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Format 140x220 Hardcover
EUR 21,90 / sFr 31,90
published in September 2011
Don’t underestimate my viciousness
The great European shares his thoughts on politics, morals and the future of our society.
He is one of the most fascinating and popular politicians in Europe: Karel Schwarzenberg, Prince, expatriate, former member of Vaclav Havel’s cabinet after the Velvet Revolution, current Foreign Minister of The Czech Republic. He was never a member of any party, so he founded his own – resulting in remarkable instant success in his first election. Why is he so popular, especially among young voters?
In conversation with Barbara Tóth he answers this and many other questions: Why politics are so appealing to him (“The many people I can annoy”), what he has offered people (“the hard facts”), why Conservatism is experiencing a revival (“because it’s a skeptical position”), why traditions and values are so crucial and how old prejudices can be overcome.
With incisive and prospective analyses of the past and the present, this is a book against political frustration and apathy, full of philosophy of life.
Barbara Tóth, born 1974, has a PhD in History and works as an editor for the Viennese weekly newspaper “Falter”. She has received the Milena-Jesenská-Prize and is specialized in Central Europe, Social Politics and Contemporary Austrian History. In 2004 she published a biography on Karel Schwarzenberg. Her most recent publication is “Franz Küberl. Mein armes Österreich” (2010).
Karel Prince of Schwarzenberg, born 1937 in Prague, left Communist Czechoslovakia in 1948. He studied Forestry in Vienna and has been head of the Schwarzenberg Family since 1979. He has both Czech and Swiss citizenship and actively promotes Human Rights. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, he became an active participant in Czech politics, holding office, among other positions, as Foreign Minister from 2007-2009 and since 2010.