Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 22 June 2020

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Janša govt extremely busy in its 100 days in office

LJUBLJANA - The Janez Janša government, which was sworn in on 13 March as the Covid-19 epidemic kicked in, had no grace period in its first 100 days, being busy taking measures to contain the novel coronavirs. The government is happy that the virus was quickly contained and that it managed to adopt three stimulus packages within a month to cushion social distress of residents and help the economy survive the lockdown shock. While coalition partners are content with their handling of the crisis, most opposition parties are very critical, highlighting opaque procurement of PPE, contentious staffing and divisive rhetoric by the prime minister. Political analysts meanwhile see the government firmly in the saddle, united in the face of persistent pressure that is however coming from a divided opposition.

No Slovenian diplomat among 30 new EU delegation heads

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia had four diplomats vying for EU delegation heads around the world within the bloc's diplomatic service, but none managed to get nominated this week. The diplomats had applied for the posts of EU delegation head in Egypt, Iceland, Malaysia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Kosovo, the Foreign Ministry said, but did not name them. Its spokesperson Aleksander Geržina confirmed earlier this week he was one of them. Once Samuel Žbogar soon leaves as the head of the EU Delegation in North Macedonia, the only Slovenian holding an EU ambassadorial post will be Jernej Videtič, the head of the Delegation in Papua New Guinea. The ministry blames the failure to secure a high-level post on the failure of the ministry's previous leadership to lobby for the candidates, for which it said were excellent.

First Cankar Prize won by Sebastijan Pregelj

VRHNIKA - The Cankar Prize, a new Slovenian literature award, was won by Sebastijan Pregelj for V Elvisovi Sobi (In Elvis's Room), a novel about a generation which was growing up while the former Yugoslavia was slowly disintegrating. The novel is pervaded with the memory of recent historical changes, telling a coming-of-age story against the backdrop of a broader social context from the end of the 1970s until Slovenia's independence. In his acceptance speech, Pregelj, born in 1975, said "the novel tells a story about my generation, which was growing up with some watershed events". He received the EUR 5,000 prize in Vrhnika, the birthplace of acclaimed author Ivan Cankar (1876-1918), after whom the award is named. Pregelj won it against another three shortlisted authors.

One new coronavirus case confirmed on Saturday

LJUBLJANA - Only one new coronavirus case was confirmed in Slovenia on Saturday after a recent increase in new daily cases, bringing the total number of infections since early March to 1,520, the latest government data showed. As many as 758 coronavirus tests were carried out, and six Covid-19 patients were in hospital, of whom one needed intensive care. The country's death toll remained at 109 since the last Covid-19 patient died on 31 May.

Over 20 exhausted migrants found in two lorries at Gruškovje

GRUŠKOVJE - Police found 22 foreigners trying to enter Slovenia illegally in two food grade tank lorries with Serbian licence plates on Saturday at Gruškovje border crossing with Croatia. The citizens of Bangladesh, India, Turkey and Syria were visibly exhausted and there was a high chance that they could suffocate, the Maribor Police Department said. According to media reports, the foreigners did not ask for asylum in Slovenia, so they were sent back to Croatia. The lorry drivers were not detained, but police filed a criminal complaint against an unknown perpetrator.

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