Slovenia. From the turn of the year, Slovenia became the
13th country to join the EU's monetary union EMU. According
to CountryAAH, the switch
from the old currency tolls to the euro went painlessly,
although some consumers complained about price increases.
In the autumn, the Slovenians elected a new president.
The incumbent President Janez Drnovšek did not stand for
re-election. In the first round, the Conservative former
prime minister Lojze Peterle won, but in the second, crucial
round of elections in November, left candidate Danilo Türk
won with almost 70 percent of the vote. For the bourgeois
government, it was something of a defeat that the voters
appointed a new left president. The President has a largely
symbolic role in Slovenia but has some authority in defense
and foreign affairs.
In November 2013, the government survived a 50-to-31 vote
of no confidence in the background. The poor economy was
among the country's banks that threatened to force the
country to seek an EU crisis package.
Liberal PS founder and corruption convicted Zoran
Janković was re-elected as party chairman in April 2014. As
a result, Prime Minister Bratušek 3 days later resigned from
the party and took 10 other members of the party with him.
On May 29, she formed the new party Alenka Bratušek Alliance
(Zavezništvo Alenke Bratušek, ZAB). Already on May 5,
however, she handed in her government's resignation
petition, triggering new elections.
The July 2014 parliamentary elections became a massacre
for the PS, losing all 28 seats it had won in the previous
election. However, the new Liberal Party ZAB only came in
with 4 seats. In contrast, the newly formed Liberal Party
Miko Carar's Party (Stranka Mira Cerarja, SMC) was elected
with 36 seats (out of Parliament's 90), thus becoming the
largest in Parliament. The Socialist SDS went back 5 seats
and gained 21. Another new party, the United Left (Združena
Levica, ZL) was given 6 seats. It was formed in March 2014
in the wake of the protest wave the year before.
Also in July, the country's chamber of commerce warned
against further EU sanctions against Russia in connection
with the conflict in Ukraine.
In September 2014, SMC's Miro Cerar formed a coalition
government between SMC, the retirement party DeSUS and the
Social Democracy SD. The government consisted of 9 men and 7
In October, authorities asked journalist Anuška Delić
from the Delo newspaperbefore the court, accused of
having disclosed secretly stamped information. In December
2011, she published a number of articles in the newspaper
about the neo-Nazi group Blood & Honor and its activities.
Among other things. she was able to reveal links between the
group and the large bourgeois party Slovenska Demokratska
Stranka (SDS). The criminal case against Delić had been
brought at the request of the intelligence service (Slovenska
obveš evalno-varnostna Agencija, SOVA), from which the
information was apparently leaked. The penalty was 3 years
in prison. The International Journalists' Association and
human rights organizations objected to the political case.
In April 2015, authorities filed the case against Delić.
However, three journalists were still charged with similar
"threats to state security". In July, the Criminal Code was