Slovenia’s New Government Rejects ‘Orbán’s Visegrad’

Prime Minister Robert Golob's new government sets out an EU course for the country

14 June 2022

Albin Sybera

Visegrad Insight Fellow

With the election of a new centre-left government in Slovenia, will their government learn from the mistakes of the Czechs and be able to bring about politics immune to the challenges of an illiberal opposition?

With the new cabinet voted in at its National Assembly, Slovenia is entering a new post-Janša and more EU-core oriented era. Its new centre-left coalition has already had to cope with obstructions led by the former Prime Minister Janez Janša’s Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS). This obstruction effectively prevents Robert Golob from getting the cabinet format his coalition prefers, signalling that some of the longer-term domestic political rivalries are firmly in place. 

Editor’s Pick: Is Slovenia Returning to the EU Core?

In the broader European context, Slovenia is, together with Czechia, one of two countries which voted out an Orbán friendly cabinet within the last year. A closer look at Robert Golob’s cabinet shows that comparison with Czechia offers several insightful takeaways. 

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Albin Sybera

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Albin is a freelance journalist, consultant and a former clerk at the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic. Besides Visegrad Insight, his texts can be also found at Britske listy or Balkan Insight.

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