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East-West rift over values as Slovenia assumes EU’s presidency

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By Sabine Siebold LJUBLJANA (Reuters) – Amid high tension between east and west over democratic values, the European Union’s presidency passes on Thursday to Slovenia, led by a nationalist who has a history of crossing swords with the EU executive in debates over democracy. Prime Minister Janez Jansa, an admirer of former U.S. President Donald Trump and a blunt tweeter, clashed with Brussels over media freedoms in the run-up to the tiny former Yugoslav republic’s six-month stint leading the 27-nation bloc. Jansa, 62, is also close to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose disagreements w…

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