Karel Schwarzenberg, politician of European stature, has died

Karel Schwarzenberg, the former foreign minister, chairman of TOP 09 and also a presidential candidate, died today, 12 November, in Vienna. He was 85 years old. At the end of October this year, Schwarzenberg received the highest state decoration, the Order of the White Lion, for his services to the state in the field of politics. Schwarzenberg has also received awards in the past for building international relations within the Visegrad Four – in 2014, Poland awarded him the Order of Merit’s Grand Cross, the highest honour given to foreigners. He was also awarded the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary in 2009. (more)