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PRESS REVIEW FROM SLOVENIA, MARCH 28, 1992

Ljubljana, 28 March - THE VEČER: THE WEAK NERVES OF BONN - Rumour has it that official Bonn is becoming impatient with our government's failure to remedy the parliamentary crisis and with the disputes between the Slovene political parties, writes Boris Jauševec and goes on to ask: What does Germany's upbraiding of Slovenia mean? Are the Croatians more obedient to the will of German high policy? Don't the Germans worry that Tuđman might topple and that any agreements made in secret may also subsequently face failure? If this is the case, writes the commentator, then we can only conjecture what the current government can possibly have offered Germany in Ljubljana, behind the public's back. Especially since we fail to understand what harm Bonn could possibly suffer from the current blockade of the Slovene political scene due to Parliament's doubtful support of the Government. Does then somebody in Bonn fear for the fate of Prime Minister Peterle's presidential seat of power, lest his downfall also be the downfall of combinations carefully hidden from the public eye? Or does the opposite perhaps hold true? Mainly, that the ineffectuality of Prime Minister Peterle's Government is obstructing normal German-Slovene cooperation, which is why Bonn would like to see the problem solved as speedily and as elegantly as possible? In both cases, what goes on backstage is cause enough for concern, Boris Jauševec concludes.

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