Benjamin Cunningham

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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Is Dumbo popular because we are dumb?

We are increasingly willing to buy the same things over and over again.24. May 2019, at 16:58

True-to-reality bubbles flooded the cinema at presentation.

What do European elections and Eurovision have in common?

Votes in the song contest say a lot about how closely attached people feel to the rest of Europe.17. May 2019, at 15:55

Leonora of Denmark performs the song "Love Is Forever" during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, May 17, 2019.

Exactly zero voters cast ballots based with EC leadership in mind

Why will so few Europeans vote in European elections? Because of meetings like the recent one in Sibiu.10. May 2019, at 18:36

Leaders of some EU member states in Sibiu, Romania.

The house is on fire

Technology has been hijacked and we tend to conflate technology with the things we are letting technology companies do.4. May 2019, at 13:50

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Parties like Kotleba's ĽSNS are winning elections now

An authoritarian drift has occurred almost entirely without overtly authoritarian parties in government.26. Apr 2019, at 19:55

Predseda Voxu Santiago Abascal

Don’t worry, be happy

How happiness influences politics.29. Mar 2019, at 17:09

China is shopping in southern Europe

News this week should trigger serious concern that the EU is on the verge of full disintegration. But not the news you think.24. Mar 2019, at 13:15

The European Central Bank acted mid-week, surprising some analysts.

Central Europe has a branding problem

Čaputová winning would be a great story, but the odds are it will hardly register internationally.8. Mar 2019, at 19:50

One of the debates of this presidential campaign took place on the train. Maros Sefcovic speaking on the microphone, next to him sits zuzana Caputova.

Grandparents have a bigger problem than millenials

Older people are increasingly likely to use social media daily. They are also less likely to know where their news is coming from.26. Feb 2019, at 19:54

Insurance companies in Slovakia are now focusing on elderly residents

Brexit has bolstered public support for the EU

Ireland, the smaller country, now negotiates from a position of strength — because of EU membership.1. Feb 2019, at 17:13

In a time when so much about the EU feels troubled, British backwardness is prompting reminders of what works.

Theresa May at least has the courage to try

May keeps her job because nobody else is capable, or willing, to take on the impossible task of Brexit.18. Jan 2019, at 16:04

Theresa May

Protest is worthwhile, but only as an initial tactic

“Get rid of Fico” must become “Replace Fico with X”.11. Jan 2019, at 18:00

2019: Kaliňák gets a haircut and runs for president

Apple buys Tesla and Corbyn wins the election in the UK. Some predictions for 2019.30. Dec 2018, at 19:20

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

The UK must hold a general election or another Brexit referendum

There is no other way out of these absurd Brexit negotiations.15. Dec 2018, at 8:23

Flags displayed on a tourist stall, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower containing the bell know as Big Ben, in London.

The world cannot afford cheap petrol

The fuel tax was the first thing that Macron sacrificed in an attempt to calm protests.8. Dec 2018, at 9:13

Car industry presents a clear warning of an economic downturn

It sure seems like there is plenty for the G20 to talk about.2. Dec 2018, at 19:25

Production of cars in Volkswagen Slovakia.

What does Lajčák really believe in?

The time to speak up was in 2015 and 2016. Lajčák didn’t, because it wasn’t career-friendly.23. Nov 2018, at 16:07

Government of PM Robert Fico (left) endorses Lajčák as its official candidate.

Europe might not be just an innocent victim

While real estate bubbles in the US, Greece and Spain were partial causes of global crisis, irresponsible lending was also rife in places you hear little about.19. Nov 2018, at 11:05

Why do they let nobodies lead key EU institutions?

Quite a lot of the conventional wisdom about the European Union is simply wrong, yet political leaders across the continent continue to reinforce the public’s worst impressions.9. Nov 2018, at 12:54

Manfred Weber of Germany wins the race to lead the European Union's center-right parties into key EU elections in May.

The sinking Trump ship could drag the rest of the world down with it

Once association with Donald Trump is proven to be a risk for reelection rather than an asset, it is the beginning of his end.5. Nov 2018, at 14:21

Donald Trump during the election campaign.