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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

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

Strange sort of statemanship

Politicians from Central Europe led opposition to the quota policy, which was approved at the European Union level, and now like to point to its failure as proof of their own wisdom. In fact their refusal to…3. Sep 2016, at 17:00

Everybody’s problem

While Slovak politics do not match this larger model exactly, the current apolitical government certainly does and the recent collapse of Sieť is playing into the trend, while fuelling anger at politics generally.19. Aug 2016, at 6:30

Tasting the high life (Spectacular Slovakia - travel guide)Plus

Slovakia is often noted for its rustic charms, natural beauty, and unpretentious tourism options, but luxury travellers need not be discouraged. Upscale accommodation, dining, and relaxation options are increasingly…27. Jul 2016, at 6:30

Lomnický štít peak in the High Tatras

Crash course

Many young, ambitious and successful people opt not to stay in Slovakia and instead move to Western Europe and the United States, according to a new report released by the IMF.22. Jul 2016, at 6:50

Au revoir, little England

Many problems have been made worse by this Brexit vote. Far right extremism? More extreme. A divided Europe? More divided. Uncertainty about the economy? More uncertain. Lack of confidence in government? Even more…24. Jun 2016, at 13:40

Britain blames also Slovakia

If there is any correlation between immigration and employment in Britain, it’s that immigrants actually create jobs for natives.21. Jun 2016, at 6:51

Illustrative stock photo

Austrian answers

Voters have ceased to believe that who they voted for in past elections really mattered. People in Austria are united on this, and so are the voters in Slovakia that backed incoherent fringe parties in the March…27. May 2016, at 6:40

Alexander van der Bellen is the new Austrian president.

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