Daily headlines - Wednesday, 9 March

Ljubljana, 9 March - Below is a review of the headlines in Slovenian dailies for Wednesday, 9 March:


War in Ukraine
"Millions more waiting for a train to freedom": It seems that several million people in west Ukraine are on the run. All railway stations are packed with women and children who are waiting for hours and in some cases days for safe passage to neighbouring countries. (front page, 2-6)

Sanctions against Russia
"Rejection of Russian oil and gas": Russia looks increasingly likely to be excluded from global energy markets. The US has already banned the import of oil and gas, the EU plans to reduce reliance on Russian natural gas by two thirds by the end of the year. (front page, 2)

International Women's Day
"May women's voice be heard": Several hundred people gathered in Ljubljana yesterday to voice opposition to gender-based discrimination. They made five demands concerning how to improve the status of women. (front page)

"Alpina and MLM for sale soon": The privatisation of footwear maker Alpina and foundry MLM is said to be close to wrapping up. The bad bank is in exclusive talks to sell Alpina to the Czech company K&H, whereas the sale of MLM is slated for completion in the third quarter. (front page, 11)

Moderna Galerija protest
"For director's resignation": Employees at Moderna Galerija demand the resignation of director Aleš Vaupotič. They claim he is incompetent. (front page, 16)


Teachers' strike
"Parents respect them, government ignores them": Aide from pay, government disregard and disrespect of teachers are the main reason why teachers are going on strike today, but it is the parents who will feel the impact of the strike the most. (front page, 5)

Fuel prices
"How will the government tackle the petrol crisis?": Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek has hinted at a reintroduction of administered prices as a way to curb fuel price growth. There has been no mention so far of lower excise duties or VAT. (front page, 3)

War in Ukraine
"Evacuation of civilians from some cities finally begins": Evacuation of civilians from some cities besieged by the Russian army has finally begun. Thousands of civilians have been able to leave Sumy and Irpin. (front page, 2)


Food security
"If Ukraine does not sow and reap, we will not eat": As the war in Ukraine, a major exporter of food, continues to ravage, food insecurity is set to spread from developing to developed countries. (front page, 2, 3)

Cost of rapid testing
"We spent two infection clinics-worth of money on testing": Finance estimates that rapid testing for coronavirus cost Slovenia EUR 230 million over two years. This was a boon for suppliers of tests and providers of testing alike. (front page, 4)

Fuel prices
"How we can mitigate growth of fuel prices": The government plans to take action against rising fuel prices today. It is unclear what the measures could be. (front page, 5)


Aid to Ukraine
"Maribor is helping": Residents of Maribor responded in huge numbers to a humanitarian campaign to collect food and hygienic supplies for Ukrainians. Fifty boxes were full by the end of the first day of the drive. (front page, 17)

Fuel prices
"How to reign in prices?": The government has pledged to intervene to curb fuel price growth. Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek said there were several possible ways to act, including by releasing supplies from the national stockpile. (front page, 2, 3)

Election campaign
"Campaign before the campaign": Even though the official campaign for the general election has not started yet, the country has already been flooded with posters, mostly ads for government parties. (front page, 3)

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