>Slovene elections: Centre-right and Pensioners to consolidate hold on power?
Slovene blogger Pengovsky offers a sardonic overview of Slovenia’s election campaign and the Patria arms ‘scandal’ (alleged bribery of PM by Finnish arms manufacture). As elsewhere in the region, there will be polarization between main parties of left and right. Unlike elsewhere in the region, minor parties will have a role to play. The pseudonymous Pengovsky – who seems to be a journalist – reckons the current centre-right coalition will shade it, despite have overreacted to the Patria allegations and the Pensioners’ Party (who currently hold the Defence Portfolio and are ‘playing stupid’) will gain votes and increase their political importance, perhaps even becoming the second largest coalition partner.