In the coming general election, the junior coalition Social Democrats (Socialni demokrati, SD) will be looking to repeat their biggest success to date - being the senior coalition party in the Borut Pahor government in 2008-2011. While polls indicate potential success, it is by no means certain.
Slovenia will go to an early general election on 3 June, President Borut Pahor announced on Saturday, when he also signed the decree to dissolve the National Assembly and call the election. His decision will be published in the Official Gazette today.
The opposition Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) are poised to become one of the strongest parties come voting day. Their bet is that voters will support an anti-migration and nativist agenda, combined with a neoliberal economic policy, a social policy that emphasises traditional family values, and the promise of fixing healthcare, transport and pensions.
The Modern Centre Party (SMC) was established a month and a half before the 2014 election, which it won in a landslide, becoming Slovenia's first declaratively centrist party to lead a government. But by refusing to take a stand in the divided Slovenia, it has been accused of being lukewarm and has taken blows from both sides.
Proposals also include measures for higher taxes on capital, a higher minimum wage, and pensions above the poverty level.
The Left is Slovenia's version of the parties that have emerged in Europe to promote the erstwhile ideals of the social democrats. It has been a vocal opposition party in its first four years and continues to rank fairly high in polls despite having struggled with infighting.
The Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS) is staying its course for the upcoming general election: defending the rights of pensioners and fixing the injustices they suffered during the conomic crisis. All else is secondary for the party, which has served in every government since 1997.
New Slovenia - Christian Democrats (NSi) is a pro-European centre-right party which traces its roots to the independence era. Its predecessor, the Slovenian Christian Democrats (SKD), helped shape Slovenia's independence efforts and Lojze Peterle, now an MEP, was the first prime minister.