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_emailskIf 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.htmlSlovakia to prepare law on cyber security with NATOThe law should define the specific tasks of individual ministries and institutions in Slovakia.Wed, 17 May 2017 13:55:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535139/slovakia-to-prepare-law-on-cyber-security-with-nato.htmlSlovak charged in the international raid against child pornographyHe was detained within the international operation Pacifier.Tue, 16 May 2017 13:57:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20534104/slovak-charged-in-the-international-raid-against-child-pornography.htmlWill the New Silk Road pass through Slovakia?Economy Minister Peter Žiga attends major meeting on the project in Beijing.Mon, 15 May 2017 21:55:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20533493/will-the-new-silk-road-pass-through-slovakia.htmlSlovak diplomat to become EU ambassador to MoldovaSlovak Ambassador to Greece, Peter Michalko, should become the European union ambassador to Moldova, the Politico website informed in mid-May.Mon, 15 May 2017 14:46:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20533303/slovak-diplomat-to-become-eu-ambassador-to-moldova.htmlAnother Slovak enslaved instead of landing a jobBBC runs a series of stories about human trafficking including a case from Slovakia.Thu, 11 May 2017 22:29:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20530753/another-slovak-enslaved-instead-of-landing-a-job.htmlFinance minister talks to Financial TimesPeter Kažimír told the paper he seeks to steer Slovakia past a “lasagne of evil”, adding that a wave of populist unrest in the EU does not sour his outlook for growth.Thu, 11 May 2017 14:03:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20530173/finance-minister-talks-to-financial-times.htmlSlovakia and Hungary in EU court over migrant quotasRepresenattives of these two ocuntries were asked to explain why their governments decided to sue the Council of the European Union for its decision.Thu, 11 May 2017 13:46:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20530128/slovakia-and-hungary-in-eu-court-over-migrant-quotas.htmlMilitary technology will transfer via SlovakiaThe biggest transfer this week is scheduled for May 12.Wed, 10 May 2017 19:59:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20529712/military-technology-will-transfer-via-slovakia.htmlNearly 1,800 people have lost Slovak citizenship so farMost people have become citizens of the Czech Republic and Germany.Tue, 09 May 2017 22:08:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20528812/nearly-1800-people-have-lost-slovak-citizenship-so-far.htmlTwenty people extradited after police operationDuring the nation-wide operation, twenty foreigners, mostly of Serbian origin, were detained and extradited.Tue, 09 May 2017 19:10:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20528730/twenty-people-extradited-after-police-operation.htmlFrench voters in Slovakia elected MacronThey were concerned about the unity of the EU and fighting extremism.Tue, 09 May 2017 13:06:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20528248/french-voters-in-slovakia-elected-macron.htmlFight against terrorism is important, Lajčák and Tillerson agreeThe Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister was among the first European statesmen to meet the US Secretary of State in Washington.Tue, 09 May 2017 12:54:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20528239/fight-against-terrorism-is-important-lajcak-and-tillerson-agree.htmlSlovak politicians welcome the election of Macron as French presidentPresident Kiska: Your victory is a happy day for all who believe in a united and strong Europe.Mon, 08 May 2017 21:49:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20527858/slovak-politicians-welcome-the-election-of-macron-as-french-president.htmlQuote of the week“If it should hurt one side more than the other, then it should be more painful for the UK, because they’ve made their own decision to leave.”Fri, 05 May 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20525277/quote-of-the-week.htmlSlovakia increased spending on development aid in 2016, by 27%Slovakia allocated €99,396,970 for official development aid last year, meaning an increase of 21.2 million euros compared to 2015, or about 27 percent.Thu, 04 May 2017 17:32:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20524890/slovakia-increased-its-spending-on-development-aid-in-2016-by-27.htmlSlovakia joins the campaign to support Turkish journalistsAmnesty International has organised a quiet protest to support imprisoned Turkish journalists on World Press Freedom Day.Thu, 04 May 2017 06:49:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20524521/slovakia-joins-the-campaign-to-support-turkish-journalists.htmlControversial businessman accompanies Prince AlbertMiroslav Výboh, friend of PM Fico and involved in the international corruption scandal Pandur, is a member of the Monacan delegation to Slovakia.Wed, 03 May 2017 14:26:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20523991/controversial-businessman-accompanies-prince-albert.htmlApostolic nuncio bids Slovakia farewellAt the canonical age of 75, Mario Giordana ends his mission as apostolic nuncio. He will be replaced by Giacomo Giudo Ottonello.Tue, 02 May 2017 22:46:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20523576/apostolic-nuncio-bids-slovakia-farewell.htmlTo Russia with love?Survey suggests that admiration for Putin and Russia is uniting extremist organisations in Central Europe.Tue, 02 May 2017 21:59:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20523541/to-russia-with-love.htmlFico: EU leaders are determined to act jointly in BrexitThe participants in an extraordinary summit showed no reservations to the so-called negotiation guidelines, the Slovak PM claimed.Tue, 02 May 2017 14:11:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20523026/fico-eu-leaders-are-determined-to-act-jointly-in-brexit.htmlFirst march against corruption is reported by the New York TimesThe students deadline has passed and they are planning to organize two more marches against corruption.Tue, 02 May 2017 02:00:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20522505/first-march-against-corruption-is-reported-by-the-new-york-times.htmlFico considers Belarus to be a bridge to Eurasian market"We want to focus mainly on economic cooperation without intervening in the internal issues of our countries,” the Slovak PM said after meeting his Belarus counterpart.Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:32:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20519860/fico-considers-belarus-to-be-a-bridge-to-eurasian-market.htmlLajčák: Brexit guidelines are in line with Slovak interestsThe status of Slovak nationals living in the UK is among the priorities of Slovakia in Brexit talks.Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:01:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20519869/lajcak-brexit-guidelines-are-in-line-with-slovak-interests.htmlBratislava Council votes down land lease for US Embassy, againSome want to send a clear message that the controversial fence is not welcome, others think the city coffers could have benefited.Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:42:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20519302/bratislava-council-votes-down-land-lease-for-us-embassy-again.htmlPresident: Slovakia wants to stay at the core of the EUSlovak President Andrej Kiska spoke to the media after meeting his Austrian counterpart Alexander Van der Bellen.Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:38:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20518757/president-slovakia-wants-to-stay-at-the-core-of-the-eu.htmlSlovak Ambassador in London became European Diplomat of the YearĽubomír Rehák won the poll of the London-based magazine Diplomat. The Slovak ambassador to the United Kingdom, Rehák, became the European Diplomat of the Year on April 24.Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20517685/slovak-ambassador-for-london-becomes-european-diplomat-of-the-year.htmlCultural centre for expats to be built in BratislavaThe World Association of Slovaks Living Abroad will specify the details only after purchasing the building.Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:56:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20517737/cultural-centre-for-expats-to-be-built-in-bratislava.htmlSchwechat airport scares with BratislavaThe biggest airport in Austria is lobbying to construct a third runway, using Slovakia as a deterrent example.Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:48:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20517235/schwechat-airport-scares-with-bratislava.html309 people granted Slovak citizenship in 201566 percent of them went to non-EU citizens.Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:41:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20517233/309-people-granted-slovak-citizenship-in-2015.html