New Yorker: Čaputová has used her position to create hope

The magazine has published a profile story of Slovakia's president.

Zuzana Čaputová in the Presidential Palace on her inauguration day. Zuzana Čaputová in the Presidential Palace on her inauguration day. (Source: Sme - Marko Erd)

"A lone political voice in the sea of demagoguery" is what Slovakia's President Zuzana Čaputová has been branded in the latest story about her.

It appeared in The New Yorker and is based on an interview with Čaputová conducted by columnist Masha Gessen, who met the Slovak president in Bratislava in November. Gessen visited Bratislava to speak at the annual Central European Forum event on November 14.

"There are few other political leaders, if any, in post-Communist countries who can articulate the tension between opportunities gained and dreams broken with such empathy," she wrote in her piece for the New Yorker, which also highlights the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, and the political crisis that followed, as the context of Čaputová rise to presidency.

As president, Čaputová cannot influence legislation, and cannot have the direct impact that she could have as a litigator, New Yorker clarifies in the story.

"But she has an extraordinary pulpit, in her small country and on the continent. She has used it to demand transparency and justice in the assassination case. She has also used it to create hope," the article reads.

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