Daily headlines - Wednesday, 18 October

Ljubljana, 18 October - Below is a review of the headlines in Slovenian dailies for Wednesday, 18 October:


Post-flood reconstruction
"Exact damage estimates key for right measures": The government estimates the flood damage at EUR 10 billion, but this estimate is likely too high. Economist Maks Tajnikar warns that incorrect damage assessments lead to incorrect measures. (front page, 3)

"Precious three points in Belfast": The Slovenian national football team is happy as it returns from Belfast, having achieved a historical 1:0 victory against Northern Ireland and earning three points. (front page, 15)

Frankfurt Book Fair
"Cultural event of a generation": The Frankfurt Book Fair was launched last night with Slovenia as the guest of honour and the opening ceremony featuring the addresses by President Nataša Pirc Musar, poet Miljana Cunta and philosopher Slavoj Žižek. (front page, 13)

Staffing in politics
"Looking for staff in Janša's pool": Boštjan Koritnik, who served as minister in the third government of Janez Janša, is said to be on his way to become a minister in the incumbent government, the paper has learnt unofficially. (front page, 2)


Frankfurt Book Fair
"Slavoj Žižek spices up opening ceremony": The opening ceremony of the Frankfurt Book Fair mostly went as expected until philosopher Slavoj Žižek said that there cannot be a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict until its reasons are thoroughly analysed, adding that peace cannot be reached in a compromise between two radical sides. This earned him loud protests from the audience. (front page, 16)

Staffing in politics
"Will Boštjan Koritnik be new minister?": Boštjan Koritnik, who served in the most recent government led by Janez Janša, refused to comment on unofficial information that he might become a cabinet member. The appointment in parliament would not pose a problem, but the coalition partners Social Democrats and the Left might have reservations. (front page, 3)


"Inflation swallowed up nearly EUR 5bn of Slovenians' money": In two years, nearly EUR 4.5 billion in purchase power evaporated from banks due to inflation. The paper looks into household deposits and savings. (front page, 2 and 3)

Bia Separations sale
"Three years after Finance exposed Bia Separations sale irregularities, NBI searching houses": Nearly three years ago Finance reported that the Slovenian Sovereign Holding sold off its share in Bia Separations for a lot less money than it would have got if it held off for two more months, when Bia was taken over by Sartorius. Now, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has conducted house searches. (front page, 4)


Frankfurt Book Fair
"Conspicuous guest of honour": The Frankfurt Book Fair opened last night with Slovenia as the guest of honour. Philosopher Slavoj Žižek unsettled the German and global audience with his address, condemning not only Hamas but also Israel. (front page, 2 and 12)

Energy drink
"Caution: 'Caffeine bomb' for children": The paper looks into the energy drink Prime that is becoming highly popular among Slovenian primary and secondary school children, and has been banned in some Canadian provinces, as well as from schools in Australia and the UK due to its high caffeine content. (front page, 3)

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