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Courage

09.06.2017

Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA
An apparently peaceful week is behind us – the first "summery" week of the year. And yet there was a lot going on behind the scenes.

In the light of the Government's decisions in relation to NLB and the second-track project, which will have a considerable impact on Slovenia's future, we can only hope that economic growth, as forecast for us by the OECD, will leave a similar mark on our society. The lifting of the majority of austerity measures has boosted domestic consumption, which in turn has stimulated economic growth, now projected to reach 3.8% this year. All warnings and recommendations regarding the earliest possible implementation of the necessary structural reforms are, of course, appropriate here (meanwhile healthcare and labour market reforms are already intensively under way).

Perhaps we should draw courage from Slovenia's greatest reformer, Primož Trubar, the anniversary of whose birth we marked with yesterday's national holiday. Trubar was the central figure of Slovenian Protestantism in the sixteenth century and, at the same time, the most important figure in the development of foundations for the formation of the Slovenian nation. Most important of all, his desire to bring faith closer to ordinary people led him to write the first book in the Slovenian language, a decision that would have an irreversible influence on the history of the Slovenian people.

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