Slovenia. In the elections to the European Parliament on May 26, a Conservative electoral list with the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and the smaller Slovenian People’s Party (SLS) was the largest with 26.3% of the vote, which meant 3 seats (of the country’s 8). The Social Democrats got 18.7% (2 seats) and the reigning liberal Marjan Šarec’s list got 15.4% (2 seats). Conservative New Slovenia (NSI) received 11.1% (1 mandate). The turnout did not impress, only 28.9%.
At the beginning of the year, an opinion poll showed that 65% of voters supported their government in September 2018 – despite some government scandals. In November 2018, Development Minister Marko Bandelli had been forced to resign after accusations of meddling in local elections; In January, Minister of Culture Dejan Prešiček resigned accused of bullying and abuse of power, and in February, Environment Minister Jure Leben was forced to resign because in his role as Minister of Infrastructure he made a procurement around a railway construction which became twice as expensive as the nearest competitor’s tender. The Environment Minister said it was due to an “administrative mistake”.
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During the summer, Slovenia suffered from two political scandals of a political nature – although it did not lead to diplomatic entanglements. In July, artist Brad Downey had placed a natural-size wooden statue depicting US first lady Melania Trump in her hometown of Sevnica. The statue had been roughly shaped from a tree trunk with the help of a chainsaw. A month later, artist Tomaz Schlegl placed a statue of Donald Trump himself in the town of Sela pri Kamniku. This is a comment on populism. “For the first time since World War II, populism is increasing: look at [Boris] Johnson, at Trump, our president or [Viktor] Orbán,” the artist said in a comment. One resident of the city thought it was a “waste of wood”.
According to CountryAAH, the population of Slovenia in 2019 was 2,078,543, ranking number 149 in the world. The population growth rate was 0.040% yearly, and the population density was 103.2102 people per km2.