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_emailskAnalyst sees an end in unemployment rate declineThe decline was slowest in five years in May, with analyst suggesting that cyclical recovery is coming to an end.Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:14:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853854/unemployment-in-slovakia-declines-in-may-yet-at-a-slower-rate.htmlSlovak farm prioritises comfort of cowsA state-of-the-art milk farm, one of the biggest in central Europe, ceremonially opened in Bzovík.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:16:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852791/slovak-farm-prioritises-comfort-of-cows.htmlUncovering Artificial Intelligence in Slovakia!Artificial Intelligence is already delivering a real value for businesses.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852292/uncovering-artificial-intelligence-in-slovakia.htmlFarmers on tractors head to Bratislava for better justice and transparencyTraffic flow in Bratislava may collapse completely.Mon, 18 Jun 2018 20:20:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852587/farmers-on-tractors-head-to-bratislava-for-better-justice-and-transparency.htmlRyanair to fly from Košice to LondonThe low-cost air carrier will fly from Košice to London Southend starting next April – in time for the ice-hockey World Championship.Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:58:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852189/ryanair-to-fly-from-kosice-to-london.htmlJapanese company to start production near KošiceThe New Japanese investor will allegedly open up more than 1,000 jobs.Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:48:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852164/japanese-company-to-start-production-near-kosice.htmlIs there room for a new shopping mall in Bratislava?The Bratislava region already has almost four times more retail space than the European average.Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20848343/is-there-room-for-a-new-shopping-mall-in-bratislava.htmlWhat are the reasons behind low wages in Slovakia?The average wage costs per Slovak employee accounts for only 44 percent of the EU average.Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:29:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20850343/what-are-the-reasons-behind-low-wages-in-slovakia.htmlAnalysts: Inflation slows down due to cheaper air ticketsThe development in consumer prices surprised analysts.Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:14:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20850259/analysts-inflation-slows-down-due-to-cheaper-air-tickets.htmlMatečná: Slovak farmers are disappointed with CAP funds for 2021-27Earlier promises have not materialised.Thu, 14 Jun 2018 23:56:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20850247/matecna-slovak-farmers-are-disappointed-with-cap-funds-for-2021-27.htmlSlovak government will provide special treatment for Volkswagen SlovakiaIt will help with recruiting new employees, including from abroad.Thu, 14 Jun 2018 23:51:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20850226/slovak-government-will-provide-special-treatment-for-volkswagen-slovakia.htmlEmployees at PSA Peugeot will not strikeTrade unions failed to collect enough signatures, agreeing on a salary increase with the carmaker’s management.Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:04:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849765/employees-at-psa-peugeot-will-not-strike.htmlSurvey: Employee turnover exceeds the healthy rate in SlovakiaSlovak companies suffer from a fluctuation of employees apart from a lack of labour.Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:55:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849456/survey-employee-turnover-exceeds-the-healthy-rate-in-slovakia.htmlDistrainment amnesty stays in plansThe number of new distrainment proceedings keeps falling.Thu, 14 Jun 2018 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836232/distrainment-amnesty-stays-in-plans.htmlCompanies mostly sought informatics graduates in 2017The job website found that almost eight employers looked at the resume of ITT graduate last year, with art graduates being the least in demand.Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:23:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20848889/companies-mostly-sought-informatics-graduates-in-2017.htmlSlovakia is facing multiple attacks by hackersSlovakia – including the central website of public administration – experiences massive DDoS attacks.Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:14:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20848835/nases-slovakia-facing-multiple-attacks-by-hackers.htmlWhat will refinery Slovnaft produce next?The company's production portfolio will now include non-fuel products.Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:55:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20847624/what-will-refinery-slovnaft-produce-next.htmlJaguar Land Rover will move all production of Discovery to SlovakiaThe plant in Nitra is expected to launch production in late 2018.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:45:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20847450/jaguar-land-rover-will-move-production-of-discovery-to-slovakia.htmlFAQ: Paper tax return for self-employed no longer accepted starting JulyThe self-employed need to prepare for the new, obligatory electronic communication with tax officials.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:48:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20847452/faq-paper-tax-return-for-self-employed-no-longer-accepted-starting-july.htmlShell companies underlie monitoring for over a yearTwo registers of beneficial owners create unnecessary administrative burden in Slovakia, lawyers think.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836261/shell-companies-underlie-monitoring-for-over-a-year.htmlModesta Real Estate represented Prologis Pilsen Park II acquisitionPrologis Park Pilsen II offers a prime logistics location.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 04:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844349/modesta-real-estate-represented-prologis-pilsen-park-ii-acquisition.htmlInsurers and the Finance Ministry are haggling over insurance taxWhile insurance companies claim that the new tax will increase insurance prices, the Finance Ministry does not see any reason for it.Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:22:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20845055/insurers-and-the-finance-ministry-are-haggling-over-insurance-tax.htmlGambling is again legal in BratislavaThe court reversed the ban on gambling in the Slovak capital.Thu, 07 Jun 2018 23:37:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20845043/gambling-is-again-legal-in-bratislava.htmlSlovaks and Czechs believe Polish food is of inferior qualityThe survey also shows that the country of origin is an important consideration for the purchase of food for Slovaks as well as Czechs.Thu, 07 Jun 2018 23:19:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20845044/slovaks-and-czechs-believe-polish-food-is-of-inferior-quality.htmlCity Arena shopping centre in Trnava changes handsTycoon Poór sells the shopping centre adjacent to the football stadium to developer KorbačkaThu, 07 Jun 2018 20:22:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844502/city-arena-shopping-centre-in-trnava-changes-hands.htmlHow to talk money at a job interview in SlovakiaBlue collar employees may be in a better position than white collar workers when it comes to salaries.Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:35:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844583/how-to-talk-money-at-a-job-interview-in-slovakia.htmlSlovakia issues its first 50-year bondThe country’s first bond of this type was introduced on June 5, during this year’s first entry of Slovakia to the European capital markets.Wed, 06 Jun 2018 21:31:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844066/slovakia-issues-its-first-50-year-bond.htmlChinese capital forges a bumpy road into Europe through the Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic was chosen as a springboard for Chinese investment in Europe with politicians easing the way.Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:25:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20843957/chinese-capital-forges-a-bumpy-road-into-europe-through-the-czech-republic.htmlCoalition proposes free meals for schoolchildren, more spa stays and boosting tourismThe ruling coalition presented its social package proposal to the public, to cost between €500 million and €600 million.Wed, 06 Jun 2018 14:02:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20843669/smer-sns-propose-free-meals-for-schoolchildren-more-spa-stays-and-boosting-tourism.htmlNew joint agriculture policy proposal disappointed SlovakiaSlovak Agriculture Ministry reacted to EC presenting legislation concerning joint policy for 2021-2027 by saying it mainly lacks the fast convergence of direct payments and the announced simplification of the system.Wed, 06 Jun 2018 13:59:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20843653/ministry-joint-agriculture-policy-after-2020-is-a-disappointment-for-slovakia.htmlMochovce nuclear power plant might be delayed againBut Slovenské Elektrárne promises to minimise risks that would delay current plans.Tue, 05 Jun 2018 21:55:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20843255/mochovce-nuclear-power-plant-might-be-delayed-again.htmlDozens of new trains will operate in Bratislava, Žilina and the High TatrasThe state railway company ZSSK argues that adding these new connections, starting June 10, could lessen some of the traffic in the capital.Tue, 05 Jun 2018 21:11:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20843144/dozens-of-new-trains-will-operate-in-bratislava-zilina-and-the-high-tatras.htmlThe hungry valleys get investorA German automotive supplier wants to invest €33 million in Veľký Krtíš.Tue, 05 Jun 2018 01:04:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20842009/the-hungry-valleys-get-investor.htmlAnalysts: US tariffs not a threat to Europe’s economy for nowA possible hike in tariffs on cars may hurt Slovakia.Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:49:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20842088/analysts-us-tariffs-not-to-threaten-europes-economy-for-now.htmlSlovak scientists invent a new plastic made from oilThe new bio-plastic will decompose in compost and can be used for cutlery, containers and cling-films.Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:46:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20841593/slovak-scientists-invent-a-new-plastic-made-from-oil.htmlNew Apollo to replace flawed Apollo Business CentreCompletion of the new centre is estimated for 2021 at the earliest.Sat, 02 Jun 2018 00:40:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20838614/new-apollo-to-replace-flawed-apollo-business-centre.htmlWhy is Slovakia losing competitiveness?The almost absolute dependence of Slovakia on the automotive industry remains its Achilles’ heel.Thu, 31 May 2018 15:08:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20839187/why-is-slovakia-losing-competitiveness.htmlSlovaks’ debts increase the most in the EUCentral bank report finds that the debts of Slovaks increase the most in the European Union, planning measures to tackle the situation.Thu, 31 May 2018 13:31:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20838979/slovaks-debts-increase-the-most-in-the-eu.htmlTourism will get a boostRecreational vouchers and lower VAT on accommodation are closer to realityThu, 31 May 2018 13:20:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20838666/tourism-will-get-a-boost.htmlOECD: Slovak economy will grow by 4 percent this yearThis fast pace growth is expected to continue next year as well.Wed, 30 May 2018 23:20:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20838622/oecd-slovak-economy-will-grow-by-four-percent-this-year.html