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_emailskHow long did Slovaks work to buy a fridge 25 years ago?Since the launch of the independent Slovak Republic earnings have multiplied, but so have prices.Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:00:26 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766932/how-long-did-slovaks-work-to-buy-a-fridge-25-years-ago.htmlSlovak food producers exhibit in Dubai for the first timeAgriculture Minister Matečná discussed investments with Sheikh Mansour as well as horse breeding, equitation and falconry.Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:03:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766926/slovak-food-producers-exhibit-in-dubai-for-the-first-time.htmlThe country’s biggest logistics real estate company expands to central SlovakiaPrompted by interest of potential tenants, Prologis has acquired land in Žiar nad HronomThu, 22 Feb 2018 21:47:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766888/the-countys-biggest-logistics-real-estate-company-expands-to-central-slovakia.htmlSlovakia’s story of economic successThe country marks 25th anniversary of its existence as an independent stateThu, 22 Feb 2018 21:42:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766934/slovakias-story-of-economic-success.htmlGovernment greenlights bill to cut red tapeThe bill is first measure to be adopted under the "once is enough" principleThu, 22 Feb 2018 14:09:44 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766386/government-greenlights-bill-to-cut-red-tape.htmlWho are Slovakia’s biggest taxpayers?Only four Slovak companies among top 10.Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20763539/who-are-slovakias-biggest-taxpayers.htmlPrivate Leo Express might launch trains to PragueAfter the state railways and Czech RegioJet, a third operator may have trains running on the Prague-Bratislava track.Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:39:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765815/private-czech-company-may-become-third-railway-operator.htmlSlovaks prefer cars to buses more than everSlovaks prefer comfort to ecology, current trends in transport suggest, according to statistics.Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:26:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765740/slovaks-prefer-cars-to-buses-more-than-ever.htmlUnemployment rate hits new lowThe unemployment rate in Slovakia has been declining since summer 2016 while the number of economically active people has grown.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:48:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765407/unemployment-rate-continues-to-decline.htmlSlovakia’s construction sector drops the most in the EUHowever, in the following months, construction in Slovakia should benefit from new projects like the Bratislava ring road project.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:18:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765381/slovakias-construction-sector-drops-the-most-in-the-eu.htmlSlovak railway company opens tender for purchasing railsIt plans to spend some €18 million excluding VAT.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:05:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765076/slovak-railway-company-opens-tender-for-purchasing-rails.htmlSlovakia lags in fighting fraudstersThe rules became stricter particularly after the financial crisis, but there is room for fighting tax evasion.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20763529/fight-against-tax-evasion-still-lags.htmlSlovak part of Druzhba pipeline used at less than 50 percent last yearDespite this, Transpetrol still transported more crude oil last year.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:17:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764680/the-slovak-part-of-the-druzhba-pipeline-was-used-at-less-than-50-percent-last-year.htmlTax evasion still causes problemsThe state adopts several measures to curb room for tax evasion, but the effect of some is questioned.Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20763511/tax-evasion-still-causes-problems.htmlTHE HORIZONT RESORT **** - FUN AND WELLNESS AS FAR AS YOUR EYES CAN SEEIn the nice environment of the Tatra mountains, you find an exceptional hotel made of natural materials in which there is also a luxury restaurant with a lounge, a lobby bar, a a private room for games...Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20762352/the-horizont-resort-fun-and-wellness-as-far-as-your-eyes-can-see.htmlHotel Devin Spa centre - relaxation in the intimate atmosphere of old BratislavaHotel Devín's Spa Centre is the perfect place to unwind and get active. When city crowds become overwhelming, guests can find peace and serenity in our indoor heated pool with a counter-flow or let off stem in our Finnish (dry) sauna and steam bath.Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760115/hotel-devin-spa-centre-relaxation-in-the-intimate-atmosphere-of-old-bratislava.htmlPrices in January grew faster than over the last five yearsPrices of foodstuffs and beverages rose in annual terms by 6.8 percent in January.Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:58:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761997/prices-in-january-grew-faster-than-over-the-last-five-years.htmlEntrepreneurs complain about major deterioration of business environmentThe business environment suffers most from a lack of workforce but businesses hail legislation preventing unfair mergers.Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:52:35 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761999/entrepreneurs-complain-about-major-deterioration-of-business-environment.htmlState will collect more on taxesThe Finance Ministry’s analytical body improved its forecast due to current tax and levy revenues as well as a new macroeconomic prognosis.Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:44:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761415/state-will-collect-more-on-taxes.htmlCoalition partners are working on second social package for this yearFico refused to speculate on what measures would make it to the social packageThu, 15 Feb 2018 12:35:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761189/coalition-partners-are-working-on-second-social-package-for-this-year.htmlSlovakia has the highest labour price among 11 CEE countriesThe comparison of 11 countries (of which nine are EU members) in three salary categories shows Slovakia has some of the highest labour costs.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:18:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761134/slovakia-has-the-highest-labour-price-among-11-cee-countries.htmlLove is still “in”, mostly on Valentine’s DaySlovaks prefer fun, experiences and events as gifts for Valentine’s Day.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:08:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760708/analysis-live-it-and-give-it-love-is-still-in-mostly-on-valentines-day.htmlSlovak economy slightly accelerated by end of 2017The flash estimate of the GDP by the Slovak Statistics Office shows it increased mildly compared y-o-y, as well as against the previous quarter. Economic growth was slightly higher than foreseen by commercial bank analysts.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:47:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760755/slovak-economy-slightly-accelerated-by-end-of-2017.htmlWorkers will earn more for night shifts, weekends and holidaysThe Labour Code revision also introduces 13th and the 14th wages.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:55:35 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760659/workers-will-earn-more-for-night-shifts-weekends-and-holidays.htmlVolkswagen Slovakia reduces productionTemporary step due to preparation for two new VW models.Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:59:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20759903/volkswagen-slovakia-reduces-production.htmlRegioJet launches daily Bratislava-Budapest Airport bus connectionThe private bus and train operator reacts to interest of passengers.Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:44:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20759802/regiojet-launches-daily-bratislava-budapest-airport-bus-connection.htmlAnti-monopoly authority fines Bratislava airport for VIP feesThe airport accepts the fine and will pay it in due time.Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:50:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20759474/anti-monopoly-authority-fines-bratislava-airport-for-vip-fees.htmlMochovce nuclear power station closer to completionSlovenské Elektrárne has connected the third block to the grid.Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:13:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20759510/mochovce-nuclear-power-station-closer-to-completion.htmlBratislava-Moscow flights to become more frequent in spring 2018The Bratislava-based airport will offer more flights to the Moscow-Vnukovo airport in the summer 2018 season.Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:49:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20758909/bratislava-moscow-flights-to-become-more-frequent-in-spring-2018.htmlHenkel Slovensko recognized as the Best employerThe company won the prestigious award in the Shared Service centers category in a respected ranking organized by the biggest and most influential Slovak job portal, Profesia.sk.Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756438/henkel-slovensko-recognized-as-the-best-employer.htmlHow to achieve – and maintain – a high level of staff engagement and commitment when operating in a highly competitive marketExistuje milión spôsobov, ako napísať perex a toto je jeden z nich.Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20741480/how-to-achieve-and-maintain-a-high-level-of-staff-engagement-and-commitment-when-operating-in-a-highly-competitive-market.htmlWizz Air is shutting down its base in KošiceThe Hungarian low-cost airline will fly only one route to London from there.Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:03:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756556/wizz-air-is-shutting-down-its-base-in-kosice.htmlSlovakia to join the ECB and the Bundesbank in including Chinese assets in forex reservesEconomists see the yuan as becoming one of the world’s major reserve currencies.Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:50:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756584/slovakia-to-join-the-ecb-and-the-bundesbank-in-including-chinese-assets-in-forex-reserves.htmlDeveloper reduces its plans for Kamenné SquareHotel Kyjev will get facelift and its vicinity will be rebuiltThu, 08 Feb 2018 20:45:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20755496/developer-reduces-its-plans-for-kamenne-square.htmlSlovakia simplifies rules for import of foreign workersThe new rules will apply only to selected professions and in regions with a low unemployment rate.Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:42:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756618/slovakia-simplifies-rules-for-import-of-foreign-workers.htmlNew jobs now not a condition to receiving state aidNew rules for regional investment aidThu, 08 Feb 2018 13:04:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756141/new-jobs-now-not-a-condition-to-receiving-state-aid.htmlSlovakia benefits from labour market and private investmentsSlovakia will fare better than the European Commission originally expected.Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:59:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756113/slovakia-benefits-from-labour-market-and-private-investments.htmlSlovakia launched its sovereign currency 25 years agoWhile Slovakia later adopted the euro, following the macroeconomic development of Slovakia and the Czech Republic has not differed fundamentallyThu, 08 Feb 2018 12:51:54 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20755873/slovakia-launched-its-sovereign-currency-25-years-ago.htmlCentres of excellence are now a trendBSCs sector increases its innovation potential.Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20748765/centres-of-excellence-are-now-a-trend.htmlHigh-speed internet for every villageBy the end of 2020, all municipalities in Slovakia should have high-speed internet coverage.Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:45:02 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20755732/high-speed-internet-for-every-village.html