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News Summary: EU takes up troubled Slovenia

The Associated Press

HERDING CATS: European finance ministers met to discuss the economic plans of Italy's new government and take a closer look at the precarious situation in Slovenia and whether it could become the bloc's sixth nation to require a bailout.

OTHER MATTERS: The ministers from the 17 countries using the euro currency are also discussing the outlook for Portugal, Greece and Cyprus, which have already received emergency loan programs and must meet tough conditions in return.

HAVES-HAVE-NOTS: The Eurogroup of finance ministers is expected to approve the next batch of 7.5 billion euros ($10 billion) in bailout loans for Greece. They were not, however, likely to release more aid for Portugal because they are still waiting for Lisbon's latest austerity measures to be cleared by the country's parliament.