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/20740387/slovakia-the-biggest-challenge-of-the-osce-presidency-is-to-find-consensus-and-dialogue.htmlSlovakia: The biggest challenge of the OSCE presidency is to find consensus and dialogue2018-01-18T05:40:14ZInclusion, transparency and cooperation are the three main requirements to implement dialogue, which have become the main characteristics of Slovakia’s presidency of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation (FSC).https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739861/centre-for-roma-rights-sues-slovak-interior-minister-over-discrimination.htmlCentre for Roma Rights sues Slovak interior minister over discrimination2018-01-17T13:48:59ZAfter Slovak Roma proxy and Justice Minister expressed worries and dissatisfaction with the draft bill on suppressing criminality in Roma settlements by Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is taking the ministry to court over discrimination.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739060/slovaks-in-the-uk-do-not-have-to-fear-brexit.htmlSlovaks in the UK do not have to fear Brexit2018-01-16T13:47:47ZBrexit itself should not impact the position of Slovaks in the UK, an interim agreement between the European Union and Great Britain suggests.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738075/drahos-beat-zeman-according-to-czech-voters-living-in-slovakia.htmlDrahoš beat Zeman, according to Czech voters living in Slovakia2018-01-15T15:21:05ZCzech voters living in Slovakia voted differently than those in the Czech Republic during the Czech Presidential Election.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735936/slovakia-declared-safe-for-us-tourists.htmlSlovakia declared safe for US tourists2018-01-11T21:31:49ZThe US Department of State wants to provide travellers with clear, timely, and reliable information.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735446/czech-president-zeman-attacks-dubcek.htmlCzech President Zeman attacks Dubček2018-01-11T13:40:56ZThe statements were condemned by both Slovak culture minister and the Foreign Affairs Ministry.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735437/slovakia-will-support-further-european-integration.htmlSlovakia will support further European integration2018-01-11T13:35:42ZAt the same time, graft scandals will continue to erode approval ratings for conventional parties, paving the way for fringe parties and protest groups to gain influence, according to the BMI Research analysis.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735164/government-approves-changes-in-slovakias-policy-towards-foreigners.htmlGovernment approves changes in Slovakia’s policy towards foreigners2018-01-10T23:25:52ZAmong other things, conditions for third-country nationals will change to comply with the 2016 EU directive.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734330/invalids-abused-and-forced-to-beg.htmlInvalids abused and forced to beg2018-01-09T23:06:01ZThe human traffickers responsible may spend up to 12 years in prison.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734305/police-report-that-slovakia-saw-highest-ever-number-of-illegal-migrants-in-2017.htmlSlovakia saw highest ever number of illegal migrants in 20172018-01-09T22:54:34ZMost of the cases were, however, people who did not leave after their legal stay permit expired.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733534/us-president-wilsons-14-points-an-important-milestone-in-slovak-us-relations.htmlUS President Wilson’s 14 Points an important milestone in Slovak-US relations2018-01-08T22:19:41ZSlovakia and the United States share several anniversaries in 2018.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733548/new-head-of-ec-representation-to-slovakia-takes-up-his-post.htmlNew head of EC Representation to Slovakia takes up his post2018-01-08T21:44:20ZLadislav Miko is replacing Dušan Chrenek.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733128/babis-visits-slovakia-meets-fico.htmlBabiš visits Slovakia, meets Fico2018-01-08T14:05:48ZNew Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš visited Bratislava and was “welcomed home” by his Slovak counterpart.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731690/sefcovic-i-have-not-considered-running-for-president-yet.htmlŠefčovič: I have not considered running for president yet2018-01-08T09:28:46ZVice-president of the European Commission discusses presidential run, Brexit, and the new gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731301/asylum-seekers-will-get-new-guide-about-slovakia.htmlAsylum seekers will get new guide about Slovakia2018-01-04T21:09:18ZThey should learn more about cultural specifics of the country.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731009/critic-of-the-foreign-ministry-quits-diplomatic-service-in-protest.htmlCritic of the Foreign Ministry quits diplomatic service in protest2018-01-04T20:55:10ZFormer deputy ambassador of the Slovak Embassy in Budapest, Rastislav Mojto, did not have his contract prolonged due to an open conflict with the ministry leadership.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730274/iom-free-slovak-language-courses-for-foreigners-starting-in-mid-january.htmlIOM launches free Slovak language courses for foreigners2018-01-03T13:16:14ZThe international centre will again open in 2018 free Slovak courses for foreigners outside the EU, both for beginners and advanced learners.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730215/the-guardian-praises-bratislava-in-its-story-marking-the-25th-anniversary-of-the-countrys-independence.htmlThe Guardian calls Bratislava “a pulsing and charming city”2018-01-03T13:12:11ZBritish newspaper hailed the capital of the country that gained sovereignty on January 1, 1993.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729939/kazimir-is-the-2018-european-finance-minister-of-the-year.htmlKažimír is the 2018 European Finance Minister of the Year2018-01-02T21:53:52ZThe Slovak Finance Minister was recognized by the specialised monthly magazine.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729528/slovakia-becomes-unhrc-member-for-three-years.htmlSlovakia becomes UNHRC member for three years2018-01-02T13:54:06ZIt is an international reward for its former and current human rights activities, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20727374/american-hotelier-discovered-a-hidden-gem-in-slovakia-top-stories-of-2017.htmlAmerican hotelier discovered a hidden gem in Slovakia: Top stories of 20172017-12-28T22:05:00ZSlovak extremists went for a hike but made an error on the way, amusing the internet. Their story, as well as Slovakia's best hiking trails, are among The Slovak Spectator’s 10 most popular in 2017.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20727391/politico-slovakia-is-among-this-years-losers.htmlPolitico: Slovakia is among this year's losers2017-12-28T13:00:58ZSlovakia is a case in point of how the prospects of Central and Eastern European countries fell within the EU.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20150684/faq-eu-citizens-dealing-with-immigration-authorities.htmlFAQ: EU Citizens - dealing with immigration authorities2017-12-22T13:30:00ZWondering about dealing with the Border and Alien Police (official name) also known as the Foreigner Police? We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions with regard to dealing with immigration authorities.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20722483/audit-office-found-no-crime-but-flaws-in-slovakias-eu-councils-presidency.htmlAudit Office found no crime, but flaws in Slovakia’s EU Council’s presidency2017-12-19T13:59:53ZNKÚ announced that there were no crimes committed by the Slovak organisers of the country’s presidency of EU Council, but added mistakes were made, including incomplete invoices, flawed accountancy and a formal financial inspection.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20721325/v4-countries-agreed-on-aid-for-libya.htmlV4 countries agreed on aid for Libya2017-12-18T16:30:00ZSlovak PM Robert Fico reiterated that refugee quotas are nonsensical and aren’t workinghttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20719261/un-committee-slovakia-still-discriminates-against-roma.htmlUN committee: Slovakia still discriminates against Roma2017-12-14T21:04:58ZGovernment should adopt measures to remove discrimination and segregation of the minority.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20718773/slovak-becomes-hero-of-dublin.htmlSlovak becomes hero of Dublin2017-12-14T13:10:44ZVideo captures a 30-year-old man chasing a thief on a bike.https://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.