STA, 4 June 2018 - Sunday's general election in Slovenia brought a clear win for the right-wing Democrats (SDS) along with a substantial fragmentation of the political landscape that heralds major coalition-building problems. Turnout after 99.7% of the votes counted is at 51.9%, 0.2 percentage points above the record low of 2014.
After the removal of Ljudmila Novak from the leadership of the NSi-Christian Democratic Party, the last strong female politician, Alenka Bratušek (SAB), now has a good chance to be ousted by a popular vote. If this happens, all of Slovenia’s leading politicians will be men , and nobody seems to mind.
STA, 1 June 2018 - The market research agency Valicon is careful not to predict the winner of Sunday's election even after its latest public opinion poll, with its boss Andraž Zorko saying that the outcome will be partly decided on Saturday at picnics, family meetings and social networks.
STA, 1 June 2018 - Hate speech was one of the topics in the final debate of the election campaign broadcast by TV Slovenija last night with party leaders responding to the anti-hate protest rally held in Ljubljana earlier yesterday.
STA, 28 May 2018 - A police investigation in the suspected corruption surrounding the EUR 1.4bn upgrade of the Šoštanj coal-fired power station (TEŠ) has revealed that the generator no. 6 was overpaid by as much as half a billion euro, commercial broadcaster POP TV reported. Unofficially, this information will be used to reinforce the case against those responsible.
The move prescribes the female gender form for all grammatical contexts in the faculty's legal documents for the next three years, causing a linguistic mess and doing the far-right a big favour just days before the parliamentary election.
STA, 27 May 2018 - With exactly a week to parliamentary election, a survey by pollster Parsifal published by newsportal Nova24TV on Sunday shows the Democrats (SDS) firmly in the lead. Although the party has shed nearly two points, it has increased its advantage ahead of the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) in second place.
STA, 27 May 2018 - The election campaign has reached the home stretch with only one week until voting day. Established parties and newcomers, which have fielded more than 1,600 candidates, have until Friday to convince voters to back them come 3 June.
STA, 25 May 2018 - Analyst Matevž Tomšič is not surprised several parties have announced they would not enter a coalition led by the Democrats (SDS), but he is startled by their need to emphasise this resolutely. While left parties compete with anti-Janša rhetoric, right parties are outdoing each other with anti-refugee sentiment, he added.
STA, 24 May 2018 - President Borut Pahor will offer a mandate to form a new government to the relative winner of the 3 June election, regardless of whether they would then be able to build a government or not.