Janša highlights govt record at party convention

Medvode – Prime Minister Janez Janša, the leader of the Democrats (SDS), highlighted his party’s track record in government and its stimulus policies, and rebuked the opposition, as he addressed SDS members at a convention on Tuesday, the party’s last major event before polling day.

“We don’t work miracles, we do what we are capable of doing, sometimes more than that, but we do not perform miracles,” he said.

He said construction was under way around Slovenia and the people see and feel the difference. “We’ve demonstrated that we’re a government that helps everyone in crisis, without double standards.”

Janša criticised opposition parties, for obstructing the government’s work and because he expected that the campaign would be a measuring of results; instead, the opposition has focused on criticism.

Turning to his main rival, Freedom Movement leader Robert Golob, Janša mentioned recent reports that he had a bank account in Romania, which Golob has said was the result of identity theft that he had discovered only recently.

“Somebody opens a bank account in another European country and money flows there without you even knowing. These are miracles that even Jesus would envy. We are not capable of that.”

Similarly, he criticised some opposition parties’ pledges to support an NGO bill that would repeal many of the government’s laws saying that it was clear which laws the opposition had voted against. “Look at how they voted and grab your wallets,” he said.

At the same time, he stressed the importance of cooperation, both global and in domestic development projects, convinced that Slovenia could achieve more were it not for ostracising.

He also dismissed the notion that this is a landmark election, “the last battle of our generation,” as he put it. “But let’s do them a favour: let’s make this their final battle and our next victory.”

Nevertheless, he said that the situation was tight and that the party would fight for every vote among people who do not realise that their vote will be truly decisive this time.

The convention also featured guest appearances by Manfred Weber, chair of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Weber, who appeared in person as a guest of honour, said that “the whole EPP family is behind you and wishes you all the best.”

He highlighted the achievements of the party and Janša in particular, including his trip to Kyiv, which he described as a big step. “Slovenia was leading Europe at that moment, Janez Janša was leading Europe at that moment,” he said.

Morawietski provided his endorsement via video address to laud Janša as one of the few politicians to combine insightfulness and intelligence, effectiveness and social sensitivity, and bravery, a “true statesman for our time.”

He said Janša was a leader of whom Slovenia could be proud, a “kind of leader that Europe needs, especially today when the enemy is at our gates.”

Morawietski noted that Janša had presented the idea that EU leaders should visit the besieged Kyiv, showing what “character, courage and European responsibility mean.”

Janša’s close political ally, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who came to the SDS convention in person four years ago, did not provide a personal endorsement this time.