Ljubljana – Unity is rare in Slovenian politics but the unity in the criticism of President Borut Pahor, who held talks with Zoran Stevanović, the initiator of recent protests against the Covid pass mandate, is not something to be happy about, as it is driven by calculations and fear, Delo says on Tuesday.
On the one hand there is fear for own political survival and on the other caution as to what consequences a new energy whose potential is not quite known yet could have.
The unity is also proof that the Slovenian political establishment feels threatened. Both on the left and on the right.
Both sides were critical of the president for inviting for talks Stevanović, a populist who got masses of people on the streets through social media and without media support the past two Wednesdays. This heterogeneous crowd does not include just anti-vaxxers or just government opponents.
It is impossible to say at this point how strong is the charge of Wednesday protests and what role this anger of the people could play in the next general election.
Judging from the responses, it seems that PM Janez Janša may indeed not be the worst that can happen to the opposition, as someone recently pointed out, Delo says.
Politicians agreed yesterday that the president, who cherishes dialogue and cooperation, had gone too far and increased the political power of science deniers, opponents of government measures and anti-vaxxers.
Public opinion polls show that about 40% of the electorate are people who usually do not go to the polls – and these are the ones whom this populist politician addresses.
As five out of nine parliamentary parties face a potential exclusion from parliament, the fear is completely logical, Delo says under the headline Unity.