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Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 24 to 30 July

Ljubljana, 31 July - The opposition Slovenian Democrats (SDS) and New Slovenia (NSi) snapped Slovenia out of summer political slumber, announcing Friday they filed an interpellation motion against the whole government. They accuse the government of poor governance; the government parties, meanwhile, claim that this is nothing more than a pre-election stunt. The government and the SDS also failed to see eye to eye on the decision to propose that Janez Potocnik remain Slovenia's European commissioner once the new European Commission is appointed. Prime Minister Anton Rop proposed Potocnik as the candidate this week, with the SDS coming out to criticise the move. In other news, Foreign Minister Ivo Vajgl was busy travelling to Germany and Italy, his first visits abroad since he was appointed to the post earlier this month.

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