Well we made it back to Prague, today. The dashing Peter Martinovic (pictured) made us feel very welcome at the Czech and Slovak Right Wingers Weekend despite all the other organisational duties he took on. After all his hard working organising and moderating the conference he'll probably be in a recovery phase for a few days. Peter introduced me to Robert Kotzian (pictured) who is a mayor in Brno, the Czech Republic's second city and is an authority on Czech Young Conservatives having been an active one since 1998 (more on that in a future post).
The conference side of things contained a few surprises. The first thing I should mention is that despite the name of the conference, there was a large mix of delegates from a variety of parties and publications. Both centrists and right-wingers from the Slovakian Christians Democrat Party (KDH) were on the main stage as were politicians from the SDKU from Slovakia and ODS from the Czech Republic. Another interesting thing was that the main panel in one debate included magazine directors, writers and publishers.
Another thing Westerners might find surprising was to meet groups of young right-wingers with no specific party affilliation. For example, I enjoyed
spending time with Robert (an ambitious student), Richard (an IT systems consultant) and Petra (who had just started her own advertising agency) all from Bratislava. They were clearly economic liberals and generally right-wing, but did not give themselves a party label. There was a similar group from Prague.
By the time we arrived in Modra last night the night had drawn in, but today we managed to catch a Slovak Autumn on its last legs - which was wonderful. We took a few pictures, but here's one of woodland and above is a rainbow further on in our drive home.