Magda Vášáryová

Actress, sociologist, politician and diplomat. She gave up acting (both in the theatre and cinema) in 1989. Subsequently, she served as the Ambassador of Czechoslovakia in Austria (1990 to 1993) and of Slovakia in Poland (2000 to 2005). In 1993, she founded and supervised the non-governmental Slovak Foreign Policy Society (Slovenská spoločnosť pre zahraničnú politiku). Between 2005 and 2006, she was the Secretary of State in the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2006, 2010 and 2012, she was elected member of the National Council on behalf of the Christian Democratic SKDU-DS (Slovak Christian and Democratic Union). She has published: Krátke listy jednému mestu, about her hometown of Banská Štiavnica; Kto sú Slováci? História. Kultúra. Identita, a collection of essays co-edited with Professor Jacek Purchla; Hlavička štátu (Head of the state); and her latest, Polnočný sused, about Poland and Polish-Slovak relations as well as some essays and articles in Slovak and the foreign media. In 2010 she received the Golden Medal of Gloria Artis for her long-term contribution to foreign policy and cultural politics. She is a member of the ICC’s Programme Council.

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