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_emailskThe prices of fruit fell the most in OctoberBut the prices of fuels continued increasing.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:59:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962555/the-prices-of-fruit-fell-the-most-in-october.htmlHow does Slovakia support innovations?Companies operating in Slovakia can benefit from state subsidies, EU resources and venture capital funds.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20961939/how-does-slovakia-support-innovations.htmlSummer economic growth came as a pleasant surpriseIt has been the fastest quarterly growth since 2015, observers say.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:30:17 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962250/summer-economic-growth-came-as-a-pleasant-surprise.htmlRobots can replace Slovaks at workIndustrial robots are likely to take over some jobs.Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:22:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20961704/robots-can-replace-slovaks-at-work.htmlFlying car impressed ChinaSlovak company AeroMobil signed a cooperation agreement with a luxury car brand at the Shanghai international exhibition.Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:16:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20961265/flying-car-impressed-china.htmlMost Slovaks are unaware of where their personal data end up in online spaceNearly 70 percent are afraid of having their personal financial data hacked but they do little to prevent it.Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:07:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20960646/most-slovaks-are-unaware-of-where-their-personal-data-end-up-in-online-space.htmlJ&T fined for mistakes made in the purchase of Slovakia's biggest bookstores chainThe participants in the proceedings broke the law on the protection of economic competition.Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:23:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20960166/jt-fined-for-bookshop-purchase.html"Pick your own" strawberries in NovemberThere are about three tonnes near Piešťany. They are hard but still sweet.Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:07:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20960119/pick-your-own-strawberries-in-november.htmlAutomotive and engineering production are at a similar levelOther sectors are not faring very well.Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:32:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20959803/automotive-and-engineering-production-are-at-a-similar-level.htmlTop lawyer: Zero-tolerance for corruption is an unrealistic aimPeter Štrpka shares his view on Slovakia’s business environment, including the lack of a qualified workforce, corruption, business laws, and security.Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:40:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20956894/peter-strpka-lawyer-interview-corruption-transparency-privacy-business-environment.htmlHow much do Slovaks spend on food?We spend the most on meat, statistics show.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:00:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20956116/how-much-do-slovaks-spend-on-food.htmlDerelict skeleton of unfinished shopping centre in Nitra will be completedThe resumed development will bring in shops, apartments and parking.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 04:54:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955744/derelict-skeleton-of-unfinished-shopping-centre-in-nitra-will-be-completed.htmlHow would a PET deposit scheme work in Slovakia?Plastic bottle producers and retailers will pay for the deposit return scheme. Not all the retailers will buy empty PET bottles, though.Wed, 07 Nov 2018 22:48:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955710/how-would-a-pet-deposit-scheme-work-in-slovakia.htmlVolkswagen has paid the most on taxes in SlovakiaThe company considers the award as an appreciation of their effort and success in its core business.Wed, 07 Nov 2018 22:35:24 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955699/volkswagen-has-paid-the-most-on-taxes-in-slovakia.htmlOutlet in Voderady has closed downThe One Fashion Outlet 1 company went bankrupt in summer.Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:06:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955242/outlet-in-voderady-has-closed-down.htmlSlovakia still lags in innovationThe state should make application of adopted strategies its priority, experts claim.Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20954010/slovakia-still-lags-in-innovation.htmlSlovak businesses are satisfied with the euroThe majority of respondents would adopt the euro again if Slovakia did not already have the EU’s currency.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 23:34:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20954738/slovak-businesses-are-satisfied-with-the-euro.htmlPassengers can purchase train tickets with mobile appIt will be followed by the launch of a new online system for purchasing train tickets in mid-November.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 23:24:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20954730/passengers-can-purchase-train-tickets-with-mobile-app.htmlSlovakia’s middle class is the richest in the worldThe number of Slovaks owning property is higher than anywhere else.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:53:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20954229/slovakias-middle-class-is-the-richest-in-the-world.htmlClients should no longer serve as delivery service for state officesNew rules to fight bureaucracy expected to save more than €13 million and 600,000 hours spent waiting in queues, though entrepreneurs say more still needs to be done.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:44:28 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20953722/clients-should-no-longer-serve-as-delivery-service-for-state-offices.htmlUse of payment cards at post offices to be extendedThe company also plans to launch a mobile app in 2019.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 06:09:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20953547/use-of-payment-cards-at-post-offices-to-be-extended.htmlMinimum wage to exceed €500The government is ready to continue in negotiations over the minimum wage increase in the future.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 03:41:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20953541/minimum-wage-to-exceed-500.htmlDoing business in Georgia is easier than in SlovakiaThe country dropped in the latest competitiveness report.Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:54:19 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20953152/doing-business-in-rwanda-is-easier-than-in-slovakia.htmlAlexander Matušek: The automotive industry will undergo revolutionary changesThe Slovak Spectator spoke with the new president of the Slovak Automotive Industry Association (ZAP) Alexander Matušek about the challenges the Slovak automotive industry faces and more.Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:40:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20952681/alexander-matusek-the-automotive-industry-will-undergo-revolutionary-changes.htmlAutomotive industry gets a boost but also faces challengesThe biggest challenges the automotive industry in Slovakia faces are the ability to remain competitive, the availability of a quality labour force and regulations.Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:40:36 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20952689/automotive-industry-gets-a-boost-but-also-faces-challenges.htmlSlovak glass scientist succeeded in EU schemesNo one invested a cent in scientific infrastructure between 1989 and when EU funds arrived, says Dušan Galusek.Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20951211/slovak-glass-scientist-succeeded-in-eu-schemes.htmlBratislava’s Aupark shopping centre plans to add a new blockNo details about future brands to be sold in the extension for now.Thu, 01 Nov 2018 09:38:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20950704/bratislavas-aupark-shopping-centre-plans-to-add-a-new-block.htmlWest has run Slovakia economically for over 100 yearsSlovakia is now catching up with the Czech Republic.Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:32:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20949378/west-has-run-slovakia-economically-for-over-100-years.htmlCoworking spaces spring up like mushrooms in SlovakiaEvery regional capital in Slovakia has a coworking space. Lately, they also started appearing in smaller towns.Wed, 31 Oct 2018 10:50:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20893389/coworking-spaces-spring-up-like-mushrooms-in-slovakia.htmlNew confederation wants to return to original meaning of trade unionsFive trade unions are launching a new umbrella organisation.Tue, 30 Oct 2018 07:35:24 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20949198/new-confederation-wants-to-return-to-original-meaning-of-trade-unions.htmlSlovakia will try to rent out Bratislava AirportTransport Minister Árpád Érsek has filed the draft project for inter-departmental review.Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:18:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20948886/slovakia-will-try-to-rent-bratislava-airport.htmlMachine Learning is not new, ESET has been using it for yearsArtificial intelligence or Machine Learning have been frequently used terms recently.Mon, 29 Oct 2018 06:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946257/machine-learning-is-not-new-eset-has-been-using-it-for-several-years-already.htmlAdventure and convenience in the TatrasThere are countless reasons visitors should spend their holidays in the smallest grand mountains of the word.Mon, 29 Oct 2018 06:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946276/adventure-and-convenience-in-the-tatras.htmlNew rules for employing immigrants to be adoptedThe Slovak labour market needs foreign workers, however, there are still problems to overcome.Sun, 28 Oct 2018 14:45:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946317/new-rules-for-employing-immigrants-to-be-adopted.htmlGreen buildings make up almost one quarter of new real estate in SlovakiaArchitects and developers are being steered towards designing and building ecological real estate.Fri, 26 Oct 2018 06:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20945762/green-buildings-make-up-almost-one-quarter-of-new-real-estate-in-slovakia.htmlThe carmaker Jaguar Land Rover ceremonially opens its €1.4 billion brand new facility in SlovakiaThe British-Indian carmaker Jaguar Land Rover ceremonially opens its €1.4 billion brand new facility in Slovakia.Thu, 25 Oct 2018 23:27:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946712/it-takes-six-hours-to-assemble-one-land-rover-discovery-in-nitra.htmlSlovak companies are worst at making payments on timeSlovakia took bottom place among the 17 European countries included in the latest European Payment Practices survey.Wed, 24 Oct 2018 23:27:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20945808/slovak-companies-are-worst-at-making-payments-on-time.htmlBe ready for closed shops this weekSome shops will open on Tuesday, Oct 30, while they will all be closed on Thursday, Nov 1.Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:59:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20945185/be-ready-for-closed-shops-next-week.htmlVouchers and lower VAT on accommodation to boost tourismHotels welcome the support, claiming that it has arrived at the very last minute.Tue, 23 Oct 2018 23:52:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20944706/vouchers-and-lower-vat-on-accommodation-to-boost-tourism.htmlLarge part of a file about one of Kočner's cases disappeared from courtAlmost 300 pages are missing in the case file of the hostile takeover of Technopol Servis by people around Marian Kočner. The justice minister has filed a criminal complaint.Tue, 23 Oct 2018 13:59:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20944375/large-part-of-a-file-about-one-of-kocners-cases-disappeared-from-court.html