INI said that the moment was scary, but you can’t be fully prepared for something. The death of Karl Schwarzenberg is der. I am very sad. I will always remember Karel Schwarzenberg as one of the kindest and most inspiring people I have ever met. Not only as a politician and, if I may say so, a professional colleague with whom we founded TOP 09, as a rather unique political project. But I am like a wise bee, a moral example and a heart. Vkov could have been my father and I really looked up to him as a father.
Few people in the Czech Republic realize what Karel Schwarzenberg has done for her. Apart from Vclav Havel, no one in Europe and the world had such social capital and such authority. And this both among the political representation of other countries, and among the many people who submit to the women of their countries. And he made this chapter and his authority as minister of foreign affairs available not only to his prime minister – and that was Mirek Topolnek or Petr Neas – and to his government. But, when he was in the opposition, he provided it with customs on the ground. And that’s completely unnecessary.
Mirek Topolnek described it in his book “100 Days in Europe” with a simple and perfectly true sentence: “Thanks to Karl Schwarzenberg, I had much more authority in Europe than I deserved.”
Yes, Karel Schwarzenberg really served his whole life. he often told me a simple joke: “You have to be polite.” When we look around, we see that this is not a day of banality, that it is a real preciousness. That’s why Karel Schwarzenberg didn’t just slander this story, he went so far. He says without pathos that he has filled his life with service to his country. He will be greatly missed.
The land of Karel Schwarzenberg, the man of wisdom, service and wit, who made Czech politics tolerable
12/11/2023 ▪ 8 minutes the