"Since 2010 the European Union has been plagued by the crises of the rule of law and democracy, which has been spreading from Central and Eastern Europe and has caught many by surprise. Unjustly so. This book argues that the professed success of the 2004 big bang enlargement was in many respects mirroring only the Potemkin village erected in the new member states on their way back to Europe. The spearheading country of the Potemkin village has been Slovenia. Since its independence and throughout the accession process, Slovenia was portrayed as the best disciple and as a poster-child of the New Europe. This book claims that the widely shared narrative of the Slovenian EU dream has, unfortunately, been just a myth. In many ways, Slovenia fares even worse than its contemporary constitutionally-backsliding CEE counterparts. The understanding of the depth and breadth of the rule of law and democracy crises in Slovenia, the authors of this book hope, will also contribute to a critical intellectual awakening and better comprehension of the real causes of the present crises across the other CEE member states, which threaten the viability of the EU and the Council of Europe projects as such. It is only on the basis of such better understanding that the causes of the crises could be more accurately identified and, consequently, also more appropriately addressed on the national, transnational and supranational level"-- Provided by publisher.
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Formatted Contents Note
Constitutional Backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe in Lieu of Back to Europe The Genesis of Slovenian Constitutional Democracy Historical Reasons for Failures of the Rule of Law and Constitutional Democracy in Slovenia The (Non) Reforms of Slovenia's Economy The Current Crises of Human Rights Protection, the Rule of Law and Democracy in Slovenia The Judiciary and the Rule of Law in Slovenia The Vicious Circle of Slovenian Democracy Freedom of Press under Stress in Slovenia Welfare State and Solidarity in Slovenia The Influence of the Council of Europe on the Rule of Law in Slovenia The Impact of the European Union on Constitutional Democracy in Slovenia The Case for a Resilient Constitutional Democracy.