Čaputová was awarded for political culture

She said less marketing and more authenticity is needed in politics.

President Zuzana Čaputová and chairman of the Hans Ringier Foundation Frank André Meyer in Ascona, Switzerland.President Zuzana Čaputová and chairman of the Hans Ringier Foundation Frank André Meyer in Ascona, Switzerland. (Source: SITA)

Political culture needs less marketing and more truthfulness and authenticity, said President Zuzana Čaputová as she accepted the European Prize for Political Culture on August 10 in Ascona, Switzerland.

The prize is also an award to people in Slovakia who embody the change she represents, she added.

Slovak people showed maturity

The president is convinced that politicians are responsible for the tone, mood and accuracy of their public performance. She warned against the campaign for Brexit and the spread of hoaxes about refugees as negative examples.

Read alsoMorality, decency and change. What do voters want from Zuzana Čaputová? Read more 

“The stakes are high and the enormous responsibility is bigger than our candidacies and posts; it influences whether people will even believe in democracy and political representatives anymore,” she said, as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding the mistrust shakes the bases of all of Europe.

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