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Večer - Slovenia | Thursday, December 20, 2012

Slovenia's Constitutional Court no longer trusted

There will be no referendum in Slovenia on the planned "bad bank" or on the state holding company. The country's Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the referendums were unconstitutional on the grounds that the smooth functioning of the state took priority. The conservative daily Večer believes the decision will further diminish the citizens' trust in the rule of law: "With this decision the court has gambled away a good deal of its authority and credibility - something state institutions are already lacking right now. This also means that the judges have effectively confirmed that there is no alternative to the government's austerity policy. Will they bear the consequences of this decision, which many consider questionable? With this ruling, the highest protector of the constitution has itself cast doubts on its apolitical nature and the principle that constitutional issues are not adapted to political and economic constellations. Clearly the judges (no longer) have any understanding of the distrust in politics and the constitutional state that is being voiced on Slovenia's streets and squares."

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