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_emailskMH Manažment has turned into a money-making factory, claims OĽaNOThe economy minister has already replaced its managementThu, 19 Oct 2017 23:57:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676629/mh-manazment-has-turned-into-a-money-making-factory-claims-olano.htmlGoogle cooperates with Slovak cyber security company to prevent cybercrimeEset protects Chrome users from unwanted softwareThu, 19 Oct 2017 23:52:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676633/google-cooperates-with-slovak-cyber-security-company-to-prevent-cybercrime.htmlFico wants state airline companyThe Slovak National Party came up with the idea last yearThu, 19 Oct 2017 23:50:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676649/fico-wants-state-airline-company.htmlRed tape worsens Slovakia’s competitivenessEntrepreneurs complain that needless bureaucracy discourages them from further investments and growth.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:59:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676211/red-tape-worsens-slovakias-competitiveness.htmlMPs block speculative purchases of farmlandThe amendment should secure greater protection from speculators for farm and forest land .Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:36:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675766/mps-block-speculative-purchases-of-farmland.htmlEurope will continue fighting dual quality productsThe recent Bratislava summit raised some suggestions on solving the problem, but it will be a long process.Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673607/summit-all-consumers-in-the-eu-must-be-treated-equally.htmlSlovaks currently save too littleThe country is below the European average in savings but this could change for the better in the future.Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:56:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674905/analysts-slovaks-currently-save-too-little.htmlBratislava will have regular flights to BolognaThe airport prepares several changes for its winter schedule.Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:48:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674602/bratislava-will-have-regular-flights-to-bologna.htmlTrade union warns about the retirement age rising above 68 yearsThe current old-age pension scheme does not cap retirement age in SlovakiaMon, 16 Oct 2017 23:54:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673583/trade-union-warns-about-the-retirement-age-rising-above-68-years.htmlSlovak firms are again among the fastest-growing technology companiesCompanies Inloop, Riešenia, Eset and Aliter Technologies made it to this year’s Deloitte list of the fastest growing companies in central EuropeMon, 16 Oct 2017 23:45:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673633/slovak-firms-are-again-among-the-fastest-growing-technology-companies.htmlŠefčovič: Slovakia’s economy has grown 60 percent since joining the EUSlovak consumers are growing economically stronger and will be an important stabilisation factor in the futureMon, 16 Oct 2017 23:33:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673689/sefcovic-slovakias-economy-has-grown-60-percent-since-joining-the-eu.htmlBratislava hosts summit on dual quality of foodSlovak prime minster expects two outcomes from the summitThu, 12 Oct 2017 21:53:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671185/bratislava-hosts-summit-on-dual-quality-of-food.htmlHeads roll over extremely high reward for legal services in GabčíkovoPM Fico called the reward disgustingThu, 12 Oct 2017 21:42:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671216/heads-roll-over-extremely-high-reward-for-legal-services-in-gabcikovo.htmlBudgetary deficit decreasing, but too slowlyThe government sent the draft general government budget with a balanced budget for 2020 to parliamentThu, 12 Oct 2017 17:17:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671103/budgetary-deficit-decreasing-but-too-slowly.htmlMeasures from social package are not specified yetThe package should bring about the 13th and 14th salary, an increase in bonuses for night and weekend work and moreThu, 12 Oct 2017 16:48:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671075/measures-from-social-package-are-not-specified-yet.htmlLogistics real estate developer building a new facility next to JLR in NitraSeveral companies have already shown interest in renting the space.Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:04:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669836/logistics-real-estate-developer-building-a-new-facility-next-to-jlr-in-nitra.htmlSlovakia sold its longest bond on international marketsThe demand was three times higher than the actual amount.Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:59:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670837/slovakia-sold-its-longest-bond-on-international-markets.htmlMinimum wage in Slovakia to rise from JanuaryThe minimum wage in Slovakia will be hiked to €480, from the beginning of next year.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:42:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670321/minimum-wage-in-slovakia-to-rise-from-january.htmlPresident challenges the new energy regulation lawHe criticises the extension of more powers to the ruling government.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:13:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670329/president-challenges-the-new-energy-regulation-law.htmlExtremely high reward for legal services in Gabčíkovo dispute reducedIn the much disputed case concerning the reward to be paid by the state to the law firm for its services in the dispute over the Gabčíkovo Hydro-power Plant, the final sum will be reduced to only 2.5 percent.Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:22:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669478/bzans-reward-reduced-to-2-5-percent-minister-expected-figure-to-be-even-less.htmlFines for companies issuing meal vouchers confirmedThe firms will have to pay thousands of euros for signing two cartel agreements.Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:55:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669445/fines-for-companies-issuing-meal-vouchers-confirmed.htmlBureaucracy crushes small and medium companiesSmall businessmen spend about one month per year on red tape. This costs them €1,651.Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:14:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669166/bureaucracy-crushes-small-and-medium-companies.htmlSlovakia saw surprising trade balance deficit in AugustSlovakia’s foreign trade deficit in August was due to strong imports and the summer shutdowns of factories, according to analysts.Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:21:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669068/slovakia-saw-surprising-trade-balance-deficit-in-august.htmlFood prices in Slovakia are among the lowest in the EU and the highest in the V4Slovaks do not perceive local food as cheapTue, 10 Oct 2017 06:45:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668187/food-prices-in-slovakia-are-among-the-lowest-in-the-eu-and-the-highest-in-the-v4.htmlThe number of Slovaks working abroad is decreasingSlovaks returning from abroad are taking one quarter of the new jobs created by Slovakia’s economyTue, 10 Oct 2017 06:38:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668215/the-number-of-slovaks-working-abroad-is-decreasing.htmlCompanies vie for workersGerman firms in Slovakia use various ways to fill vacant positions.Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20661059/companies-vie-for-workers.htmlSlovaks look at what they eatSeveral farmers in Slovakia produce BIO quality food, but there is space for improvementFri, 06 Oct 2017 14:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665866/slovaks-look-at-what-they-eat.htmlBratislava bus station operates from new siteIt is just a few steps from the old one.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:19:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665649/bratislava-bus-station-operates-from-new-site.htmlCar show in Nitra offers 35 noveltiesThe rich programme includes a collection of Fiat 500 cars as well as vintage and tuned carsThu, 05 Oct 2017 22:58:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665840/car-show-in-nitra-offers-35-novelties.htmlJaguar Land Rover closer to production launch in late 2018The fourth carmaker in Slovakia has started a massive labour campaign; new workers do not need automotive experiencesThu, 05 Oct 2017 16:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20662906/jaguar-land-rover-launches-recruitment-in-slovakia.htmlÉrsek is against Brussels’ proposal to charge passenger cars based on kilometres drivenPrice of highway stickers remains unchanged.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:26:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665507/ersek-is-against-brussels-proposal-to-charge-passenger-cars-based-on-kilometres-driven.htmlNumber of companies not paying income tax increasesAnalysis shows that the number of companies not paying corporate income tax has increased. There are various reasons for this.Wed, 04 Oct 2017 22:35:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20664973/number-of-companies-not-paying-income-tax-increases.htmlSlovaks keep eating lower-quality foodTests have confirmed again the different quality of products, but several initiatives have emerged to fight the phenomenon.Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20663684/new-tests-confirm-double-quality-of-food-in-slovakia-and-abroad.htmlMinister Kažimír presents a new budgetAccording to the draft budget, the Slovak government is planning a deficit of 0.83 percent.Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:38:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20664621/minister-kazimir-presents-a-new-budget.htmlOutpatient units’ doctors agreed with health insurer on cooperationThe situation that threatened the clients of the Dôvera health insurer with paying cash for treatment at some outpatient units’ doctors has been solved since the doctors and the insurer agreed on conditions of cooperation.Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:29:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20664616/outpatient-units-doctors-agreed-with-health-insurer-on-cooperation.htmlSlovak jobseekers have better English than Czechs and HungariansA study by a job-procuring website found that Slovaks beat their neighbours in knowledge of English.Tue, 03 Oct 2017 23:22:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20664199/slovak-jobseekers-have-better-english-than-czechs-and-hungarians.htmlA Slovak plane carries passengers of a bankrupt British airlineAn airplane of a Slovak company is among more than 30 planes of various airlines which helped to transport clients of the bust air company Monarch Airlines.Tue, 03 Oct 2017 23:15:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20664180/a-slovak-plane-flies-passengers-of-a-bankrupt-british-airline.htmlSugar will become cheaper since quotas have been scrappedAfter 50 years, quotas limiting the volume of sugar produced have been scrapped; this will cause the commodity to become cheaper but some sugar plants may go bankrupt.Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:52:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20663689/sugar-will-become-cheaper-since-quotas-have-been-scrapped.htmlSkyline of Bohunice nuclear power plant will changeDemolition of four cooling towers of defunct V1 nuclear power plant has startedMon, 02 Oct 2017 22:15:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20662713/skyline-of-bohunice-nuclear-power-plant-will-change.htmlCompanies bear an aggregate regulatory burden of €12 billion annuallyEmployers complain about rising regulatory and administrative burdenMon, 02 Oct 2017 21:37:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20663048/companies-bear-an-aggregate-regulatory-burden-of-12-billion-annually.html