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Yearbook 2008

Slovenia. During the first six months of the year, Slovenia was first among the EU's new members in Eastern Europe to hold the presidency. The government's main concern was the continued rapprochement between the EU and the Western Balkan countries.

2008 Slovenia

According to Countryaah reports, the September parliamentary elections led to Slovenia again being left-wing, after four years with a Conservative-led government. The Social Democratic SD got just over 30 percent of the vote, compared to just over 29 percent for Prime Minister Janez Janša's party of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS). The left's cooperation parties also went ahead at the expense of those who were members of Janša's coalition government. In November, SD leader Borut Pahor was named new prime minister; he was supported by all parties in Parliament except SDS. Before the election, Pahor had promised to cut public spending to try to keep inflation in check. Slovenia has the highest growth among euro area countries, but also the highest inflation.

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