Slovenia. In a corruption investigation presented in early January, Prime Minister Janez Janša was accused of systematically failing to declare assets. Janša, who took office almost a year earlier but also served as head of government in 2004–08, was previously charged with corruption. Corruption allegations were also directed against Zoran Janković, leader of the largest opposition party Positiva Slovenia. Janković resigned from his post of party leader, but Janša remained as head of government.
According to Countryaah, Janša’s refusal to resign caused one of the five parties in the center-right government to step down in protest, and tens of thousands of doctors, teachers and other public servants participated in a one-day strike. The dissatisfaction was directed at austerity and against the government accused of corruption and inefficiency. Slovenia’s economy chopped, with problem loans in crisis banks accounting for 22% of GDP, and there was great concern that, like several other euro countries, emergency loans would be needed.
After a vote of confidence in late February, the government was forced to resign anyway. Positive Slovenia’s acting leader Alenka Bratušek then formed a center-left government with the Social Democrats and two of the former government parties. Bratušek, who became the country’s first female prime minister, said she wanted to invest in stimulating the economy and creating jobs. In May, the government presented a package of measures with tax increases, privatizations and restructuring of the banking sector.
Representative Janša was sentenced in June to two years in prison for receiving bribes in connection with a defense business in 2006. Two co-accused were also sentenced to prison, and all were fined in the most extensive corruption case since independence in 1991. Janša called the verdict politically motivated and planned to appeal against.