Daily headlines - Monday, 19 February

Ljubljana, 19 February - Below is a review of the headlines in Slovenian dailies for Monday, 19 February:


Tax reform
"Tax changes without real effect": As two task forces are working on proposals of tax changes, a sweeping tax reform is not feasible in a situation of excessive public debt and deficit and a series of other problems. (front page, 3)

Middle East
"After Gaza, West Bank boiling too": Despite the international community's warnings against it, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists on an impending offensive in Rafah, where 1.5 million Palestinians have taken refuge. Meanwhile, the EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has warned that the West Bank is boiling. (front page, 4, 5)

Ski jumping
"Domen Prevc soars to victory": Slovenian ski jumpers are flying to victories. After Lovro Kos beat the competition in Lake Placid a week ago, Domen Prevc won the second World Cup event in Japan's Sapporo the past weekend. (front page, 9)


Opinion poll
"Litijska building collapses on Golob government": The scandal involving the ill-fated court building on Litijska Road has caused havoc in the latest opinion poll commissioned by the paper where 70% of those questioned rated the government's job as unsuccessful. The ratings of the Freedom Movement and Social Democrats have been battered as well. (front page, 3)

Immigrant children
"Almost a third don't speak Slovenian in some places": The number of immigrant children at Slovenian schools has more than quadrupled over the past ten years. Headteachers report that in some classes almost a third of pupils do not speak Slovenian, which makes teaching hard. Some schools have to deal with revolt by the parents of Slovenian-speaking pupils. (front page, 4)


Football fan violence
"Shame!": Sunday's fixture between Maribor and Mura ended abruptly due to an outbreak of violence perpetrated by members of the Maribor ultras group. Six members of the Mura team were injured. (front page, 13)

"They will organise a wake-up rally in Ljubljana": The opposition Democrats (SDS) endorsed their candidates for the European Parliament elections before marking their 35th anniversary on Saturday. Party leader Janez Janša announced a rally in Ljubljana on 21 March as the first "wake-up" call in the face of the current situation. (front page, 3)

Police officer trial
"Police officer not breathalysed at the accident scene": A police officer is on trial for causing an accident near Slovenska Bistrica in 2022 in which a 44-year Romanian vintage car driver was killed. (front page, 9)

Maribor airport
"Competition at Rusjan": While there is ever less hope for scheduled flights at Edvard Rusjan Maribor Airport, there is a real chance that the country's second largest airport will host an aircraft maintenance base. TUI Airlines representatives have met relevant ministry officials at least three times to that effect in recent months. (front page, 2, 3)

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