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Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 27 March to 2 April

Ljubljana, 3 April - Slovenia last week officially became a NATO member by depositing the ratification documents of the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington. The alliance thus took over the protection of Slovenian skies, a task that will be done by Italian aircraft. As a consequence, concerns have been voiced about whether this has been a good decision from the historical point of view. The home scene witnessed a break in the ruling coalition, as the prime minister sent the People's Party (SLS) packing after its MPs failed to lend support to the health and interior ministers, who were under fire in parliament at the beginning of the week. Both nevertheless survived the no-confidence votes. Changes are also expected in the cabinet, as economics and Europe ministers are leaving for new jobs. Meanwhile, former president, Milan Kucan, is back on the scene with Forum 21, an association of prominent public figures.

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