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  Ljubljana originated as a Roman settlement called Emona.
 (SSFC, 8/18/02, p.C6)
  Slovenia's area in 2004 was 20,000 square km. (7,700 sq. miles).
  (Econ, 1/31/04, p.52)

43,000BC    A flutelike instrument made of bear bone was found by archeologist Janez Dirjec at the Divje Babe site in the valley of the Idrijca River in Slovenia. It was believed to be about 45,000 years old.
    (SFC, 10/31/96, p.A12)

745AD        Some 200,000 Slovenians, settled in a pocket of the eastern slopes of the Alps, were threatened by the Avars and the Bavarians. For safety they adopted Christianity and accepted the protection of the Frankish emperor
    (SFC, 5/26/96, T-5)

c1300-1400    In the early 14th century the Gottscheers settled in the Carniola region of what later became Slovenia. The Germanic people were sent there to till the land and pay taxes to the Carinthian counts of Ortenburg and to serve as a forward guard for the Holy Roman Empire.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.A12)

c1500-1600    The Predjama Castle was built at the mouth of a huge cave at Postojna, Slovenia. It was later used by the highway robber Erasmus Luegger.
    (SSFC, 8/18/02, p.C7)

1580        In Slovenia 6 stallions were brought from Spain to the stable at Lipica (Lipizza) by a Hapsburg duke. The breed mixed with the Karst horse, native to the region since Roman times, and with others horses to forge the Lipizzaners.
    (WSJ, 12/22/98, p.A16)

1800        France Presern (d.1849), author, painter, poet, musician, mathematician and architect, was born in Slovenia. His image was later featured on Slovenia’s 1,000-tolar bills.
    (SSFC, 8/18/02, p.C6)

1809        Jul 5-1809 Jul 6, Napoleon beat Austria’s archduke Charles at the Battle of Wagram. He annexed the Illyrian Provinces (now part of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro), and abolished the Papal States.

1901        In Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Dragon Bridge was built on the site of the former wooden “Butcher’s Bridge."
    (SSFC, 5/23/04, p.D9)

1915        May 23, Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary. Italy entered World War I and came up against the Austro-Hungarian forces including many Slovenians in the Julian Alps near Trieste. Over 29 months 12 major battles were fought along the Soca River.
    (AP, 5/23/97)(HN, 5/23/98)(SFEC, 7/9/00, p.T14)

1915-1917    As many as 1 million lives were lost along the Isonza Front in northern Slovenia.
    (SFEC, 7/9/00, p.T14)

1917        Jul 20, The Pact of Corfu was signed between the Serbs, Croats & Slovenes to form Yugoslavia. [see Dec 1, 1918]

1917        Oct 24, The Austro-German army routed the Italian army at Caporetto, Italy. In what came to be known as the 1st blitzkrieg German and Austro-Hungarian forces took at least 250,000 Italian soldiers as prisoners on the Isonzo Front.
    (HN, 10/24/98)(SFEC, 7/9/00, p.T14)

1918        Oct 29, The State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs was proclaimed. The new state aspired to include all those territories of the former Austria-Hungary that were inhabited by Slovenes, Croats and Serbs.  The state later became Yugoslavia.
1918         Nov 7, The Yugoslav National Conference at Geneva decided on the union of Croatia and Slovenia with Serbia and Montenegro. [see Dec 1]
    (BWH, 1988)

1918        Nov 24, Another proclamation took place of the United Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. [see Dec 1]
    (BWH, 1988)
1918        Nov 26, Montenegro deposed its king who opposed union and voted to join the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. [see Dec 1]
    (BWH, 1988)

1918           Dec 1, The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes [later in 1929 to be called Yugoslavia] was proclaimed by Alexander Karadjordjevic, the son of King Peter of Serbia. It included the previously independent kingdoms of Serbia and Macedonia, the Hungarian-controlled regions of Croatia and Slovenia, the Austrian province of Dalmatia, Carniola and parts of Styria, Carinthia and Istria. King Alexander I renamed the Balkan state called the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes to Yugoslavia in 1929.
    (AP, 10/3/97)(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Yugoslavia)

1920         Jun 4, The Treaty of Trianon, signed at Versailles, was forced upon Hungary by the victorious Allies after WWII and resulted in Hungary giving up nearly three-fourths of its territory to Romania, Czechoslovakia and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croat and Slovenes. Hungary lost more than half its population, including some 3 million Hungarians. Hungary ceded the hills of Transylvania to Romania.
    (HNQ, 7/5/98)(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Trianon)

1920        Oct 10, The Carinthian Plebiscite  determined the border between Austria and the newly formed Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

1929        Oct 3, The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes formally changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. King Alexander I renamed the Balkan state called the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, Yugoslavia. The Kingdom had been formed on December 1, 1918 and was ruled by the Serbian Karageorgevic dynasty. It included the previously independent kingdoms of Serbia and Macedonia, the Hungarian-controlled regions of Croatia and Slovenia, the Austrian province of Dalmatia, Carniola and parts of Styria, Carinthia and Istria.
    (AP, 10/3/97)(HN, 10/3/98)(HNQ, 3/26/99)

1929        Joze Plecnik, architect, added two foot bridges (Tromostovje) at the heart of the Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. He designed the city for pedestrians and put in colonnades, market places and loggias insisting that everyday enterprises deserved monumental surroundings.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, T-5,7)(SSFC, 8/18/02, p.C7)

1941-1942    Some 97% of the Gottscheers were moved north within Slovenia from the area of Kocevje to Rann (later Brezice). Their peak population numbered some 25,000. They were driven out of their new homes by Yugoslav partisans after which they wound up in Austria and then dispersed around the world.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.A12)

1943        In Slovenia Lojze Grozde (20), a high school student, was captured as the country was occupied by Italy and Germany. Communist-run antifascist rebels, known as partisans, reportedly found a Latin prayer book in his possession and suspected him of collaborating with Italian fascists. His mutilated body was found a month later in a forest. In 2010 Grozde was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI.
    (AP, 6/13/10)

1944        Nov 6, A US bomber came under fire over Slovenia. Co-pilot 2nd Lt. Ernest N. Vienneau was mortally wounded. The pilot was forced to ditch the bomber off Vis Island, Croatia. The wreck of the bomber was found in a dive in 2017. In 2021 Vienneau's remains were buried in his home state of Maine.
    (AP, 8/26/21)

1945        May-1945 Jun, The graves of some 1,000 Croatian soldiers killed at this time were found in 1999 near Maribor in eastern Slovenia. Another 6-7,000 bodies were believed to be buried in the area. Slovenia, which during the war was occupied by Italy and Germany, became a killing field, as thousands in the newly formed Yugoslavia, including Germans, Italians, Hungarians, Croatians, and Serbs, tried to escape to Austria. The Slovene government began listing "concealed graves" in 2003. By 2010 officials had a list of about 600 suspected graves, at least one in each community, amounting to perhaps 100,000 bodies.
    (SFC, 6/17/99, p.C3)(AP, 11/15/10)

1945        Some 40,000 anti-Soviet Cossacks, who had surrendered to the British in Austria, were turned over to the Red Army. Some 30,000 Yugoslavs were handed over to Tito under the pretense that they were being sent to Italy. The Yugoslavs were locked into trains and taken to Slovenia, where they were shot and buried in mass graves.
    (WSJ, 3/17/98, p.A16)

1957        Joze Plecnik, Ljubljana architect, died at age 85. His work included the promenade of Tivoli Park, the colonnade of the central market, a reworking of the Triple Bridge and numerous other buildings.
    (SFEC, 7/9/00, p.T14)

1989        Feb, The Slovenes formed an opposition party to Communist rule.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)

1989-1990    Janez Drnovsek served as the Communist president.
    (SFC, 11/11/96, p.A11)

1990        Apr, A pro-independence coalition won in Slovenia.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)

1990        Dec 23, Slovenians voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence and their republic’s secession from Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 12/23/00)(www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3407.htm)

1991        Jun 24, Croatia and Slovenia voted to declare independence unless some new agreement was reached among the Yugoslav republics.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)

1991        Jun 25, Slovenia proclaimed independence from Yugoslavia.
1991        Jun 25, The civil war in Yugoslavia began when Croatia and Slovenia proclaimed independence from Yugoslavia. Following months of unsuccessful talks among Yugoslavia’s six republics about the future of the federation, the western republics of Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence. Entities of Yugoslavia began to split off leaving Serbia and Montenegro.
    (HFA, '96, p.32)(SFC, 10/18/96, A16)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)(AP, 6/25/01)

1991        Jun 26, Slovenian crowds gathered to declare their independence. They blockaded the barracks of the Yugoslav army and their Territorial Defense Force attacked border crossings and armored columns.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, T-5)

1991        Jun 27, Yugoslav army tanks and helicopters attacked Slovenia. Fighting broke out between Serbian and Croatian militias. The Slovene militia trapped an armored column and captured 2,000 soldiers. The prisoners were released and an agreement was reached for Slovenia to control its own borders after a 90 day period of int’l. observation.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)

1991        Jul 2, A European Community-brokered truce between Yugoslavia and the breakaway republic of Slovenia was shattered as the federal army battled Slovene militias.
    (AP, 7/2/01)

1991        Aug 5, The Yugoslav army called off its intervention to Slovenia’s independence.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, T-5)

1991        Oct 8, Slovenia and Croatia began operating independently from Yugoslavia. Slovenia took over its own borders and began printing its own money.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_modern_Croatia)(http://tinyurl.com/p5rhu)(SFC, 5/26/96, T-5)

1991        Dec, Germany gave diplomatic recognition to Slovenia and Croatia. The EU said it would recognize Croatia and Slovenia as independent states.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC, 10/6/00, p.A19)

1991        In Ljubljana, Slovenia, the countercultural center of Metelkova began at an abandoned Yugoslavian army garrison following independence.
    (SSFC, 5/23/04, p.D9)
1992        Jan 15, The Yugoslav federation, founded in 1918, effectively collapsed as the European Community recognized the republics of Croatia and Slovenia.
    (AP, 1/15/98)

1992        Jan, A cease fire was arranged by US Sec. of State Cyrus Vance. The EC recognized the independence of Croatia and Slovenia. The UN approved deployment of a peace keeping force in Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)   

1992        May, Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia joined the UN.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)   

1992        Dec, In the first democratic elections Milan Kucan was elected president and Janez Drnovsek became prime minister.
    (SFC, 4/14/97, p.A10)

1994        Istria was the first region of the former Yugoslavia to be officially designated as a "Region of Europe". The Istria of 2005, alternatively called Istra and Istrija, is politically divided into three separate countries: Croatia, Slovenia and Italy.

1996        May 18, The pope arrived at Ljubljana’s Brnik airport. He was greeted by Pres. Milan Kucan and other dignitaries.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-10)

1996        May 29, The property claims dispute with Italy has stalled Slovenia’s entry into the EC. A new offer has been made by Slovenia to open its property market fully within four years of signing an EC association agreement, thus allowing Italian claimants to buy back lost property.
    (WSJ, 5/29/96, p.A6)

1996        Nov 10, Premier Janez Drnovsek won parliamentary elections but failed to win a majority of seats.
    (SFC, 11/11/96, p.A11)

1999        Jun 21, Pres. Clinton visited Slovenia, met with Pres. Milan Kucan, and praised the country for standing up to Milosevic and declaring independence.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A12)

2000        Dec 10, Slovenia re-established diplomatic ties with Yugoslavia.
    (WSJ, 12/11/00, p.A1)

2002        Sep 10, Martin Strel of Slovenia finished swimming the 2,360-mile length of the Mississippi. He began July 4 and covered 11-12 miles per day.
    (WSJ, 9/11/02, p.A1)

2002        Sep 26, NATO planned to issue invitations in November to Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Expansion would commit the current 19 members to defend the borders of the new members.
    (SFC, 9/26/02, p.A1)

2002        Oct 9, The European Union's executive Commission declared Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, and Slovakia nearly ready for EU membership and recommended they be invited to join in 2004. Romania and Bulgaria likely will be delayed until 2007 because of weak economies, the Commission said, adding Turkey was the weakest link among candidates.
    (AP, 10/9/02)

2002        Nov 10, In Slovenia PM Janez Drnovsek, who has pushed to align the tiny alpine nation closer with Western Europe, finished 1st in presidential elections but will have to face a runoff.
    (AP, 11/11/02)

2002        Nov 21, The Baltic nations of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania joined former communist states Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia as the next wave of NATO states.
    (AP, 11/21/02)

2002        Dec 1, PM Janez Drnovsek (52) won Slovenia's presidential election and promised to keep the former Yugoslav republic on a pro-Western course. In 1999 he had a cancerous kidney removed, and in 2005 revealed that doctors had diagnosed "formations" on his lungs and liver in 2001.
    (AP, 12/2/02)(SSFC, 12/2/02, p.a10)(AP, 9/29/06)

2002        Dec 13, The EU reached agreement to accept 10 new countries in 2004. These included Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
    (SFC, 12/14/02, p.A3)

2003        Mar 23, Slovenes endorsed membership in NATO and the European Union.
    (AP, 3/23/03)(AP, 3/24/03)

2004        Mar 29, Pres. Bush hosted a White House ceremony to welcome Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia into the NATO alliance.
    (WSJ, 3/30/04, p.A1)

2004        Apr 2, In Brussels an official ceremony welcomed Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia into the NATO alliance.
    (SFC, 4/3/04, p.A11)

2004        Apr 4, In Slovenia some 95 percent of referendum voters opposed reinstating permanent residency and other rights to more than 18,000 people, mostly Bosnians, Croats and Serbs, whose names were stricken from state records following independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.
    (AP, 4/5/04)

2004        Apr 27, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and EU officials signed an accord extending the EU-Russia partnership accord to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta, which join May 1.
    (AP, 4/27/04)

2004        May 1, Revelers across ex-communist eastern Europe celebrated their historic entry to the European Union. 10 new members (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia) joined. Malta joined with 70 exemptions to EU rules. Poland had 43 exemptions. Latvia had 32. The Turkish occupied area of Cyprus was suspended from entry.
    (AP, 5/1/04)(Econ, 2/28/04, p.50)(Econ, 4/16/05, p.16)

2004        Oct 3, Slovenians voted in parliamentary elections. Janez Jansa’s right-leaning party won weekend elections and promised to maintain Slovenia's pro-Western course after taking power from the Liberal Democrats.
    (AP, 10/4/04)(WSJ, 10/4/04, p.A1)

2004        Nov 9, In Slovenia Janez Jansa (b.1956) took office as prime minister. He continued in office until 2008.

2005        Jan 1, Slovenia was forecast for 3.7% annual GDP growth with a population at 2 million and GDP per head at $17,700.
    (Econ, 1/8/05, p.89)

2005        Jan 22, Donald Trump married Slovenian model Melania Knauss with all the glamour, glitz and gold that money and star power can buy.
    (AP, 1/23/05)

2005        Apr 23, Prof. Slavoj Zizek, Slovenian philosopher and cultural theorist of the Univ. of Ljubljana, attended the world premier of the documentary film “Zizek" in San Francisco, Ca. His books included “Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates" (2002).
    (SSFC, 4/24/05, p.A1)

2005        May 24, In Slovenia police said Mitja Ribicic (86), a former Yugoslav secret service leader, has been charged in connection with the revenge killing of thousands of Slovenes following World War II, the first such charge in this ex-Yugoslav republic.
    (AP, 5/24/05)

2005        Jul, Italian police arrested two Slovenians who allegedly mailed steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs to U.S. soldiers in Iraq and other customers around the world.
    (AP, 8/1/05)

2006        Feb 16, A government spokesman said a swan found in Slovenia this month died of the lethal H5N1 avian flu virus strain, according to laboratory tests performed in Italy.
    (Reuters, 2/16/06)

2006        Jun 16, EU leaders gave Slovenia a green light to join the eurozone next year, launching a new wave of expansion for the currently 12-nation single currency club. EU leaders also gave their backing to the assessment of the EU's executive arm that Lithuania would not be ready to join the eurozone next year because inflation had overshot the limit required to join.
    (AFP, 6/16/06)

2006        Jul 11, EU finance ministers made Slovenia the 13th member of the euro zone. This gave Slovenia 5 months to print and mint euro notes to replace the tolar on January 1.
    (WSJ, 7/12/06, p.A10)

2007        Jan 1, Slovenia adopted the euro, becoming the 13th EU nation to use the single European currency. The transition to the euro included a 14-day period for dual use of the euro and Slovene tolar.
    (WSJ, 12/30/06, p.A4)(AP, 1/1/07)

2007        Mar 1, In Brazil Slovenian Martin Strel approached the halfway point of his attempt to swim the entire length of the Amazon river, trying to avoid severe burns, alligators and the dreaded bloodsucking toothpick fish.
    (AP, 3/1/07)

2007        Apr 7, In Brazil Martin Strel, a 52-year-old Slovenian, completed a 3,272 swim down the Amazon River that could set a world record for distance. In 2000, he completed an 1,866-mile swim along the Danube. He broke that record two years later after swimming 2,360 miles down the Mississippi. In 2004 he broke it again by swimming 2,487 miles along the Yangtze river in China.
    (AP, 4/8/07)

2007        Oct 21, Lojze Peterle, a conservative former prime minister, won the most votes in Slovenia's tight presidential elections, but fell far short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff.
    (AP, 10/21/07)

2007        Nov 17, Slovenian trade unions, students and pensioners staged the largest rally in the country since independence in 1991, blocking traffic in the centre of Ljubljana for several hours.
    (AP, 11/17/07)

2007        Dec 20, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic halted land and sea border controls at midnight in a wave of new members of Europe's passport-free Schengen zone. They all joined the EU on May 1, 2004.
    (AFP, 12/20/07)(WSJ, 12/21/07, p.A1)

2008        Jan 1, Slovenia became the first of 12 newcomers to take over the rotating presidency of the EU Union, a big psychological boost to a nation that gained independence from the ruins of the former Yugoslavia 16 years ago.
    (AP, 1/1/08)

2008        Feb 23, Janez Drnovsek (57), former president of Slovenia, died. He helped lead Slovenia to independence from Yugoslavia and later enthralled many of his countrymen by adopting a New Age lifestyle.
    (AP, 2/23/08)

2008        Jun 10, President Bush, speaking in Slovenia at his final EU-US summit, said the United States and Europe must rally to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, calling the threat an incredible danger to world peace.
    (AP, 6/10/08)

2008        Jul 3, In southeastern Slovenia two canoes were crushed running over a dam. The next day divers pulled seven bodies out of the Sava River and fought strong currents to search for five other people still missing.
    (AP, 7/4/08)

2008        Sep 1, Some three weeks before the Slovenian parliamentary elections, allegations were made in Finnish TV in a documentary broadcast by the Finnish national broadcasting company YLE that Slovenia’s PM Jansa had received bribes from the Finnish defense company Patria (73.2% of which is the property of the Finnish government) in the so-called Patria case. Jansa rejected all accusations as a media conspiracy concocted by left-wing Slovenian journalists, and asked YLE to provide evidence or to retract the story. Jansa's naming of individual journalists, including some of those behind the 2007 Petition Against Political Pressure on Slovenian Journalists, and the perceived use of diplomatic channels in an attempt to coerce the Finnish government into interfering with YLE editorial policy, drew criticism from media freedom organizations such as the International Press Institute.

2009        Nov 14, Tomaz Humar (40), a veteran Slovenian climber, was found dead on Langtang Lirung in the Nepalese Himalayas days after he was injured and stranded on the 23,710-foot (7,227m) mountain.
    (AP, 11/14/09)

2008        Nov, In Slovenia the Slovenian Democratic Party lost to the left wing coalition. PM Janez Jansa was replaced by the Social Democrat leader Borut Pahor.

2008        Slavoj Zizek, Slovenian writer, authored “Violence." It was a smaller offspring of his larger book “In Defense of Lost Causes," also published this year.
    (SSFC, 9/28/08, Books p.7)

2009        Jul, Slovenian prosecutors charged a Finnish journalist who had quoted unnamed sources alleging that former PM Janez Jansa (2004-2008) had taken bribes.
    (Econ, 10/24/09, p.62)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janez_Jan%C5%A1a)

2010        Mar 20, Croatia and Slovenia hosted the 1st locally organized conference of the heads of government of the former Yugoslavia.
    (Econ, 4/3/10, p.54)

2010        Apr 19, The Slovenian parliament ratified a border arbitration deal with Croatia vital for Zagreb's EU membership bid, but the deal still faces a much tougher test at a June referendum in Slovenia.
    (Reuters, 4/19/10)

2010        May 27, Israel officially joined the OECD club of rich economies. PM Benjamin Netanyahu attended a ceremony at the Paris headquarters of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as it welcomed Israel along with Estonia, Slovenia and Chile to the 31-nation grouping.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)

2010        Jul 18, In Slovenia a cyber mastermind, suspected of creating a malicious software code that infected 12 million computers worldwide and orchestrating other huge cyber scams, was arrested and questioned. His arrest came about five months after Spanish police broke up the massive cyber scam, arresting three of the alleged ringleaders who operated the Mariposa botnet, which stole credit cards and online banking credentials. On July 28 the FBI later said that a 23-year old Slovene known as Iserdo was picked up in Maribor, after lengthy investigation by Slovenian police, FBI and Spanish authorities. The FBI also identified, for the first time, the three individuals arrested in connection with the case in Spain: Florencio Carro Ruiz, known as "Netkairo;" Jonathan Pazos Rivera, known as "Jonyloleante;" and Juan Jose Bellido Rios, known as "Ostiator.
    (AP, 7/28/10)

2010        Sep 7, In Slovenia a government expert said a mass grave has been discovered containing bodies of about 700 victims killed by antifascists in the wake of World War II. Researchers examined a pit in a forest near the town of Prevalje in the country's northeast last week and discovered the bodies.
    (AP, 9/7/10)

2010        Oct 24, Slovenia elected Peter Bossman (54), a Ghana-born physician, as its first black mayor. He is known as the "Obama of Piran," the town where he lives.
    (AP, 10/24/10)

2010        Nov 23, Croatia’s Atlantic Grupa food company took over Slovenia’s Droga Kolinska for $326 million. This was the biggest corporate deal in the Balkans in recent years.
    (Econ, 11/27/10, p.72)

2010        Dec 9, Former Croatian PM Ivo Sanader, under investigation in a corruption case, left the country crossing into Slovenia, hours before parliament voted on lifting his immunity from prosecution so that he could be detained.
    (AP, 12/9/10)

2011        Jun,  The FBI and Interpol conducted "Operation Hive," which resulted in the arrests of two Metulji operators in Bosnia and Slovenia. The world's biggest criminal botnet, that has enslaved tens of millions of computers across 172 countries, was named “Metulji," Slovenian for "butterfly."

2011        Oct 4, It was reported that NASA has awarded a Pennsylvania company, Pipistrel-USA.com of State College, a $1.35 million prize for developing an ultra-efficient electric airplane. Wired Magazine reported that the winning airplane "was developed and built in Slovenia as a technology demonstrator for the airplane maker."

2011        Dec 4, Slovenians voted in an early election expected to bring conservatives back to power, where they will have to tackle the country's mounting debt, unemployment and a looming recession. President Danilo Turk said that "the most important task of the new government will be to restart economy." The outgoing center-left government of PM Borut Pahor has failed to push through pension and labor reform requested by the EU. The center-left Positive Slovenia party won with 28.5% of the ballots.
    (AP, 12/4/11)(AP, 12/13/11)

2011        Dec 5, In Slovenia preliminary results show Positive Slovenia, a center-left party, defeated the favored conservatives. The results also indicated that women won 28 of 90 seats, the most since the country gained independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.
    (AP, 12/5/11)

2011        Dec 13, Slovenia’s state electoral commission said the center-left Positive Slovenia party won 28.5% of the Dec 4 ballots, or 28 seats in the 90-member parliament. That is not enough for Positive Slovenia to form a government on its own.
    (AP, 12/13/11)

2012        Jan 27, Fitch ratings downgraded the debt of Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, Slovenia and Spain even as European finance chiefs gathering in Davos sought to reassure global business leaders that Europe is on track to solve its debt crises.
    (SFC, 1/27/12, p.A4)

2012        Feb 10, In Slovenia Janez Jansa (b.1958), a former prime minister (2004-2008) again took office as prime minister.
    (Economist, 9/22/12, p.63)

2012        Jul, Slovenia’s government bailed out the country’s  leading bank to the tune of some $478 million.
    (Economist, 9/22/12, p.63)

2012        Aug 23, In Slovenia a hot air balloon carrying 32 people, including children, was swept up in a storm and crashed in a fireball outside Ljubljana. 6 people died and 26 others were injured.
    (AP, 8/23/12)(AP, 2/26/13)

2012        Nov 11, Slovenians voted for a president, hoping whoever wins will boost the prospects of the small, economically struggling country. Competing were incumbent President Danilo Turk (60), former PM Borut Pahor (49) and ruling center-right coalition candidate, Milan Zver (50). No candidate appeared to win an outright majority and a runoff was expected next month between Turk and Pahor.
    (AP, 11/11/12)(AP, 11/12/12)

2012        Nov 30, In Slovenia thousands joined protests against PM Janez Jansa and his cabinet, accusing them of corruption and fraud and demanding their resignation.
    (SFC, 12/1/12, p.A2)

2012        Dec 2, Slovenia held a presidential runoff pitting anti-austerity incumbent Danilo Turk against former PM Borut Pahor, who has supported some of the government's budget measures during his campaign. Borut Pahor won the presidential election, calling for unity.
    (AP, 12/2/12)

2013        Jan 8, Slovenia’s official anti-corruption commission said PM Janez Jansa and opposition leader Zoran Jankovic had questions to answer.
    (Econ, 1/19/13, p.55)

2013        Jan 11, In Slovenia some 10,000 protesters urged PM Janez Jansa and opposition leader Zoran Jankovic to resign after an official report accused them of graft.
    (SFC, 1/12/13, p.A2)

2013        Jan 23, In Slovenia a massive austerity strike began as the the main coalition partner walked out of the government over corruption allegations against PM Janez Jansa.
    (SFC, 1/24/13, p.A2)

2013        Feb 8, In Slovenia thousands of people rallied for and against the center-right government, adding to the tensions in the small European Union country where authorities have turned to austerity measures to revive the economy.
    (AP, 2/8/13)

2013        Feb 27, Slovenia’s Parliament ousted PM Janez Jansa and his conservative government. The 55-33 no-confidence vote named Alenka Bratusek (42) as prime minister designate.
    (SFC, 2/28/13, p.A2)

2013        Mar 20, Slovenian lawmakers approved the new-left-leaning Cabinet of PM Alenka Bratusek, the first female to lead the government since secession from Yugoslavia in 1991.
    (SFC, 3/21/13, p.A2)

2013        May 9, Slovenia’s government announced an austerity plan designed to raise $707 million in new taxes as part of an effort to balance the budget and avoid seeking an int’l. bailout.
    (SFC, 5/10/13, p.A2)

2013        May 29, The EU granted France, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia more time to bring their budget deficits under control to support the bloc's shrinking economy. The European Commission approved France’s request to postpone by 2 years the target of cutting its budget deficit to 3% of GDP.
    (AP, 5/29/13)(Econ, 6/1/13, p.55)

2014        Feb 2, Tens of thousands of people are without electricity in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia after icy rain and sleet caused major disruptions. Hundreds of motorists were evacuated overnight from their vehicles in Serbia, where massive snow drifts have caused widespread travel chaos.
    (AP, 2/2/14)

2014        Apr 26, In Slovenia Zoran Jankovic (61), mayor of the capital, Ljubljana, was chosen the leader of Positive Slovenia party. The government faced likely collapse after PM Alenka Bratusek (44), whose government saved the small EU state from an international bailout, lost her party leadership. Bratusek's three coalition partners in the four-party center-left government have said they would step out of the cabinet if Jankovic, under investigation for corruption, becomes the party leader.
    (AP, 4/26/14)

2014        May 5, Slovenian PM Alenka Bratusek resigned after losing the leadership of her party 10 days ago, paving the way for an early election.
    (Reuters, 5/514)

2014        Jun 8, Slovenia held a referendum to decide whether sensitive personal information like sexual or religious orientation in communist-era state security files should be open to the public.
    (AP, 6/8/14)

2014        Jun 20, Slovenia's former PM Janez Jansa went to prison to begin a two-year sentence for bribery in an arms deal with a Finnish company. In 2015 a retrial was ordered by the Supreme Court after the Constitutional Court overturned his conviction.
    (AP, 6/23/14)(AP, 4/23/15)

2014        Jul 13, Slovenes voted in a second early election in three years amid political instability that threatened the small nation's bid to pull out of an economic downturn. Miro Cerar (50), a law expert and the son of Slovenian Olympic medalist Miroslav Cerar, won with 36 of the parliament’s 90 seats.
    (AP, 7/13/14)(Econ, 7/19/14, p.48)

2014        Sep 18, In Slovenia an international whaling conference voted against Japan's highly criticized plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic next year, but Japan vowed to go ahead anyway.
    (AP, 9/18/14)

2014        Nov 26, Slovenia police said they have seized 175 kg (385 pounds) of cocaine in one of the biggest drug busts in the nation in years. The drugs' street value was estimated at more than $12.5 million.
    (AP, 11/26/14)

2014        Nov, In the Czech Rep. two poisoned letters were intercepted before reaching the intended recipients, Finance Minister Andrej Babis and Interior Minister Milan Chovanec. No one was hurt. In December an Italian citizen (24) from Gorizia, Italy, was arrested in Slovenia.
    (Reuters, 1/13/15)

2015        Jan 5, Bitstamp, a Slovenia-based bitcoin exchange bitcoin, halted operations and reported that 19,000 of the currency units had vanished. Bitstamp resumed operation on Jan 9.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ne46mkd)(Econ, 1/10/15, p.58)

2015        Feb 6, In Europe floods forced hundreds of people from their homes in Albania and Macedonia. Heavy snow and winds caused traffic havoc in Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia.
    (SFC, 2/7/15, p.A2)

2015        Mar 11, Slovenian police searched the home of former PM Alenka Bratusek, who is being investigated on suspicion of abuse of power after her government unsuccessfully nominated her for the European Commission last year. Police also searched four other locations linked to Bratusek's political party.
    (AP, 3/11/15)

2015        Mar 20, Europol, the European Union's policy agency, said that raids earlier this week in Austria, Cyprus, Slovenia and Switzerland led to 26 arrests and the identification of 14 possible victims of the smugglers. The raids of brothels and restaurants targeted Chinese criminal networks that reportedly smuggled people to the continent.
    (AP, 3/20/15)

2015        Apr 9, Slovenian Defense Minister Janko Veber was sacked for using military intelligence to monitor the state telecoms company ahead of its potential sale.
    (AP, 4/10/15)

2015        Jun 13, In Slovenia over a thousand people marched at the country’s 15th Gay Pride festival warning their fight was not over since a recently adopted bill legalizing same-sex marriages could still be revoked in a referendum.
    (AFP, 6/13/15)

2015        Jun 17, Slovenian police confirmed that former Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj (2004-2005), a guerrilla commander during the 1998-99 Kosovo war, has been detained by the Slovenian police on a 2006 Serbian arrest warrant.
    (Reuters, 6/17/15)

2015        Jul 29, Croatian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from a border arbitration with Slovenia, dealing a further blow to efforts to resolve a longstanding dispute.
    (AP, 7/29/15)

2015        Aug 19, In North Korea the Slovenian rock band Laibach played to a full house in Pyongyang as part of the “Liberation Day Tour," coinciding with the Korean Peninsula’s 70th year anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonization.
    (SFC, 8/20/15, p.A4)

2015        Oct 16, Hungary said it will close down its border with Croatia, where it has built a razor-wire fence, to the free flow of migrants at midnight. Croatia said it has a plan to manage the flow of migrants agreed with Slovenia that it will start implementing when Hungary seals off the Hungarian-Croatian border.
    (AP, 10/16/15)(Reuters, 10/16/15)

2015        Oct 17, Hungary said it will temporarily reinstate border controls on its frontier with Slovenia, after his government sealed off its border with Croatia overnight to stem the flow of migrants. Migrants streaming across the Balkans reached Slovenia, diverted overnight by the closure of Hungary’s border with Croatia.
    (Reuters, 10/17/15)

2015        Oct 18, Buses packed with migrants backed up on Serbia’s border with Croatia, their passage to western Europe slowed by a new diversion through Slovenia, which vowed to limit the influx.
    (Reuters, 10/18/15)

2015        Oct 19, Croatia opened its border with Serbia for migrants and thousands rushed across. Some 5,000 migrants reached Slovenia from Croatia, with another 1,200 on their way by train.
    (AP, 10/19/15)(Reuters, 10/19/15)

2015        Oct 20, Slovenia deployed the army to guard its border as thousands of migrants streamed into the tiny country from the south, and said it may resort to "physical barriers" like neighboring Hungary if the number of arrivals continued to grow. At least 12,100 migrants were currently in Serbia. At least 2,500 migrants were stranded in no man's land between Croatia and Serbia overnight in cold temperatures.
    (Reuters, 10/20/15)

2015        Oct 21, Refugees from Asian wars crossed into Slovenia from Croatia as border closures elsewhere forced them to find new routes to rich European countries and concern grew over the plight of those stranded in wet, freezing weather.
    (Reuters, 10/21/15)

2015        Oct 22, Slovenia's Constitutional Court gave the go-ahead for a referendum that could overturn a law allowing same-sex marriages.
    (Reuters, 10/22/15)
2015        Oct 22, It was reported that more than 12,000 migrants have crossed into Slovenia in the last 24 hours and thousands more were expected.
    (Reuters, 10/22/15)

2015        Oct 24, Slovenian officials staggered to cope and tempers flared at an overcrowded refugee center as thousands more asylum-seekers poured into the tiny Alpine nation. Slovenian police estimated some 13,000 people had entered the country in the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 10/24/15)

2015        Oct 26, Croatian police said that more than 13,000 migrants arrived from Serbia in the past 24 hours, while Slovenian police reported nearly 10,000 arrivals from Croatia in the same period.
    (AP, 10/2615)

2015        Oct 28, Austria said it would build a fence along its border with fellow EU state Slovenia to "control" the migrant influx, in what would be the first barrier between two members of the passport-free Schengen zone.
    (AFP, 10/28/15)

2015        Nov 10, Slovenia outlined plans to build "obstacles", potentially including fences, on its border with Croatia, as it braced for a new spike in migrants bound for northern Europe this week.
    (AFP, 11/10/15)

2015        Nov 11, Slovenia started erecting a razor wire fence along parts of its border with Croatia amid heavy security.
    (Reuters, 11/11/15)

2015        Nov 19, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia shut their borders to those not coming from war-torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq, leaving thousands of others seeking a better life in Europe stranded at border crossings.
    (AP, 11/19/15)

2015        Dec 20, Slovenians held a referendum on whether to allow same-sex marriage and become the first former communist nation in Europe to do so. More than 60 percent of the voters opposed the measure in a referendum marked by low turnout.
    (AP, 12/20/15)(AFP, 12/20/15)

2016        Feb 3, Slovenia’s Defence Minister Andreja Katic said his country will offer military equipment and up to 15 military instructors to the global U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS).
    (Reuters, 2/3/16)

2016        Feb 14, Slovenia said it would clamp down on the number of migrants allowed to enter the country, ahead of tougher measures set to be announced by neighbouring Austria later this week to slow down the influx.
    (AFP, 2/14/16)

2016        Mar 4, The Slovenian parliament passed legislation late today that aimed to speed up the processing of asylum seekers in a country that in recent months has been flooded with migrants on their way to Western Europe.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)

2016        Mar 9, Croatia and Slovenia, two of the countries along the route used by hundreds of thousands of people in recent months, barred entry to transiting migrants from midnight. Serbia indicated it would follow suit.
    (AFP, 3/9/16)

2016        May 12, Slovenia said it took in its first 28 migrants under an EU relocation scheme that many other EU countries have been slow to carry out or rejected outright. Slovenia, with a population of 2 million, has committed to accepting a total of 587 migrants, or up to 50 per month through August 2017.
    (Reuters, 5/12/16)

2016        Jul 14, In Slovenia  a small US-registered plane crashed in the west of the country, killing all 4 people on board.
    (AP, 7/14/16)

2016        Jul 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a conciliatory tone on a visit to Slovenia, shaking hands and honoring dead soldiers as he tested Western resolve in maintaining crippling sanctions against the Kremlin for its role in Ukraine.
    (AP, 7/30/16)

2016        Sep 1, In western Slovenia a small plane crashed in rainy weather, killing 3 people on board.
    (AP, 9/2/16)

2016        Nov 17, Slovenia made access to drinking water a constitutional right in a bid to protect the Alpine nation's water resources from excessive exploitation.
    (AP, 11/18/16)

2016        Nov 18, Police in Slovenia said they have seized nearly 900 kg (2,000 pounds) of drugs and detained 10 suspects in the biggest bust in the country in years.
    (AP, 11/18/16)

2017        Jan 19, Slovenia said it will allow hunters to kill 93 brown bears and up to 8 wolves this year in order to keep those animal populations from growing. Last year hunters killed 83 bears and 4 wolves.
    (AP, 1/19/17)

2017        Jan 31, Slovenia’s national Statistics Bureau said that the number of overnight stays by American tourists has jumped by 10 percent in 2016 when compared to 2015. The tourism boom was partly because it is the native country of US first lady Melania Trump.
    (AP, 1/31/17)

2017        Feb 24, Slovenia introduced a law on same-sex partnership that grants legal rights to gay unions but does not allow them to adopt or undergo in-vitro fertilization.
    (AP, 2/24/17)   

2017        Apr 24, Six people were awarded the annual Goldman Environmental Prize. They included Mark Lopez of southern California for work focusing on contamination from a battery recycling plant; Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo of Congo DRC for efforts to protect the Virunga National Park from oil extraction; Prafulla Samantara of India for efforts to halt an open-pit bauxite mine in Odisha state; Uros Maceri of Slovenia for efforts to halt pollution by the Lafarge Cement Co.; Wendy Bowman of Australia for her efforts to halt coal mining and pollution in the Hunter Valley; and Rodrigo Tot of Guatemala for efforts to halt evictions and government corruption related to nickel mining in El Estor and Agua Caliente.
    (SFC, 4/24/17, p.A10)

2017        Jun 29, An international arbitration panel granted Slovenia unhindered access to the high seas for the first time since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia as part of a ruling aimed at settling a long-running territorial dispute between Croatia and Slovenia. Croatia walked out of the arbitration in 2015 and does not recognize the panel's findings. The court allocated more than two-thirds of the disputed Piran Bay to Slovenia. Croatia, whose coast stretches for 1,700 km, refused to accept the ruling, wanting the maritime border to be drawn down the middle of the bay.
    (AP, 6/29/17)(AFP, 2/3/18)

2017        Jul 5, Croatia rejected a European Commission call for the implementation of an international arbitration ruling in a longstanding border dispute with Slovenia that has caused tensions between the EU neighbors.
    (AP, 7/5/17)

2017        Sep 15, Slovenia launched legal action against the European Commission for issuing a permit to Croatia last July to use the Teran red wine brand in the bloc.
    (AP, 9/15/17)

2017        Sep 20, A court in Slovenia convicted and sentenced two men to prison terms for fatally beating their friend live on Facebook. In February Ales Olovec (20) and Martin Kovac (29) beat up Andrej Cekuta (26) after an argument and streamed it live on social media for 23 minutes before the video was removed.
    (AP, 9/20/17)

2017        Oct 22, Slovenians voted in a presidential election. It was expected to be an easy re-election for President Borut Pahor, a veteran politician and former model known for his use of social media.
    (AP, 10/22/17)

2017        Nov 12, Voters in Slovenia cast ballots in a presidential runoff, with President Borut Pahor's bid for re-election facing a tough challenge from ex-comedian Marjan Sarec, who's now the mayor of a northern town.
    (AP, 11/12/17)

2017        Dec 6, Employees at Slovenia's state intelligence agency went on strike, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.
    (AP, 12/7/17)

2017        Dec 19, The prime ministers of Croatia and Slovenia failed to break a deadlock over an international arbitration ruling in a long-standing border dispute that has led to tensions between the two neighboring European Union countries.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, European police said Slovenian and Croatian security have busted an international crime syndicate involved in sports corruption, illegal betting and trying to fix soccer matches in several countries including Serbia, Macedonia and the Czech Republic. 11 people were arrested.
    (AP, 12/19/17)

2018        Jan 17, Police in Slovenia found 20 migrants from Pakistan in a van that crashed after entering the country illegally from Croatia on a quest to reach Western Europe.
    (AP, 1/17/18)

2018        Jan 20, Police in Croatia and Slovenia said they have busted a human trafficking operation and released dozens of mostly Chinese nationals who were forced to work in illegal call centers.
    (AP, 1/20/18)

2018        Jan 24, In Slovenia thousands of public sector workers in Ljubljana staged a one-day strike and protest demanding higher wages.
    (AP, 1/24/18)

2018        Feb 12, Slovenian police officers began a strike and nurses staged a two-hour walkout a day later. Last month about 30,000 public sector employees took to the streets calling for higher wages. Slovenia imposed restrictions on public sector wage hikes during a financial crisis in 2012. Not all of these have been lifted.
    (Reuters, 2/14/18)

2018        Feb 14, Most schools in Slovenia closed as some 40,000 teachers held a one-day strike, the latest in a week of protests by public sector workers demanding more pay amid stronger economic growth.
    (Reuters, 2/14/18)

2018        Feb 22, Slovenia's government sacked the army chief of staff after the military's poor performance last week at a NATO combat readiness test.
    (AP, 2/22/18)

2018        Mar 14, Slovenia's teachers went on strike for the second time in a month after failing to reach a deal with the government on higher wages.
    (AP, 3/14/18)

2018        Mar 20, Slovenia's parliament formally acknowledged the resignation of Miro Cerar, marking the end of his government's mandate. The government will remain as a caretaker Cabinet until a new one is elected.
    (AP, 3/20/18)

2018        Jun 3, Slovenians voted in a parliamentary election. The anti-immigrant, center-right Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) was favored to win but without enough votes to rule on its own. The anti-immigrant Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) won most seats but fell well short of a majority.
    (AP, 6/3/18)(Reuters, 6/3/18)(Reuters, 6/4/18)

2018        Jun 7, Slovenia's leading right-wing politician Janez Jansa, whose party won most votes at last weekend's parliamentary election, said he will try to form a coalition government even though most parliamentary groups have ruled out an alliance with him.
    (AP, 6/7/18)

2018        Aug 17, Slovenian MPs approved center-left candidate Marjan Sarec, a former comedian, for the post of prime minister, putting an end to weeks of political uncertainty after inconclusive elections in June.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)(AP, 8/17/18)

2018        Aug 29, In Slovenia five moderate parties signed an agreement to form a center-left government, sidelining a right-wing group that won most votes during an inconclusive election in June.
    (AP, 8/29/18)

2018        Sep 6, Slovenian police arrested two people for paramilitary activity after video footage and photos surfaced on social media of a group of armed, masked men led by Andrej Sisko, a right-wing former presidential candidate.
    (AP, 9/6/18)

2018        Oct 1, Slovenian police resumed their strike for higher wages, less then three weeks after a new minority center-left government led by PM Marjan Sarec took power following a June parliamentary election.
    (Reuters, 10/1/18)

2018        Nov 27, Slovenia said it has appointed Major General Alenka Ermenc as chief of the army, making her the only woman in charge of a NATO country's military.
    (Reuters, 11/27/18)

2018        Dec 7, Prosecutors in Slovenia said they have filed charges against right-wing politician Andrej Sisko, who was shown leading a paramilitary group in a video circulating on social media.
    (AP, 12/7/18)

2018        Dec 23, In Slovenia human remains were found near a popular hiking place at Iski Vintgar gorge. They were later confirmed as those of a Jonathan Luskin of Wisconsin, who was reported missing to Slovenian authorities on July 25.
    (AP, 12/29/18)

2019        Mar 8, Slovenia's health minister resigned, becoming the fourth minister to leave the center-left minority government and raising concerns about its ability to survive until the next scheduled election in 2022. Samo Fakin quit nine days after Environment Minister Jure Leben quit amid media reports about alleged corruption linked to a railway project in 2017 when Leben was a senior infrastructure ministry official.
    (Reuters, 3/8/19)

2019        Mar 20, The five parties of the Slovenian center-left government coalition signed an agreement of cooperation with the opposition Left party to secure support for its main projects over the next year.
    (Reuters, 3/20/19)

2019        Mar 29, A court in Slovenia sentenced right-wing politician Andrej Sisko to eight months in prison for organizing a self-style militia that was filmed posing with weapons like axes and rifles.
    (AP, 3/29/19)

2019        Jul, Slovenia’s government signed a contract with a Serbian firm Legi-SGS to put up 40 km (25 miles) of fence on the border with Croatia to keep out a rising number of migrants entering the country illegally. Once that section is completed, the total length of fence will be 219 km and cover almost a third of the Slovenian border with Croatia.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)

2019        Sep 24, Slovenia's Adria Airways cancelled almost all of its flights for today and tomorrow, potentially affecting around 3,700 passengers, because it has been unable to access cash to continue flying.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)

2019        Sep 27, Slovenia's debt-laden Adria Airways said it was cancelling most of its weekend flights and many scheduled for Sept. 30 as it battles to hang on to its operating license.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)

2019        Oct 9, Slovenia's central bank said it will impose restrictions on consumer loans to curb "excessive" credit growth and protect borrowers from becoming overindebted.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)

2019        Nov 26, The Slovenian government approved legislation that will prohibit paramilitary groups, after a group led by a nationalist politician began conducting border patrols in the woods in recent months.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)

2020        Jan 9, In Slovenia a nearly 26-foot wooden statue mocking US President Donald Trump was burned to the ground. Police were looking for the arsonist.
    (AP, 1/9/20)(SFC, 1/10/20, p.A2)

2020        Feb 1, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia confirmed they would not extradite their nationals to the UK during the 11-month transition period which starts tomorrow.
    (Business Insider, 2/1/20)

2020        Mar 13, In Slovenia Janez Jansa (b.1958) became prime minister for a third time.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janez_Jan%C5%A1a)(Econ., 7/6/20, p.45)

2020        Apr 3, Slovenia said it will introduce a mandatory 14-day quarantine for most people entering the country from April 4 in an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The country has confirmed 934 coronavirus cases, with 20 deaths.
    (Reuters, 4/3/20)

2020        May 14, Slovenia became the first European country to declare an official end to its coronavirus epidemic. The country has reported 1,466 coronavirus cases and 104 deaths.
    (Reuters, 5/17/20)

2020        May 18, Slovenia said it plans to tighten border controls for some EU citizens to prevent a possible import of the new coronavirus, partially rowing back from a decision last week to let all EU nationals in. Slovenia has so far reported 1,466 coronavirus cases and 104 deaths.
    (Reuters, 5/18/20)

2020        Jun 15, Slovenia lifted travel restrictions with Italy.
    (AP, 6/15/20)

2020        Oct 14, Slovenia, with around 2 million people, reported a record-high number of new infections, reaching 707 daily cases.
    (Reuters, 10/14/20)

2020        Oct 15, Slovenia, a country of some 2 million people, reported a new record of 745 daily infections in the last 24 hours, up from 707 a day before.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)

2020        Oct 16, Slovenia reported a record number of daily coronavirus infections, reaching 834 cases in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)

2020        Oct 19, Slovenia's government declared a 30-day state of emergency after cases of COVID-19 more than doubled in the past week from the previous week.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)

2020        Oct 21, Slovenia reported a record 1,503 daily cases of COVID-19. Slovenia has altogether had 15,982 cases of COVID-19 and 200 fatalities.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)

2020        Oct 22, Slovenia, with two million people, reported a record-high number of daily cases, reaching 1,663 infections.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)

2020        Oct 23, Slovenian PM Janez Jansa endorsed US President Donald Trump’s reelection on Friday, saying Joe Biden would be a weak leader. Slovenia is the birthplace of US first lady Melania Trump.
    (AP, 10/23/20)

2020        Oct 30, Slovenia reported 1,798 new cases and a new record of 23 deaths in a day.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)

2021        May 17, In Slovenia Serbia and Kosovo clashed at a summit of Western Balkan nations over state border changes, a thorny issue in a region that is still recuperating from bloody civil wars in the 1990s.
    (AP, 5/17/21)

2021        Jul 1, Slovenia it took over the EU’s rotating presidency for six months. The EU presidency is largely about acting as an “honest broker" to find consensus among the 27 nations and ensure the smooth adoption of policies ranging from the environment to migration.
    (AP, 7/3/21)

2021        Jul 9, Visegrad members (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia) gathered in Slovenia and voiced concern over a potential migration rush from Afghanistan as US and NATO forces pull out from that country. They also complained that a small group of powerful countries within the EU continue to call the shots without input from smaller or less wealthy member states.
    (AP, 7/9/21)

2021        Jul 11, Slovenians voted in a referendum on changes to the country's water management law, in a test for the government of right-wing PM Janez Jansa. Ecologists have pushed through the referendum, saying the changes threaten the environment and water quality.
    (AP, 7/11/21)

2021        Jul 18, Tadej Pogacar (22) of Slovenia won his second straight Tour de France, entering a new era of dominance after reigning over his adversaries.
    (NY Times, 7/18/21)

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