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Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 30 March to 5 April

Ljubljana, 6 April - The week was dominated on the home front by the strike of doctors, which ended on Friday after considerable effort shown by all sides in the dispute. The doctors managed to get what they wanted - better working conditions - as did the government, which will not have spend any more money on doctors' wages. The strike was almost overshadowed by the purchase of the new government jet, after a business daily revealed that the luxurious Falcon 900 EX will not only cost the already disputed US$ 35 million, but US$ 42 million, as the government apparently "forgot" to include the VAT. Although Parliament Speaker Borut Pahor travelled to his first ever visit to Belgrade, and Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel went to Paris to meet with French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine, who delivered encouraging words about France's support for Slovenia's EU and NATO membership, nothing stirred up the Slovene foreign policy, and the media, more than the statement of Austrian Ambassador to Slovenia Ferdinand Mayrhofer-Gruenbuehel. He told the Financial Times, which published a special survey of Slovenia, that "Slovenia has problems with all its neighbours. So I think the problem has to do somehow with Slovenes."

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