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Timmermans denies family photo with Jansa

Timmermans denies family photo with Jansa

aA “family photo” taken during the EU Commission’s visit to Slovenia on Thursday missed an important participant: Frans TimmermansFirst Vice President Ursula von der Leyen. It was on purpose – the Social Democrat did not want to be in the picture. Because before there was a scandal behind closed doors at the Brdo Convention Center.

Thomas Gotchaker

Political correspondent for the European Union, NATO and the Benelux countries, based in Brussels.

The conservative national prime minister, Janez Janša, complained that “communist judges” had infiltrated the Slovenian judiciary. As the participants later reported, a photo was shown: judges and politicians from the SPD could be seen on it. Von der Leyen was said to have immediately intervened and warned Jancha: Judges must be treated with respect, even if they belong to another party.

The seizure of the presidency of the Council of the European Union in Slovenia, which was the reason for the visit of the Commission, immediately began with disagreements. At the subsequent press conference, von der Leyen and Janša shared with sullen expressions and barely looked at each other. “Political dialogue requires respect for all political parties,” von der Leyen said, referring in particular to judges belonging to another party. The scandal occurred at the end of a debate on the Slovenian program of action when the conversation turned to the subject of the rule of law.

The Chairman of the Committee publicly issued a clear warning to Gansha to abide by the values I to reserve. She said Slovenia should ensure the “independence and adequate funding” of the state news agency. Gansha has called the agency a “national disgrace” and has long withheld public funds that it deserves.

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