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Slovenians take to the streets


For months Slovenia's citizens have been protesting against cuts in social services and corrupt politicians. The mayor of Maribor has been forced to resign and the government is tottering. Will the Slovenians accomplish what the indignant Spaniards failed to achieve?



Večer - Slovenia | Wednesday, 30. October 2013

Slovenes must go on demonstrating

Exactly one year after the start of the protests in Maribor, demonstrators once again rallied against cuts in social services on Tuesday. In view of the widespread social misery, Slovenes have no choice but to take to the streets, the conservative daily Večer comments: » more


Večer - Slovenia | Monday, 18. March 2013

Historical mayoral election in Maribor

Andrej Fištravec, a sociologist running as an independent candidate, was elected as the new Mayor of Maribor on Sunday with just under 53 percent of the vote. However the voter turnout for the snap election was just 31 percent. For the conservative daily Večer this makes the victory less historical than at first glance: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Friday, 15. March 2013

New head of government disappoints Slovenes

Slovenia's future head of government Alenka Bratušek of the centre-left party Pozitivna Slovenija signed a coalition agreement on Wednesday evening. However the list of ministerial ... » more


Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 11. March 2013

Slovenia's angry citizens send clear message

Thousands of people have protested against the country's political elite on Saturday, demanded the resignation of all corrupt politicians as well as new elections in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. Ex-Prime Minister Janez Janša may be gone but this hasn't served to promote trust in politicians, the left-liberal daily Delo comments: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 1. March 2013

Bratušek on shaky ground

After the downfall of Prime Minister Janez Janša in Slovenia the prime minister designate Alenka Bratušek is facing tricky coalition negotiations. If she doesn't manage to form a stable government and overhaul the banks her success will be short-lived, the left-liberal daily Der Standard fears: » more


Večer - Slovenia | Thursday, 28. February 2013

Real fresh start in Slovenia questionable

The Slovenian parliament ousted the government of Prime Minister Janez Janša with a vote of no confidence on Wednesday. Janša has been struggling with accusations of corruption for some time now. The conservative daily Večer doubts that the new prime minister, Alenka Bratušek of the centre-left party Pozitivna Slovenija, will be successful: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Wednesday, 27. February 2013

Slovenia's new government faces Herculean task

Slovenia's parliament is set to oust Prime Minister Janez Janša on Wednesday with a vote of no confidence. By the looks of things his successor will be Alenka Bratušek, the interim chairperson of the leftist opposition party Pozitivna Slovenija. She will face the task of bridging the gaps within the new coalition, the left-liberal daily Delo explains: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 19. February 2013

Borisov is role model for Slovenia

After several days of mass protests, the Bulgarian Finance Minister Simeon Djankov resigned on Monday. Demonstrations have been going on for months in Slovenia, and according to the most recent monthly polls put out by the left-liberal daily Delo, only 14.4 percent of respondents support the government. Nevertheless there's no sign of anyone resigning. For the daily this is indefensible: » more


Finance - Slovenia | Friday, 15. February 2013

Slovenia's politicians fear for their posts

In the midst of the Slovenian government crisis the opposition is unable to agree on either a transition government or early elections. This shows how many MPs are afraid of what will happen if people go to the polls, author Alojz Ihan writes in the business paper Finance: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Thursday, 14. February 2013

Slovenia's opposition in disarray

The lawyer Miro Cerar cannot vie for the post of head of a new government in Slovenia because he lacks support from the country's divided opposition parties. The opposition would dearly love to depose Prime Minister Janez Janša with a vote of no confidence, but it is too weak and disunited to do so, the left-liberal daily Delo comments: » more


Žurnal24 online - Slovenia | Friday, 1. February 2013

Uprising unites Slovenia

Representatives of numerous civil organisations called for the government to step down in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana on Thursday. The Slovenians have been protesting for months against social cuts and corruption. The online edition of Žurnal24 believes that the movement derives its strength from uniting many separate voices: » more


Dnevnik - Slovenia | Tuesday, 29. January 2013

Slovenia's top athletes can make things happen

Slovenian winter athletes continued chalking up victories on the weekend. Skier Tina Maze won the World Cup slalom race in Maribor, while snowboarder Rok Marguč became world champion in the parallel slalom discipline. The left-liberal daily Dnevnik calls for a strong sense of social commitment on the part of Slovenia's top athletes: » more


Mladina - Slovenia | Monday, 28. January 2013

High time for alternative party in Slovenia

After the withdrawal of the liberal Civic List party, the centre-right government of Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša has lost its majority in parliament. Janša, however, insists on remaining in his post despite the growing calls for early elections. The left-leaning weekly Mladina puts its hopes in the founding of a new party: » more


Dnevnik - Slovenia | Thursday, 24. January 2013

Janša hangs on despite government's demise

The coalition government in Slovenia collapsed on Wednesday. The Civic List party withdrew from the centre-right coalition because despite the accusations of the country's anti-corruption authority, head of government Janez Janša has refused to heed its call for him to resign. The left-liberal daily Dnevnik explains why Janša still hasn't stepped down: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Wednesday, 23. January 2013

Without new government Slovenia faces standstill

After the allegations of corruption against Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša, his centre-right coalition is on very shaky ground. Following a fruitless meeting with its coalition partners, the Civic List party led by President of the National Assembly Gregor Virant, as well as two smaller parties now want to withdraw from the coalition government. The left-liberal daily Delo predicts that Janša will stay in office, which could bring the country to a complete standstill: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 16. January 2013

Slovenia overhauls its democracy

The coalition partner of Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša announced on Saturday that it was withdrawing its support and called on Janša to resign amidst allegations that he was guilty of corruption. Zoran Jankovic, who is likewise accused of corruption, stepped down as leader of his party on the same day. Slovenia is facing a serious governmental crisis, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes and sees the beginnings of a second revolution: » more


Mladina - Slovenia | Monday, 14. January 2013

Protests as beginning of Slovenia's renewal

Several thousand Slovenians demonstrated against their government in Ljubljana on Friday and called for the resignation of Prime Minister Janez Janša and opposition leader Zoran Janković. Both are accused of corruption. The left-leaning weekly Mladina is delighted about the current wave of protest in the country: » more


Finance - Slovenia | Thursday, 10. January 2013

Slovenia's leading politicians must resign

Slovenia's anti-corruption authority has accused Prime Minister Janez Janša and the leader of the opposition Zoran Janković of repeatedly neglecting their duty to inform the authority of any changes in their financial circumstances. Columnist Stanislav Kovač calls for their resignation in the business paper Finance: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Wednesday, 2. January 2013

Pension reform in Slovenia not enough

Slovenia's new pension reform came into effect on January 1st, and negotiations on a labour market reform are in full swing. The reform must be implemented, the left-liberal daily Delo urges: » more


Mladina - Slovenia | Friday, 28. December 2012

Slovenians believe in democracy once more

2012 was the year when the Slovenian people came alive again, the left-leaning weekly Mladina writes, as the wave of protest at the end of the year showed that people are once more taking an interest in public life: » more


Večer - Slovenia | Thursday, 20. December 2012

Slovenia's Constitutional Court no longer trusted

There will be no referendum in Slovenia on the planned "bad bank" or on the state holding company. The country's Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the referendums were unconstitutional on the grounds that the smooth functioning of the state took priority. The conservative daily Večer believes the decision will further diminish the citizens' trust in the rule of law: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Friday, 7. December 2012

Mayor of Maribor resigns too late

Reacting to the massive demonstrations against his leadership and amid accusations of corruption, Franc Kangler, mayor of Maribor, Slovenia's second-largest city, announced on Thursday that he will retire at the year's end. The people's anger could soon be directed against other politicians, the left-liberal daily Delo believes: » more


Žurnal24 online - Slovenia | Wednesday, 5. December 2012

Street protests pave way for pension reform

The Slovenian parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved a new pension reform, among other measures raising the retirement age to 65. The online edition of Žurnal24 sees the compromise as a reaction to the current protests in the country: » more


Žurnal24 online - Slovenia | Tuesday, 4. December 2012

Slovenians have had enough

The wave of protest against the political class and the government in Slovenia reached a new high point on Monday. Thousands of people took to the streets in several cities to vent their frustration. According to the online portal Žurnal24 the Slovenians' patience is at an end: » more


Večer - Slovenia | Wednesday, 28. November 2012

Protest against mayor rouses Maribor

In the Slovenian city of Maribor an estimated 10,000 people gathered again to protest against Mayor Franc Kangler on Monday. The citizens are calling for his resignation because he is facing no less than 10 legal proceedings on allegations of corruption and abuse of office. This rebellion against the municipal leader has achieved what the city's stint as European Capital of Culture failed to accomplish, the conservative daily Večer notes: » more


Večer - Slovenia | Monday, 19. November 2012

Protests in Slovenia too cautious

Around 30,000 people demonstrated against the government's austerity programme in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana on Saturday, according to the organisers of the protest. But the conservative daily Večer writes that the protests didn't go far enough: » more


Večer - Slovenia | Tuesday, 13. November 2012

Slovenians are sick of politics

Former prime minister of Slovenia Borut Pahor won the first round of the presidential election on Sunday, beating the incumbent Danilo Türk. The candidates will face each other in a runoff vote on December 2. But the low turnout of just 48 percent is a clear sign of the Slovenians' weariness of politics, the conservative daily Večer notes: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 30. October 2012

Slovenian government gambles away trust

Hundreds of people took part in protests in the Slovenian city of Maribor on Monday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Janez Janša's government. The unions have called for a major demonstration in the capital Ljubljana on November 17. For the left-liberal daily Delo the government has gambled away the people's trust: » more


Mladina - Slovenia | Monday, 8. October 2012

Slovenia treats citizens like greedy hyenas

Slovenia's Minister for Education and Science Žiga Turk on Friday announced plans to cut salaries in the education sector. At the beginning of the semester he had called on students to be grateful for the fact that the state continues to provide free university education. But the citizens pay taxes and therefore have a right to education and other services from the state, the left-leaning weekly Mladina points out indignantly: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 10. September 2012

Slovenia's PM Janša playing with fire

Slovenia's conservative head of government Janez Janša last week spoke again in an interview of the possibility that the country may be insolvent by the end of October. Economic experts and the opposition, however, say this won't happen. The daily Delo sees Janša's statements as a ploy: » more


Večer - Slovenia | Thursday, 9. August 2012

Slovenia's plight is home-made

Following in the footsteps of Standard & Poor's and Moody's, the rating agency Fitch also downgraded Slovenia's credit rating on Wednesday, bringing it down to ... » more


 

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