Daily headlines - Thursday, 1 September

Ljubljana, 1 September - Below is a review of the headlines in Slovenian dailies for Thursday, 1 September:


Back to school
"They want to stay in classrooms the whole year through": After the pandemic period of distance learning, schools now face staff shortages. (front page, 4, 12)

Presidential election
"They would now bolster centre-ground": After Marta Kos exited the presidential race, the Freedom Movement will decide on further steps in the campaign in a fortnight. Party leader Robert Golob would like them to be unanimous in endorsing a candidate who would best strengthen the democratic centre. (front page, 2)

EU-Russia visa deal suspension
"Shopping and holidays made harder for Russians": EU foreign ministers have reached consensus to fully suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia. (front page, 5)

"Everyone wants to dethrone Slovenia": After a five-year reign as European champions, Slovenia are taking on the mission this afternoon to defend the title. They will be facing several obstacles on the way. (front page, 17)


Cost-of-living aid
"Who gets energy bonus and how much": The one-off aid to help the most vulnerable households will be paid out to all recipients of welfare payments and disabled: parents with one kid whose earnings are below the income threshold will get EUR 432 and a couple of pensioners EUR 314. (front page, 2)

Back to school
"Mood more relaxed, but the problem is staffing difficulties": As 194,562 primary pupils and 79,000 secondary school students start classes today, education officials warn of staff shortages. (front page, 3, commentary 12)


Blue chips
"Excellent half-year for most but now worries are piling up": Most Slovenian listed companies performed much better in the first half of the year than they did in the same period last year and some even reported record-breaking results. The only exception is energy company Petrol. However, the situation could change in the coming months. (front page, 2, 3)

Energy emergency bill
"How would govt manage gas and electricity crisis": The government has published a bill setting out measures to manage a gas and electricity supply emergency, which is to be in force for three years. Some energy experts find some of the solutions contentious, questioning the benefits or feasibility of others. (front page, 6, 7)


"Ready for challenge!": Slovenia are facing Lithuania tonight in the EuroBasket opener as they start their campaign to defend the title. (front page, 14, 15)

Maribor power distributor
"Detectives at work at Elektro Maribor": Several employees of power distributor Elektro Maribor have turned to Večer after being handed new employment contracts with the other alternative being notice. The move was prompted by the company's reorganisation, which has not been endorsed by the union or works council. (front page, 6)

Defamation action against ex-PM
"Janša prosecuted by journalist Kršinar": Former PM Janez Janša pleaded not guilty yesterday to defaming Igor Kršinar, a journalist for the magazine Reporter, by alleging in his tweets that Kršinar was a drug user. (front page, 13)

Gorbachev death
"Great leader passes away": Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader who played a pivotal role in ending the Cold War and allowed for the Iron Curtain to be brought down peacefully, has died aged 91. (front page, 2, 7)

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