European Commission president elect Jean-Claude Juncker gestures as he addresses the media on the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

The incoming head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled an EU executive team today that handed key economic responsibilities to Fr(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker gives a press conference to announce the attribution of portfolios of European Commissioners-designate at EU commission headquaters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled the European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. The team, which mus(...)

Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek, whose government has pledged to avoid seeking official help from EU and IMF. Photograph: EPA/Andrius Ufartas

Euro zone finance ministers meet today in Brussels amid mounting fears about the Slovenian economy, and continuing difficulties with the Greek bail(...)

Janez Jansa greets his supporters as he exits the court building after the verdict, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, yesterday. He was sentenced Jansa to two years in prison for seeking bribes from a Finnish arms dealer. Photograph: Matej Leskovsek/AP

Slovenia’s former prime minister Janez Jansa has been jailed for two years for taking bribes in a major arms deal, in a case that he denounces as an a(...)

Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek: said the stability package would be enough to prevent the tiny Alpine country following Cyprus in the euro zone queue for a bailout. Photograph: Matej Leskovsek/International Herald Tribune

Slovenia has pledged to sell 15 state firms and raise VAT in a desperate bid to avoid an international bailout, but a reliance more on revenues(...)

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek in Brussels this week. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The European Commission has flagged the danger of “excessive imbalances” in Slovenia’s economy, as the ex-Yugoslav republic seeks to save its b(...)

Slovenian finance minister Uros Cufer said his country does not need help. "We will need no bailout this year," he said. "I am calm." Photograph: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

Slovenia will not be the next euro member to need a financial rescue as it can afford to wait for lower borrowing costs before issuing new debt(...)