Slovenia. In March, the Constitutional Court annulled the
verdict against former Prime Minister Janez Janša, who in
2013 was sentenced to two years in prison for corruption. He
was set free and a new trial was ordered. In September, a
court dropped the charge against Janša.
COUNTRYAAH, Parliament passed a law on same-sex marriage, but it
sparked strong protests among conservative politicians who,
with the support of the Catholic Church, collected
signatures demanding a referendum. The Constitutional Court
gave the go-ahead to allow voters to decide on the issue and
in December they voted down the proposal.
After the summer, refugees on their way to Northern
Europe began to flow to Slovenia, since Hungary closed its
borders. Slovenia introduced border controls but made it
increasingly difficult to manage the influx. In October, a
special law was passed that gave the military the right to
help at the borders. Some days, more than 10,000 people came
across the border. Slovenia called for help from the rest of
the EU and received EUR 10 million in support in November.
Parliament voted in April to dismiss Defense Minister
Janko Veber since he ordered the army security service to
analyze the consequences of the planned sale of the state