Slovenian MPs Pass Ten Percent Minimum Wage Rise

Slovenia's parliament on Thursday approved a phased ten percent increase in the minimum wage, as the eurozone country's economy continues to rebound from a 2013 crisis with its fifth year of growth.

There has been upward pressure on wages across Europe in recent months, with inflation in the eurozone due to hit 1.8 percent in 2018, according to a forecast released by the European Central Bank on Thursday.

In a concession to the "yellow jackets" protests that have rocked France, on Monday French President Emmanuel Macron announced a 100-euro ($113) per month increase in the minimum wage there from next year.

On Wednesday the Socialist government in Spain announced a 22 percent hike in the minimum wage as of 2019, calling it the biggest rise in over four decades.