About author

Michaela Terenzani was appointed editor-in-chief in 2015. She started writing for The Slovak Spectator as a freelancer in March 2007. Ms. Terenzani received her bachelor degree at the Faculty of Mass Media Communication at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Trnava in 2006. During her studies she spent a semester at the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus. In 2009, Ms. Terenzani received a joint MA degree in Euroculture from the University of Groningen and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

List of authors articles

Last Week in Slovakia

Homecomers sing angry blues for Matovič

Smart quarantine off to a rocky start as general prosecutor election kicks into high gear.25. May 2020, at 14:17

Berg border crossing to Slovakia on Friday, May 22 afternoon.
Last Week in Slovakia

Battle against coronavirus almost over, a different kind of “war” about to break out

It has been an eventful week for the judiciary and for the human rights defender.18. May 2020, at 12:33

PM Igor Matovič

Justice Minister: I will do as much as possible in my first year

Mária Kolíková served as the state secretary for two incomplete terms. She realises the government has the most energy for changes at the start.17. May 2020, at 20:00

Mária Kolíková serves as the justice minister in the government of Igor Matovič.

Judge from Threema resigns from Constitutional Court

Former Smer MP Mojmír Mamojka quit shortly after the Constitutional Court president received information from the intelligence service about him.13. May 2020, at 20:46

Smer MP Mojmír Mamojka

Supreme Courts has a new head. He represented Slovakia in Strasbourg

It is a hot seat to take, Ján Šikuta commented after the election. Many of the new Judicial Council members did not support him.11. May 2020, at 22:17

Jan Šikuta grilled before the Supreme Court president election.
Last Week in Slovakia

Europe Day celebrated amid discussions of a “mini-Schengen”

Borders and schools remain closed as the rest of the country opens up.11. May 2020, at 13:58

Top three constitutional officials sign a joint declaration on foreign policy orientation on May 9.
Last Week in Slovakia

Green light for Matovič as pressure to reopen country mounts

The government got the MPs' confidence to carry out its plan. Experts say that if it does well, it can avert the threat of the further rise of extremism in the country.4. May 2020, at 14:03

The government of Igor Matovič got its plan approved by the parliament on April 30.
Last Week in Slovakia

Slovakia tries to take a deeper breath as measures ease

The country embarks on its way out of the anti coronavirus measures, Matovič government embarks on its way to restore the judiciary with a stumble.27. Apr 2020, at 13:35

Bookshops were among the ones that opened again on April 22.
Bringing World to the Classroom

Media exists to seek the truth and explanations

The 2018 Kuciak murder and COVID-19 have changed Slovak media.24. Apr 2020, at 7:48

Attitudes of those in power towards Slovak media remain unchanged, TSS editor-in-chief Michaela Terenzani says in the Bringing World to the Classroom podcast.
Spectator Anniversary

25 years on, our assignment continues: to report

The Spectator was born in a moment of political crisis and it is in its DNA to be able to deal with such situations, and work under pressure.24. Apr 2020, at 7:00

UPDATED: Coping with the coronavirus: Slovakia opens some shops but tightens hygienic measures

The crisis staff has agreed on a number of new rules, valid as of Monday, March 30. Hygienists modify rules for wearing masks, starting on April 21.20. Apr 2020, at 14:36

People in protective masks on public transport in Bratislava.
Last Week in Slovakia

Long and ambitious: Matovič government promises a lot

One has to give it to them that no other government had to draft its programme statement in such a complicated time.20. Apr 2020, at 14:22

The Matovič government convened on Sunday, April 19, to pass its programme document.
Last Week in Slovakia

Easter measures highlighted district borders in Slovakia

Coalition clashed over tailbacks in a partially locked-down country and Matovič frets over coronavirus in marginalised settlements.13. Apr 2020, at 18:15

The empty Bratislava main station one day before the Easter holidays, usually one of the busiest times of year on the railroads.
Spectacular Slovakia Podcast

Neither buckets of water nor whips. Celebrate holidays with Easter cuisine

Spectacular Slovakia listeners will lick their fingers at Easter.9. Apr 2020, at 7:00

An Easter lamb cake is placed in a wooden basket.

American historian: Our enormous wealth means little without a public health system

This situation can and will be exploited later, and I am afraid of that, says historian from Yale University, Marci Shore.8. Apr 2020, at 20:35

Patients are brought into Wyckoff Heights Medical Center by staff wearing personal protective gear due to COVID-19 concerns, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
Last Week in Slovakia

What Matovič talks about when he talks about a blackout

Slovakia is doing a good job flattening the curve so far, analysts suggest.6. Apr 2020, at 14:00

PM Matovič floats the idea of a "blackout" to kill the coronavirus in Slovakia

Not all coalition partners support the idea to switch off everything for a few weeks.1. Apr 2020, at 21:31

Last Week in Slovakia

Coronavirus aid to help businesses catch their breath

Slovakia's government has finally started dealing with the economy.30. Mar 2020, at 13:52

Last week brought more measures aimed at pensioners but also opening of selected shops.
UPDATED: March 24, 2020 at 11:11

Masks will be obligatory, new measures mainly aimed at the elderly

Cabinet and crisis staff sat well into the night, introduced new set of measures.24. Mar 2020, at 11:10

PM Igor Matovič announces new measures. He called on pensioners to stay home.
Last Week in Slovakia

Ordinary PM has to cope with extraordinary times

Matovič rains on Pellegrini’s final parade: All we found was empty shelves.23. Mar 2020, at 14:00

PM Igor Matovič and President Zuzana Čaputová