Zuzana Čaputová in Switzerland: Liberal democracy can have many faces

State visits in the country are rare.

Swiss President Ignazio Cassis (left) and Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová.Swiss President Ignazio Cassis (left) and Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová. (Source: TASR)

Swiss President Ignazio Cassis received Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová with the highest honours. Only in exceptional situations does a state visit to Switzerland occur. The welcoming ceremony took place in Bern on the Federal Square.

SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement

Čaputová made a speech to Swiss government members, in which she talked about not only democracy, but also about Russian aggression and climate change.

Related article Zuzana Čaputová accepts invitation to Kyiv Read more 

In front of the government

After the ceremony the Slovak head of state and Cassis then moved to the building of the government and parliament - the Federal Palace. There, Čaputová officially addressed the members of the government.

"There is division, inequalities, and polarization in society, and social media often exacerbates these phenomena and contribute to the rise of extremism. The role of Europeans is to restore the balance between democratic rights and responsibility," Čaputová said in her speech.

"Democracy must defend itself against abuse because it can be abused to incite autocracy. This is our common duty - we must build unity based on our common values ​​while maintaining mutual respect and diversity of opinions."

According to Čaputová both countries are committed to the values ​​of liberal democracy and the rule of law.

"No matter what some say, liberal democracy can have many faces. There is place for social conservatives, liberals, or progressives," the president said, adding that Switzerland is emblematic of this.

SkryťRemove ad
Related article Slovak president calls on Russian troops to "end this terrible war" Read more 

Order under attack

Čaputová also mentioned the Russian aggression in Ukraine, calling it an attack on the principles of European security and order.

"The order has allowed any European country, large or small, Slovakia or Switzerland, to freely join alliances and peacefully seek its destiny," she said, specifically mentioning the Donbas and Kharkov battlefields. Everything must be done so that Russia withdraws its forces from Ukraine, she emphasized.

The Slovak president also mentioned climate change and said that both countries are determined to address it.

"Since the year 2050 is our target to achieve carbon neutrality, we need to accelerate the green transformation of our economies and societies, because our planet is running out of time. And let's face it, we are running out of excuses for not doing so," she said.

Top stories

News digest: Volvo will build its third plant in Slovakia, which will produce e-cars

Levoča hosts the biggest pilgrimage in Slovakia, transactions in Slovak shops are rounded and two hospitals - one in Bratislava and the second in Martin, will be constructed from the Recovery Plan.


18 h
Slovak PM Eduard Heger and Javier Varela chief operating officer at Volvo Cars, left, after signing the agreement on construction of the plant in the industrial park Valaliky near Košice.

Volvo is coming, Slovakia to end up with fifth carmaker

The plant will produce electric cars near Košice.


23 h

New cure for potentially deadly canine disease comes from Slovakia

Cure stops the disease from recurring, scientists say.


29. jun
Jeremy Hill and Annel Bautista explore the topic of reinvention through the story of one Mexican entrepreneur in the latest episode of the Na Slovensku Aj Po Anglicky podcast.

Viva Eslovaquia!

Chef Brian Navarro brings the heat to Bratislava with his new Mexican restaurant, Mezcalli.


28. jun
SkryťClose ad