"It is no coincidence that a former premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs Alojz Peterle, sends a letter to the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and President of the European Council Donald Tusk, on the same day when Slovenian President Borut Pahor comes to Brussels.
They acted very coordinated. Having failed with the bilateral pressure on Croatia and dissatisfaction with Brussels's pressure on Croatia that wasn't not stronger, Slovenia decided to return the hot potato to Brussels" says Picula. He also notes that it is necessary to take into account what Juncker said at the end of his speech - generally supporting the arbitral process, he also did one type of a gesture, he expressed understanding for Croatian abstanding from that process. The messages of Peterle and Pahor are addressed to Slovenian voters and obviously, the issue of arbitration will be the dominant topic in their pre-election campaign. And this diplomatic offensive will not stop until the elections are over. In this situation, Croatia still needs to offer talks, show that we care about it and that we are not digged into their position and there will be no problems with the EU", Picula thinks.
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