In the last months, a wave of protest and anger has swept through Slovenia, as thousands of people challenge the corrupt and out-of-touch political elite of a country that was once considered the wunderkind of democratic transition in the region.
Slovenia is currently sailing the roughest seas since it gained independence more than twenty years ago. The country that was once considered a wunderkind of democratic transition in Central and Eastern Europe, registering solid economic growth and political stability, joining the European Union (EU) and NATO in 2004, adopting the Euro in 2007, is now enmeshed in a political paralysis of significant proportion, with no clear end in sight.
Before the crisis hit Europe’s economy, Slovenia had already confidently climbed the ladder and reached 91 percent of the average GDP per capita in the EU. Things were good. Unemployment was at historically lowest levels, just above 6 percent, prosperity was tangible. Shopping malls were full, real estate prices booming, the average car on the street was a solid German Volkswagen. A kind of Slovenian Dream was there, for everyone. Then reality hit. Continue reading
Iz ZDA izgleda Slovenija drugače kot doma, kjer je družbeno ozračje vse bolj vrelo, vroče, napeto in je ljudi v zadnjih dneh odločno pognalo iz apatije, iz foteljev na ulico? Najbrž. A Marko Bucik iz Šempetra pri Gorici, ki zadnje leto v Washingtonu podiplomsko študira mednarodne odnose za priznani univerzi George Washington, pred tem pa je v različnih funkcijah dalj časa deloval v Bruslju, ima zelo natančno predstavo, kaj čaka novoizvoljenega predsednika in kaj bi moral storiti. Po njegovem stopa v mandat v nesporno najtežjih trenutkih mlade slovenske demokracije: “Protesti, ki so v tednu pred drugim krogom volitev povsem zasenčili kampanjo in sporočila kandidatov, so namreč kristalno jasen pokazatelj nezadovoljstva in jeze številnih državljanov ter glasna nezaupnica politični kulturi, ki je državo pripeljala v objem brezupa in razočaranja.”
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Borut Pahor, former prime minister of Slovenia (2008-2011), former member of the European Parliament (2004-2008), former president of the Slovenian Parliament (2000-2004) and a longtime president of the Slovenian Social Democrats (1997-2012), won the presidential elections in Slovenia with 67.4% of the vote in the second round.
He defeated the incumbent President Danilo Türk, who captured 32.6%. Only 42% of Slovenian voters cast their votes. Pahor thus becomes the first Slovenian politician to hold all three most important political offices in the country…
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Iz zadnje tiskane izdaje V soboto.
“Slovenija – nekdanji wunderkind’ nove Evrope – je v političnem in gospodarskem krču. Pogled čez Atlantik mi zaradi oddaljenosti lajša razmislek o jedru težav, s katerimi se soočamo. Bolj kot nad zdravjem javnih financ sem zaskrbljen nad tremi družbenimi trendi, ki Sloveniji na dolg rok škodijo veliko bolj kot proračunski primanjkljaj. Prvič, v Sloveniji se prepogosto ukvarjamo bodisi z malenkostmi bodisi s preteklostjo ter zanemarjamo velike zgodbe sedanjosti. Sprijaznili smo se, da bistvene funkcije države – zdravstvo, pravosodje, pokojninska blagajna, šolstvo, državna in javna uprava – delujejo suboptimalno…”
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Moj komentar na glavni izziv pred slovensko vlado – rehabilitirati mora politiko in poiskati soglasje. Sicer bo vsako upanje na sprejem varčevalnih ukrepov zaman.
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So, we are heading towards an full-scale diplomatic war among Slovenia and Croatia. Which is a pity. If Slovenian really blocks the progress of negotiations with Croatia, this will do no good to our bilateral relations and also will not bring us closer to a solution of the dispute (background from NYT here). Let us roll-back for a moment. Continue reading
I have been rather silent of Slovenian politics recently. One of the reasons is that there is a brilliant blog about Slovenian politics in English by Pengovsky and I enjoyed reading it, instead of writing on my own. And I’ve been unusually lazy on writing. However, time is right to start all over – and we start with Rupel again.
Dr Dimitrij Rupel became almost part of the furniture at the Slovenian Foreign Office in the last 2 decades. He has basically been Foreign Minister since I started following politics, which goes a while ago. On and off he has been Foreign Minister for some 10 years. An impressive resume, on paper. However, some of us will also remember some of his less prominent intellectual escapades…He very often proved to be unsuitable for the job because of his temper. Some people think twice before speaking, Rupel would speak twice before thinking. However, all this should be placed aside. Continue reading