Weekly review of events in Slovenia from 14 June to 20 June
Ljubljana, 21 June - REVIEW/WEEKLY
As the teachers calmed down, at least superficially, at the end of last week, the farmers lost their temper. Almost all last week the Slovenian public was involved in an acrimonious debate on the question of the "farmers' uprising", which saw the blocking of roads by several hundred lorries, some of which were transporting live-stock, at border-crossings. Many agreed that farmers are unfairly treated, but they also questioned the extent to which such a protest was justifiable. Last week was marked by intense diplomatic activities; President Milan Kučan visited Budapest and Minister of Foreign Affairs Lojze Peterle delivered a speech to UN representatives at the Vienna conference on human rights. The Israeli and German foreign ministers visited Ljubljana. The Bank of Slovenia contributed to a more optimistic atmosphere, announcing that this spring the foreign currency reserves have reached a total of 1,203 million US dollars, and continue to grow.
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