Pani Prezidentka

Zuzana Čaputová’s election victory shows people have had enough of yelling, but there is hard work ahead for her.

Zuzana Čaputová is the first woman to be elected president of Slovakia. Zuzana Čaputová is the first woman to be elected president of Slovakia. (Source: Sme - Jozef Jakubčo)

Slovakia has elected its first female president, an act unprecedented across the whole Visegrad region. Let us mention this historic aspect of Zuzana Čaputová’s victory before it is drowned in other interpretations of her victory.

As recently as two months ago, many, including the author of this piece, doubted that Slovakia would be able to show such a progressive attitude towards women in politics. Today, Slovakia has a woman president-elect. A woman will speak to the nation from the top constitutional post for the next five years, telling the girls of Slovakia with her every appearance in public that a high-level state office is a place for a woman after all.

Read also:Would a candidate like Čaputová stand a chance in Hungary, Poland, or the Czech Republic?Read more 

EU flag in the background

But the fact that she is a woman is not the only reason that Čaputová will stand out among the quartet of heads of state during presidential-level meetings of the Visegrad Group. She will be the only one to represent a liberal attitude and a clear rejection of the populism that has become a trademark of this region in the past few years. The EU flag that someone spread in the background when she gave her first address as president-elect on the midnight of March 30 says a lot about what we can expect of the next president when it comes to foreign policy.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Maroš Šefčovič

Read more articles by the topic
This article is also related to other trending topics
Presidential election 2019

Top stories

How a Catholic charity became a voice for migrants in Slovakia

Religious organisations have added leverage in changing perceptions of foreigners and migrants, says Caritas Slovakia.

Caritas Slovakia's ‘World Without “the Other” – Migration Myths’ campaign educates Slovaks on migration in a fun and artistic way.

Secret votes and public lies

There are uncanny echoes today of Slovakia’s agonies over its choice of chief prosecutor ten years ago.

Dobroslav Trnka (left) and Jozef Čentéš (right), the candidate who was eventually selected by MPs in 2011, never got to take up the post because the then president, Ivan Gašparovič refused to appoint him for reasons that were never clearly explained.

Which are the largest law firms in Slovakia?

For the first time, the ranking also provides an overview in partial categories of law.