The country’s first female president says she won’t compromise on progressive values in her search for pragmatic solutions

Asked if there was a particular moment on the campaign trail when she realised she had a real chance of becoming Slovakia’s president, Zuzana Čaputová gave a faint smile. “I think that realisation is not going to come until I’ve actually started the job,” she said.

From mid-June, Čaputová will have an imposing 18th-century palace at her disposal, but she received the Observer last week in the boxy, chaotic Bratislava offices of Progressive Slovakia, a small political party that supported her during her presidential run.

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