Fears that struggling euro zone country Slovenia are closer to asking for an international bailout re-emerged this week with lawmakers warning that the country might soon not be able to fund itself.
The central European state, formally a part of Yugoslavia, joined the 17-country euro zone in 2007. After being hit with a real estate crash in the financial crisis, the country is struggling with state-owned banks saddled with unhealthy amounts of non-performing loans and an economy overreliant on exports to the rest of the continent.
After surviving bailout scares in April by tapping the bond markets, the same fears have now returned with central bank Governor Bostjan Jazbec telling reporters on Wednesday that Slovenia would look to request financial assistance from its European partners if sovereign debt yields are pushed any higher.
Premier Alenka Bratusek has so far been determined for the country to solve its own problems but told parliament on Wednesday that the "biggest unknown" was how much extra capital the government would need to pump into the banks.
Analysts watching developments in the country predict that the banking sector would need between 2-5 billion euros ($2.7-$6.8 billion), said Timothy Ash, the head of emerging market research at Standard Bank, who has just returned from Slovenia's capital Ljubljana. However, the government currently has only 3 billion euros on its cash balance, and predicts it will need a bailout of around 1.2-1.5 billion euros.
The margins between these amounts are set to come to the fore with stress tests being performed at the end of November.
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