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_emailskSlovaks speak the worst English in central EuropeSeven out of ten job applicants in Slovakia claim to speak English.Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:50:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20961833/slovaks-speak-the-worst-english-in-central-europe.htmlJournalists should resist the temptation to tweetThere is still a need for old-fashioned news reporters who just get the facts out there, says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson.Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:42:28 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20961777/intervew-ian-johnson-pulitzer-prize-china.htmlSlovaks stole luxury champagne worth hundreds of thousands eurosThe police operation was carried out in cooperation with the Bratislava-based branch of Interpol.Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:11:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20960129/slovaks-stole-luxury-champagne-worth-hundreds-of-thousands-euros.htmlEl País: Female professor openly fights high gender pay gap in SlovakiaThe major Spanish daily portrays Slovakia as one of the EU countries with the highest level of gender inequality through the story of Svetlana Fialová.Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:18:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20959451/el-pais-female-professor-openly-fights-high-gender-pay-gap-in-slovakia.htmlPulitzer prize winning journalist: Public lecture in Bratislava and KošiceIan Johnson will talk in Slovakia about the ideas, faiths, and values that underpin China's rise. Register now for the lecture for free.Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:07:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20959660/pulitzer-prize-winning-journalist-public-lecture-in-bratislava-and-kosice.htmlMigration compact: Will Slovakia stay out?The ruling coalition is divided over the UN document on migration. The Foreign Minister clashed with the SNS, who want to follow the example of Austria and Hungary.Fri, 09 Nov 2018 07:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20956181/migration-compact-will-slovakia-stay-out.htmlSlovakia does not have to compensate the Union private health insurerThe German Supreme Court dismissed the original arbitration decision against Slovakia concerning the ban on health-insurance companies’ profits.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 22:06:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20956486/slovakia-does-not-have-to-compensate-the-union-private-health-insurer.htmlSlovakia should prepare for hard BrexitHard Brexit will be a worse scenario for Slovakia, but the country will be able to cope with it, Slovak PM said.Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:09:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955275/slovakia-should-prepare-for-hard-brexit.htmlŠefčovič will not run for the top EC postEuropean Socialists chose Hollander Frans Timmermans as their candidate.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:48:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20954195/sefcovic-will-not-run-for-the-top-ec-post.htmlChildren in Kenya celebrate Czechoslovakia’s centenaryThey sang both national anthems and folk songs.Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:02:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20953160/children-in-kenya-celebrate-czechoslovakias-centenary.htmlSlovak cabinet will not stop sale of arms to Saudis unless Europe doesThe Foreign Affairs Ministry has failed to publish on its website any official statement concerning the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:31:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20953143/slovak-cabinet-will-not-stop-sale-of-arms-to-saudis-without-europe.htmlRefugees need a chance to become real neighboursA programme helps people who fled persecution at home find a safe haven in European and North American cities.Fri, 02 Nov 2018 09:40:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20951160/refugees-need-a-chance-to-become-real-neighbours.htmlFico visits Cuba with head of parliamentary committeeAmid celebrations of the centenary of the first Czechoslovak Republic, their visit almost went unnoticed by official institutions.Wed, 31 Oct 2018 22:24:36 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20950557/fico-visits-cuba-with-head-of-parliamentary-committee.htmlAlumni of CEU about its ousting: It was a matter of timeHungarian government approved the law that limits the functioning of foreign universities that do not have home campus in Hungary in April 2017. CEU considering leaving the country.Wed, 31 Oct 2018 16:24:19 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20950248/alumni-of-ceu-about-its-ousting-it-was-matter-of-time.htmlThe Kremlin is seen behind the feminist videoViral video from subway has a suspicious source.Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:37:13 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20948186/the-kremlin-is-seen-behind-the-feminist-video.htmlCzech politician warns against non-existent diseaseTens of thousands of people have seen Tomio Okamura's fake news video.Tue, 30 Oct 2018 07:48:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20948175/czech-politician-warns-against-non-existent-disease.htmlSlovakia to temporarily take 250 refugeesThey will stay in the country only until they leave for their target destination.Tue, 30 Oct 2018 07:29:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20949166/slovakia-to-temporarily-take-250-refugees.htmlRSF call on Slovak authorities to investigate harassment in Kuciak murder caseThe international journalists’ organisation claims that a “predator’s shadow” hangs over Kuciak's murder.Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:08:04 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20948858/rsf-call-on-slovak-authorities-to-investigate-harassment-in-kuciak-murder-case.htmlMacron to Slovaks: Use every opportunity to take part in the European dialogueThe French president visited Slovakia on October 26, repeatedly refused division of Europe into east and west, old and new.Fri, 26 Oct 2018 18:06:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20947457/macron-to-slovaks-use-every-opportunity-to-take-part-in-the-european-dialogue.htmlMacron: When the EU distributes money, nobody shouts it is dirty moneyEurope is based on common values, said the French president; member states accept money but sometimes start resisting the need to implement European values.Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:35:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946994/macron-when-the-eu-distributes-money-nobody-shouts-it-is-dirty-money.htmlIPI will demand justice in the murder of KuciakThe organisation will also carry out a solidarity visit to the memorial for Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová in Bratislava and meet with representatives of the Slovak media community.Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:44:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946176/ipi-will-demand-justice-in-the-murder-of-kuciak.htmlFrench President Macron visiting Slovakia on FridayPrepare for the traffic limitations.Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:34:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946146/french-president-macron-visiting-slovakia-on-friday.htmlSlovaks living abroad meet at conference in BratislavaOn Friday, 80 representatives of various associations and institutions uniting Slovaks living abroad will meet to discuss challenges in boosting national awareness.Wed, 24 Oct 2018 23:05:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20945804/slovaks-living-abroad-meet-at-conference-in-bratislava.htmlWhen Daylight Saving Time is abolished, Slovakia will keep winter timeThe Labour Ministry argues for keeping winter time once Daylight Saving Time is abolished but also points out the need of keep unity within the EU internal market.Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:55:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20943524/when-daylight-saving-time-is-abolished-slovakia-will-keep-winter-time.htmlMFA: Slovak-Vietnamese relations frozen until Hanoi explains abductionThe Slovak Foreign Ministry is still waiting for a reply from Vietnam following a meeting of foreign affairs ministers from both countries in New York.Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:26:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20943494/mfa-slovak-vietnamese-relations-frozen-until-hanoi-explains-abduction.htmlDanko acts outside the official foreign policy lineNo need to create drama, says Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák.Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:20:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20940657/danko-acts-outside-official-foreign-policy-line.htmlForeign hackers attacked Slovak Foreign MinistryThe attack by the so far unknown perpetrators was targeted.Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:23:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20939756/foreign-hackers-attacked-slovak-foreign-ministry.htmlSlovak soldiers to take part in NATO’s largest military exerciseSome selected Slovak soldiers are set to participate in the exercise to take place by the turn of October in Scandinavia and Italy.Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:20:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20939723/slovak-soldiers-to-take-part-in-natos-largest-military-exercise.htmlV4 presidents: Nord Stream II is a threat to EuropePresidents of the Visegrad Group countries discussed, among other things, the rise of xenophobia, extremism and nationalism in Europe.Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:07:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20938002/v4-presidents-nord-stream-threat.htmlFirst Slovaks receive the Woodrow Wilson AwardsIndividuals as well as institutions were decorated for their contribution to developing mutual ties between Slovakia and the USA.Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:28:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20935168/first-slovaks-receive-the-woodrow-wilson-awards.htmlRadoslav Šoth could be the first Slovak in the Brussels city councilHe is running at the head of the “Plan B” civic platform slate.Tue, 09 Oct 2018 22:23:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20933764/radoslav-soth-could-be-the-first-slovak-in-the-brussels-city-council.htmlSlovak Šefčovič should become the socialists’ candidate for EC headThe Vice-President of the European Commission has support to become the only European Socialists’ Spitzenkandidat for EC president, Politico wrote on October 8.Tue, 09 Oct 2018 13:33:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20933276/slovak-sefcovic-should-become-the-socialists-candidate-for-ec-head.htmlModern day slaver family from Slovakia sentenced for trafficking slave workers to UKThose offered a chance of a ‘better life’ in the UK, ended as modern slaves.Tue, 09 Oct 2018 05:52:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20932589/modern-day-slaver-family-from-slovakia-sentenced-for-trafficking-slave-workers-to-uk.htmlUS Congress approves grant of $50 million for SlovakiaThe condition is, however, that Slovakia uses the resources to buy army equipment from the USA.Mon, 08 Oct 2018 14:12:50 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20932262/us-congress-approves-grant-of-usd50-million-for-slovakia.htmlKomárno will experience simulated terrorist attack next weekThe event will be open to the public free of charge.Thu, 04 Oct 2018 23:04:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20929910/komarno-will-experience-simulated-terrorist-attack-next-week.htmlPellegrini: We can take Syrian orphansSlovakia’s prime minister admitted that Slovakia could help Greece and Italy with refugees. The Foreign Affairs Ministry is now analysing the possibilities.Tue, 02 Oct 2018 13:17:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20927579/pellegrini-we-can-take-syrian-orphans.htmlVietnamese bistros in Slovakia. What are they all about?Vietnamese cuisine has also gained popularity in Paris, Berlin and Prague.Tue, 02 Oct 2018 07:45:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20924832/vietnamese-bistros-in-slovakia-what-are-they-all-about.htmlA Slovak sentenced in Vietnam for sex with underaged localThe verdict of the “landmark case” is not yet in effect and the appellate court can change it, according to the media reports.Mon, 01 Oct 2018 13:40:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20926721/son-of-slovak-investor-sentenced-in-vietnam-for-sex-with-underaged-local.htmlRSF: The most important thing is the arrest of the mastermindsInternational press organisations welcome the progress in the investigation of the Kuciak and Kušnírová murders, but hope it will continue.Thu, 27 Sep 2018 22:45:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20924637/rsf-the-most-important-thing-is-the-arrest-of-the-masterminds.htmlLingvaFest‘2018 is Slovakia’s first polyglot festivalThe international festival of languages visits Slovakia for the first time, offering record-holders, scholars and polyglots.Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:07:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20923754/lingvafest2018-is-slovakias-first-polyglot-festival.html