“Slovenia’s new prime minister used to make people laugh. Handling the disparate demands of his five-party coalition government is unlikely to leave much time for jokes.

Once a satirist who impersonated prominent politicians, Marjan Sarec has taken the helm of a largely centrist government — a rare phenomenon, at least recently, in Central Europe where populists have been on the march from Italy to Poland.

Sarec, who has become Slovenia’s youngest ever premier at 40, will face a tough job keeping the minority government afloat. After all, the government’s majority in parliament is slim and the right-wing opposition is not going to give Sarec a honeymoon in office.” (Washington Post)


“The president of the European Commission is ignoring his own legal staff’s advice to issue a position statement in the long-simmering border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia. Has he gone quiet to help the Croatian prime minister, who is a member of the same political party?

It’s really only about a few fishing boats and territorial claims in the Adriatic Sea. But when Jean-Claude Juncker raised the matter in the European Parliament, he became passionate. The dispute between Slovenia and Croatia about their land and sea borders ‘must be resolved,’ the European Commission president told Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who had taken his seat in the plenary hall back in February as the guest of honor. After all, he said, it is not just a problem for the two EU members, but ‘a European problem.'” (Der Spiegel)