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Nov 6, 2014

Book Talk: Slovenia’s Feri Lainscek on Facebook writing

MURSKA SOBOTA, Slovenia, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Slovenia’s
best-selling author Feri Lainscek published most of his 21st
novel, “Fear for Butterflies in the Storm”, in instalments on
Facebook over several months this year.

It was an attempt to interact with his readers and share
what he had written almost in real time, but the final chapters
will only be published when the book comes out this month.

Nov 3, 2014

Latecomer Croatia finds no easy access to EU prosperity

ZAGREB, Nov 3 (Reuters) – At midday, the main food market in
Croatia’s picturesque capital is a feast of colour, sounds and
smells.

By mid-afternoon, when vendors pack up their stalls, the
European Union’s newest member shows its flip side; the poor
move in to collect fruit and vegetables discarded on the
concrete floor.

Nov 1, 2014

Washington tries to check Hungary’s drift into Kremlin orbit

ZAGREB/BUDAPEST, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The United States is
mounting a diplomatic offensive to stop Hungary selling a stake
in a Croatian energy firm to Russia, part of what Western powers
see as Budapest’s dangerous drift into Moscow’s orbit.

The U.S. government has already taken the highly unusual
step of blacklisting six people with ties to the government in
Hungary, a NATO ally and European Union member, from entering
the United States, accusing them of involvement in corruption.

Oct 21, 2014

US offers mediators for INA-MOL energy row

ZAGREB, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Washington has offered to help
resolve a long running dispute between Croatia and Hungary’s MOL
over their jointly-owned oil firm INA by
proposing international mediators to steer the talks on INA’s
future.

“We have given to the Croatian government and to MOL a list
of four names of people of various nationalities, who are
experts at mediation … in the hope that having a mediator at
discussions will help the discussions move forward,” U.S.
Ambassador to Croatia, Kenneth Merten, told Reuters this week.

Oct 1, 2014

Slovenian PM backs Telekom sale; privatisation a matter of “credibility”

LJUBLJANA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Slovenia’s new government will
proceed in the coming days with the sale of the country’s main
telecom firm Telekom Slovenia, Prime Minister Miro
Cerar told Reuters on Wednesday, in comments likely to calm
market concern over backsliding.

Speaking at the Reuters Eastern Europe Investment Summit,
Cerar said his government would press ahead with the sale of 15
firms slated for privatisation by his predecessor as part of a
package of crisis measures to stabilise Slovenia’s finances
after narrowly avoiding a bailout last year.

Sep 14, 2014

Bulldoze or preserve? Croatia ponders fate of notorious prison

GOLI OTOK, Croatia, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The clear blue
waters of the Adriatic and the happy cries of tourists visiting
Goli Otok (Barren Island) off Croatia’s coast help obscure its
dark past as a hard-labour detention camp for political
prisoners in formerly communist Yugoslavia.

Planners were due to start debating what to do with it on
Monday, weighing a pile of proposals from building a memorial to
wiping out all trace of the notorious jail and bulldozing the
site for new developments.

Jul 23, 2014

Croatia’s Rijeka strongly deny Man City racism claims

ZAGREB (Reuters) – HNK Rijeka issued a strongly-worded statement on Wednesday denying any racism during Tuesday’s abandoned friendly match between Manchester City’s elite Under-21 development squad and Rijeka’s youth side.

Rijeka youth coach Ranko Buteka also denied any of his players racially insulted any City player during the game, saying City coach Patrick Vieira may have led his team off at halftime because Rijeka were too strong for them.

Jul 23, 2014

Soccer-Croatia’s Rijeka strongly deny Man City racism claims

ZAGREB, July 23 (Reuters) – HNK Rijeka issued a strongly-worded statement on Wednesday denying any racism during Tuesday’s abandoned friendly match between Manchester City’s elite Under-21 development squad and Rijeka’s youth side.

Rijeka youth coach Ranko Buteka also denied any of his players racially insulted any City player during the game, saying City coach Patrick Vieira may have led his team off at halftime because Rijeka were too strong for them.

Jul 18, 2014

Croatia publishes tender for on-shore oil/gas exploration

ZAGREB, July 18 (Reuters) – Croatia published an
international tender for on-shore exploration for oil and gas in
the Drava river basin and the east of the country, the Economy
Ministry said on its website.

The tender, published in the official journal of the
European Union on Friday, will run until Feb. 18 next year, it
said. Licences for six separate blocks, covering an area of some
15,000 square kilometres, will be granted for up to 30 years.

Apr 29, 2014

Slovenian PM, ousted as party boss, wants election by July

LJUBLJANA, April 29 (Reuters) – Slovenian Prime Minister
Alenka Bratusek said on Tuesday she would remain at the helm of
her coalition government until an early election, which she said
she would like to see by July.

Bratusek, whose policies helped stave off an international
bailout last year, lost the leadership of her centre-left
Positive Slovenia party at the weekend, triggering a political
crisis and rattling bond market investors.

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      "Based in Zagreb, Croatia, I oversee the political and financial coverage of Croatia and Slovenia and help coordinate regional efforts in the Western Balkans, comprising Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia. Have been with Reuters since 1993."
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