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Michaela Terenzani

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Michaela Terenzani was appointed editor-in-chief in 2015. She started writing business stories for The Slovak Spectator as a freelancer in March 2007. She has been in charge of the student section, Spectator University, since October 2007 and currently covers the political news. 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 August 2007 she was awarded an HSP Huygens scholarship by the Dutch Ministry for Education, Culture and Science, which enabled her to do an MA programme in Euroculture. In her studies she focused on nationalism, collective memory, mythology and communication. 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

Smer follows a downward trend but may escape oblivion

What does the defeat in regional elections mean for the future of Slovakia’s strongest party?20. Nov 2017, at 7:05

“How could it be a fiasco when a political party wins most councillors among all parties?” asks PM Robert Fico.

Good news: democracy does have an anti-fascist immune response

There are still reasons to worry, but something has changed in Slovakia now that elections have wiped the fascists out at regional level.7. Nov 2017, at 21:06

Marian Kotleba (L) and his ĽSNS party members, supporters

Election geographer: People voted out Smer in protest

Tibor Madleňák, a political analyst specialising in election geography, says in an interview with The Slovak Spectator that Kotleba had to defend his performance in a political post for the first time - and failed.6. Nov 2017, at 19:48

Marian Kotleba and his far-right ĽSNS party are considered main losers of the regional elections.

Regional elections show the door to the far right

It would be too early to say extremism has been defeated but the results present a new chance for democracy.5. Nov 2017, at 14:42

Marian Kotleba speaks to journalists after casting his vote

Five big things that we’ve learned from the regional election results

Election night on November 4 produced some real upsets: here’s what you need to know5. Nov 2017, at 14:06

UPDATED: 5. Nov 2017, at 12:35

Regional vote: No to extremism, no to SmerPhoto

The ruling Smer party will only fill two out of eight governor chairs after this election; their numbers in the regional parliaments are also significantly reduced.5. Nov 2017, at 11:45

Ján Lunter won in Banská Bystrica

Slovak publishers now know better than to panic about Facebook Explore

The little rocket icon caused an uproar among big Slovak media outlets - but so far the test shows they might have been overestimating Facebook as a tool to attract audience.2. Nov 2017, at 14:38

Voting is an act of integration

Municipal and regional polls are the only chance for those who live and work in Slovakia but do not have a Slovak passport to influence how things develop around them.1. Nov 2017, at 16:55

Election, illustrative stock photo

Czechs have elected a Slovak-born billionaire

Observers do not expect the results of the Czech election to impact Czech-Slovak relations.24. Oct 2017, at 16:21

Andrej Babiš after meeting with Czech President Miloš Zeman on October 23.

Regional elections will be a power test for the far right in Slovakia

What are the prospects of extremists around Kotleba in the upcoming vote?9. Oct 2017, at 7:25

Jockeying for position: but which position?

Who will benefit from the Fico-Kiska conflict? Neither of the men involved.6. Oct 2017, at 10:57

President Andrej Kiska and Prime Minister Robert Fico

It would be artificial to look for differences

Carmakers are aware they are being closely watched after Dieselgate, says German Ambassador Joachim Bleicker.2. Oct 2017, at 6:30

German Ambassador to Slovakia Joachim Bleicker

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.21. Sep 2017, at 16:29

President Andrej Kiska

Coalition only agrees on how to talk. But what will they talk about?

Budget talks to decide on concrete policies. Danko wants airplanes, Fico wants better pay for nights and weekends.20. Sep 2017, at 20:20

Danko, Fico, Bugar.

What to do with hammers and sickles?

Ľuboš Lorenz has reminded Slovakia and its citizens that fascist symbols are not the only ones that they need to reject.7. Sep 2017, at 15:53

Protesting citizens attached hammer and sickle to a police car.
Updated: 7. Sep 2017, at 11:12

Refugee quota lawsuit is dead

We respect the court, but our stance toward quotas remains unchanged, says Fico.6. Sep 2017, at 12:13

Five outcomes of the coalition talks: Government might still go down

Coalition leaders announce they will stick together, but just a few hours later SNS’ demand to oust Smer’s labour minister transpired. Fico does not seem ready to give him up.28. Aug 2017, at 14:59

Bugár, Danko, Fico (left to right) finally met on August 25. They smiled into the cameras even though they did not resolve all their issues.

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