General elections in Slovenia on 13 July

In Slovenia, voters will go to the polls to elect a new government on 13 July. The date coincides with the final World Cup soccer match in Brazil but Slovenian politicians are so fond of playing games that this choice quite nicely reflects their realities.

Those of us who are not much interested in politics find the Slovenian political landscape particularly puzzling. There are parties called 'left-wing' and their programs, if they have one, mainly seem to be against capitalism and Janez Janša. On the other side, there is Slovenian Democrat Party that is called 'right-wing' but their program looks closer to Australian Labor Party than Liberals. Like in so many other areas of life, Slovenia seems to have an urge to put its unique spin on everything.

On the right

Slovenian Democrat Party (SDS) stands for better quality of life, more democracy, respect for human rights, economic efficiency, freedom and solidarity. It supports a society of free and active individuals who accept and protect free market while ensuring there is a social safety net that addresses its consequences. SDS is a party of individuals who live from their own work and believe in sound economic practices.

On the right side of the spectrum SDS shares the political arena with Nova Slovenija (NSi)  and Slovenian People's Party (SLS). NSi is a party based on Christian values, its core principles include respect for freedom and human rights, responsibility, nature and sustainable development, justice, achievement, safety, partnership, participation in decision-making and tolerance. SLS, similarly, supports individuals and their freedom, justice, solidarity and tolerance and promotes participation in decision making, protection of public and national interest and cooperation among different interest and generation groups.

On the left 

The political land on the left is defined by Social Democrats (SD), DeSUS and four new parties, among which even the oldest Jankovic's Pozitivna Slovenija is only two and a half years old. Miro Cerar's Party, I Believe and Alliance of Alenka Bratusek have been established only in the last few weeks.

SD joined forces with DeSUS a few days ago with the view of forming a coalition if they win the elections. In their joint statements, both party leaders confirmed that they stand for the protection of the rights of older generations, public health care and public education. Their common aim is to protect people rather than capital and banks.

PS on its website still promotes its program developed for elections in 2011. They stand for investments (of public money) in big infrastructure projects, employee participation in company management and profit sharing, promotion of renewable energy sources, a pension and health-care reform that will ensure safety and promote solidarity. In his speech to WWII veterans on 8 June 2014, its leader Zoran Jankovic  specifically states that it is time for Slovenia to return to the values of 1944 and 1945.

Miro Cerar's Party was established only in the beginning of June. At the time of writing this article their webpage was not responding. In the absence of any other available information on their program, it can be assumed that it basically exists to promote its leader Miro Cerar. Miro Cerar is a lawyer and comes from a distinguished Ljubljana family that counts Milan Kučan among their friends.

Similarly, judging on the basis of their website, the Alliance of Alenka Bratušek doesn't seem to have a program and basically promotes former prime minister of Slovenia Alenka Bratušek. It is a newly founded party.

Igor Šoltes founded party Verjamem only a few days ago. His party too has no tangible program. Even though family ties should not be used as a criterion, it is hard to forget that Igor Šoltes is a grandson of Edvard Kardelj, the main political ideologue in former Yugoslavia.

What the polls predict

According to the latest poll published in daily newspaper Delo on 9 June, voters would distribute their votes in the following way: 
  1. SDS: 13.1%
  2. SD: 6.5%
  3. Desus: 4.5%
  4. NSi: 3.7%
  5. PS: 1.7%
  6. SLS: 1.4%
  7. Other parties: 26.5% (of which Delo claims that Miro Cerar's Party would receive almost 17%)
  8. None: 5.3%

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