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Slovenia Premier Bratusek Defies Markets With No-Aid Vow

Time may be running out for Alenka Bratusek, the Slovenian prime minister who is resisting a bailout as global bond markets put her on the front lines of Europe’s debt crisis.

Less than 18 months ago, she was a novice lawmaker whose government experience was as a civil servant in the former Yugoslav republic’s Finance Ministry. Now Bratusek, 43, stands between Slovenia’s crisis-scarred banks and the euro area’s sixth bailout as investors and international officials ask whether her plan will be enough to avoid outside aid.