Slovenian parliament ratifies Croatia border deal

The Slovenian parliament ratified on Monday a border arbitration deal with Croatia vital for Zagreb’s EU membership bid, but the deal still faces a much tougher test at a June referendum in Slovenia.

Opposition parties boycotted the vote, claiming the deal was bad for Slovenia, which is an EU and euro zone member.

Under the agreement, signed in November, an international arbitration team will settle a dispute over land and sea territory dating from the 1991 break-up of Yugoslavia and its ruling will be binding for both countries.

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