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Slovenia assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union on Jan. 1. But rampant inflation and concerns about government censorship are causing problems

It's a bitterly cold night in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, but the mood is just heating up at "Zvezda," where women in high-heeled leather boots and men wearing designer eyeglasses clink champagne glasses. Ursa Sefman Sojer, a lively woman with sparkling eyes, her reddish-blonde curls tied back in a pigtail, stands in the midst of the crowd, celebrating the opening of her newest café. The décor at Zvezda, which translates as "The Star," is decidedly modern, complete with light brown leather benches, dark-stained chairs and stylish lighting fixtures.

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