Spectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectatorhttps://spectator.sme.sk/rssSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.rss_contact_emailskRyanair will fly from Bratislava to Paris year roundDuring the summer season the Irish airline will operate 23 regular routes from BratislavaThu, 18 Jan 2018 13:42:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740593/ryanair-will-fly-from-bratislava-to-paris-year-round.htmlCrowdinvesting turned out to be a success in SlovakiaThe hotel group needed only half the time to raise the target sum of €2.5 million.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:35:29 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740602/crowdinvesting-turned-out-to-be-a-success-in-slovakia.htmlPropulsion systems are getting more variableAutomotive industry experts do not see a funeral bell tolling for diesel motor vehicles.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713590/propulsion-systems-are-getting-more-variable.htmlNew stretch of the Hungarian highway eases travel for SlovaksThe date of completion of the Bratislava-Košice highway is unknown.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:01:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740309/new-stretch-of-the-hungarian-highway-eases-travel-for-slovaks.htmlSlovakia is 26th on the Employment Flexibility IndexHigher work surcharges will push Slovakia down.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:51:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740328/slovakia-is-26th-on-the-employment-flexibility-index.htmlCrates and boxes. Slovaks discover new ways of grocery shoppingFarmer’s boxes are gaining customers in Slovakia as people slowly become more conscious about quality and the origin of the food they eat.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:07:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740404/crates-and-boxes-slovaks-discover-new-ways-of-grocery-shopping.htmlAdient could develop plane seats for BoeingVice-president of the Adient company, which produces car seats, suggests in an interview that the Trenčín-based branch could develop airplane seats.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:57:04 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739933/adient-could-develop-plane-seats-for-boeing.htmlHighway builders face possible fine for delay in Višňové tunnel constructionThe highway company warns companies involved in the construction of the Višňové D1 highway tunnel about a possible €2 million fine for delay.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:53:48 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739905/highway-builders-face-possible-fine-for-delay-in-visnove-tunnel-construction.html2018 will be critical for Slovakia’s automotive industry, sector representatives claimMain challenges for development of the automotive industry is lack of qualified labour and increasing wage costsTue, 16 Jan 2018 23:59:24 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739579/carmakers-in-slovakia-produced-more-than-one-million-cars-last-year.htmlGreeks take over legendary hand-cream IndulonaProduction of the hand-cream remains in Slovakia.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:49:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739594/greeks-take-over-legendary-hand-cream-indulona.htmlPrivate doctors: eHealth causes problems and robs doctors of time meant for patientsRepresentative of private doctors complained that the recently launched system of electronic health care does not work properly yet, and that it makes the work of GPs difficult.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:30:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739570/private-doctors-ehealth-causes-problems-and-robs-doctors-of-time-meant-for-patients.htmlThe Bratislava airport has competition in ViennaThe airport in Vienna, only about 60 kilometres from the Slovak capital, gains 17 new low-cost airliner flights.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:03:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739000/the-bratislava-airport-has-competition-in-vienna.htmlSurcharges for night, weekend and holiday work will go up in two phasesSocial partners agree upon a compromise solution.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:00:57 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738444/surcharges-for-night-weekend-and-holiday-work-will-go-up-in-two-phases.htmlGrowth of prices in Slovakia resumes after three yearsInflation is fuelled by growing food and service prices.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:52:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738504/growth-of-prices-in-slovakia-resumes-after-three-years.htmlEfficiency leads to savings and safetySlovakia is still seventh in the EU’s energy intensity ranking.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731117/efficiency-leads-to-savings-and-safety.htmlDecentralisation is coming to energyThe latest trends in the sector include smart systems, local source and renewable energy.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731112/decentralisation-is-coming-to-energy.htmlIFP: Slovakia’s convergence with EU economy slower than before crisisIt was significantly affected by a massive increase in Ireland’s real GDP.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:19:29 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735751/ifp-slovakias-convergence-with-eu-economy-slower-than-before-crisis.htmlRyanair changes its cabin bag policy as of Monday, January 15thThe low-cost airline operates dozens routes from Bratislava.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:58:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735865/ryanair-changes-its-cabin-bag-policy-as-of-monday-january-15.htmlSlovakia enjoyed one of its best years for attracting investments in 2017The government is changing investment stimuli policy to attract more R&D and new technologies.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:50:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735891/slovakia-enjoyed-one-of-its-best-years-for-attracting-investments-in-2017.htmlLess gambling in BratislavaThe number of gambling venues reduces due to the city’s ban on gambling as well as new legislationThu, 11 Jan 2018 15:53:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735585/less-gambling-in-bratislava.htmlTrain line between Bratislava and Rajka in Hungary a successThe line serves the large Slovak community living in RajkaThu, 11 Jan 2018 13:53:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735478/train-line-between-bratislava-and-rajka-in-hungary-a-success.htmlCar industry in Slovakia gets automatedRobots unburden people from heavy, unhealthy and boring workThu, 11 Jan 2018 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713570/car-industry-in-slovakia-gets-automated.htmlSamsung considers leaving (UPDATED)The company might relocate one of its plants unless hiring foreigners gets easier in Slovakia.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:55:47 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735124/samsung-may-scrap-production-in-slovakia-due-to-lack-of-employees.htmlWhere to charge e-cars in BratislavaThere are more than 30 public charging stations in the capital; at most of them drivers will re-charge their e-cars free of chargeWed, 10 Jan 2018 14:59:28 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734819/where-to-charge-e-cars-in-bratislava.htmlKošice airport served almost half a million passengers last yearThe airport in southeast Slovakia calls the year 2017 the most successful in connecting this part of the country with other regions and countries, also thanks to new lines.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:33:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734633/kosice-airport-served-almost-half-a-million-passengers-last-year.htmlSlovakia may tax Google and FacebookThe country wants to be among the most progressive countries in the question of taxing IT giants, according to the finance minister.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:18:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734333/slovakia-may-tax-google-and-facebook.htmlEmbraco employees on strike alertWorkers of the company based in Spišská Nová Ves announced they have been on strike alert since January 8.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:40:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734295/embraco-employees-on-strike-alert.htmlForeign trade grew at a surprising pace in November 2017Lower imports only stressed foreign trade surplus for last November, causing a surprising result, macro-economic analyst opines.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:18:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733954/foreign-trade-grew-at-a-surprising-pace-in-november-2017.htmlProfesia website marked a record number of job offers last yearThe website specialising in the labour market recorded almost 275,000 job offers, with the numbers rising in all regions of Slovakia.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:29:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733844/profesia-website-marked-a-record-number-of-job-offers-last-year.htmlLawyers: FAQ from Slovak clientsExperts from law firms in Slovakia answer the most frequent questions of their clients concerning business in Slovakia.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20446364/lawyers-faq-from-slovak-clients.htmlControversial tax instrument endsCancellation of tax licenses will cost state coffers €115 million this year.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:38:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733509/tax-licenses-cancelled.htmlInvestment in real estate is on the riseWhile Slovakia is witnessing a rise in liquidity and transparency, it is still lagging behind its CEE neighbours concerning total commercial investment volume.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20728146/investment-in-real-estate-is-on-the-rise.htmlFinance minister plans to start taxing bitcoinProviders of services via digital platforms are now obliged to pay taxes in Slovakia and Finance Minister Peter Kažimír also wants to tax cryptocurrencies.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:19:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733083/financial-minister-plans-to-start-taxing-bitcoin.htmlForeign workers in Slovakia seek the most economical accommodationMost prefer accommodation close to their place of work.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:18:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730589/foreign-workers-in-slovakia-seek-the-most-economical-accommodation.htmlBratislava airport offers new connections in 2018The M.R. Štefánik airport in Bratislava transported more than 1.9 million passengers last year but still has more to offer.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:49:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731227/bratislava-airport-offers-new-connections-in-2018.htmlSlovakia reported its second lowest budget deficitThe government debt was impacted as well.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:00:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730893/slovakia-reported-its-second-lowest-budget-deficit.htmlSupport of RES will changeLocal source may be a cure to connection moratorium.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729629/support-of-res-will-change.htmlCoal, water and nuclear energyMost electricity generated in Slovakia comes from nuclear energy.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729618/coal-water-and-nuclear-energy.htmlTextile company to cut jobs due to scrapped deductible leviesSmaller companies are concerned over the recent increase in minimum wage and the cancellation of deductible levies.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:24:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730603/textile-company-to-cut-jobs-due-to-scrapped-deductible-levies.htmlSoft Brexit is the best optionEconomic experts agree that since no analysis counts with hard Brexit, a no deal scenario would be a step into the unknown.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 19:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730541/soft-brexit-is-the-best-option.html