Report: The Current State of Democracy in Slovenia

Matic Jelovčan

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Svetilnik hosted a roundtable discussion on ‘The Current State of Democracy in Slovenia’, the discussants being Milan Brglez, PhD the President of the National Assembly and Matej Tonin, MA, an opposition member of parliament. Brglez is a member of the SMC (The Modern Centre Party), which received 34.6% of the vote in the 2014 parliamentary election and won a plurality of 36 seats in the National Assembly; Tonin is the Chairman of the NSi (New Slovenia – Christian Democrats) Parliamentary Group. A special guest was Felicita Medved, the president of the European Liberal Forum (ELF).

Alen Alexander Klarić, the president of Svetilnik, welcomed participants, introduced the speakers, and moderated the discussion.

The purpose of the event was to create an open discussion about democracy and democratic political institutions in terms of the relationship between the individual and the majority within a democratic political system. The debate also touched upon problems concerning the majority and the minority within the political decision-making process, various impacts on the lives of individuals, and contradictions between freedom and democracy.