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Vecer: Gates

Maribor, 29 June - For ten years Slovenia has made efforts to open the gates of international organisations and military alliances. It knocks and rings, dresses appropriately, and is willing to serve and renounce. The independent Slovenia was quickly brought down and helped to get back on its feet again. It has constantly been praised and encouraged to hold on another year or so to become a full member of the EU, NATO, maybe also the OECD. But the process is very, very slow. It is hard to predict when Slovenia will become a full member of the OECD. As a hostage of the situation in the heated Balkans, it missed the real opportunity when the prestigious OECD admitted the restored countries of Central Europe in a package. Of the candidate countries, only Estonia and Slovenia were left out of the package deal, the Maribor-based daily Vecer comments on Friday.

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