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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.

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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

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

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.

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