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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

Why do they let nobodies lead key EU institutions?

Quite a lot of the conventional wisdom about the European Union is simply wrong, yet political leaders across the continent continue to reinforce the public’s worst impressions.9. Nov 2018, at 12:54

Manfred Weber of Germany wins the race to lead the European Union's center-right parties into key EU elections in May.

The sinking Trump ship could drag the rest of the world down with it

Once association with Donald Trump is proven to be a risk for reelection rather than an asset, it is the beginning of his end.5. Nov 2018, at 14:21

Donald Trump during the election campaign.

Canada did it, so should everybody else

The burden of proof must now shift to those who oppose legalisation of marijuana.19. Oct 2018, at 18:33

Why nationalists cannot have a policy for global warming

The dynamic that emerges looks almost exactly like a classic problem in game theory.12. Oct 2018, at 14:30

The Spitzenkandidat process is nonsensical and dishonest

Electing at least some MEPs on a cross-border basis, for example, would force candidates to articulate a vision for Europe, rather than count on preexisting party loyalties, to get elected.5. Oct 2018, at 19:59

Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič

Judges are more powerful than ever before

The current Supreme Court battle in the US is a display of politics corrupting judicial independence, but it also shows how democracies are changing.30. Sep 2018, at 9:02

News isn’t negative because journalists are cynical

The problem is caused by the demand side.23. Sep 2018, at 9:09

Daylight saving time? We need a second referendum

Are you with Winston Churchill, beer gardens, freedom and French fries? Or do you prefer Putin, commuting to work in an icy black abyss and tyranny?14. Sep 2018, at 20:32

Trump was, is and will continue to be a buffoon

How long will it go on and how can we limit the damage?7. Sep 2018, at 17:27

Donald Trump

Where does the freedom to raise a child how you want end?

We don’t allow five-year-olds to smoke cigarettes or juggle knives in their kindergarten. Yet, people are willing to engage in a conspiracy to avoid vaccinating their kids.26. Aug 2018, at 14:39

Sensible policies would have urged more infrastructure spending in the south

We can not pretend that EU policies addressing southern Europe’s various liquidity and budgetary crises did not contribute to the collapsing infrastructure in southern Europe.19. Aug 2018, at 20:18

The collapsed bridge in Genoa

If we do not resist evil, we go along with it

Gas chambers were preceded by eight or so years of seemingly reasonable people trying to rationalise irrational racism.11. Aug 2018, at 13:00

Donald Trump

Here is how I measure the speed of integration

Babiš proposes to end war, poverty and religious extremism with a snap of our fingers. Why hasn’t anybody else thought of this?20. Jul 2018, at 17:55

Andrej Babiš, Czech prime minister

Believe it or not Europe, Trump really does not have a plan

Did you ever wonder what it would be like for a man with no attention span, who has declared bankruptcy four times, to lead the world’s most powerful country?14. Jul 2018, at 7:30

London during the visit of Donald Trump.

Why should Slovaks support a stronger EU?

People like Robert Fico have convinced a fair amount of the population that a weak Brussels is good for a small country like Slovakia. It is not.6. Jul 2018, at 17:00

Slovak government lets other national capitals make decisions on its behalf

Fico's attempt to manufacture panic is even more ridiculous than it was the first time.1. Jul 2018, at 20:02

L-R: Slovak (Peter Pellegrini) and Hungarian (Viktor Orbán) PMs symbolically change the V4 presidency on June 21, 2018.

V4 politicians are not even willing to help fellow Europeans

To give equal weight to the concerns that a Slovak or Czech feels about migration with that of an Italian or Greek is like having equal sympathy for a hypochondriac and a cancer patient.24. Jun 2018, at 17:46

Prime ministers of V4 countries and their Austrian counterpart.

How to keep politics and sports separate

FIFA, may not be a government, but they and the events they put on are undeniably political and embody all the worst things about globalisation.15. Jun 2018, at 16:20

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Russian President Vladimir Putin (left to right) stand for the anthem prior to the match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opened the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia.

Liberals go on the offensive

A counterrevolution against illiberal populism is underway in parts of Europe.10. Jun 2018, at 20:08

Spain's new government ministers pose for the media after their first cabinet meeting on June 8, 2018.

Lack of political courage cost us money last week

Three years after the worst of the Greek crisis, Europe has done little to address the roots of eurozone problems.4. Jun 2018, at 9:44

Finance Minister Peter Kazimir