“Active in foreign policy and clearly pro-Western”, pundit on President Pavel’s first year in office

Photo: Kateřina Šulová, ČTK

Friday marks Petr Pavel’s first year as president of Czechia. What have been his biggest successes so far? And did he succeed in uniting the divided Czech society? I discussed these questions with political scientist Vlastimil Havlík from Masaryk University in Brno:

“I would say that the most important thing related to his first year is that he was kind of a moderate president, not very “activist” and not competing with the cabinet or with the other part of the executive. That is quite a big difference from Miloš Zeman and it is the first thing that comes to my mind when evaluating him.”

What would you say where his biggest successes so far? Would you say it is the continuing support for Ukraine, namely the current shells-for-Ukraine plan?

“I would say that he was quite visible in two areas. The first one was his role in foreign policy, including his clear support for Ukraine. Again, we could say it was a really visible a turn from Miloš Zeman.

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Author: Ruth Fraňková