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Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaks during a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron. Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, left, speaks during a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, prior to their working lunch at the Elysee palace in Paris, April 29, 2021 (AP photo by Lewis Joly).

Slovenia’s Election Deals Another Blow to Europe’s Illiberal Populists

Thursday, April 28, 2022

As the world held its breath for the results of France’s presidential election on Sunday, another pivotal vote took place elsewhere in the European Union. Voters in Slovenia chose a new government, and there, as in France, the result was a harsh blow to the far right. An election in Slovenia, a small country of just 2 million people, may seem like a minor sideshow on the geopolitical stage, but its significance should not be underestimated.

It’s undeniable that a far-right victory in France could have proven calamitous for the EU and for the prospects of democracy around the world. But the results in Slovenia may ultimately tell us more about the future of this century’s relentless authoritarian drift. As a very young democracy, Slovenia’s democratic institutions do not have the deep roots and generations of democratic idealism that arguably helped France’s Emmanuel Macron fend off the challenge from far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. On the contrary, in the past couple of years, Slovenia has quietly become a battleground in the campaign by authoritarian leaders to expand their brand of illiberalism. ...

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