Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 18 November 2019

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Tonin tells congress NSi determined opponent of both radical left and savage capitalism

MARIBOR - New Slovenia - Christian Democrats (NSi) leader Matej Tonin argued at the opposition party's congress that the NSi was a centrist party both in terms of its values and principles of operation. Addressing some 500 delegates and 200 supporters at the meeting that cements the NSi's move to the political centre, Tonin said the radical left in Slovenia tried to introduce equality in poverty and devalue work, while there was also savage capitalism that brutally exploited workers in an economy controlled by intertwined political and financial networks. The party adopted a new platform entitled For All People and meaning to place people rather than the state or capital at the centre of the agenda.

Poll sees LMŠ extending lead but majority feel govt doing bad job

LJUBLJANA - The November Vox Populi poll commissioned by public broadcaster TV Slovenija and the newspapers Dnevnik and Večer shows the senior coalition Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) extending its lead ahead of the opposition Democrats (SDS) but it also shows more people disappointed than happy with the government for the first time this year. The LMŠ gained 1.2 percentage points compared to the October survey to poll at 21.3%, while the SDS lost 1.2 percentage points to 13.5%. Standing out among the remaining parties are the opposition New Slovenia (NSi) and coalition SocDems, the former having jumped to third place by gaining 2.2 points to 7.4% and the latter having fallen to fourth by shedding 3.3 percentage points to 7.1%.

Catalan foreign minister urges Slovenia to promote dialogue

LJUBLJANA - Catalan Foreign Minister Alfred Bosch has called on Slovenian officials to support dialogue between Barcelona and Madrid during a two-day visit to Ljubljana. "We're not imposing a Catalan republic on anyone. We want to sit down and discuss how the people can decide," he said at a debate on Saturday, adding that it is the Spanish government, not the Spanish people, that are Catalonia's political opponents. Bosch is in Slovenia at the invitation of the youth wing of the Social Democrats (SD), whose leadership resigned just days ago, one of the reasons reportedly being the invitation extended to Bosch.

Iskratel looking for strategic partner

KRANJ - Telecoms equipment maker Iskratel generated EUR 4.02 million in net profit at group level in 2018, a 21.2% increase on the year before. Looking to keep up with the latest trends, the company has announced changes to its organisation and business model, while it is also looking for a strategic partner. Iskratel's boss Željko Puljić has told the STA that a structured search for a strategic partner is under way. He did not disclose any details, but he did confirm that unsuccessful talks had been held with the German venture capital fund Bavaria Industries Group.

Slovenia beat Latvia, but miss out on UEFA Euro 2020

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian men's national football team beat Latvia 1:0 in Ljubljana on Saturday evening in the penultimate round of qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2020, but the door to the tournament have been closed as Austria defeated North Macedonia to claim the second place in Group G. With 14 points out of nine matches, Slovenia are currently third in the group, trailing Austria (19) and Poland (22), whom they will play in Warsaw on Tuesday to wrap up the unsuccessful qualifiers.

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