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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

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.

Robert Fico is not Saddam Hussein

It would take too long to list all the crazy distortions the international media presented about Central Europe and the Czech election campaign this week.21. Oct 2017, at 16:27

Babiš
Interview

Babiš: I am not a crook, read the story of Chirac or Berlusconi

Despite a mounting list of scandals Andrej Babiš, the billionaire ex-finance minister of Slovak origin, and his ANO party remain the frontrunners in the Czech Republic’s October 20-21 general election.19. Oct 2017, at 17:44

Andrej Babiš

Who will fill the void after Merkel is gone?

The story in Germany, as it is in most places including Slovakia, is that voters are increasingly shunning traditional mass political parties of all types.3. Oct 2017, at 8:10

Angela Merkel and Robert Fico.

Winter is coming. It's time to celebrate

It’s not just in Central Europe that people notice the sun going down earlier and the wind getting stronger.15. Sep 2017, at 20:14

Wine, illustrative stock photo.

Trump criticised Obama. Now he takes a 17-day vacation

You can tell a lot about a world leader based on how they spend their free time.8. Aug 2017, at 21:59

Trump waves as he walks down the steps of Air Force One with his grandchildren after arriving at Morristown Municipal Airport to begin his summer vacation at his Bedminster golf club in Morristown, N.J.

Luxembourg responded to Fico's and Orbán's lawsuit

Solving difficult problems in cooperation with your neighbors is what leaders are supposed to do. The leaders of Slovakia and Hungary were not even willing to try.29. Jul 2017, at 12:56

Viktor Orbán and Robert Fico enjoy good relations.

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

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