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Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 11 to 17 May

Ljubljana, 18 May - Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek concluded his visit to the U.S. by meeting U.S. President George W. Bush, with NATO enlargement high on the agenda. The issue was also discussed at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Reykjavik, who were joined by counterparts from 27 partner countries in the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), including Slovene Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel.

The congress of the International Press Institute, which discussed EU enlargement, the independence of editorial policies, the threat of international terrorism and the protection of journalists in crisis regions, ended in Ljubljana on 12 May.

The domestic scene was stirred by the call of two major opposition parties for early elections due to a dire situation in the public finances, which however was rejected by all other parliamentary parties. As many as three referendum initiatives were given the go-ahead by Parliament Speaker Borut Pahor. President Milan Kucan, on the other hand, was busy with consultations on a suitable candidate for a free post of a Constitutional Court judge.

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