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Happy Birthday, sLOVEnia!

26.06.2015

Editorial

Happy Birthday, sLOVEnia! Photo: Mostphotos
Statehood Day is always an opportunity for society and the state to look back and reflect on where we are and where we are going. Where are we? The initial wave of unity, optimism and enthusiasm that swept over society at the moment of independence has been losing its power. It was followed shortly after by a wave of pride due to a booming economy, foreign policy success, and numerous sports and cultural achievements. Both dissolved in the face of the economic crisis, which also brought with it a crisis of values.

Clearing the head is always useful: to stop and ask ourselves where we are going, and what kind of society we want to live in. While the answers are not served up on a silver platter, smaller act and events that we see these days will eventually become part of the mosaic of a new and, we hope, sufficiently social and just society for everyone.

Remedying injustices is the first step to the future. The repayment of savers of the former Ljubljanska banka enabled by legislation passed this week is one such step, and it will also help improve relations between the nations in the region. With the act, Slovenia will repay savers in a non-discriminatory way and with due consideration for the ruling. It is a comprehensive and just solution that redresses the alleged violation of savers’ human rights, while protecting Slovenia’s public interest. The act foresees the repayment of the principal and interest rates and ensures that the asset value has been maintained after 20 years.

The second step, which is of great significance particularly for harmony between Slovenes, was Tuesday’s ceremony at the future site of a monument dedicated to all victims of World War II and its aftermath.

Reconciliation, which has been urged by many Slovenian intellectuals since independence, and has been very actively pursued by President Borut Pahor in recent years, is probably the only way for us to establish a stronger inner connection as a nation, and look confidently to the future and into the eyes of younger generations.

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