SLOVENIA: Fragmented political scene hinders Jansa’s illiberal intentions

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Controversial policies initiated by Prime Minister Janez Jansa’s (Slovenian Democratic Party, SDP) government are an attempt to weaken democratic institutions in Slovenia. However, a strong public backlash and fragmented political environment will likely shield the country from democratic backsliding as seen in Hungary or Poland. In the meantime, Jansa’s provocative rhetoric and initiatives will keep domestic tensions high and attract international attention. On 27 May, parliament passed amendments to the environmental protection act, which limits the involvement of civil society
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