https://spectator.sme.sk/r/23/international/atomSpectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectator4785-05-27T15:27:41ZSlovakia'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/20834143/slovaks-not-interested-in-ep-elections.htmlSlovaks not interested in EP elections2018-05-24T23:32:50ZBut support for the EU is on the rise.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20832772/slovak-woman-receives-st-rita-international-award.htmlSlovak woman receives St Rita international award2018-05-23T14:05:30ZA mother of five from Košice, founder of the Maják (Lighthouse) association to help families in emergency situations, receives award in a pilgrimage town in Italy.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20832730/iom-number-of-foreigners-in-slovakia-keeps-growing-but-at-a-slower-pace-than-in-other-eu-states.htmlNumber of foreigners in Slovakia increasing slower than in other EU states2018-05-23T13:54:44ZSlovakia needs migrants, especially in the labour market, migration organisation points out.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20831770/european-commission-halted-proceedings-against-slovakia-in-re-export-of-medicaments.htmlEC halted proceedings against Slovakia in re-export of medicaments2018-05-22T14:09:52ZIt basically acknowledged medicaments are not common goods, and new rules determining their trading should be found.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20831437/ecuador-sends-ministers-to-slovakia-to-resolve-a-child-abduction-case.htmlEcuador sends ministers to Slovakia to resolve a child abduction case2018-05-22T06:19:54ZThe father has ignored the verdicts of the courts ordering that the child should return to Ecuador.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20830945/bust-of-woodrow-wilson-unveiled-at-slovak-foreign-ministry.htmlBust of Woodrow Wilson unveiled at Slovak Foreign Ministry2018-05-21T14:22:19ZWilson was a visionary, a peacemaker and a friend of Czechoslovakia, so much so that the Slovak capital came close to being renamed Wilson City 100 years ago.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20830709/washington-post-reporter-outraged-that-journalists-phone-was-seized-by-slovak-police.htmlWashington Post reporter outraged that journalist’s phone was seized by Slovak police2018-05-21T13:34:25ZThe US daily says that seizing her phone was merely the latest attempt by Slovak authorities to harass those close to a reporter who was killed for doing his job.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20829310/babis-at-globsec-immigration-quotas-will-not-protect-our-continent.htmlBabiš at Globsec: Immigration quotas will not protect our continent2018-05-20T23:16:08ZImmigration, innovation and security were some of the topics discussed during a panel discussion at the 2018 Globsec conference.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20828689/kiska-the-arrogance-of-politicians-prevails-over-democratic-values.htmlKiska: The arrogance of politicians prevails over democratic values2018-05-17T22:35:16ZThe president stressed the role of independent media and journalism in a democratic society at the security conference GLOBSEC.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20828688/european-commission-takes-slovakia-to-court-over-visa-appeals-procedure.htmlEuropean Commission takes Slovakia to court over visa appeals procedure2018-05-17T22:27:20ZThe country has failed to provide judicial remedies to its visa politics.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20828705/vietnamese-ambassador-abducted-entrepreneur-had-never-been-to-slovakia.htmlVietnamese Ambassador: Abducted entrepreneur had never been to Slovakia2018-05-17T22:21:14ZSlovakia was in no way involved in kidnapping Vietnamese entrepreneur Trinh Xuan Thanh, claims PM Pellegrini.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20827018/more-than-50-percent-of-slovaks-believe-in-conspiracy-theories.htmlMore than 50 percent of Slovaks believe in conspiracy theories2018-05-16T12:30:56ZCentral Europe is at the most vulnerable since 1989.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20827006/fam-the-vietnamese-ambassador-should-offer-an-explanation-in-the-case-of-alleged-abduction.htmlVietnamese ambassador should offer an explanation of the alleged abduction2018-05-16T12:22:29ZIn the international case of Vietnamese officials abducting their countryman-dissident for a home trial, Slovakia insists its government plane was not involved.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20826716/amnesty-international-stop-arms-deliveries-to-israel.htmlAmnesty International: Stop arms deliveries to Israel2018-05-15T22:13:49ZMore than one-quarter of Slovak exports went to Israel last year, the organisation claimed.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20826022/robert-vass-interview-globsec-2018-security-conference.htmlThe world will come to Bratislava again2018-05-15T13:44:37ZToday, our security depends on the stability of institutions, both national and international, which guarantee the values our society is based on, says Globsec president.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20825255/frankfurter-allgemeine-zeitung-sakova-is-lying-about-the-abduction-of-a-vietnamese-citizen.htmlFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Saková is lying about the abduction of a Vietnamese citizen2018-05-14T13:39:36ZThe Interior Minister insists Slovak authorities did not cooperate in the kidnapping of a Vietnamese dissident by the Vietnamese delegation but admits the video evidence is no longer available.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822296/slovak-woman-on-arctic-mammoth-expedition.htmlSlovak woman on Arctic mammoth expedition2018-05-12T07:25:00ZMammoths on Wrangler Island in Siberia were the object of Pečnerová’s research.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20823055/globsec-2018-will-cover-security-topics-artificial-intelligence-and-cyberspace.htmlGlobsec 2018 will cover security topics, artificial Intelligence and cyberspace2018-05-10T22:49:32ZThe conference will no longer be just a platform for exchanging opinions.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20823104/more-free-slovak-language-courses-for-non-eu-foreigners.htmlMore free Slovak language courses for non-EU foreigners2018-05-10T22:12:56ZThe courses are for beginners and pre-intermediate speakers.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822702/documents-from-finland-prove-defence-ministry-made-secret-military-trade-deals.htmlDocuments from Finland prove Defence Ministry made secret military trade deals2018-05-10T16:46:51ZFinnish investigative reporter sees similarities between the Slovak-Finnish deal and a Finnish-Slovene corruption scandal.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822620/culture-and-quizzes-bratislava-celebrated-europes-birthday.htmlCulture and quizzes: How Bratislava celebrated Europe’s birthday2018-05-10T13:06:24ZVisitors can learn more about all EU member states.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822302/only-one-person-was-granted-asylum-in-slovakia.htmlOnly one person was granted asylum in Slovakia2018-05-09T23:01:33ZIn the first quarter of 2017, the number of asylum seekers has declined.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822290/third-consecutive-candidate-for-egc-judge-rejected.htmlThird consecutive candidate for EGC judge rejected2018-05-09T22:49:23ZThe EU General Court in Luxembourg rejected the third Slovak candidate in a row, allegedly due to his professional skills among other reasons.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822272/mfa-us-decision-on-iran-nuclear-deal-is-worrying.htmlTrump's decision on Iran nuclear deal is alarming2018-05-09T22:07:46ZSlovakia’s representatives are concerned about the future efforts to fight the development of nuclear weapons as well as the impact of a potential reintroduction of sanctions.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20821813/the-murdered-woman-in-lake-neusiedl-was-hungarian-citizen.htmlThe murdered woman in Lake Neusiedl was not Slovak2018-05-09T14:06:09ZDisproving previous findings, the identity of the murdered woman whose body parts were found in Lake Neusiedl was not a Slovak but a Hungarian citizen.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20821793/slovak-human-traffickers-sentenced.htmlSlovak human traffickers sentenced2018-05-09T13:57:15ZThe gang that brought vulnerable groups of people into the UK to beg and work for them receive long prison sentences.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20820876/pellegrini-austria-should-pay-same-child-benefit-for-same-taxes.htmlPellegrini: Austria should pay same child benefit for same taxes2018-05-08T06:22:39ZAbout 40 percent of Slovak nurses and carers working in Austria might consider departure if child benefits are cut.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20820958/two-slovaks-arrested-in-uk-while-attempting-to-smuggle-in-dangerous-firearm.htmlTwo Slovaks arrested in UK while attempting to smuggle in dangerous firearm2018-05-08T06:04:32ZThe machine gun seized has the potential to cause “mass casualties”.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20820536/was-ficos-former-advisor-involved-in-vietnamese-abduction.htmlWas Fico’s former advisor involved in Vietnamese abduction?2018-05-07T13:28:33ZGerman media are reporting on suspicions that Slovakia may have cooperated in the abduction of a Vietnamese citizen seeking asylum.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20818342/austrian-child-benefit-bill-could-be-at-odds-with-eu-laws.htmlAustrian child benefit bill could be at odds with EU laws2018-05-03T22:51:43ZThe change in Austria’s child benefits will especially affect families living in Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20818222/learn-how-to-debate-from-the-victorious-slovak-team.htmlLearn how to debate from the victorious Slovak team2018-05-03T18:36:29ZDebate helps people understand the world’s complexity.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20817429/slovakia-will-invite-vietnamese-ambassador.htmlSlovakia will invite Vietnamese ambassador2018-05-03T00:00:31ZPM Pellegrini has rejected the claim that Slovakia participated in the abduction of a Vietnamese citizen. German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans a visit in autumn.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20817278/kalinak-approved-special-plane-for-vietnamese-delegation.htmlKaliňák approved special plane for Vietnamese delegation2018-05-02T18:01:54ZThe Interior Ministry refuses to publish the list of Vietnamese delegation members who took the disputed flight. Ex-minister Kaliňák claims the abducted man was not on the list; but he may have been in the “luggage”.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20817037/slovakia-celebrates-14-years-in-eu.htmlSlovakia celebrates 14 years in EU2018-05-02T14:02:31ZSlovakia became part of the European Union on May 1, 2004 along with nine other countrieshttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20816834/hungarian-activist-dont-let-politicians-call-protest-organisers-soros-people.htmlHungarian activist: Don’t let politicians call protest organisers “Soros people”2018-05-02T10:31:37ZIf you want to achieve a change, some kind of formal body to work on the agenda on a daily basis is necessary, says Hungarian activist Márton Gulyás.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20816083/body-parts-found-in-austrian-lake-neusiedl-that-belonged-to-a-slovak-woman.htmlBody parts found in Austrian Lake Neusiedl belonged to a Slovak woman2018-04-30T22:54:51ZA fisher found a woman’s torso in the lake more than two weeks agohttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20816197/foreign-minister-lajcak-speaks-with-pope-francis-about-peace-and-migration.htmlLajčák speaks with Pope Francis about peace and migration2018-04-30T22:45:35ZLajčák thanked Pope Francis for his service to humanity and his engagement in topics shared with the UN.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20815700/german-media-vietnam-kidnapping-throughout-slovakia.htmlGerman media: Vietnam kidnapping throughout Slovakia2018-04-30T14:38:56ZIt seems that last year’s visit of the Vietnamese public security minister and his entourage to Slovakia was used to cover for the abduction of a dissident Vietnamese entrepreneur who had previously emigrated to Germany.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20812042/slovak-university-grants-honorary-degree-to-american-professor.htmlSlovak University grants honorary degree to American professor2018-04-27T11:05:00ZThe worldwide expert gave two lectures at the Slovak University of Technology.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20813672/presidential-palace-garden-boasts-new-variety-of-dutch-tulips.htmlPresidential Palace garden boasts new variety of Dutch tulips2018-04-26T23:07:46ZThe Netherlands cultivated the red-white variety on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Slovak Republic