Well, slightly contrary to expectations, the left bloc of parties in Slovenia has squeezed a narrow victory: the Social Democrats (SD) are now the new main party of the left, narrowly out polling the incumbent centre-right Slovene Democrats (SDS). The once dominant Liberal Democracy (LDS) and its trendier breakaway Zares will play supporting roles as junior coalition partners. Most strikingly, however, the Slovene pensioners’ party DESUS has almost doubled its vote from 4.04% to 7.45% and gains an extra 2 deputies in the 90 seat lower house. They have straightfowardly said they will ally with the winner of the election – i.e. the left – whose more redistributive policies have, in any case, historically been more their cup of tea. This interest-based pivotal politics of being friend to left and right for the right political payoff, has some echoes of the game played by Peasant Party in Poland. However, its is large increases in funding for the pension system , rather than agriculutal subsides, that DESUS is interested in harvesting, somewhat to the discomfort of the thoroughly modern lefties of SD, LDS and Zares.
The main causalities of the election seem to be the Christian New Slovenia (NSi) party, who may just squeeze in once right-wing inclined expat votes are counted. Elsewhere Slovenia’s Youth Party (SMS), part of the European Federation of Greens, got into parliament, but as part of a joint list with the Slovene People’s Party (SPP), a member of the centre-right Christian Democrat-led European People’s Party and member of the outgoing right-wing government. Presumably, this reflects SPP agarian origins as a peasant party and some kind of shared concern with nature and countryside. Green-agrarian coalition have previously featured in Latvian, Croatian and (briefly) Czech politics. On the other hand, perhaps it’s a marriage of convenience. Two other Green lists completely bombed.