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Robert Golob, the leader of the Freedom Movement party, meets with President Borut Pahor in Slovenia. Robert Golob, the leader of the Freedom Movement party, arrives for a meeting with President Borut Pahor, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, April 26, 2022 (AP photo).

Slovenia’s Liberals Have a Long To-Do List After Jansa

Friday, May 13, 2022

Pledging to “take our country back to freedom,” businessman and political insurgent Robert Golob reveled in his victory over populist, conservative Prime Minister Janez Jansa in Slovenia’s parliamentary election on April 24. Jansa, a close ally of Hungary’s authoritarian premier, Viktor Orban, is a controversial figure who has previously been embroiled in corruption scandals and more recently accused of attacks on the free media and independent institutions.

Golob’s victory may give hope to liberals across Central and Eastern Europe that right-wing strongmen can be defeated, and many EU leaders will be relieved that Jansa is out. But Golob is just the latest of a string of political newcomers to take power in Slovenia, and he faces a considerable to-do list, not least reversing some of the policies implemented by Jansa, who remains a formidable force. ...

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