“Slovenian President Borut Pahor expressed his concern on Monday after internet footage showed masked members of an armed group led by a fringe politician conducting training exercises.

Former presidential candidate Andrej Sisko told Reuters that his group would secure order if necessary, adding that it was doing nothing illegal – although he acknowledged that the weapons it uses have not been registered with the Slovenian authorities.

The president said there was no place for such a group in the European Union member state. ‘President Pahor stresses that Slovenia is a safe country in which no unauthorized person needs or is allowed to … illegally care for the security of the country and its borders,’ Pahor’s cabinet said in a statement.” (Reuters)

“Slovenia is set to overcome a political deadlock following June elections as Prime Minister Marjan Sarec signed a coalition agreement with five parties to rule for four years in a minority cabinet.

The disparate alliance includes the party of Sarec, a former comedian, and the parties of former Prime Ministers Miro Cerar and Alenka Bratusek, as well as the Social Democrats and DeSUS, which represents pensioners. They pledged to boost economic growth, ‘uphold the rule of law and ensure a stable and predictable business environment,’ according to the 47-page accord signed in Ljubljana, the capital, on Wednesday.” (Bloomberg)

“‘Slovenia is now a country of opportunity. Slovenia is now a country that knows its place in Europe and the world. A country aware that openness and close relationships are the foundations for a successful future.

Although some wish to return Slovenia to the past, we resisted. We did not succumb to the war of ideologies and old patterns; we knew that political stability is the fundamental pre-condition for successful development.

I am especially proud that this government was development-oriented. It covered all fields and kept most of its given promises. These results are seen and felt clearly in many cases, and objective indicators and observations from abroad only confirm this. I am certain it will be even clearer in the future.'” (Government of Slovenia)

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