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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

Fico for better fish fingers

It’s true that in the past four months, Mr Fico has been comparatively less busy than his Visegrad Group partners.24. Jul 2017, at 8:00

Austrian fish fingers angered PM Fico.

Is democracy losing support?

The sense of crisis is felt in established democracies, developing democracies and even authoritarian regimes feel like like they are becoming more authoritarian.19. Jun 2017, at 12:30

Why young people haven't changed the world

Today’s young people can make a lot of noise, but on their own they just don’t have big enough numbers to drive changes.12. Jun 2017, at 12:46

June 5 anti-corruption march

One more reason not to smoke

Smoking caused 7 million deaths last year. That means cigarettes kill people at a rate about twice as fast as the First World War.6. Jun 2017, at 12:32

Kotleba should be defeated in election, not banned

More constitutional can be less democratic, and it is not clear that it always has the intended result. Perhaps the clearest historical case came with the rise of the Nazis in Germany.29. May 2017, at 12:30

Marian Kotleba

Orbán is busy creating his own migration crisis

Pushing CEU out of Hungary would not only mean fewer smart people from abroad would pass through Budapest, but that bright Hungarian students who would otherwise study at home will now most likely seek higher…9. Apr 2017, at 21:15

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

Scrapping the Mečiar amnesties is similar to the Watergate scandal

Back in the 1970s, US President Richard Nixon, among other things, ordered a gang of thugs to break into the political opposition’s headquarters and then used the state security services to help cover it up.3. Apr 2017, at 9:21

Róbert Remiáš 1970-1996

Is Visegrad on its way out of Europe?

The V4 project has veered from its original purpose, never mind the positive, if idealized, concept of Central Europe.15. Mar 2017, at 14:00

Prime ministers of the Visegrad Group, from left, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, Polish PM Beata Szydlo and Slovak PM Robert Fico in Warsaw, Poland, on March 2, 2017.

Height of hypocrisy

It is not Coca-Cola’s fault that Central Europeans — as they often do in politics — passively accept cheap imitations.3. Mar 2017, at 21:53

Packaging can help persuade consumers to buy Slovak products.

Who is the real populist?

There are two essential elements to defining a populist. In other words, true populists meet both criteria.13. Feb 2017, at 13:55

Far-right leader and candidate for next spring presidential elections Marine le Pen from France (r), and Dutch populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders (l) stand together after their speeches during a meeting of European Nationalists in Koblenz, Germany, on January 21, 2017.

How to defeat populism?

The recipe for defeating the emotionally driven, but empty, populism now trending in Europe is the same as it has always been: Offer a better idea, actually believe it is better, and then take the time to explain to…30. Jan 2017, at 6:30

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

2017: Kaliňák loses his job but keeps his 1990-style haircut

It would be a shame to start the New Year with an entirely negative outlook, so here are some positive predictions.1. Jan 2017, at 16:01

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

How to find out what worries us?

To see what worries Americans the most, look at how they interpret images from Europe, and vice versa.27. Dec 2016, at 15:49

Fico is out of ideas

With Slovaks concerned about other, real things, Fico has set about inventing fake problems and enemies.19. Dec 2016, at 15:30

PM Robert Fico

Could Bratislava be a "24-hour city"?

There is good reason for the Slovak capital to think about nightlife as a legitimate contributor to the economic and cultural health of the city.16. Oct 2016, at 9:45

Bratislava by night.

No direction

The beginning of the end: Even Smer’s greatest strategic asset, unity, is splintered as MEPs openly criticise the party’s direction — or lack thereof.30. Sep 2016, at 9:00

PM Robert Fico

Bratislava EU summit copes with existential crisis

UK is a notable absence as 27 leaders gather to discuss reforms, how to handle Brexit.16. Sep 2016, at 14:36

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