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/20808004/ep-calls-for-thorough-investigation-of-kuciaks-murder.htmlEP calls for thorough investigation of Kuciak’s murder2018-04-19T21:13:23ZIt has raised an alarm about the potential infiltration of organised crime in the Slovak economy and politics at all levels.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20807516/us-may-contribute-to-modernising-slovak-airbases.htmlUS may contribute to modernising Slovak airbases2018-04-19T13:38:26ZThe aid is not an attempt to build any US base in Slovakia, the Defence Ministry stressed.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20806572/last-year-nearly-2500-companies-relocated-from-slovakia.htmlNearly 2,500 companies relocated from Slovakia2018-04-18T13:45:21ZMost of them moved to neighbouring countries, consultancy company finds.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20806221/weapons-are-smuggled-through-slovakia-czech-journalists-reveal.htmlWeapons are smuggled through Slovakia, Czech journalists reveal2018-04-17T22:42:10ZThey reportedly end up in Azerbaijan, which is banned from weapons exports.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805682/hungarian-mep-there-is-no-democracy-without-independent-public-service-media.htmlHungarian MEP: Without the protests, nothing would have changed2018-04-17T11:58:35ZEP delegation member Benedek Jávor was frightened when Robert Fico, then still prime minister, started making allegations concerning George Soros in their conversation.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801981/slovak-protest-organisers-send-open-letter-to-the-ep.htmlSlovak protest organisers send open letter to the EP2018-04-12T13:39:41ZThey are calling on the European Parliament to send an investigative team to look into the double murder, to check on the steps of the new Slovak government and approve the investigation of the abuse of EU funds in the country.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801667/slovak-family-in-uk-enslaved-czechs-and-slovaks.htmlSlovak family in UK enslaved Czechs and Slovaks2018-04-11T22:11:13ZThis case has been deemed one of the worst examples of human trafficking and modern slavery by regional daily The Northern Echo.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801180/kiskas-visit-to-south-korea-is-the-first-one-in-history-by-a-slovak-president.htmlKiska’s visit to South Korea is the first one in history by a Slovak president2018-04-11T14:03:49ZThe country’s economic success depends on investment in education, young people and innovation, Andrej Kiska said during the very first visit of a Slovak president to South Korea, where he met with his counterpart.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801138/legal-conditions-for-asylum-and-subsidiary-protection-to-change.htmlLegal conditions for asylum and subsidiary protection to change2018-04-11T13:53:18ZThe time limit for decision-making in asylum proceedings is to be extended, according to the draft of Interior Ministry, not approved yet by the cabinet or parliament.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20800649/hungary-election-orban-victory-aftermath-haraszti.htmlOrbán will now create a system where there is no more need to win an election2018-04-11T09:23:29ZLessons from the Hungarian elections: Stick with a proportional electoral system, says leading Hungarian intellectual.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20800805/us-presents-f-16-aircraft-in-bratislava.htmlUS presents F-16 aircraft in Bratislava2018-04-10T22:33:14ZIf the offer is accepted, the first fighter planes should arrive in Slovakia by the end of 2022.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20800286/comenius-university-improved-its-ranking-ending-among-400-best.htmlComenius University improved its ranking, ending among 400 best2018-04-10T13:36:42ZThe Bratislava-based university improved its ranking by 42 positions.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20795249/us-congress-will-deal-with-f-16-purchase-offer.htmlUS Congress will deal with F-16 purchase offer2018-04-03T21:38:24ZHowever, it does not automatically mean that the Slovak Defence Ministry will purchase the aircraft from the Americans.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20792600/media-in-usa-continues-to-closely-watch-slovakia.htmlMedia in USA continues to closely watch Slovakia2018-03-29T20:49:59ZSlovaks are an inspiration for the next generation - and not just in Slovakia, they wrote.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20791862/sis-monitors-russian-diplomats-slovak-reaction-to-skripal-poisoning-is-not-enough-for-kiska.htmlSlovak intelligence agency monitors Russian diplomats2018-03-28T20:23:46ZRussian diplomats have increased their intelligence activities as well according to Czechs.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20791526/minister-lajcak-slovakias-steps-in-skripal-case-depend-on-russia.htmlSlovak Ambassador to Russia summoned home for consultations2018-03-28T13:33:44ZSlovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák: Slovakia’s steps in Skripal case depend on Russia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20791035/president-criticises-slovakias-stance-towards-russian-diplomats.htmlPresident criticises Slovakia’s stance towards Russian diplomats2018-03-27T23:10:31ZThe situation following the decision of several countries to expel Russian diplomats will be discussed by the Security Council.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20790506/analyst-there-are-too-many-russians-at-the-embassy-they-have-at-least-10-spies-in-slovakia.htmlAnalyst: There are at least 10 Russian spies in Slovakia2018-03-27T14:04:00ZOne third of Russian diplomats are in fact spies, security analyst Jaroslav Naď told Sme.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20790104/slovakia-will-not-expel-russian-diplomats.htmlSlovakia will not expel Russian diplomats2018-03-26T23:18:23ZThe country is the only one among its Visegrad Group neighbours not to join the international initiative supporting the UK after the Salisbury attack.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20787506/slovakia-struggles-with-the-segregation-of-roma-and-disabled-children.htmlSlovakia struggles with the segregation of Roma and disabled children2018-03-22T22:47:27ZSegregation deprives Roma and disabled children of the chance to interact with their peers, while majority children miss the opportunity to learn about diversity, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights stressed.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786531/foreigners-also-want-a-decent-slovakia.htmlForeigners also want a decent Slovakia2018-03-22T07:55:00ZThe Slovak Spectator asked foreigners living in Slovakia how they see the murder of the journalist and his fiancee as well as the political upheaval it has provoked.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20785241/slovakia-lost-12-cases-at-echr-in-strasbourg.htmlSlovakia lost 12 cases at ECHR in Strasbourg2018-03-20T13:38:12ZFrom the total number of cases lost last year, five involved restituted flats.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20785169/bratislava-is-80th-best-city-to-live-in.htmlBratislava is 80th best city to live in2018-03-20T12:20:47ZThe chart ranking cities as the best and worst to live in has been put together by the Mercer company a ninth time, comparing 231 cities worldwide.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20784831/korcok-slovakia-refutes-russias-allegations-that-bratislava-stores-novichok.htmlKorčok: Slovakia refutes Russia’s allegations that Bratislava stores Novichok2018-03-20T00:29:53ZThe Novichok nerve agent was allegedly used to poison Sergei Skripal, a former spy, and his daughter Yulia on British soil.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20783042/some-slovak-media-witnessed-the-trump-effect.htmlSome Slovak media witnessed “the Trump effect”2018-03-17T09:00:00ZCouncil of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks talks about the atmosphere in society following the double murder of journalist and his fiancée, and steps to be taken.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20782228/prestigious-foreign-portal-notes-architectonic-value-of-snp-memorial.htmlPrestigious foreign website notes architectonic value of SNP Memorial2018-03-16T07:00:00ZThe portal archdaily.com ranked the SNP Memorial among remarkable buildings such as the Slovak Radio building in Bratislava and Bridge SNP.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20485820/faq-state-citizenship-of-the-slovak-republic.htmlFAQ: State citizenship of the Slovak Republic2018-03-15T13:30:00ZThe Slovak Spectator brings you the set of the most frequently asked questions with regard to acquiring and losing Slovak state citizenship.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781384/fico-there-is-no-mafia-in-eastern-slovakia.htmlFico: There is no mafia in eastern Slovakia2018-03-14T23:41:10ZThe EP delegation voiced concerns over the trust of institutions, mafia ties with Slovakia’s representatives, and unfriendliness towards journalists.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20779597/world-media-kalinaks-resignation-is-the-worst-blow-yet-to-fico.htmlWorld media: Kaliňák’s resignation is the worst blow yet to Fico2018-03-12T21:10:07ZMedia outlets remind that the decision came after the biggest public protests and pressure from the junior coalition party.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20779234/ep-delegation-slovak-authorities-have-trust-issues.htmlEP delegation: Slovak authorities have trust issues2018-03-12T13:28:24ZMEPs have revealed some irregularities concerning the subsidies for agriculture, with the Agricultural Paying Agency being problematical.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20776899/slovakia-warned-of-using-conspiracy-theories.htmlSlovakia warned against using conspiracy theories2018-03-09T01:21:37ZThe foreign media have already noticed PM Robert Fico’s attacks on President Andrej Kiska.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20776734/what-are-the-powers-of-foreign-investigators-in-slovakia.htmlMurder investigation: What powers do foreign investigators have in Slovakia?2018-03-08T18:00:00ZPrime Minister Robert Fico has repeatedly referred to the involvement of foreign police teams in the murder investigation of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová, but what can they actually do?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20776464/delegation-from-brussels-arrives-to-slovakia.htmlDelegation from Brussels arrives to Slovakia2018-03-08T14:00:10ZThe murder of a Slovak investigative journalist and his fiancée will be discussed at the European Parliament’s session next week.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20776102/slovakia-made-no-palpable-progress-in-fighting-corruption.htmlSlovakia made no palpable progress in fighting corruption2018-03-08T00:18:12ZDespite improving in some aspects, Slovakia has not made any visible progress in the fight against corruption over the past year.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20774829/pm-i-will-not-allow-anyone-to-badmouth-slovakia.htmlUPDATED: PM: I will not allow anyone to badmouth Slovakia2018-03-06T15:23:37ZPrime Minister Robert Fico repeated his assault on Kiska after his lunch with ambassadors of EU countries and the US.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20774817/soros-i-am-not-behind-kiska-speech-nor-behind-protests.htmlSoros: I am not behind Kiska’ speech, nor behind protests2018-03-06T13:27:18ZUS financier's reaction to claims of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20773928/afghani-helicopter-pilots-will-train-in-kosice.htmlAfghani helicopter pilots will train in Košice2018-03-05T14:13:54ZThe Slovak Training Academy (STA) will train future helicopter pilots from across the globe. They have a US Black Hawk simulator too.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20772637/fico-is-shocked-but-needs-to-take-action-to-protect-journalists.htmlHead of Reporters Without Borders: We will monitor if the investigation is independent2018-03-02T21:29:34ZChristophe Deloire of Reporters Without Borders says leaders who have insulted journalists in the past need to apologise and commit to protecting journalists in the future.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20771727/brussels-to-look-into-suspicious-agricultural-subsidies.htmlBrussels to look into suspicious agricultural subsidies2018-03-02T06:47:14ZThe Slovak Interior Ministry says help has been offered by international investigative institutions like Europol, the FBI and Scotland Yard.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20771336/us-state-department-calls-for-swift-and-determined-investigation.htmlUS State Department calls for swift and determined investigation2018-03-01T12:53:48ZThe American Chamber of Commerce meanwhile warns that there can be no gambling with public trust in state institutions.