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Slovenia PM accuses EU official of lying over rule of law


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Slovenia water law referendum seen as test for government


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Survivor in Slovenia turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Survivor in Slovenia turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance DayFor Marija Frlan it’s as symbolic as it can get: A survivor of a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, the Slovenian woman turns 100 years old on Monday, the international Holocaust Remembrance Day. Frlan, who was held at the Nazi’s Ravensbruck camp in northern Germany for over a year in 1944-45, will join other survivors and officials in Poland on Monday for ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. “The ones who didn’t survive this, they can’t understand, no,” the energetic woman said at her home in the small village of Rakek in southwestern Slovenia.



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Tribute or prank? New statue of Melania Trump in Slovenia confounds residents

Tribute or prank? New statue of Melania Trump in Slovenia confounds residentsA life-size rough wooden sculpture of U.S. first lady Melania Trump was unveiled near her hometown of Sevnica in southeastern Slovenia on Friday. Commissioned by Berlin-based American artist Brad Downey and carved with a chainsaw by local folk artist Ales Zupevc, the statue serves as a – perhaps wry – accompaniment to Downey’s exhibition in the capital Ljubljana exploring Melania’s roots in the small Alpine country. The blocky, rustic figure was cut from the trunk of a living linden tree – whose base forms a tall plinth – in a field beside the Sava River in the village of Rozno, eight km (five miles) from Sevnica. There is no attempt at an accurate likeness, to the point where the gallery in Ljubljana appears uncertain how seriously to take the statue. “Perhaps we are simply trying vigorously to make sense of things that might only be a slapstick prank,” it says in a leaflet. “Who knows?” After Melania cake, Melania honey, and even Melania slippers, Sevnica, the Slovenian hometown of the US's first lady now boasts a Melania statue, by conceptual artist Ales 'Maxi' Zupevc that has drawn mixed reviews. Although the statue’s face is rough-hewn and unrecognizable, the figure is shown clothed in the pale blue wraparound coat that Melania wore at Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president. Downey said he wanted to “have a dialogue with my country’s political situation” and highlight Melania Trump’s status as an immigrant married to a president sworn to reduce immigration. The sculptor, known as Maxi, was born in the same hospital as Melania Trump, in the same month, and now mostly works as a pipe-layer. “Let’s face it,” he says in a short film being shown as part of the exhibition, “she owns half of America while I have nothing.”



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Melania Trump: ‘Disgraceful’ wooden statue of first lady prompts complaints in Slovenia

Melania Trump: ‘Disgraceful’ wooden statue of first lady prompts complaints in SloveniaA wooden statue of Melania Trump has reportedly been erected in the first lady’s home country of Slovenia, despite criticism from locals. The conceptual statue — which depicts Ms Trump standing in the blue outfit she wore to her husband’s inauguration in 2016 — was commissioned by US artist Brade Downey and created by artist Ales Zupevc, known as Maxi, according to ITV.The life-sized statue is planted atop a wooden plank with shrubbery in a field near her hometown of Sevnica, according to photographs released this week.Locals complained about the statue, not due to the first lady’s affiliation with Donald Trump, but rather because they say the wooden sculpture does not look like Ms Trump at all. “It doesn’t look anything like Melania,” one local told the outlet. “It’s a smurfette. It’s a disgrace.”Another local reportedly echoed those comments, telling the reporter, “It’s not okay. It’s a disgrace. That’s what I have to say.”Mr Downey reportedly did not include any instructions with his request for the artist to build the conceptual design of the first lady — except that it must feature the same dress she wore to the inauguration. The first lady has become one of her home country’s most famous exports ever since her husband became the US president.Businesses and storefronts in Slovenia began selling Melania slippers, cake and even honey, branding their products with the first lady’s image.Ms Trump reportedly hired a local law firm in 2017 to prevent shops from using her likeness to sell products. The White House did not respond to requests for comment.



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