Benjamin Cunningham

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

What are we willing to give up our privacy for?

Google knows whether you are obeying social distancing guidelines, whether you visited a place where there is a coronavirus outbreak, who you were there with — when — and where you went afterwards.5. Apr 2020, at 17:46

Slovaks protect their personal data insufficiently.

As COVID-19 cases increase, so does displaced blame

Political leaders can only resort to the blame game a limited number of times.30. Mar 2020, at 10:26

Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro.

We are suited to thrive in difficult circumstances

Shared hardship is often, counterintuitively, good for mental health.20. Mar 2020, at 18:01

Could Biden harness enough anti-Trump energy?

Look no further than the latest Slovak elections for signs of weak support for liberals and centrists.8. Mar 2020, at 19:02

Joe Biden

Indecision ends up a decision of its own

If reasonable people are unwilling to make choices, the Mussolinis, Trumps, Le Pens or Kotlebas of the world sure seem willing to do it for us.25. Jan 2020, at 16:57

We live in one of the most fearful times

Fear is contagious.10. Jan 2020, at 14:46

We protect Slovakia. Smer's 2016 election campaign.

Predictions for 2020: Brexit still means Brexit and Smer wins elections

Who will be the prime minister and who the court jester?31. Dec 2019, at 6:58

Smer chair Robert Fico

This is not even the end of the beginning

Somehow Boris Johnson sold himself as the least tiresome.13. Dec 2019, at 14:55

The UK is like a flatmate who promised to move out, but just never leaves. In the meantime, they keep stealing beer from the refrigerator while complaining about how it tastes.

Winners almost always start the game with huge advantages

While theoretically open to the best possible candidates, the competition for elite jobs is actually rigged.8. Dec 2019, at 14:47

Illustrative stock photo

Grandparents are the most important audience of the climate strike

While older people are the least willing to change their habits, they are also most likely to vote.21. Sep 2019, at 6:16

What are we protecting Europe from?

The European Commission does not want to protect us from the sushi that Commissioners have for lunch. They mean migrants.13. Sep 2019, at 13:43

Bratislava's Janko Kráľ Park is the oldest park in central Europe.

What to ask politicians about drugs

Slovak politics has entered a sort of time machine as it debates the meaning of Michal Truban admitting he used drugs in the past19. Aug 2019, at 15:00

You can’t win if you don’t lose

Social media has fueled a desire to appear successful at all times.5. Aug 2019, at 7:09

60 percent of Slovaks were social media users in 2018.

What kind of people actually become politicians?

Politicians really are different from the rest of us — and not in a good way.29. Jul 2019, at 6:00

Boris Johnson

What about regional disparities in air quality?

The European market for dirty diesel will increasingly concentrate on Central and Eastern Europe.9. Jul 2019, at 18:11

The current share of biofuels in petrol and diesel is likely to grow.

General Ripper might be right

Trump provides another apex example of life imitating art.21. Jun 2019, at 13:48

Why politics resemble Game of Thrones

People don’t trust the media they consume, consume it anyway, are unwilling to pay for something better.14. Jun 2019, at 14:26

OSCE criticises lawsuits against Slovak media.

Is Dumbo popular because we are dumb?

We are increasingly willing to buy the same things over and over again.24. May 2019, at 16:58

True-to-reality bubbles flooded the cinema at presentation.

What do European elections and Eurovision have in common?

Votes in the song contest say a lot about how closely attached people feel to the rest of Europe.17. May 2019, at 15:55

Leonora of Denmark performs the song "Love Is Forever" during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, May 17, 2019.

Exactly zero voters cast ballots based with EC leadership in mind

Why will so few Europeans vote in European elections? Because of meetings like the recent one in Sibiu.10. May 2019, at 18:36

Leaders of some EU member states in Sibiu, Romania.