First Ladyland 2017 - BBC News online - The Death of Yugoslavia 1996 -
Future divorcee, Melania Trump … First Ladyland, comedy sketch, 2017
It’s a beautiful country. ibid. Donald, re Slovenia
People really like to see where Melania was born and raised. ibid. coach tour guide
It put us on a world map … A lot of people mixed up Slovenia and Slovakia. ibid.
Slovenia is a small country in Central Europe, but contains within its borders Alpine mountains, thick forests, historic cities and a short Adriatic coastline.
Slovenia was the first former Yugoslav republic to join the European Union, in May 2004 – shortly after joining Nato.
Unlike Croatia or Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia’s independence from Yugoslavia was almost bloodless. The country also found the transition from a state economy to the free market easier than most.
Long regarded as one of the best-performing new EU members, Slovenia was dragged into a deep recession by the European financial crisis in 2012. BBC News online 4th September 2018
The Republic of Croatia declares itself independent from Yugoslavia and pleads for the world’s recognition. Behind their smiles, Croatia’s leaders were nervous. They feared that Serbia, the biggest Yugoslav republic, would crush them. The neighbouring republic of Slovenia also declared independence that day. The Death of Yugoslavia III: Wars of Independence, BBC 1995
The Slovenes blocked every major road in the country. The thousands of Yugoslav troops in their barracks were trapped. Yesterday, they were there to protect the Slovenes. Today, they were their hostages. ibid.
The Slovenes agreed to a ceasefire and negotiations. But the army and the Slovenes kept fighting. ibid.