Slovenia. According to Countryaah official site, Borut Pahor’s center-left government worked head-on during the first half of the year. Several ministers jumped off and voters voted down proposed changes in labor law and the pension system in two referendums. By mid-year, two out of four government parties had withdrawn from government cooperation. When a vote of confidence was announced in September, the remaining minority government fell.
No one succeeded in forming a new government within a week and thus became the new election, in early December. The result was an unexpected victory for the center-left party Positiva Slovenia, formed only a few weeks earlier by Ljubljana’s mayor Zoran Janković. The party received close to 30% of the vote. The previously tipped winner, former Prime Minister Janez Janša, had to admit to being defeated. His conservative Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) got just under 26%, while Pahor’s Social Democratic SD came in third with just over 10.
The September 2008 election marked a major victory for the Social Democracy, rising from 10 to 29 seats and becoming the country’s largest with 30.5% of the vote. The former government party SDS had to settle for 29.3% and resigned 1 mandate. The Social Democrats formed a coalition with 2 other center parties with Borut Pahor as prime minister.
Slovenia was hit hard by the global economic crisis, which seriously hit in 2008. The country’s GDP fell by 7.8% in 2009. The second highest decline after the Baltic countries. However, the rise in unemployment was moderate. It rose from 5.3% in March 2009 to 6.2% in March 2010, and youth unemployment remained stable at 12.2%. The figures were just over half the level in the rest of the EU.
In 2011, the government coalition was characterized by fierce internal tensions. In April, DeSUS left the coalition. Two months later, the government tried to get a number of reforms passed in parliament. The opposition was opposed and instead they were sent for a referendum. In June, the population voted on 3 proposals: increased persecution of undeclared work; opening intelligence service archives; increasing the retirement age to 65 and reducing the pensions. All 3 proposals were massively rejected by over 70% of voters. In July, Zares resigned from the government and in September Prime Minister Pahor asked for a vote of confidence in parliament which he lost by 36 votes to 51. According to the Constitution, Parliament now had 30 days to find a new new prime minister, but most parties were more interested in a parliamentary election.