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_emailskVienna City Hall: Illegal clinic from Bratislava advertises in AustriaThe Bratislava regional authority turned its attention to the Adelais Clinique one year ago, following complaints of health complications by some patients.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:24:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676673/vienna-city-hall-illegal-clinic-from-bratislava-advertises-in-austria.htmlBabiš: I am not a crook, read the story of Chirac or BerlusconiDespite a mounting list of scandals Andrej Babiš, the billionaire ex-finance minister of Slovak origin, and his ANO party remain the frontrunners in the Czech Republic’s October 20-21 general election.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:44:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675737/babis-i-am-not-a-crook.htmlKiska ratifies the Kigali amendment on reduction of greenhouse gasesThe adoption of the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol should reduce the global temperature by 0.5 °C.Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:20:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675757/kiska-ratifies-the-kigali-amendment-on-reduction-of-greenhouse-gases.htmlConstruction of bridge connecting Slovakia and Hungary launchedA cross-border bridge connecting these two countries over the Danube River – through the towns of Komárno and Komárom – will fill the gap and insufficient capacity.Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:45:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675400/construction-of-bridge-connecting-slovakia-and-hungary-launched.htmlGovernmental campaign should bring Slovaks home from the UKThe Slovak cabinet plans to persuade its expats living and working in the UK with at least a bachelor degree to return home: a campaign offering specific jobs should help.Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:57:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673660/governmental-campaign-should-bring-slovaks-home-from-the-uk.htmlBlogger Ján Benčík receives the European Citizen's prizeThe brave Slovak blogger and civil activist was nominated by a Slovak MEP.Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:16:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670334/blogger-jan-bencik-receives-the-european-citizens-prize.htmlSlovaks are the friendliest people in the V4 regionThe Visegrad Group countries share their fear of refugees and criticism of their treatment by western European countries.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:34:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670333/slovaks-are-the-friendliest-people-in-the-v4-region.htmlSlovakia is 30th in quality of lifeThe country moved one place up in the chart comparing social progress.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:22:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669940/slovakia-is-30th-in-quality-of-life.htmlLajčák: Germany is crucial for the UNSlovakia and Germany signed a memorandum intended to deepen the cooperation between the two countries.Sat, 07 Oct 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665585/lajcak-germany-is-crucial-for-the-un.htmlAstronaut from NASA: We know things will not workAstronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger tells of training with NASA and how astronauts prepare for failures.Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:59:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665687/astronaut-from-nasa-we-know-things-will-not-work.htmlDrucker: Bratislava’s aces in the EMA bid include security, life costs and cultureThe Health minister and deputy transport minister officially presented Slovakia’s bid to provide the headquarters for the European Medicines Agency in Brussels.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 22:50:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665858/drucker-bratislavas-aces-in-the-ema-bid-include-security-life-costs-and-culture.htmlSlovak extremists are preparing a joint shooting training with their Polish counterpartsPolish extremists are organised to make a trip to Slovakia to train their shooting abilities.Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:46:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20663687/slovak-extremists-are-preparing-a-joint-shooting-training-with-their-polish-counterparts.htmlIt would be artificial to look for differencesCarmakers are aware they are being closely watched after Dieselgate, says German Ambassador Joachim Bleicker.Mon, 02 Oct 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20661029/it-would-be-artificial-to-look-for-differences.htmlDetermined exchange students make their start in BratislavaThey don't know what to expect yet but mostly share good first impressions.Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:27:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20658913/determined-exchange-students-make-their-start-in-bratislava.htmlJohnson: I’m here as a messengerThe British politician visited Slovakia, talking Brexit issues.Wed, 27 Sep 2017 02:16:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20658584/johnson-im-here-as-a-messenger.htmlGerman election crucial to the EU's future as well as SlovakiaSlovak political parties and politicians congratulate German chancellor on the victory of her party in the Sunday, September 24 election; and the Foreign Ministry notes that her country remains a key partner in foreign politics.Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:45:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20657221/german-election-crucial-to-the-eus-future-as-well-as-slovakia.htmlState Secretary of Environmental Ministry holds talks with Chinese ministerSpace for cooperation is in strategic water planning and integrated management of river basins.Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:33:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20654807/state-secretary-of-environmental-ministry-holds-talks-with-chinese-minister.htmlMinister Lajčák holds talks with president TrumpThe topics of their talk included – among other issues – UN reform, the Middle East peace migration, human rights, North Korea and relations between the USA and Russia.Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:11:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20654299/minister-lajcak-holds-talks-with-president-trump.htmlAustria launches random checks close to Slovakia’s bordersRefugees are using new smuggling routes, according to the Austrian minister.Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:04:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20653927/austria-launches-random-checks-close-to-slovakias-borders.htmlElite anti-terrorist units from Europe train in SlovakiaThe Lešť training centre sees a special exercise for the members of anti-terrorist units from eight European countries.Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:57:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20653841/elite-anti-terrorist-units-from-europe-train-in-slovakia.htmlNY Times highlights partnership in a Roma settlementNY Times reports on the achievements of Spišský Hrhov where the mayor decided to improve the integration of Roma.Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:34:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20652677/ny-times-highlights-partnership-in-a-roma-settlement.htmlA total of 359 foreign students to study at Comenius University this yearMost of them are interested in the Management FacultyMon, 18 Sep 2017 22:49:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20652173/a-total-of-359-foreign-students-to-study-at-comenius-university-this-year.htmlSlovakia to produce barrels for Swedish mortarsThe system will be integrated in Swedish combat vehicles.Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:02:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20649703/slovakia-to-produce-barrels-for-swedish-mortars.htmlSlovakia to propose third bidder for EUGC JudgeAfter one candidate was turned down because of poor knowledge of French and another one got a negative opinion from the EU’s consultative committee, a third candidate for the European Union General Court, EUGC, is sought.Wed, 13 Sep 2017 22:30:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20648920/slovakia-to-propose-third-bidder-for-eugc-judge.htmlForeigners can use the new visa appThey find information necessary for coming to Slovakia.Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:15:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20648479/foreigners-can-use-the-new-visa-app.htmlNY Times: Tolerant spa town feels the chill of Slovak populismIncidents against Muslims on the rise, the daily reports.Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:10:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20648472/ny-times-tolerant-spa-town-feels-the-chill-of-slovak-populism.htmlLajčák takes over top UN postThe UN General Assembly president has several important tasks.Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:06:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20647993/lajcak-takes-over-top-un-post.htmlNew apostolic nuncio gives credentials to president KiskaMonsignor Giacomo Ottonell replaces Mario Giordana who retired from official duties after reaching the canonical age of 75.Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:03:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20648011/new-apostolic-nuncio-gives-credentials-to-president-kiska.htmlFulbright scholars will receive no-fee visasThe new procedure is expected to significantly ease the administrative burden.Wed, 06 Sep 2017 14:18:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20642878/fulbright-scholars-will-receive-no-fee-visas.htmlRefugee quota lawsuit is deadWe respect the court, but our stance toward quotas remains unchanged, says Fico.Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:13:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20642573/slovakias-lawsuit-against-the-eu-dismissed.htmlThree Slovak universities are listed among the top schools in the worldTwo of the schools are situated in Bratislava and one in Košice.Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:36:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20642380/three-slovak-universities-are-listed-among-the-top-schools-in-the-world.htmlBill Gates visited SlovakiaThe computer mogul, founder of Microsoft and philanthropist Bill Gates supported his daughter.Mon, 04 Sep 2017 13:57:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20641012/bill-gates-visited-slovakia.htmlIOM provides grants for training courses to non-EU nationalsThird-country nationals who have come to Slovakia from outside the EU and wish to work in the country may apply for a financial grant to improve their prospects on the jobs market.Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:36:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20638780/iom-provides-grants-for-training-courses-to-non-eu-nationals.htmlLajčák visits India for talks with the Indian PMThe visit was due to minister Lajčák assuming the post of president of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in September.Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:06:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20637967/lajcak-visits-india-for-talks-with-the-indian-pm.htmlHow to be an intern in SlovakiaThese 12 FAQs will give you the basics on internships for foreign students in Slovakia, based on the experiences of a Slovak Spectator intern.Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:20:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611366/how-to-be-an-intern-in-slovakia.htmlTraditional Slovak language and culture school has new graduates144 participants from all around the world have received their certificates this yearMon, 28 Aug 2017 22:34:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20636860/traditional-slovak-language-and-culture-school-has-new-graduates.htmlSlovak soldiers start a training mission in the MediterraneanSlovak military policemen are part of a team under the German navy’s leadership.Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:12:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20634292/slovak-soldiers-start-a-training-mission-in-the-area-of-the-mediterranean-sea.htmlSlovak woman spends two days at a Bulgarian airport after losing her ID cardShe had to wait for someone to deliver her passport before she could continue her holidayThu, 24 Aug 2017 17:33:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20633382/slovak-woman-spends-two-days-at-a-bulgarian-airport-after-losing-her-id-card.htmlMacron and Fico agree on commensurate salaries for workers posted abroadSlovak government approves of the Posting of Workers EU directive prior to the Salzburg meeting.Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:00:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20633377/macron-and-fico-agree-on-commensurate-salaries-for-workers-posted-abroad.htmlSlovaks participate in anti-terrorist exercise in ViennaIt was the first combined training exercise of Austrian and foreign watercraft and helicopters in Austria.Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:12:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20632375/slovaks-participate-in-anti-terrorist-exercise-in-vienna.html