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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

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

Pro-EU voters vote for anti-EU governments

This phenomenon is no longer limited to Central Europe.25. May 2018, at 17:30

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

We are in for a hot summer

Europe has done very little to prepare for a reprise of mass refugee flows.18. May 2018, at 16:35

Refugee camp Traiskirchen

Consequences of a politically compromised RTVS are worse than you think

Amid falling poll numbers and regular street demonstrations there is little doubt parties like Smer and SNS hope to use this channel to implement the most classic of political campaign tactics.12. May 2018, at 14:20

RTVS, the Slovak Radio

Who will come to power if the corruption issues dominate

People who perceive corruption to be high are more willing to take risks at the ballot box.30. Apr 2018, at 11:45

Illustrative stock photo

I have never seen a France like this

Unlike the populists Macron offers a positive vision of where politics and Europe can go.20. Apr 2018, at 18:55

Emmanuel Macron

Paul Ryan is quitting like a coward

On his way out the door, with his life’s work totally destroyed, Mr Ryan is still unwilling to speak out against Trump.13. Apr 2018, at 19:55

	
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., tells reporters he will not run for re-election.

Life of Brian, Slovak style

Slovakia’s political opposition has been losing for years due to the "narcissism of small differences".8. Apr 2018, at 21:40

L-R: SaS' Richard Sulík and OĽaNO' Igor Matovič

Technology is a poor substitute for morality

In the real world, there are limits on free speech. Online, anything goes.3. Apr 2018, at 10:13

Illustrative stock photo

Fico fell. These are good, not perfect, developments

Unlike Kaczyński’s case there are two other parties in the coalition with Smer who can still bring the government down at any time.17. Mar 2018, at 9:04

Like boxers, politicians like Fico always believe they can win one last fight

With his political career in danger, and no substantive punches left to throw, Fico is flailing about in an attempt convince people that all this alarm about the ‘Ndrangheta mafia infiltrating his own office is the…10. Mar 2018, at 13:45

Robert Fico

It is no news journalists in Central Europe face hostility

The consistency and accumulation of the incidents when politicians verbally attack journalists shows a clear trend in Central Europe, and slowly makes it acceptable to make ever more serious threats, or worse.3. Mar 2018, at 20:56

Milos Zeman

Being young is harder than it used to be

The failure of older generations to sympathise with youth means politics are primarily a contest of who can hand out more gifts to old people.23. Feb 2018, at 15:08

Young Slovaks have problems finding proper jobs.

Why do Czechs have a Slovak for prime minister?

When things get serious, Slovaks protest, organise and exercise power at the ballot box. Czechs go skiing.3. Feb 2018, at 8:55

L-R: President Zemand and PM Babiš form the fate of the Czech Republic but impact also that of Slovakia.