in Milan, where all countries and political leaders were called upon to refrain from intimidation, threats or condemnation of journalists. But exactly in this year, former Slovenian prime minister Marjan Sarec (who moved his leftist position to the far left before resigning as prime minister) urged state-owned companies to consider whether they would advertise in the media allegedly spreading intolerance. In reality, it is precisely these media (conservative orientations) that have sharply criticized the government and their policies. At the time, no news organizations came to our defense, and you also were quiet as a mouse, even though freedom of the media and freedom of speech were seriously threatened. Even more. Thus, the Press Society (DNS) enthusiastically welcomed and joined the premier's prosecution against Demokracija magazine, which has always defended freedom of speech and freedom in general.Even a criminal complaint for verbal tort was filed against  me by the  left-wing journalists, and I have been interrogated five times by the police for expressing opinions. Where were you then? Why were you silent at the time? The answer to me is that you have ’turned tail’ because you are also perpetuating left-wing political activism. You can be ashamed!

Further more, you are concerned that prime minister Janez Jansa is allegedly "verbally assaulting" public service broadcasting. If he wants to, Jansa himself will answer to you, but I will tell you something about the public service broadcasting and its "independence". When, in 2016, journalists and editors of the public broadcaster and the »concerned public« (read: left-wing activists), at a meeting of the RTV Slovenia program council, claimed the »right to comment« and respect for »journalistic and editorial independence«, they had a poster with the inscription »Death to Janshism«, that is, death to Janez Jansa (HERE). Now pay attention. At the time, Mr. Jansa was not in power at all, but the government was lead by the left political option. But they felt threatened by opposition MP Jansa, who had no political power at all. It was unprecedented madness, and the public television journalists took off their masks. I will write very directly: these journalists are disturbed because Janez Janša is alive. They made it clear that they would prefer to see him dead. And you support them?

The persecution of conservative politician Jansa was joined by journalists and editors this year when left-wing activists staged a protest against the formation of a center-right government. On the street, among other things, there was shouting: "Kill, kill, Jansa!" (HERE) Why were you silent at the time? You can be ashamed! And another thing: taxpayers are forced to pay for public service broadcasting. It is a coercive charge, not a free choice for the individual to decide for himself which television he would pay watch.

In Slovenia, journalists are safe, everyone can share their ideas, explain their worldview, and they are guaranteed the right to write and express anything. However, journalists and editors will also have to be aware that they do not live in a soap bubble and that their work triggers different public responses. For the media and journalists who openly sympathize with the left (progressive) political option and who you uncritically defend, it is typical in Slovenia that their political correctness is rapidly changing into radical versions of opinion poison. Their obsession with the idea of ​​cultural Marxism that everything that smells of conservatism must be decomposed has become the obsession and personalization of the evil of one man - Janez Jansa. In doing their shameful work, they are the most intense on the public service broadcaster and they do not choose the means.

To understand the situation in Slovenia better, I invite you to read my letter to IPI (HERE) and the letter to ECRI (HERE).

Joze Biscak, editor-in-chief of Demokracija magazine

About us. The Demokracija magazine is published by Nova obzorja. The magazine is conservatively oriented, you could say that it is conservative (values) liberal (economics). We are committed to respect human rights, especially freedom of speech. We take this civil right in absolute terms.

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Restrictions tightened, movement restricted to home municipality

Slovenians will be confined to their home municipality for most daily activities under a government decree that significantly tightens lockdown restrictions as of Monday in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus. Masks will be mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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Govt puts forward EUR 3bn stimulus package

The government has adopted a new stimulus package meant mitigate the impact of coronavirus. It upgraded some of the initial measures supporting companies and expanded them to the self-employed, pensioners and other vulnerable groups.

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Poll shows 58% trust Slovenia government on coronavirus action

More than 58% of those polled trust the government it is doing the right thing amid the coronavirus epidemic, with 22% not trusting it, a poll released by the newspapers Dnevnik and Večer shows.

Over 55% believe the planned measures to help business, sole proprietors and the self-employed are sufficient, around 25% consider them inadequate and 20% said they were not familiar well enough with them to comment. The online survey was carried out by pollster Ninamedia among 1,300 people on 25 and 26 March.

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The Government, led by Janez Jansa, adopts proposal for an act to mitigate the consequences of the communicable disease epidemic for citizens and the economy

At today's session, the Government adopted the proposal for an act on the intervention measures to mitigate the consequences of the communicable disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) for citizens and the economy, known as the #PKP1 #antiCorona legislative package. One of the measures adopted by the Government to contain and control the new coronavirus epidemic was the Ordinance on mandatory disinfection of multi-dwelling buildings. The Government also adopted amendments to the Ordinance on the temporary prohibition of offering and selling goods and services to consumers in the Republic of Slovenia, which dictates that purchases from 8.00 to 10.00 can only be made by vulnerable groups (e.g. persons with disabilities, pensioners, pregnant women). Pensioners can carry out their purchases only in this period.

The Government adopts proposal for an act on the intervention measures to mitigate the consequences of the communicable disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) epidemic for citizens and the economy

At today's session, the Government adopted the proposal for an act on the intervention measures to mitigate the consequences of the communicable disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) for citizens and the economy, known as the #PKP1 #antiCorona legislative package.

Pursuant to Article 143 of the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly Government of the Republic of Slovenia, it proposes that the act proposal be considered under the emergency procedure in order to mitigate the consequences and reduce the negative effects of the COVID-19 epidemic for citizens and the economy from its entry into force to 31 May 2020. All measures envisaged by the act are necessary, as the funds required to implement the measures to contain, control and prevent the spread of the epidemic must be ensured immediately.

The main aim of the act proposal is to mitigate the consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus for citizens and the economy with measures in various areas. The specific goals of the proposed measures are to preserve jobs and keep businesses in operation, to improve the social position of people, particularly those most at risk due to the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus, to provide emergency assistance to the self-employed, to improve the liquidity of businesses, to provide support to scientific research projects in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, to reduce meeting fees and the wages of high officials on a state level, the exemption from payment for distribution services and the provision of aid to agriculture.

The Government issues the Ordinance on the mandatory disinfection of multi-dwelling buildings

At today’s session, the Government issued the Ordinance on mandatory disinfection of multi-dwelling buildings as another measure to contain and control the new coronavirus epidemic. The Ordinance stipulates the mandatory disinfection of equipment in common areas in or by multi-dwelling buildings at least twice per day.  The frequency of disinfection depends on the number of people living in the multi-dwelling building. This Ordinance will enter into force on the day following its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia.

In particular, the following items must be disinfected twice per day:

  • door handles on the entrances to the multi-dwelling building,
  • handrails in the multi-dwelling building,
  • lift control buttons and cabin,
  • light switches in the common areas of the multi-dwelling building,
  • handrails and other surfaces that people are likely to frequently come into contact with on a regular basis.

In addition, a warning notice must be placed in a prominent place in front of the entrance to the lift: "The use of the lift poses a risk of transmission of COVID-19 infection, so the lift should only be used by one person at a time. After pressing the lift buttons, do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth and wash your hands.”

Owners of multi-dwelling buildings must ensure that disinfection of lift equipment is carried out at least twice a day. Disinfection is to be carried out by the manager or a third party of the manager's choice, or by the owners of dwellings if the manager does not have a sufficient number of employees, or the owners of dwellings in multi-dwelling buildings without a manager.   

Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the temporary prohibition of the offering and sale of goods and services to consumers 

The Government adopted the Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the temporary prohibition of offering and selling goods and services to consumers in the Republic of Slovenia.

In the Ordinance on the temporary prohibition of offering and selling goods and services to consumers in the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia [Uradni list RS], Nos. 25/20, 29/20 and 32/20), paragraph two of Article 2a shall be amended to read: "(2) Purchases between 8.00 and 10.00 may be carried out only by vulnerable groups (e.g. persons with disabilities, pensioners, pregnant women).  Pensioners can only carry out purchases during this time."

The designating of 8.00 to 10.00 as the period for vulnerable groups to carry out purchases aims to further protect such vulnerable groups by separating them from other consumers.

This Ordinance will enter into force on 30 March 2020. 

The Government issued the Ordinance on the temporary prohibition of the operation of air services in the Republic of Slovenia 

In order to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its impact on the protection of public health and property, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia has issued the Ordinance on the temporary prohibition of the operation of air services in the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia [Uradni list RS], No. 26/20). The Ordinance temporarily prohibits the operation of international air passenger transport from all countries to the Republic of Slovenia, including within the European Union.

  1. Article 21 of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community provides, inter alia, that a Member State may refuse, limit or impose conditions on the exercise of traffic rights to deal with sudden problems of short duration resulting from unforeseeable and unavoidable circumstances for a period of up to 14 days. Furthermore, Article 21 of the aforementioned Regulation determines that if the problems necessitating such action continue to exist for more than 14 days, the Member State shall inform the Commission and the other Member States accordingly and may, with the agreement of the Commission, prolong the action for further periods of up to 14 days.

As the time limit laid down in said Ordinance issued by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in accordance with the Regulation has expired, it is necessary to prolong the duration of the restrictions on international air passenger transport.

In view of the above, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia notes that the prohibitions adopted on the basis of the decree issued by the Minister of Health fulfil the criterion of proportionality as required by Article 21 of the aforementioned Regulation, as they refer only to the provision of international scheduled and charter passenger transportation and flights of general aviation aircraft; however, they are not applicable to cargo and/or post and national flights, taking into account the measures taken by individual EU Member States to control the epidemiological emergency in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 & Slovenia: 52 New Cases, 90 Hospital Admissions, 25 in ICU

Fifty-two new Covid-19 cases were confirmed but no new deaths recorded in Slovenia on Friday, putting the national total of infected persons at 684 and death toll at nine. The daily rise in new cases is below Thursday's record 70. A total of 1,387 people were tested for the virus on Friday, the Government Communication Office said on Saturday.

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Covid-19 death toll rises to nine as two more deaths reported Friday

The coronavirus death toll in Slovenia rose to nine on Friday as two persons died, the second day in a row that more than one fatality has been confirmed. By Thursday midnight the total number of confirmed infections rose to 632, up by a record seventy cases in a day, the latest government data show.

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Quarantine protocol to apply to all Slovenians returning from hotspots

The government announced on Friday that all Slovenians returning to Slovenia from coronavirus hotspots will be put into state-administrated quarantine. The measure has so far affected 445 persons, Jelko Kacin, the government's spokesman for the coronavirus crisis, told the press.

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Breaking news: So far, nine people have died from covid-19 in Slovenia

Two more people have died today in Slovenia from covid-19 disease, bringing the total number of deaths to nine, according to the STA. Today, one patient died at the Celje General Hospital and one at the Golnik Clinic, and two people died on Thursday.

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Prime Minister Janez Janša optimistic as first coronavirus patients recover

Prime Minister Janez Janša presented some encouraging news as Slovenia fights the coronavirus crisis, saying some of those who had fallen ill with Covid-19 have recovered and have been discharged from hospital. What is more, the condition of the first patient who needed a ventilator has improved so that they can now breath on their own.

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Survey: Slovenians quite optimistic about coronavirus situation

Slovenians are still worried about the coronavirus epidemic, but an increasing number (57%) believe the situation is improving, a survey carried out by pollster Valicon between 23 and 25 March shows. Only a week ago, over 50% of those polled said the situation was getting worse.

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Mr. Janez Janša: FIRST-CLASS CITIZENS, PART 5: Let us therefore work and pray that the generation which succeeded in completing the historic achievement of Slovenian independence, will also bring about the liberation

The intellectual exertion when implementing these measures is necessary, but it will not be enough. It is being ridiculed by the first-class citizens just as they mock the criticisms concerning the lack of reforms. According to Stalin: “They have the brains, we count the votes, write down the minutes and above all, have the machine guns…” This is why the second-class citizens have to demand the elimination of such a system and achieve the democratic control of the vote counting, writing down the minutes and possessing machine guns.

The first-class citizenry will laugh at the next hypothesis, just as they laugh at the criticisms concerning the lack of reforms. In spite of this, we can still logically justify the claim that their consent to reconciliation and the elimination of the notion of second-class citizenry (or rather their descent from power) would still be the best solution for them, regarding the conditions they have caused and the future that is approaching. The final countdown has started and those who can discern the signs of the time, can easily hear the ticking of the clock of changes. Degeneracy has reached a level very close to the self-destruction. Belonging to the first-class citizenry means that its members do not necessarily have to be knowledgeable or work hard, they are simply being given everything on the grounds of their social status. The resulting consequence is incompetence, which becomes worse from one generation to another and piles up in the highest politically representative section of the self-appointed elite.

Janez Drnovšek, who after being elected President of the Republic, still didn’t dare uttering the name of Kučan in his office, started privately advocating the possibility of developing Slovenian potentials to its fullest extent. This is why he later organised a high-quality Discourse on the future which thanks to his authority drew to the table many different-minded intellectuals, as well as the government and the opposition. Anton Rop, who was then prime minister and succeeded Drnovšek at the helm of the government and at the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS), gave cynical remarks about the round table to the journalists, but didn’t dare to ignore it completely. This way, the agora was at least partly established in the years of 2003 and 2004, a truly public space where the exchange of arguments concerning essential questions about the nation’s future was in course and it was open to everyone. It seemed as though a united effort to overcome the challenges awaiting Slovenia at the dawn of the united Europe was in the making. Then the first fairly normal election in the independent Slovenia took place and a new hope started to rise, which was all too soon extinguished by the new abuses of the rule of law concerning the election theft. Thus, the ayatollahs of the self-proclaimed elite managed to take care that the later Presidents of the Republic didn’t come up with such heretical ideas with which they would endanger the first-class citizens.

Today the core of the first-class citizens fluctuates between paranoia and euphoria, yet the majority of their members still believe that they irreversibly control Slovenia. The more incompetent they are, the more they believe they are irreplaceable and eternal. They do not realize that their time is running up. Regardless of their harsh and sometimes arrogant refusal of reconciliation offers, their partners for the time being are the democrats, who honestly believe in reconcilement, inclusive politics as the foundations for happiness and prosperity of Slovenian nation.

And all that in spite of the deceptions of the decades-long wasted time, full of denial, crushing of human dignity and not allowing the victims the right to be buried and remembered. They believe that because this is the generation of democrats with the direct experiences of living and suffering through the war and dictatorship and above all, with the experience of feeling the national unity at the time of independence, this generation is well aware of the dangers of a civil war as well as the threats to the European civilisation, brought on by the demographic pressure at the old continent and the renewed shadows of the Cold War. Because of their main goal, prosperity for all, they don’t want to exclude the capable individuals of the self-proclaimed elite in a way the members of said elite have been doing. To develop its fullest potentials, Slovenia must breathe freely without exclusion on the basis of belonging to specific circles.

A more enlightened, economy-oriented part of the self-appointed elite now has the last opportunity to curb its paranoid ayatollahs and distance themselves from the ever more retarded core, its degeneracy and cultural death and accept the hand of reconciliation while it is still being offered. Because new generations of the second-class citizenry will follow the democrats that originate from the values of Slovenian independence. These new generations however won’t be sufficiently familiar with the history, nor with Tolstoy and his train of thought, saying that the two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

The basis of the second-class citizens is today legitimised by the existence of the first-class citizens. Maintaining the privileges, which is the priority concern of the first-class citizens, automatically creates the second-class citizenry and thus all the injustices lose the negative aspect and the protection of ideology. The new generations of the second-class citizens will only add, subtract and simply respond to the stumping upon their dignity, to the iniquities, to the theft of opportunities and future by “reversal tactics” and to calling them fascists with: “All right. This is what you wanted and this is what you will have. Hiroshima.” The end of the self-appointed elite will be as bloody as its conception. 

Let us therefore work and pray to gain the wisdom, strength and grace so that the generation which succeeded in completing the historic achievement of Slovenian independence, will also bring about the civilisational liberation, the historical reconciliatory compromise and the completion of the transition. So that we can give that Slovenia for which we voted at the referendum in 1990 and fought for six months later in the War of Slovenian Independence, to our posterity. This way, generations to come will be able to confront the particularly demanding challenges of their time without having to bear the additional burden of the past.

THE END

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Janez Janša (61) is a Slovenian Prime Minister. Janša also led the Slovenian government from 2004 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2013. Biography of Janez Janša HERE.

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