STA, 11 May - Topics such as the dangers of migrations and the need to protect national identities were at the forefront as the opposition Democrats (Slovenska demokratska stranka, SDS) held their main election convention in Celje on Friday.
A significant progress would be made if the candidates for the "parliamentary bus" at least started seriously talking about environmental and social justice, but this is very unlikely considering what has been said so far, the newspaper Večer says in Wednesday's commentary.
Slovenian voters have turned their discontent against mainstream parties in favour of newcomers in two previous general elections. Disillusioned again, they now appear to be willing to embrace Marjan Šarec, a comedian-turned-mayor who nearly defeated the favoured incumbent in the 2017 presidential election.
More than 20 parties have already announced they will compete for seats in parliament in the coming general election which President Borut Pahor has called for 3 June. In addition to all parliamentary parties, some will try to re-enter the National Assembly and some will attempt to convince voters to give new political forces a chance.
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.
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.
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.