News archive of October 2020

On Reformation Day, Slovenia remembers literary language pioneers

Five hundred years have passed since the birth of Bohorič, who originates from Brestanica, and who worked as teacher in Krško and Ljubljana after finishing his education in Vienna and Wittenberg.

In Wittenberg, the Slovenian Protestant preacher and teacher was educated by the German Lutheran reformer Philip Melanchthon, who was also a theologian, philosopher and linguist.

Dragić sees himself in high-level basketball for few more years

Speaking with Slovenian journalists via videoconference after returning to his homeland, the 34-year-old said that the Miami Heat would be the best option considering that he had spent his last five seasons there.

Stanislav Vidovič new Slovenian ambassador to Ireland

The decree to post him to Dublin was signed by President Borut Pahor and published in the Official Gazette, while the Foreign Ministry told the STA on Monday that the procedure to appoint a new ambassador to the US was still ongoing.

"In line with the standard procedure, it is confidential until the approval of the state to which the ambassador is posted is received."

Roglič loses red jersey at the Vuelta

Finishing 20th today with a lag of 38 seconds behind Izagirre, the Slovenian Jumbo-Visma rider fell to fourth overall, but remains in contention for the overall lead with a 30-second lag behind Carapaz, a Ineos Grenadiers rider, should the race proceed.

The Giro d'Italia 2019 winner, Carapaz was 12th through the finish line, 55 seconds behind the stage winner, who rides for Astana.

Slovenia stepping up preparations for EU presidency

Foreign Ministry State Secretary Gašper Dovžan told the STA that "it is increasingly clear to the government what will be doable during the presidency" and what Slovenia can contribute. Things will also depend on how much is done by Germany and Portugal, which will precede Slovenia at the helm of the EU Council.

Business sector worried about consequences of lockdown

Talking to the press on Friday, Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek said "Slovenia is returning to the spring period", as he talked about the restrictions which are to take effect on Saturday.

Israeli foreign minister in Athens on Monday

Israel's Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi is visiting Athens on Monday (Oct. 26) for talks with Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias.

The talks will focus on bilateral, regional and international issues, with emphasis on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, the situation in the Middle East, and EU-Israel relations, the Foreign Ministry said.

MPs discuss for second day on SYRIZA's motion of censure

A parliament plenary on a motion of censure tabled by main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras and 85 MPs of the party against Finance Minister Christos Staikouras on Friday, continued on Saturday with speeches by cabinet ministers. 

Veggie burgers are still burgers, at least in Europe

It's a meaty issue but the EU has taken a stance: veggie burgers are in fact burgers.

European lawmakers said Friday that plant-based products that do not contain meat, including veggie burgers, soy steaks and vegan sausages, can continue to be sold as such in restaurants and shops across the European Union's 27 countries.

Turkey continues preparation of S-400 defense systems: Defense minister

The Turkish defense minister on Oct. 24 said his country continued the preparation process of Russia's S-400 missile defense systems as planned.
"We continue the controls and preparations of the system as planned," Hulusi Akar said, addressing a meeting of the ruling AKP in the central province of Kayseri.