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04.03.2013 01:00
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Večer Sees Dangers Ahead for Ratification of Croatia EU Treaty

Maribor, 4 March (STA) - The Maribor-based daily Večer does not share President Borut Pahor's optimism about Slovenia ratifying the Croatian EU Accession Treaty, noting in Monday's commentary that domestic squabbles may yet throw a spanner in the works.

The agreement that Slovenia will ratify the treaty, reached by party heads at a meeting with Pahor in February, involved Radovan Žerjav, who is no longer president of the People's Party (SLS), and Janez Janša, who is no longer prime minister.

Janša ought to meet Croatian PM Zoran Milanović on 10 March to provide the final approval for the troublesome deal on Ljubljanska banka (LB). However, it does not make any sense for Milanović to talk to someone who no longer has the same power he had when the meeting was first announced.

PM-designate Alenka Bratušek has already said that the two foreign ministers should meet first, but she does not even have a government yet. The matter is thus being deferred by several weeks, provided that she manages to put together a government in the first place.

Večer notes that Bratušek should learn from the political destiny of Jadranka Kosor, the former Croatian PM, who was kicked out of her party, apparently because she had failed to protect her predecessor Ivo Sanader from the courts.

Is this exactly what a protector from the background is expecting from Bratušek? And if that is the case, why should someone provide her with the five missing votes for any ratification, Večer concludes in "Protector".

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