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_emailskPolitics and businesses endanger the freedom of mediaLess than one-third of Slovaks believe the media outlets in the country.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:36:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20568685/politics-and-businesses-endanger-the-freedom-of-media.htmlPoll: Slovaks want to be at the core of the EUSlovaks see the EU advantages of a higher living standard, a developed economy and the possibilities for self-realisation.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:27:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20568671/poll-slovaks-want-to-be-at-the-core-of-the-eu.htmlKiska opens Slovak honorary consulate in SplitSlovak President Andrej Kiska opened the country’s Honorary Consulate in Split, Croatia – which is a popular holiday destination for his compatriots.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:14:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564996/kiska-opens-slovak-honorary-consulate-in-split.htmlCuban minister: We don’t care what the US thinks about ties with SlovakiaBruno Rodriguez Parilla is the first Cuban foreign affairs minister to make an official visit to the independent Slovakia.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:32:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564122/cuban-minister-we-dont-care-what-the-us-thinks-about-ties-with-slovakia.htmlUPDATED: Antimonopoly Office stops investigation of presidency ordersThe Foreign Affairs Ministry welcomes the decision, but the ethics watchdog says the scrutiny lacked depth.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:30:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563580/antimonopoly-office-stops-investigation-of-presidency-orders.htmlIcelandic Catholics receive a wooden church from SlovakiaThe bishop of Reykjavík who is also the top representative of the Catholic Church in Iceland, comes from SlovakiaMon, 19 Jun 2017 22:39:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563147/icelandic-catholics-receive-a-wooden-church-from-slovakia.htmlGangland boss Yegorov has been detained in UkraineThe gang leader who had been charged with five murders in Slovakia has been detained in Ukraine.Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:44:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559565/gangland-boss-yegorov-has-been-detained-in-ukraine.htmlConditions for temporary stay for third country students get stricterThe coalition SNS party pushed through changes to prevent alleged abuse of temporary residence by foreign students.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:49:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559196/conditions-for-temporary-stay-for-third-country-students-get-stricter.htmlAl-Jazeera reports on Slovak fascist-buster and also on KotlebaThe Arabian TV network has followed the operation of the Slovak extreme right and also how local activists oppose it.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:31:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559055/al-jazeera-reports-on-slovak-fascist-buster-and-also-on-kotleba.htmlBlogger Benčík awarded European citizen's prize for 2017He will be honoured for his fight against extremist forces in society.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:08:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20558131/blogger-bencik-awarded-european-citizens-prize-for-2017.htmlKaliňak: voluntary quota system has failedOnly 12 percent of a total of 160,000 migrants have been relocated so far.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:28:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20557710/kalinak-voluntary-quota-system-has-failed.htmlUS army will convoy across SlovakiaDrivers should prepare for increased traffic on June 13 and 14.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:09:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20557717/us-army-will-convoy-across-slovakia.htmlKiska voices support for Ukraine as visa-free travel launchedSlovak President Andrej Kiska offered encouragement to Ukraine on the June 11 introduction of visa-free travel between the EU and Ukraine.Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:47:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20556723/kiska-voices-support-for-ukraine-as-visa-free-travel-launched.htmlBratislava hosts the biggest polyglot gathering in the worldParticipants at the gathering created a new Slovak record.Thu, 08 Jun 2017 23:50:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20554214/bratislava-hosts-the-biggest-polyglot-gathering-in-the-world.htmlSlovaks mostly work in the service sector in BritainSlovak ambassador to UK sees Brexit as an impetus for Slovaks living there to reconsider whether to stay or return to Slovakia.Thu, 08 Jun 2017 23:23:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20554157/slovaks-mostly-work-in-the-service-sector-in-britain.htmlCelebrated Cobb K-9 was born in SlovakiaGerman shepherd Bady had an immeasurable impact on the community, said the police department in the US state of Georgia.Wed, 07 Jun 2017 14:42:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20552911/celebrated-cobb-k-9-was-born-in-slovakia.htmlFT: Bratislava described as Danube ValleyFlying cars, cyber security and mobile apps from Slovakia are winning global recognition, according to the financial daily.Wed, 07 Jun 2017 14:25:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20552909/ft-bratislava-described-as-danube-valley.htmlCzech president refuses proposal to honour WWII paratroopersSlovak President Andrej Kiska later promoted Slovak to higher rank in memoriam.Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:45:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20551739/czech-president-refuses-proposal-to-honour-wwii-paratroopers.htmlSlovak politicians, diplomats react to terrorist attack in LondonThe Slovak president, prime minister, and foreign ministry expressed grief to the UK and offered recommendations for Slovaks.Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:29:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20550806/slovak-politicians-diplomats-react-to-terrorist-attack-in-london.htmlSlovakia's rank in Global Peace Index falls by two spotsThe 2017 Global Peace Index finds that the world has became more peaceful in the past year, although the entire decade has been less so.Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:14:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20550760/slovakias-rank-in-global-peace-index-falls-by-two-spots.htmlV4 residents sceptical about children’s future in their countries, survey saysSurvey shows the trends and topics that most worry the residents of V4 countriesThu, 01 Jun 2017 14:23:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20547859/v4-residents-sceptical-about-childrens-future-in-their-countries-survey-says.htmlLajčák elected as UN General Assembly PresidentSlovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák has become the president of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.Wed, 31 May 2017 23:40:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20547363/lajcak-elected-as-un-general-assembly-president.htmlDutch ambassador receives Golden PlaqueRichard van Rijssen, whose mission ends soon, will be replaced by current representative of the Netherlands at the UN in Geneva.Wed, 31 May 2017 13:47:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20546881/dutch-ambassador-receives-golden-plaque.htmlPenta closes down important Czech meat factoryThe shutdown of the Schneider meat-processing plant in the Czech city of Pilsen will leave 230 people jobless. Production is slated to be moved outside the Czech Republic.Tue, 30 May 2017 22:23:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20546470/penta-closes-down-important-czech-meat-factory.htmlSlovakia is not very tolerant towards homosexualsThe political momentum on LGBTI equality issues was not apparent in Slovakia after the 2016 parliamentary elections, according to the recently released report.Tue, 30 May 2017 13:37:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20546024/slovakia-is-not-very-tolerant-towards-homosexuals.htmlSlovakia is heading to EXPO 2017The main topic of the Slovak pavilion is the energy of the future.Mon, 29 May 2017 23:00:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20545575/slovakia-is-heading-to-expo-2017.htmlRussian surveillance plane to fly above SlovakiaIn compliance with treaty rules, an unarmed Russian military plane will make a surveillance flight over Slovak territoryMon, 29 May 2017 13:47:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20545091/russian-surveillance-plane-to-fly-above-slovakia.htmlFico: We cannot allow multi-speed EU to become divisiveFinal session of the 12th edition of Globsec 2017 featured Slovak PM Robert Fico, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka, and President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, in a panel entitled European (Dis)Union?Mon, 29 May 2017 08:22:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20544533/fico-we-cannot-allow-multi-speed-eu-to-become-divisive.htmlEuropeans often do not realise the successes of the EUHighlights from Globsec 2017: Day 3 (May 28)Sun, 28 May 2017 21:09:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20544385/europeans-often-do-not-realise-the-successes-of-the-eu.htmlIf our only solution to terrorism is to fight it, we will fight foreverHighlights from Globsec 2017: Day 2 (May 27)Sat, 27 May 2017 21:14:50 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20543812/if-our-only-solution-to-terrorism-is-to-fight-it-we-will-fight-forever.htmlThe time is right for Europe to strengthen its confidenceHighlights from Globsec 2017: Day 1 (May 26)Fri, 26 May 2017 21:40:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20543440/the-time-is-right-for-europe-to-strengthen-its-confidence.htmlEuropean Commission approves state support for football stadiumThe European Commission has approved Slovak state support of €36 million for the construction a national football stadium – planned to hold more than 22,000 visitors – in Bratislava.Thu, 25 May 2017 13:10:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20541703/european-commission-approves-state-support-for-football-stadium.htmlERRC studies allege inappropriate police violence in Roma communityThe European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) scrutinised alleged police violence in the Romani neighbourhood of Zborov from April 16, based on a video footage by a witness.Thu, 25 May 2017 05:54:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20541400/errc-studies-allege-inappropriate-police-violence-in-roma-community.htmlRussian spies allegedly recruit also SlovaksThey are using martial art clubs in Germany and dozens more in other EU states, in the Western Balkans, and in North America.Wed, 24 May 2017 13:59:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540985/russian-spies-allegedly-recruit-also-slovaks.htmlGLOBSEC forum will host guests from 70 countriesThe 12th year of the conference will be attended by the highest number of participants in its history.Wed, 24 May 2017 13:58:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540972/globsec-forum-will-host-guests-from-70-countries.htmlBritish embassy opens condolence bookThe book will be opened for two days.Tue, 23 May 2017 22:01:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540542/british-embassy-opens-condolence-book.htmlEC: Focus on education and labour marketSome recommendations remain the same as last year.Tue, 23 May 2017 21:46:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540531/ec-focus-on-education-and-labour-market.htmlNo Slovaks among the victims of Manchester attack so farThe representatives of Slovakia have expressed their sympathy to the families of the victims.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:43:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540022/no-slovaks-among-the-victims-of-manchester-attack-so-far.htmlPrague to hold anti-corruption march as wellSlovaks living abroad care about their homeland and call for an investigation of the corruption scandals.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:17:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20539980/prague-to-hold-anti-corruption-march-as-well.htmlSlovak experts to train Iraqi soldiersSlovakia will send specialists to Iraq to train members of their army in mine clearance, ground maintenance and special operations.Thu, 18 May 2017 13:32:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20536023/slovak-experts-to-train-iraqi-soldiers.html