Europe 2018: Elections in Slovenia

Kursnummer: 15718

Part 10: Elections in Slovenia: What do voters expect from the coming elections?

When: Friday, 25 May 2018, from 9:30 to 12:30
Where: Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstrasse 35, 1010 Vienna
Seminar language: English
Registration Deadline: 22 May 2018

Cooperation project: forum journalismus und medien and the European Commission Representation in Austria.



On 3 June Slovenia holds another snap parliamentary elections. On 14 March Prime Minister Miro Cerar resigned after the Supreme Court annulled the DivačaKoper rail upgrade referendum. Cerar was the second consecutive Prime Minister after Alenka Bratušek to resign. The two previous Prime Ministers were removed from office by vote of no confidence.

Slovenia had a distinct transition to democracy and capitalist development in comparison to other post-communist countries.  In some ways, it was the most Westernised communist country before 1989. Does Slovenia manage to escape the recent political developments in Central Europe: surge in populism, anti-migration scare, disenchantment with the EU policies?

fjum’s speaker Ali Žerdin sustains: “People have been expecting more from the state and the politicians,” since country´s independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 and the introduction to democracy. Their expectations have not been fulfilled. Maybe that is the reason why Slovenes tend to vote for new political faces: the latest addition to list of new political hopes is the former comedian and current mayor of Kamnik, Marjan Šarec.

Currently, Slovenia is engaged in a bitter row with neighbouring Croatia, over the Adriatic Sea border. This conflict may affect the EU expansion to Southeast Europe: Brussels does not want to import more regional conflicts. Some politicians are accused of pro-Russia stance.

Ali Žerdin will examine the current internal and external political context.



Ali Žerdin, journalist, political commentator and book author



Presentations, Q&A, dialogue


Target Groups

Journalists from the Austrian and Austria-based media, foreign and national news desks


Number of participants

Maximum 12



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Further Questions

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomic, seminar manager,, or call 0676 365 26 93

Mirjana Tomić develops and manages fjum_Kontext information sessions on current international affairs. Her international career encompasses journalism, media and political analyses, public outreach and university lecturing. She holds a BA degree in Political Science from Brandeis University, US, and an MA from El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico.

25.05.201809:30 - 12:30
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich.
Ali Žerdin
Haus der EU
Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien