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Coalition Firmly Behind Budget, Opposition Warns of "Lost Decade"

Ljubljana, 10 May - Coalition parties voiced firm support for the austerity budget Thursday, in what is day one of the parliamentary debate on the government-sponsored austerity measures. The opposition mounted a barrage of criticism against what they say could destroy the welfare state.

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec (right) at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec (centre) at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
MPs at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
MPs at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
MPs at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
MPs at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Janša (right) during an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
An extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Janša during an extraordinary session of the National Assembly dedicated to the 2012 supplementary budget and the omnibus bill on the balancing of public finances.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek /STA

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