New Slovenia

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New Slovenia – Christian Democrats
Nova Slovenija – Krščanski demokrati
Leader Ljudmila Novak
Founded 4 August 2000
Split from SLS+SKD
Headquarters Ljubljana
Ideology Christian democracy[1]
Social conservatism[2]
Political position Centre-right[3]
International affiliation Centrist Democrat International
European affiliation European People's Party
European Parliament group European People's Party
Colours Blue
National Assembly
5 / 90
European Parliament
1 / 8
Website
http://www.nsi.si
Politics of Slovenia
Political parties
Elections

New Slovenia – Christian Democrats (Slovene: Nova Slovenija – Krščanski demokrati, NSi) is a Christian democratic[4][5][6] and conservative[6] political party in Slovenia. Since 2008, it is led by Ljudmila Novak. The party was formed on 4 August 2000 following a split in the unified Slovenian People's Party and Slovene Christian Democrats (SLS+SKD). NSi is a member of the European People's Party (EPP) and in the European Parliament its MEP Lojze Peterle sits with the EPP Group. NSi won 4.88% of the vote at the early 2011 Slovenian parliamentary election on 4 December 2011, thus gaining 4 seats in the National Assembly.[7]

Establishment[edit]

In July 2000, Andrej Bajuk, by the time Prime Minister of a centre-right coalition government, and other centrist Christian democrats disagreed with the rest of the Slovenian People's Party (SLS+SKD) over the question of a new electoral system. While Bajuk wanted the National Assembly to abandon proportional representation, the SLS+SKD party voted against any changes. Therefore, Bajuk retired from the party and created New Slovenia as his Prime Ministerial vehicle. Other former members of the Slovene Christian Democrats opposed to the merger of SKD and SLS, followed the foundation appeal. In the October 2000 parliamentary election, the new party won 8.6% of the vote and eight seats. Thereupon, Bajuk resigned as Prime Minister and New Slovenia went into opposition.[8]

Objectives[edit]

New Slovenia has taken a staunchly Christian conservative position on some issues, advocating traditional social values and defending the position of the Catholic Church on moral questions.[2][9] It has also been opposed to same-sex marriage and adoption by same sex couples, although it does support (and it also voted for) the current legislation, which gives certain rights to registered same sex couples.

In economic issues, it is generally liberal, but it defends a social market economy. It is a decidedly pro-European party.[2]

Since 2004[edit]

From 2004 to 2008, New Slovenia was part of the centre-right coalition led by Prime Minister Janez Janša.

The first European Parliament election with Slovenian participation in 2004 was won by New Slovenia which received 24% of the votes and secured two of the seven Slovenian seats.[10]

At the 2008 legislative elections, the party won only 3.4% of the popular vote and did not win any seats in the 90-seat National Assembly. After the elective failure of 2008, Bajuk announced his immediate resignation and retirement from politics. Ljudmila Novak succeeded him as party president.

At the 2011 Slovenian parliamentary election on 4 December 2011, it won 4.88% of votes, thus gaining four seats in the National Assembly.[11]

In the 2014 European election, NSi ran in a joint electoral list with the Slovenian People's Party, which received 16.56% of the vote and came in second place, returning 2 MEPs.[12]

The party received 5.53% of the vote in the Slovenian parliamentary election on 13 July 2014, and won 5 seats in parliament.[13]

Parliamentary representation[edit]

Prominent members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  2. ^ a b c Zajc, Drago; Boh, Tomaž (2004), Slovenia, The handbook of political change in Eastern Europe (Edward Elgar Publishing): 351, retrieved 9 December 2011 
  3. ^ Fink-Hafner, Danica (2010), Slovenia since 1989, Central and Southeast European Politics Since 1989 (Cambridge University Press): 244, retrieved 9 November 2011 
  4. ^ Jeff Haynes; Anja Hennig (3 July 2013). Religious Actors in the Public Sphere: Means, Objectives, and Effects. Routledge. p. 18–. ISBN 978-1-136-66171-6. 
  5. ^ José Magone (26 August 2010). Contemporary European Politics: A Comparative Introduction. Routledge. p. 457–. ISBN 978-0-203-84639-1. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Susanne Jungerstam-Mulders (2006). Post-Communist EU Member States: Parties And Party Systems. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 215–. ISBN 978-0-7546-4712-6. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Republic of Slovenia Early Elections for Deputies to the National Assembly 2011". National Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Day, Alan John; East, Roger; Thomas, Richard (2002), New Slovenia – Christian People's Party, A political and economic dictionary of Eastern Europe (Routledge): 410, retrieved 9 December 2011 
  9. ^ Kuhar, Roman (2006), Homosexuality as a Litmus Test for Democracy and Postmodern Value Orientations, Democratic transition in Slovenia: Value transformation, education, and media (Texas A&M University Press): 240, retrieved 9 December 2011 
  10. ^ Cox, John K. (2005), Slovenia: evolving loyalties, Routledge, p. 122, retrieved 9 December 2011 
  11. ^ "Republic of Slovenia Early Elections for Deputies to the National Assembly 2011: Election results". National Electoral Commission. 7 December 2011. 
  12. ^ http://www.delo.si/assets/info5/20140525/EUvolitve2014/volitve.html
  13. ^ Predčasne Volitve V Državni Zbor 2014 Republika Slovenija - Državna volilna komisija. Accessed 13 July 2014

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