Slovenia has stepped into the spotlight. It will assume the EU’s rotating presidency for the next six months. The alpine republic’s foreign minister was given the bloc’s flag by his Portuguese counterpart.
It is the latest big step for Slovenia which has also adopted the euro currency and entered Europe’s passport-free zone, as well as joining NATO. Portugal’s Luis Amado declared himself satisfied with his country’s stint in the hot seat.
But amid the merriment on the Portuguese island of Madeira, tough challenges face Slovenia before it, in turn, hands over the presidency to France in the summer.