Peter Rak

was born in Maribor and graduated from the University of Ljubljana in the history of art. Since 1996 he has worked as a journalist, columnist, and art critic for Delo, Slovenia’s largest daily newspaper. He also writes essays.


A decade and a half after the declaration of Slovenian independence and three years after EU accession, Slovenian political and cultural life is stagnating, writes Peter Rak. A confrontational political style together with liberal posturing is producing an isolationist discourse reminiscent of the Cold War. A moderate sense of national spirit and collective self-love is the only way forward, writes Rak.

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