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Večer - Slovenia | 29/04/2014

Chance for a new start in Slovenia

Janez Janša, ex-prime minister of Slovenia and leader of the opposition party SDS, was convicted on Monday by a higher court for accepting bribes. The conservative daily Večer nevertheless sees this judgement and the simultaneous government crisis as a positive signal for a fresh start: "The political spiral of recent days in which the ruling party Pozitivna Slovenija is collapsing and it is looking like Janša will go to prison has never seemed more fatal. But at the same time it is a chance for Slovenia. A chance for a completely new start. ... The following questions need to be addressed: what will become of the economy and of us all, what will the next budget look like, how will the debts be repaid, the interest on which already costs a billion euros a year, and what will happen at the end of the year when the money for the health and school system starts to run out. If we are unable to venture a new start then the problem lies elsewhere, namely in the realisation that we were able to create our country, but not to govern it."

Večer - Slovenia | 18/03/2013

Historical mayoral election in Maribor

Andrej Fištravec, a sociologist running as an independent candidate, was elected as the new Mayor of Maribor on Sunday with just under 53 percent of the vote. However the voter turnout for the snap election was just 31 percent. For the conservative daily Večer this makes the victory less historical than at first glance: "The election was the continuation of the rebellion that for the first time in history toppled a politician. The candidate, who enjoyed the support of the rebels, has taken charge of the city despite a voter turnout that had never been so low. … The more votes were counted, the clearer it became that above all those who participated in the demonstrations went to the ballot. And who stayed at home? … The brutal defeat of the right-wing parties makes it clear that their normally extremely disciplined supporters didn't turn out to vote this time because perhaps a large part of them sympathise with the rebellion and its goals."

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