Slovenia. According to Countryaah.com, Slovenia Independence Day is December 26. The Slovenes said in a referendum in March a resounding yes to membership in both the EU and NATO in 2004. Nearly 90% voted for accession to the Union, while NATO membership was supported by 66%. The turnout was 60%. That the support was less for joining the defense alliance may have been partly due to the referendum being held a few days after the US launched its attack on Iraq.
A large part of the population was critical of the war, even though the government supported it. At the same time, the assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjić was believed to have strengthened support for NATO membership a few weeks earlier as a clear reminder of the region’s instability.
During a party congress in February, the Liberal Democratic government party LDS elected Prime Minister Anton Rop as new leader. He replaced former Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek, who led the party since 1992 and elected president at the end of 2002. Slovenia’s Social Democratic Party, which despite its name is a bourgeois party, changed its name to the Slovenian Democratic Party. It kept its abbreviation, SDS.