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Benjamin Cunningham

About author

Benjamin Cunningham is a Prague based writer and journalist. He joined The Slovak Spectator as a senior editor in 2013, and is a frequent contributor to Politico, The Economist, The Los Angels Review of Books and a columnist for the daily Sme. Benjamin is also a professor of journalism at Anglo-American University in Prague.

List of authors articles

I have never seen a France like this

Unlike the populists Macron offers a positive vision of where politics and Europe can go.20. Apr 2018, at 18:55

Emmanuel Macron

Paul Ryan is quitting like a coward

On his way out the door, with his life’s work totally destroyed, Mr Ryan is still unwilling to speak out against Trump.13. Apr 2018, at 19:55

	
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., tells reporters he will not run for re-election.

Life of Brian, Slovak style

Slovakia’s political opposition has been losing for years due to the "narcissism of small differences".8. Apr 2018, at 21:40

L-R: SaS' Richard Sulík and OĽaNO' Igor Matovič

Technology is a poor substitute for morality

In the real world, there are limits on free speech. Online, anything goes.3. Apr 2018, at 10:13

Illustrative stock photo

Fico fell. These are good, not perfect, developments

Unlike Kaczyński’s case there are two other parties in the coalition with Smer who can still bring the government down at any time.17. Mar 2018, at 9:04

Like boxers, politicians like Fico always believe they can win one last fight

With his political career in danger, and no substantive punches left to throw, Fico is flailing about in an attempt convince people that all this alarm about the ‘Ndrangheta mafia infiltrating his own office is the…10. Mar 2018, at 13:45

Robert Fico

It is no news journalists in Central Europe face hostility

The consistency and accumulation of the incidents when politicians verbally attack journalists shows a clear trend in Central Europe, and slowly makes it acceptable to make ever more serious threats, or worse.3. Mar 2018, at 20:56

Milos Zeman

Being young is harder than it used to be

The failure of older generations to sympathise with youth means politics are primarily a contest of who can hand out more gifts to old people.23. Feb 2018, at 15:08

Young Slovaks have problems finding proper jobs.

Why do Czechs have a Slovak for prime minister?

When things get serious, Slovaks protest, organise and exercise power at the ballot box. Czechs go skiing.3. Feb 2018, at 8:55

L-R: President Zemand and PM Babiš form the fate of the Czech Republic but impact also that of Slovakia.

What is wrong with Davos?

What do you say we cancel next year’s WEF conference, save the money and redirect it somewhere else?27. Jan 2018, at 8:30

Member of Swiss special police forces stand on the roof of a hotel next to the Congress Centre during the opening day of the the WEF meeting in Davos.

What kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?

Among EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).19. Jan 2018, at 20:45

Donald Trump

Zeman is missing

Even if you are someone who liked Zeman for being Zeman, that is not the guy running for president in 2018.6. Jan 2018, at 16:05

Czech President Miloš Zeman (l) and his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska (r) in Bratislava in 2014.

2018: Trump will face impeachment before the year's end

Kaliňák keeps 1990s hair, Smer appoints his barber to the Constitutional Court. Here are some predictions about the coming year.31. Dec 2017, at 12:55

Interior Minister Róbert Kaliňák

Parties only protect their market share

Rent seeking behavior and a code of loyalty are not the ways to operate a successful democratic political party.17. Dec 2017, at 14:40

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

What kind of European are you?

If you live in Central and Eastern Europe, chances are high you belong to the "hesitant" tribe.2. Dec 2017, at 9:40

Hungarian and foreign students took to the streets of Budapest to support CEU.

My five-year-old daughter will almost certainly encounter a Weinstein too

It’s not that I thought sexually harassing women was okay, it’s more that I accepted that was just part of how things worked. Unfortunate, yes, but also standard.18. Nov 2017, at 12:10

Harvey Weinstein

Kotleba and Trump may lead us back to being better citizens

There is no mystery to defeating populism, extremism and stupidity. Democratic systems have built in solutions to people like Kotleba and Trump — elections.12. Nov 2017, at 18:15

In Zvolen, in Nitra, near Brezno, there are billboards in which Kotleba thanks voters for support.

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