This year we are celebrating thirty years since the division of Czechoslovakia. This anniversary encourages you to evaluate the past and dream up in the spirit of “what if”. Although it is clear that both states succeed independently of each other, our common state is still often remembered with nostalgia, and its division is sometimes perceived as a political game of two men – Klaus and Meciar, who refused to come to an agreement contrary to public opinion. How wrong this opinion is, leave it aside, you can see from the video what the presidential candidates think about the division of Czechoslovakia.
A presidential candidate’s views on the introduction of the euro or same-sex marriage may tell us something about his persolity, but his views on most political and social issues are completely irrelevant from a performance standpoint. Of course, it can be argued that the president, by virtue of his position and the prestige associated with him, has the right to open public debates on various topics. But that’s all.
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Much more important than opinions on sub-issues is the president’s ability to think about what happened before him and what will happen after him in the context of his office. Do not give in to the feeling of great power which, as has been the case with a number of previous presidents, engulfs an even more disciplined persolity with a longer stay in Prague Castle. Continuity, reconciliation and representative behavior. In our opinion, these are the main qualities of a good president.
At Reflex, we decided to do it differently than in other media. We wanted to find out how well presidential candidates know their real place, that is, how well they understand the powers vested in them by the constitution. We were interested in how well they know Czech history, whether they know where the tradition of our statehood led and for what historical perspective they are responsible. Last but not least, we wanted to find out how they relate to the fundamental value issues on which our society is divided not into one or two electoral periods, but into entire generations.
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Do you need a ruler sitting in the Castle, apart, high above everyone else?