In 1918 the Slovenes joined the Serbs and Croats in forming a new nation,
renamed Yugoslavia in 1929. After World War II, Slovenia became a republic
of the renewed Yugoslavia, which though communist, distanced itself from
Moscow's rule. Dissatisfied with the exercise of power of the majority
Serbs, the Slovenes succeeded in establishing their independence in 1991.
Historical ties to Western Europe, a strong economy, and a stable democracy
have brought Slovenia into membership in the EU and NATO.