On Wednesday, the leaders of the five parties on the Slovenian right discussed the future of Slovenia during a public debate in the Celje National Hall. The discussion was organised by the Institute of Dr Anton Korošec, and according to the participants, its purpose was to launch a discussion about key substantive issues into the political space before the Slovenian parliamentary election.
With regards to whether the meeting signified the merging of Slovenian right-wing parties, the leader of SDS (Slovenian Democratic Party), Janez Janša, noted that collaboration between such parties, who can integrate their programme into a mutual one based on the Slovenian electoral system, is crucial in order for Slovenia to progress.
Janša: The greatest injustice is happening to pensioners
According to the president of the largest opposition party, Wednesday’s discussion and the programmes of the parties contained shared points in all key areas. Among other things, they share similar outlooks on the regulation of the economic and business environment within which ownership will be respected, and there will also be solidarity – but only towards those who truly cannot help themselves.
According to him, the greatest injustice is happening to a few hundred thousand pensioners who only receive a few hundred euros for their past work while others enjoy many privileges. “It’s necessary to level things and move in the direction of equality and within the group of these parties, and perhaps in some other ones as well, I see the potential for this to be done,” said Janša and added that Slovenia will not be a normal country until its citizens achieve this levelling and carry out the transition of Slovenia.
Along with Janša, the public debate was also attended by Matej Tonin, the president of NSi (New Slovenia – Christian Democrats), Marko Zidanšek, the president of SLS (Slovenian People’s Party), Aleš Primc, the president of the party Voice for Children and Families, and Franc Kangler, the president of the programme council of NLS (New People’s Party of Slovenia). Together they stressed that they share views on family politics, while Janša denied that any of them hold extreme nationalist positions with regards to the attitude towards people of other nationalities.
For an independent and good judiciary
Just like the leader of SDS, Tonin is also aware that there are also differences amongst the five parties, not just common ground. He also added debureaucratization of the country and the education reform to the common points, while the differences he stressed concerned attitudes towards the management of state property and the judiciary reform.
As he said, the NSi is against transferring the management of state-owned enterprises from people on the left to people on the right as well as replacing bad judges with their own. Instead, they want to find the best possible owners for state enterprises while ensuring independent and good judges within the judiciary. According to him, the socialist spirit still prevails. The judiciary does not remove bad judges, argues Tonin.
Kangler defended the concern for the rule of law and a just country, for it would mean fewer issues in other areas. He criticised the current government for forgetting ordinary citizens, fooling around with health care, the military, the police. “Apparently, someone wants the system to collapse. Therefore, it is right to clearly let them know that if we were ready to fight for Slovenia in 1991, we are willing to do the same today democratically,” said Kangler.
Agriculture is a key sector for survival
A person thrilled at the collaboration of the Slovenian right was his ally in the recently established coalition of the “United Right”, Aleš Primc, for whom the debate in Celje represents a historical moment which will bring new hope to Slovenians, reports STA. He also briefly discussed Slovenian agriculture, which, according to him, is a key sector for survival, but today farmers spend more time dealing with bureaucracy than with their activity.
The key points mentioned by Zidanšek included security, economy, and local self-government, and he especially stressed the need for amending the Slovenian Foreigners Act in order to limit the immigration of those that already have families in Slovenia and consequently reduce the pressure on the Slovenian social security system. Wednesday’s meeting delivered an important message about how the right also knows how to hold a conversation, and so he has faith that this year they can assume the management of the country. Economic freedom is also important to him, while at the same time he considers taxes to be too high. “It’s crucial that we connect the people, give new hope, and remind those who didn’t vote that the time is coming to defeat the part of the electoral body that makes a mistake at the election. We don’t have time to lose another four years.”