https://spectator.sme.sk/r/23/international/atomSpectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectator1970-01-01T01:00:00ZSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.Petit Press, a.s.rss_contact_emailhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717902/customs-officials-discovered-thousands-of-imitations-among-goods-from-china.htmlCustoms officials discovered thousands of imitations among goods from China2017-12-13T13:33:41ZNearly 45,000 fake products found by customs officials in Dunajská Streda that violated the intellectual property rights were meant for the Czech market.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717568/the-fight-against-discrimination-of-minorities-fails.htmlThe fight against discrimination of minorities fails2017-12-13T06:15:46ZA recent survey confirms the intolerance towards various groups across the EU.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717043/austrian-natural-gas-station-close-to-slovak-border-exploded.htmlAustrian natural gas station close to Slovak border exploded2017-12-12T13:59:01ZThe incident, which claimed one fatality and at least 18 injuries, also created an emergency in a Slovak village close to the Austrian border.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716230/ex-pm-radicova-received-another-award.htmlEx-PM Radičová praised as influential female leader2017-12-11T13:50:35ZFormer Slovak PM, Iveta Radičová, receives her second international award.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716114/five-embassies-call-on-slovak-cabinet-to-further-combat-corruption.htmlSlovaks are unsatisfied with police uncovering corruption2017-12-11T13:23:23ZFive embassies in Slovakia call on Slovak government to continue fighting against corruption, promising further support.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713885/eu-takes-poland-hungary-and-the-czech-republic-to-court-for-refusing-refugee-quotas-but-not-slovakia.htmlEU takes Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to court for refusing refugee quotas but not Slovakia2017-12-08T00:13:31ZSlovak minister points out that the latest proposals by the Estonian presidency resemble Slovakia’s proposals from the Bratislava summit.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713516/slovakia-is-often-disregarded-when-it-comes-to-eu-posts.htmlSlovakia is often disregarded when it comes to EU posts2017-12-07T14:57:47ZBut the countries of Central Europe need to look for reasons at home, and double their efforts, analyst says.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712046/cuba-shows-interest-in-slovakias-client-centres.htmlCuba shows interest in Slovakia’s client centres2017-12-05T23:24:53ZThe two countries want to develop mutual cooperation.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711013/slovak-finance-chief-fails-to-become-new-head-of-the-eurogroup.htmlSlovak finance chief fails to become new head of the Eurogroup2017-12-04T21:56:50ZPortuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno has won the race and become the head of the 19-country eurozonehttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710603/british-police-detain-slovak-who-made-bomb-threat-onboard-a-plane.htmlBritish police detain Slovak who made bomb threat onboard a plane2017-12-04T13:25:15ZPassengers describe the panic that erupted on the Bratislava to London-Stansted flight when a man proclaimed he had a bomb.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708269/slovakia-launches-campaign-pointing-to-the-benefits-of-slovakias-membership-in-nato-and-the-eu.htmlSlovakia promotes the benefits of its membership in NATO and the EU2017-11-30T20:48:40ZThe first series of videos are available on the internet as of Thursday.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708257/kazimir-i-see-the-eurozone-as-the-driving-force-of-european-integration.htmlKažimír: I see the eurozone as the driving force of European integration2017-11-30T20:43:17ZSlovak finance minister submits his official application for head of the Eurogrouphttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20222935/faq-health-care-treatment-in-slovakia.htmlFAQ: Health care treatment in Slovakia2017-11-30T13:30:00ZThe Slovak Spectator brings you the set of the most frequently asked questions with regard to health care treatment.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707231/slovak-life-expectancy-remains-shorter-than-the-eu-average.htmlSlovak life expectancy remains shorter than the EU average2017-11-29T22:57:59ZA recent report of the EU statistics office shows that although the life expectancy in Slovakia has been increasing, it still lags behind the EU average.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707226/bratislava-is-the-brainiest-eu-capital.htmlBratislava is the brainiest EU capital2017-11-29T21:45:36ZBut the rest of the country posts worse numbers.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706685/slovak-farmers-get-five-million-euros-in-damage-compensation-from-ec.htmlSlovak farmers get €5 million in damage compensation from EC2017-11-29T13:53:16ZA European Commission decree awards Slovak farmers a compensation for damage caused by bad weather conditions.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706271/police-dissolve-gang-of-slovak-shop-thieves.htmlPolice dissolve gang of Slovak shop thieves2017-11-28T22:49:59ZThe group has been reportedly active in Europe for 10 yearshttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705839/a-slovak-company-will-exchange-lights-in-hanoi.htmlA Slovak company will exchange lights in Hanoi2017-11-28T14:26:51ZThe capital of Vietnam will receive a new smart public lighting system from Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705412/fico-sino-slovak-relations-getting-back-to-normal-following-a-cool-off.htmlFico: Sino-Slovak relations getting back to normal following a cool off2017-11-27T21:29:59ZProspects for cooperation lie in transport, trade, energy and robotisationhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702811/slovak-innovators-made-the-new-europe-100-team.htmlSlovak innovators made the New Europe 100 Team2017-11-23T22:55:37ZThe list aims to raise the profile of changemakers in emerging Europehttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702340/obchodna-street-among-the-most-expensive.htmlObchodná Street among the most expensive2017-11-23T13:45:09ZWell-known retail street in Bratislava appeared in top 100.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702320/ad-concerning-philippine-housewives-checked-by-ethical-self-regulation-body.htmlAd concerning Philippine housewives checked by ethical self-regulation body2017-11-23T13:38:44ZA company promises in its ad to offer household helpers who are hardworking and discreet.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702055/us-embassy-is-willing-to-pay-rent.htmlUS Embassy is willing to pay rent2017-11-22T22:49:19ZHowever, it still hasn't signed a new rental agreement with the city of Bratislava.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701966/why-slovaks-should-start-fearing-the-czechs.htmlWhy Slovaks should start fearing the Czechs2017-11-22T22:24:49ZSlovakia will have to display unity and inventiveness for Brussels to recognise it among the cluster of “strange” democracies east of Germanyhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701271/european-institutions-agreed-to-ban-on-unjustified-geo-blocking.htmlEuropean institutions agreed to ban on unjustified geo-blocking2017-11-22T01:09:14ZIn some defined cases, merchants will and online shops will not be allowed to require consumers to pay with a debit or credit card issued in another country; this means discrimination by online shops based on a consumer's location, a practice known as geo-blocking.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700396/ema-will-go-to-amsterdam-not-bratislava.htmlEMA will go to Amsterdam, not Bratislava2017-11-21T06:27:55ZThe Slovak capital finished fourth in first round of vote for the seat of the prestigious European Medicines Agencyhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700436/112-slovak-trucks-detained-in-belgium-due-to-suspicion-of-driver-exploitation.html112 Slovak trucks detained in Belgium due to suspicion of driver exploitation2017-11-21T06:01:58ZThe Association of Road Transport Operators of the Slovak Republic claim a shell company via which a Belgian entrepreneur hires drivers from eastern Europe is behind the casehttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697330/canadian-anthropologist-faces-charges-of-sexual-abuse.htmlCanadian anthropologist faces charges of sexual abuse2017-11-16T06:27:14ZThe police seized pictures of underage girls and also a weapon while searching his premises.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696781/police-detain-78-illegal-migrants-in-two-lorries.htmlPolice detain 78 illegal migrants in two lorries2017-11-15T13:51:03ZIn the city of Žilina, vehicles were stopped with dozens of illegally transported Iraqi, Iranian and Syrian nationals.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696395/planning-to-settle-in-slovakia-you-will-need-to-speak-some-slovak.htmlPlanning to settle in Slovakia? You will need to speak some Slovak2017-11-14T20:56:49ZFree language courses available for foreigners living in the capital.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695566/slovakia-joins-pesco-initiative.htmlSlovakia joins PESCO initiative2017-11-13T21:40:53ZPESCO membership will present an opportunity for Slovakia to bolster its defence capabilitieshttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695083/fallen-soldiers-of-world-war-i-remembered-in-slovakia.htmlFallen soldiers of World War I remembered in Slovakia2017-11-13T14:03:03ZIn the Slovak capital and four other cities, the end of World War I and those killed were commemorated November 11.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693119/bratislava-and-milan-lead-race-for-eu-medicines-agency-the-financial-times-writes.htmlBratislava and Milan lead race for EU medicines agency, the Financial Times writes2017-11-09T22:05:20ZMinisters will vote on a new home for the EMA on November 20https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691649/japanese-embassy-awards-slovak-politician.htmlJapanese embassy awards Slovak politician2017-11-08T14:16:14ZMP František Šebej contributes to deepening relations with Japan through several activities.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691317/slovaks-are-mentioned-in-the-paradise-papers.htmlSlovaks are mentioned in the Paradise Papers2017-11-08T02:29:02ZMore information will be published later this week.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691313/a-record-number-of-companies-are-locating-to-slovakia.htmlA record number of British companies are locating to Slovakia2017-11-08T02:24:29ZThe biggest British investor in the country is the carmaker Jaguar Land Rover.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20690367/slovak-finmin-is-interested-in-becoming-eurogroup-head.htmlSlovak FinMin is interested in becoming Eurogroup head2017-11-06T21:50:30ZKažimír is waiting for political consensushttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20689940/a-homeless-detained-in-vienna-with-tnt-allegedly-priginating-from-slovakia.htmlA homeless man detained in Vienna, with TNT allegedly originating from Slovakia2017-11-06T13:52:45ZA German homeless man detained in Vienna claims he got the TNT from Slovakia; the case is not connected to terrorism.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20687910/czech-election-also-impacted-by-hoaxes-okamuras-disinformation-gesture.htmlCzech election also impacted by hoaxes: Okamura’s disinformation gesture2017-11-04T03:31:28ZThe anti-Islam party spread disinformation and was supported by conspiracy websites.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20686750/slovaks-and-austrians-will-look-at-plastics-in-the-danube.htmlSlovaks and Austrians will look at plastics in the Danube2017-11-02T13:16:40ZEarlier studies have revealed that the annual flow of plastic amounts to 530-1,550 tonnes.