Novembra pričakujemo drugo srečanje Unije za Sredozemlje (UZS). Špansko predsedstvo ga je v maju prestavilo s šibko razlago, zakaj in kar naj bi bilo eden izmed političnih uspehov španskega predsedovanja, počasi postaja povsem drugačno vprašane. To je, ali naj se evropsko sredozemski odnosi povsem spremenijo tako, da bo bližnjevzhodni mirovni proces imel prednost pred kulturnim… » read more
V strategiji moramo opredeliti globalne izzive in probleme, ki jih bo Slovenija reševala z aktivnim članstvom v EU in NATU.
Since independence, the relations between Slovenia and Croatia were essentially very good. We are one of each others’ main trade partners, Slovenes are welcome at Croatian cost and Croats on Slovenian ski slopes. A few issues remain unresolved after the breakup of Yugoslavia that kept the politicians and journalists busy, but did not have much… » read more
The race between the two EU’s eastern gas pipelines is going on while next winter can again show some supply problems via Ukraine. South Stream got latest boost on 11th November 2009 as Russia’s Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko and Slovenian Economy Minister Matej Lahovnik signed an agreement on the passage of the South […]
If Mr Habsburg joins ECRG, it will add another explosive dimension to the Cameron-Kaczynski-Klaus trio’s strange group. Mr Habsburg’s father, Otto von Habsburg had been a Bavarian Christian Socialist MEP between 1979 and 1999, and also the last heir of the Austrian, Czech, Croat and Hungarian thrones (At those times, the last one entitled them… » read more
The results of the Global Peace Index for 2009 suggest that the world has become slightly less peaceful in the past year, which appears to reflect the intensification of violent conflict in some countries and the effects of both the rapidly rising food and fuel prices early in 2008 and the dramatic global economic downturn… » read more
Andrei Tuch says that although voter apathy in the European elections is not a bug but a feature, it is still useful to try to persuade voters to participate and your vote truly counts. I share his views, even if reports from the member states do not seem to underpin our feelings.
In Croatia a Round Table discussion entitled “Croatia: Tired of EU Reforms?” was held last week. The title of event was quite describing because a recent Gallup poll showed serious doubts about Croatia’s EU membership. Opinion of local citizens is of course core of future developments but at least as important and actual […]
Michal Lehuta has a very nice chart of a few selected EU member state’s long-term economic performance. Between 1997-2010 the gap between Central European and Western European GDP’s have diminished significantly. It looks that Slovenia will reach the EU average level at first, Slovakia and Estonia are the biggest relative winners. On the other side,… » read more
After officially counting the postal votes and closing the reuslts, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa at last conceded defeat in Slovenia’s elections. The most likely prime minister is Mr Borut Pahor, whose Social Democrats may form a coalition with a handful of smaller parties. Slovenia won independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. The country war more… » read more
When Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia have entered the Schengen Zone, the systematic border controls were abolished. Two Hungarian product designers came up with the idea to design and install three special benches along these borders. According to their concept as unique border signs these benches will symbolize friendship and the sense of togetherness. The benches… » read more
As usual in December, the upcoming EU Presidency has presented its logo and preliminary website. Slovenia is taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from Portugal on 1st January 2008. What does the logo represent: The outline of the symbol for Slovenia’s Presidency of the European Union represents an oak leaf,… » read more