Elec­tions in Slovenia: All against Janša

Janez Janšá · Bildquelle: Magyar Nemzet

In the second round of the French elec­tions, in which the sover­eig­nist Marine Le Pen and the globa­list Emma­nuel Macron are compe­ting, other, equally important elec­tions went unno­ticed. This is the case for the Slove­nian parlia­men­tary elec­tions, which take place today, Sunday. The elec­tions will be contested by the incum­bent conser­va­tive Prime Minister Janez Janša and his “eco-liberal” oppo­nent Robert Golob, and 1.7 million Slove­nians will vote for 88 MPs and two repre­sen­ta­tives of the Italian and Hunga­rian minorities.

To the delight of Brussels, which has condemned Slovenia for its alleged lack of the rule of law, these elec­tions could spell defeat for the conser­va­tive prime minister and his SDS party, a defeat which, according to Europa Press, will be a severe blow for Central Euro­pean popu­lism. Janša’s good poli­tical and personal rela­tions with Viktor Orbán – both were committed anti-commu­nist figh­ters – and his support for the Visegrad Group has made him the focus of atten­tion of the media and Euro­pean ‘progres­sives’, making him an ‘autho­ri­ta­rian’ and ‘popu­list’ leader. Unlike Orbán, SDS remains a member of the Euro­pean People’s Party.

At the time of the inva­sion of Ukraine, Janša advo­cated sanc­tions against Russia and trav­eled by train to the Ukrai­nian capital with the Prime Minis­ters of Poland, Mateusz Mora­wi­ecki, and the Czech Repu­blic, Petr Fiala, to meet with Zelensky while Russian troops were trying to surround it. A symbol of his unequi­vocal support for the Ukrai­nian cause. At the end of February, Janša warned at a press confe­rence that the fall of Ukraine would have a domino effect: “Moldova and Georgia will be next, the Baltic states will probably follow, and in the Balkans, things will start to boil.” The Slove­nian Prime Minister did not specify what he was refer­ring to, although there are more and more voices poin­ting to problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The inva­sion was also condemned by oppo­si­tion candi­date Robert Golob, although his vice-presi­dent Marta Kos is strongly opposed to sending arms to Ukraine and is in favour of dialogue with Moscow. Golob spent 16 years as head of the Slove­nian energy company GEN‑I and gained poli­tical expe­ri­ence as vice-presi­dent of the now-defunct poli­tical party Posi­tive Slovenia, which was led by the current mayor of Ljub­l­jana, Zoran Janković. Janković received the Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin for his efforts to comme­mo­rate fallen Soviet soldiers in Slovenia.

Golob’s party, the Svoboda Move­ment, was founded in January this year and promises to “restore Western Euro­pean values and the rule of law”, the same discourse as the failed Hunga­rian oppo­si­tion, and describes itself as a “green and liberal party”. As expected, he was enthu­si­asti­cally supported by the media and Brussels. The published opinion polls show a tech­nical tie between Janša and Golob, so it seems to be all in the hands of the undecided.

Sara Kovač on Nova24tv reported yesterday that an NGO linked to Golob’s party is offe­ring free taxi rides to mobi­lise the party’s voters in its Ljub­l­jana strong­hold. Dejan Jefim, a busi­nessman with close ties to Serbia, Russia, and Janković, is finan­cing these free taxi rides. Jefim is a former regional director of the Russian multi­na­tional Yandex, but according to his own words he no longer works for Yandex, although this claim cannot be inde­pendently veri­fied. Jefim is also the owner of an IT company that has an 80% market share of IT equip­ment for taxi services in Slovenia. Inte­res­tingly, he is also the presi­dent of the Slove­nian taxi drivers’ union.

After the fall of Babis in the Czech Repu­blic, Janša could be the next “popu­list” to fall. His case is a good example of how diffe­rent autho­ri­ties can achieve the same goal. A “green-liberal” government will bring Slovenia under the feet of Brussels, and if Janša wins a fourth term, the patriotic bloc in Central Europe will be greatly strengthened.

Source: El Correo de España

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