“Voters in Slovenia went to the polls on Sunday to decide a runoff election between a sitting president deeply rooted in the political establishment and a former actor who had appealed to the electorate by tapping into concern about the struggling economy. With all votes counted after the polls closed at 7 p.m. local time, the incumbent, Borut Pahor — described by one news media outlet as Europe’s Instagram president — received nearly 53 percent, according to results published by Slovenia’s National Election Commission. His rival, Marjan Sarec, the former actor and mayor of a small town north of the capital, Ljubljana, received a little more than 47 percent of the vote. Mr. Sarec, 39, congratulated Mr. Pahor, 54, for winning a second term in this tiny Alpine country that was once home to America’s first lady, Melania Trump. (NY Times)

“Slovenia has proposed to the European Commission to keep its stake in Nova Ljubljanska Banka (NLB), as instead the bank should pay a compensation for the 2013 state aid provided to it, its finance ministry said on Friday. Slovenia’s finance minister Mateja Vranicar Erman met with competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager in Brussels on Friday to seek an alternative for the sale of NLB, which was set out in a contract the Commission and Slovenia concluded in 2013, the finance ministry said in a statement. Under the deal, Slovenia committed itself to selling 75% of NLB, the country’s largest bank, within four years in return for the Commission’s 2013 decision to grant state aid to the bank in the midst of a banking crisis in the country. In late October, Slovenia sought to postpone the sale of the bank by three years, but the European Commission rejected this proposal, instead offering two alternatives. Erman told Vestager on Friday that the alternatives were rejected by its government.” (SeeNews)