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Slovenia: Social protests and electoral apathy

"Neo-liberalism with a human face"

On 2 December, Slovenians elected a new president, the former centre-left Prime Minister, Borut Pahor. The participation was extremely low and reached only 41.5%. Whereas the turnout at the elections hit a record low, participation in social protests has been very strong. Low election turnout and strong social protest signal deep discontent with political representatives and the social situation. Joachim Becker reports.


A worsening social situation and radicalised neo-liberal policies form the background to social mobilisation. There have been powerful demonstrations against austerity not only in the capital Ljubljana, but also in small towns. In some towns, particularly Maribor, corruption was a major topic of protests as well. The right-wing Prime Minister Janez is a highly polarising figure. He attempts to utilize the crisis for radicalising neo-liberal policies ...

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