Daily headlines - Thursday, 17 March

Ljubljana, 17 March - Below is a review of the headlines in Slovenian dailies for Thursday, 17 March:


"Police forms sector of unwanted": The past two years have been marked by politicisation of the police force and its repressive means. A so-called sector of those not to the liking of the current top brass has been formed. (front page, page 5)

"Positive developments in talks": Some progress has been made in Russia-Ukraine talks after three weeks of Russia's aggression in Ukraine. The latter has rejected Sweden's neutrality model. (front page, pages 2-4, 7)


Natural gas
"Facts and fallacies about natural gas": In the run-up to the general election, politicians have been rushing to propose ideas about the fastest way to wean Slovenia off Russia's natural gas. Experts think that this will take more time though. (front page, page 2)

"Construction commotion in Masarykova Road on the horizon": The Ljubljana municipality has unveiled a number of new construction projects in the capital at a real estate exhibition in Cannes, including a non-profit housing investment at the end of Masarykova Road. Slovakia's company Corwin has been buying plots in Ljubljana left and right. (front page, page 8)

"Studio City, Tarča, Tednik - thorn in their side": Pre-election television debates have been used as an excuse for the RTV Slovenija management to temporarily cancel several current affairs shows that have been a thorn in the right-wing's side. (front page, page 3)


"If there is no peace, there'll be hurricane of hunger": The UN has said the world must do everything possible to avert a hurricane of hunger and a meltdown of the global food system in the wake of the war in Ukraine and potential wheat and fertilizer price hikes. (front page, pages 4-5)

Fuel market
"State caps petrol prices, but covers the gap for traders": The paper notes that several countries have decided or are thinking to go down a different path than Slovenia faced with the energy crisis; they will either cover the gap in prices for suppliers or cut excise duties. (front page, pages 2-3)

"Which bank is the cheapest?": Banking fees for an average user range from EUR 28 to nearly EUR 100 per year. The cheapest home loans are advertised by Banka Intesa Sanpaolo and the costliest by NLB bank. (front page, page 6)


"Covid after Covid": It is not clear how many people are seeking medical help due to long Covid, but doctors warn that there are numerous issues as the disease still poses many unknowns. The situation will further burden Slovenia's healthcare. (front page, page 2)

"War will overshadow other topics": The war in Ukraine will mark Slovenia's election campaign, but it remains to be seen whether this topic will help centre-right parties. (front page, page 3)

UKC Maribor
"He resigns to save face and stand proud": Matjaž Vogrin has stepped down as UKC Maribor medical director, citing pressure on him and other experts. The hospital is now in better shape than when I took over, he said. (front page, page 18)

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