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_emailskCustoms officials discovered thousands of imitations among goods from ChinaNearly 45,000 fake products found by customs officials in Dunajská Streda that violated the intellectual property rights were meant for the Czech market.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:33:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717902/customs-officials-discovered-thousands-of-imitations-among-goods-from-china.htmlThe fight against discrimination of minorities failsA recent survey confirms the intolerance towards various groups across the EU.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:15:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717568/the-fight-against-discrimination-of-minorities-fails.htmlAustrian natural gas station close to Slovak border explodedThe incident, which claimed one fatality and at least 18 injuries, also created an emergency in a Slovak village close to the Austrian border.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:59:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717043/austrian-natural-gas-station-close-to-slovak-border-exploded.htmlEx-PM Radičová praised as influential female leaderFormer Slovak PM, Iveta Radičová, receives her second international award.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:50:35 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716230/ex-pm-radicova-received-another-award.htmlSlovaks are unsatisfied with police uncovering corruptionFive embassies in Slovakia call on Slovak government to continue fighting against corruption, promising further support.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:23:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716114/five-embassies-call-on-slovak-cabinet-to-further-combat-corruption.htmlEU takes Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to court for refusing refugee quotas but not SlovakiaSlovak minister points out that the latest proposals by the Estonian presidency resemble Slovakia’s proposals from the Bratislava summit.Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:13:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713885/eu-takes-poland-hungary-and-the-czech-republic-to-court-for-refusing-refugee-quotas-but-not-slovakia.htmlSlovakia is often disregarded when it comes to EU postsBut the countries of Central Europe need to look for reasons at home, and double their efforts, analyst says.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:57:47 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713516/slovakia-is-often-disregarded-when-it-comes-to-eu-posts.htmlCuba shows interest in Slovakia’s client centresThe two countries want to develop mutual cooperation.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:24:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712046/cuba-shows-interest-in-slovakias-client-centres.htmlSlovak finance chief fails to become new head of the EurogroupPortuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno has won the race and become the head of the 19-country eurozoneMon, 04 Dec 2017 21:56:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711013/slovak-finance-chief-fails-to-become-new-head-of-the-eurogroup.htmlBritish police detain Slovak who made bomb threat onboard a planePassengers describe the panic that erupted on the Bratislava to London-Stansted flight when a man proclaimed he had a bomb.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:25:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710603/british-police-detain-slovak-who-made-bomb-threat-onboard-a-plane.htmlSlovakia promotes the benefits of its membership in NATO and the EUThe first series of videos are available on the internet as of Thursday.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:48:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708269/slovakia-launches-campaign-pointing-to-the-benefits-of-slovakias-membership-in-nato-and-the-eu.htmlKažimír: I see the eurozone as the driving force of European integrationSlovak finance minister submits his official application for head of the EurogroupThu, 30 Nov 2017 20:43:17 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708257/kazimir-i-see-the-eurozone-as-the-driving-force-of-european-integration.htmlFAQ: Health care treatment in SlovakiaThe Slovak Spectator brings you the set of the most frequently asked questions with regard to health care treatment.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20222935/faq-health-care-treatment-in-slovakia.htmlSlovak life expectancy remains shorter than the EU averageA recent report of the EU statistics office shows that although the life expectancy in Slovakia has been increasing, it still lags behind the EU average.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:57:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707231/slovak-life-expectancy-remains-shorter-than-the-eu-average.htmlBratislava is the brainiest EU capitalBut the rest of the country posts worse numbers.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:45:36 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707226/bratislava-is-the-brainiest-eu-capital.htmlSlovak farmers get €5 million in damage compensation from ECA European Commission decree awards Slovak farmers a compensation for damage caused by bad weather conditions.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:53:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706685/slovak-farmers-get-five-million-euros-in-damage-compensation-from-ec.htmlPolice dissolve gang of Slovak shop thievesThe group has been reportedly active in Europe for 10 yearsTue, 28 Nov 2017 22:49:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706271/police-dissolve-gang-of-slovak-shop-thieves.htmlA Slovak company will exchange lights in HanoiThe capital of Vietnam will receive a new smart public lighting system from Slovakia.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:26:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705839/a-slovak-company-will-exchange-lights-in-hanoi.htmlFico: Sino-Slovak relations getting back to normal following a cool offProspects for cooperation lie in transport, trade, energy and robotisationMon, 27 Nov 2017 21:29:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705412/fico-sino-slovak-relations-getting-back-to-normal-following-a-cool-off.htmlSlovak innovators made the New Europe 100 TeamThe list aims to raise the profile of changemakers in emerging EuropeThu, 23 Nov 2017 22:55:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702811/slovak-innovators-made-the-new-europe-100-team.htmlObchodná Street among the most expensiveWell-known retail street in Bratislava appeared in top 100.Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:45:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702340/obchodna-street-among-the-most-expensive.htmlAd concerning Philippine housewives checked by ethical self-regulation bodyA company promises in its ad to offer household helpers who are hardworking and discreet.Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:38:44 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702320/ad-concerning-philippine-housewives-checked-by-ethical-self-regulation-body.htmlUS Embassy is willing to pay rentHowever, it still hasn't signed a new rental agreement with the city of Bratislava.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:49:19 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702055/us-embassy-is-willing-to-pay-rent.htmlWhy Slovaks should start fearing the CzechsSlovakia will have to display unity and inventiveness for Brussels to recognise it among the cluster of “strange” democracies east of GermanyWed, 22 Nov 2017 22:24:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701966/why-slovaks-should-start-fearing-the-czechs.htmlEuropean institutions agreed to ban on unjustified geo-blockingIn some defined cases, merchants will and online shops will not be allowed to require consumers to pay with a debit or credit card issued in another country; this means discrimination by online shops based on a consumer's location, a practice known as geo-blocking.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:09:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701271/european-institutions-agreed-to-ban-on-unjustified-geo-blocking.htmlEMA will go to Amsterdam, not BratislavaThe Slovak capital finished fourth in first round of vote for the seat of the prestigious European Medicines AgencyTue, 21 Nov 2017 06:27:55 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700396/ema-will-go-to-amsterdam-not-bratislava.html112 Slovak trucks detained in Belgium due to suspicion of driver exploitationThe Association of Road Transport Operators of the Slovak Republic claim a shell company via which a Belgian entrepreneur hires drivers from eastern Europe is behind the caseTue, 21 Nov 2017 06:01:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700436/112-slovak-trucks-detained-in-belgium-due-to-suspicion-of-driver-exploitation.htmlCanadian anthropologist faces charges of sexual abuseThe police seized pictures of underage girls and also a weapon while searching his premises.Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:27:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697330/canadian-anthropologist-faces-charges-of-sexual-abuse.htmlPolice detain 78 illegal migrants in two lorriesIn the city of Žilina, vehicles were stopped with dozens of illegally transported Iraqi, Iranian and Syrian nationals.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:51:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696781/police-detain-78-illegal-migrants-in-two-lorries.htmlPlanning to settle in Slovakia? You will need to speak some SlovakFree language courses available for foreigners living in the capital.Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:56:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696395/planning-to-settle-in-slovakia-you-will-need-to-speak-some-slovak.htmlSlovakia joins PESCO initiativePESCO membership will present an opportunity for Slovakia to bolster its defence capabilitiesMon, 13 Nov 2017 21:40:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695566/slovakia-joins-pesco-initiative.htmlFallen soldiers of World War I remembered in SlovakiaIn the Slovak capital and four other cities, the end of World War I and those killed were commemorated November 11.Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:03:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695083/fallen-soldiers-of-world-war-i-remembered-in-slovakia.htmlBratislava and Milan lead race for EU medicines agency, the Financial Times writesMinisters will vote on a new home for the EMA on November 20Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:05:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693119/bratislava-and-milan-lead-race-for-eu-medicines-agency-the-financial-times-writes.htmlJapanese embassy awards Slovak politicianMP František Šebej contributes to deepening relations with Japan through several activities.Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:16:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691649/japanese-embassy-awards-slovak-politician.htmlSlovaks are mentioned in the Paradise PapersMore information will be published later this week.Wed, 08 Nov 2017 02:29:02 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691317/slovaks-are-mentioned-in-the-paradise-papers.htmlA record number of British companies are locating to SlovakiaThe biggest British investor in the country is the carmaker Jaguar Land Rover.Wed, 08 Nov 2017 02:24:29 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691313/a-record-number-of-companies-are-locating-to-slovakia.htmlSlovak FinMin is interested in becoming Eurogroup headKažimír is waiting for political consensusMon, 06 Nov 2017 21:50:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20690367/slovak-finmin-is-interested-in-becoming-eurogroup-head.htmlA homeless man detained in Vienna, with TNT allegedly originating from SlovakiaA German homeless man detained in Vienna claims he got the TNT from Slovakia; the case is not connected to terrorism.Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:52:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20689940/a-homeless-detained-in-vienna-with-tnt-allegedly-priginating-from-slovakia.htmlCzech election also impacted by hoaxes: Okamura’s disinformation gestureThe anti-Islam party spread disinformation and was supported by conspiracy websites.Sat, 04 Nov 2017 03:31:28 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20687910/czech-election-also-impacted-by-hoaxes-okamuras-disinformation-gesture.htmlSlovaks and Austrians will look at plastics in the DanubeEarlier studies have revealed that the annual flow of plastic amounts to 530-1,550 tonnes.Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:16:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20686750/slovaks-and-austrians-will-look-at-plastics-in-the-danube.html