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Prime Minister Comments on Public Wages and Dropping Support for NATO and EU Membership

Ljubljana, 5 April - "We were afraid that if the government gives in to doctors' demands, other trade unions would exert pressure as well, which would open up a spiral of higher wages in the public sector, something that cannot and will not be permitted," Slovene Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek told a press conference on Friday in a comment on Thursday's signed agreement between the government and the doctors' trade union Fides to suspend the two-and-a-half-week strike. Drnovsek also commented on the falling public support for Slovenia's NATO and EU accession, proposing a more intensified debate on the matter.

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