By: Sara Bertoncelj
In a hopeless theatre of absurdity, when it became clear that there would be no early elections and no new government, the representatives of the deep state presented a formula analogous to their action during a pandemic. If they once destroyed Slovenia from within, with media influences on the main distributors of public opinion news, they do so through foreign countries now. The series of untrue accusations against the current government that are currently appearing in the European media are more dangerous for Slovenia’s international reputation than those from the opposition who are spreading them may be aware of. However, this has nothing to do with the situation in the European Union as such. The fact is that Slovenia was the champion in joining the EU. Far ahead of all other countries that emerged from the same historical context, it entered the euro area and became a member of Schengen. Mainly because of the two politicians who managed to reach a consensus for this step. “One of them was Janez Janša,” said Boštjan M. Turk. The European story that we Slovenes have included in the independence programme itself and which has always been our most recognisable success, which has now taken on dangerous negative accelerations. The European Union, as it was when we joined it, has relented in its basic elements.
One year has passed in Slovenia since the government of Janez Janša came to power. His name is associated with the disintegration of Yugoslavia, as well as the emergence of Slovenia. The trial against the Four, which took place in 1988, meant the establishment of the necessary national unity for the project of independence that followed in June 1991. Janez Janša defeated the Yugoslav People’s Army, then still as a bare-handed civilian. He managed to mobilise the entire Slovene nation to the Yugoslav army, stealing its adjective it wore with the greatest pride: “national” or “people’s”. After the trial against the Four, which was essentially a trial against the Slovene nation and its aspirations for independence, the YPA was simply no longer people’s. In the end, its essence was revealed: it was an armed fist of the party bureaucracy, which after Tito’s death was no longer in favour of responding to historical challenges. In Slovenia, the YPA connected thousands of members who served either as active personnel (officers) or as part of the KOS intelligence service.
This was a new class of political nomenclature, as dissident Milovan Đilas called the leading bureaucracy in the Communist Party state. Until 1990, it ruled the country completely. After the end of totalitarianism, Slovenia did not know lustration like other countries of the former Eastern bloc, which today are mostly part of the Visegrád Group. Monopolies have been maintained, even though the state has legally introduced systematic changes on the path to European integration, such as the Brussels wanted. However, when a copy of Communisme magazine (edited by the legendary Stéphane Courtois) was published in 2014, the following assessment could be read in the editorial: “Slovenia is an example of a country where the once ruling Communist Party was officially abolished, but still controls the country at all administrative, judicial, media, economic, and political levels. Despite the formal existence of the rule of law.”
Freedom only to the monopolies of the deep state
In the same year, 2014, just before the elections, the opposition leader Janez Janša was imprisoned, regardless of the support he enjoyed in the European People’s Party. At the time, parties representing continuity with an undemocratic regime won a two-thirds majority in parliament. In fact, Slovenia only seemingly severed the ideological umbilical cord of the previous system. A country where the democratic option has been in power for only seven of the 30 years of independence leaves the economy free, but only to the extent that the economy does not encroach on the monopolies still held by the former nomenclature. The deep state in Slovenia exists in the form of the former nomenclature, which is generationally rejuvenated and adapted to the postmodern time. The most dangerous politician in its eyes is Janez Janša. Because the deep state has 90 percent of the media at its disposal, and the media front goes from attack to attack without interruption. Despite the fact that Janša has been in power for a year, it seems that it will remain so. So parties recruited from former socio-political organisations are even taking advantage of the epidemic in a wish to deal with a team they actually installed themselves, but they are not even aware of it. After Šarec’s resignation, the mathematical calculation showed that there is only one name in the centre and also on the right, which has the consent of the Prime Minister (Janša), and there are six on the left, but with a significant difference, namely that no one has enough support. These names are: Karl Erjavec, Marjan Šarec, Alenka Bratušek, Tanja Fajon, Jože P. Damjan, and Luka Mesec – people who would rather kill each other than leave the post of Prime Minister to each other.
The United Kingdom is gone, the Visegrád Group is preparing to say goodbye, and Brussels is opening a conflict with a member which is not guilty of anything
In an article for the best-selling Croatian political weekly 7Dnevno, Boštjan M. Turk also pointed out, among other things, that European Commission President Ursula von den Leyen should be well aware that by agreeing with Politico to publish such an unjust conviction, she sent a catastrophic, disintegration signal into the whole structure of the EU at the same time. The United Kingdom is gone, the Visegrád Group is preparing to say goodbye, and Brussels is opening a conflict with a member which is not guilty of anything. None of what Politico wrote is true. The Slovenian government does not control the media, on the contrary, 90 percent of the media in Slovenia are against Janez Janša and members of his government. In Slovenia, freedom is not violated, nor is the rule of law. All of these are untrue accusations by the post-communist nomenclature, which has lost power and has therefore encroach on foreign countries to achieve its internal political goals. Throughout its history, Slovenia has always been a constitutive member of the core of Europe. The European Union, which constantly opposes the so-called nationalism, fights Christianity, and continuously defends world peace, congratulated and publicly expressed satisfaction when Joe Biden, the man who ordered an armed attack less than a month after his appointment, but which is only an overture into the following, similar stories, became president of the most powerful force on the planet. Brussels must be instructed not to worry about Slovenia (and Croatia), but should worry about the EU and the global context of peace and coexistence in the world. Our peace has never been so severely tested as it is now.