Positive Slovenia (PS)

Positive Slovenia (PS). PS was formed in 2011 by Zoran Jankovic, a millionaire businessman (he predominantly made his money in retail), who became mayor of the Slovene capital, Ljubljana, in 2006.

Jankovic had been a controversial mayor. Popular for his major building programmes he was nevertheless accused of abusing his powers for corrupt purposes (allegedly for the benefit of his sons) and for creating a large debt in the city hall.

Jankovic entered national politics on a broadly centre-left and vague platform. The party promised a balanced budget and 4% economic growth, but said nothing of how it would achieve this.

The party won the 2011 election, and at first it appeared as if the controversial mayor would become PM. A deal was put together with three other parties, but when the secret ballot for the Premier took place Jankovic came up short, (meaning enough members of his coalition had voted against his becoming PM for it to not happen).

Positive Slovenia subsequently went into opposition. On entering the national parliament, Jankovic had had to withdraw from his mayoral position as these are incompatible positions under Slovene law. Jankovic subsequently resigned from the national parliament and ran in a by-election (caused by the resignation of his ally) and became Mayor of Ljubljana again.

The party subsequently came to be led by Alenka Bratusek. Bratusek, a former local councillor and LDS and Zares member.

Jankovic was subsequently investigated by the Commission to Prevent Corruption in Slovenia, who found numerous irregularities in his accounts. He was thus stripped of all his party responsibilities.

As the Prime Minister, SDS leader Janek Jansa, was also accused of corruption by the Commission, Bratusek came to head a centre-left coalition.

Bratusek’s government quickly became unpopular, however, and was victim to instability, partially from Jankovic himself. Jankovic retook the leadership of the PS early in 2014, and then declared that he wished to be made Premier.

Jankovic had previously stated his desire to use the Premiership to protect his sons. Additionally his reputation for corruption was now confirmed by the Commission. Not only did PS’s three coalition partners refuse to serve with him, but PS itself split, with half of the party’s MPs leaving it.

Ideologically, the PS most closely resembles the former LDS, with a slight left-liberal slant, but really not much ideology at all.

The party has seen its support substantially fall since 2011, but can still pull in enough support that it could win a MEP.

The party has made noises about joining the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and while it officially postponed joining ALDE in April, this still seems its likeliest destination in the European Parliament.