Laibach: controversial yet brilliant

I went to see the concert of Laibach, a Slovenian band that rarely performs in Slovenia. They have always had a very controversial image, since they play with Nazi insignia and leftish texts. It’s all a bit of political provocation and as Richard Wolfson wrote once:

“Laibach’s method is extremely simple, effective and horribly open to misinterpretation. First of all, they absorb the mannerisms of the enemy, adopting all the seductive trappings and symbols of state power, and then they exaggerate everything to the edge of parody… Next they turn their focus to highly charged issues — the West’s fear of immigrants from Eastern Europe, the power games of the EU, the analogies between Western democracy and totalitarianism. [Wolfson, 2003, source Wikipedia] Continue reading “Laibach: controversial yet brilliant”

EU debates Globalisation: why now?

I lost the feeling how nice letters are. We normally send emails, SMSs, post comments on blogs….but letters? This is why I was so fascinated when numerous letters started to float around just before the informal EU Summit in Lisbon, all addressed to the Portuguese PM Socrates. First came the Merkel-Sarkozy letter, then Brown‘s, then Merkel-Sarkozy-Brown (can’t find it on-line—)…even the Slovenian PM Janša sent a letter (also impossible to find, but comment here) – to President Barroso. But I’m actually not going to focus on the format, but on the content of most of them: globalisation. Continue reading “EU debates Globalisation: why now?”

Slovenia: after a chaotic week

Linked to the previous post about the editorial comments. The Saturday editions of the main newspapers Dnevnik and Delo feature interviews with Danilo Türk and Borut Pahor, while the opening editorials are openly hostile against the actions of PM Janša last week. Clearly an attack on the journalists doesn’t generate a positive outcome.

I have a slight feeling that the start for the next parliamentary elections has just started and thus we might try to assess the position of various actors. Let’s take a look at Social Democrats, Zares and Janša/SDS. Continue reading “Slovenia: after a chaotic week”

Slovenia: after the vote of confidence – who trusts the Prime Minister?

Few days after Peterle’s defeat in the Presidential elections and the lost referendum on the partial privatization of the Slovenia’s largest insurance company “Triglav”, the PM Janša shocked virtually everyone by stating that “all options are open, including the resignation of the government“. A week later, and few bizzare TV appearances, the PM held a 2 hours speech in the Parliament and got the vote of confidence he asked for. Continue reading “Slovenia: after the vote of confidence – who trusts the Prime Minister?”

Slovenia: a new president and everything around

For many reasons the past weeks have been probably those defining the rest of the mandate of the current government under Prime Minister Janša. The most obvious reasons are three:

  1. The election of a new President and the campaign around it.
  2. The referendum on the partial privatization of the insurance company “Triglav� that the government badly lost.
  3. PM Janša’s appearance in the Parliament and the vote of confidence. Continue reading “Slovenia: a new president and everything around”

EU after the Lisbon Treaty: How to sort out the new institutions – High Representative

The Lisbon Treaty has interesting provisions for the new High Representative that will, similarly to the EU President’s post, take the spotlight away from the Member States chairing the EU. The new High Representative will sit both in the Commission and chair the Foreign Affairs Council. Just how schizophrenic will the person end up being, we’ll see. Continue reading “EU after the Lisbon Treaty: How to sort out the new institutions – High Representative”

EU after the Lisbon Treaty: How to sort out the new institutions – EU President

One of the last posts was done live during the Lisbon informal EU Summit. I have done a bit of reflection in the period afterwards on how the institutional triangle will look like after the new Treaty comes into force. And it’s far from clear – something I guess every EU leader now realizes. Continue reading “EU after the Lisbon Treaty: How to sort out the new institutions – EU President”