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_emailskDiscrimination against Roma remains widespread in Slovakia says Amnesty International reportThe report points to discrimination against Roma in Slovakia, systemic segregation of Roma children in education and Slovakia’s complaint against mandatory refugee relocation quotas.Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:19:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766918/discrimination-against-roma-remains-widespread-in-slovakia-says-amnesty-international-report.htmlCabinet okays trade agreement with CanadaCETA will have a positive impact on bilateral trade between Slovakia and Canada, according to the Economy Ministry.Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:11:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766389/cabinet-okays-trade-agreement-with-canada.htmlSlovakia will give €8 million for solving migration problemsThe money will mostly go to Libya.Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:05:08 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766377/slovakia-will-give-8-million-for-solving-migration-problems.htmlNew medium for Hungarian minority receives money from OrbánThe publisher, foundation Pro Media, does not consider it problematic.Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:28:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766049/new-medium-for-hungarian-minority-receives-money-from-orban.htmlKeep your passport at hand on your trip to AustriaThere are no internal border controls on the Austrian-Slovak border. Yet, the Austrian police check cars and buses heading to Slovakia.Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:19:55 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765991/keep-your-passport-at-hand-on-your-trip-to-austria.htmlItaly points to “illegal state aid” as Embraco announces relocation to SlovakiaThe decision to shift production follows in the footsteps of US conglomerate Honeywell, which reportedly also plans to close its Italian plant and move to Slovakia.Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:56:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765858/italy-points-to-illegal-state-aid-as-embraco-announces-relocation-to-slovakia.htmlDid Labour Party’s chair have links to Czechoslovak secret agent?British MPs might ask Ján Sarkocy to provide evidence on his meetings with several Labour politicians.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:09:29 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765376/did-labour-partys-chair-have-links-to-czechoslovak-secret-agent.htmlMore foreigners have applied for a stay in SlovakiaThis reflects the increased demands of employers, especially due to new or expanding investments, the Border and Foreigners’ Police points out.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:58:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765054/number-of-foreigners-applying-for-a-stay-in-slovakia-has-considerably-increased.htmlSlovaks invited to join international call for dieselgate compensationSo far 700 Slovak car owners with manipulated software responded to the call.Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:47:44 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20762003/slovaks-invited-to-join-international-call-for-dieselgate-compensation.htmlThe very first Slovak receives Japan’s Order of the Rising SunMP František Šebej views the award as “the story of Slovak karate”.Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:45:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761425/the-very-first-slovak-receives-japans-order-of-the-rising-sun.htmlA Slovak soldier dies in BosniaHis health declined quickly, and he later died in a hospital.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:24:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761068/a-slovak-soldier-dies-in-bosnia.htmlEuropean Commission to decide on further steps in air quality laterSlovakia has found itself among the countries required to file new air quality plans to the European Commission, unless ready to face the Court of Justice later this year.Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:53:54 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20759851/european-commission-to-decide-on-further-steps-in-air-quality.htmlEset rejects allegations raised by Russia of cooperation with the CIASlovak cyber security company stresses that one of its principles is to stay neutral on any political or geopolitical issue.Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:43:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20759483/eset-rejects-allegations-raised-by-russia-of-cooperation-with-the-cia.htmlSlovak MEPs have mixed opinions on annual clock changeSome support scrapping the bi-annual time change and others are against.Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:34:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756632/slovak-meps-have-mixed-opinions-on-annual-clock-change.htmlCourt: Slovak government put private health insurers at a disadvantageThe Court of Justice of the European Union issued a ruling concerning the alleged unjustified help to state-run insurance company.Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:01:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20754340/the-ec-court-of-justice-gives-right-to-private-health-insurers.htmlFrom Liptovský Mikuláš to Podunajské BiskupiceA young boy hid in a pigsty, escaped deportation as the only one of his family.Wed, 31 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20750904/from-liptovsky-mikulas-to-podunajske-biskupice.htmlSix refugees in a cabinThanks God we would help those who needed in, Jan Balciar wrote years later.Wed, 31 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20750902/six-refugees-in-a-cabin.htmlThe Bardejov rescuersThe policeman, the mailman, the Aryanizer and the villager helped people from Bardejov escape deportations.Wed, 31 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20750894/the-bardejov-rescuers.htmlSaving people with baptismEvangelical priest would baptise Jews to save them from certain death.Wed, 31 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20750891/saving-people-with-baptism.htmlHiding in the mountainsThe rescuers of the Friedman family pretended their distant relatives were staying with them.Wed, 31 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20750890/hiding-in-the-mountains.htmlIsrael awards 12 Slovaks as Righteous Among the NationsDuring World War II, they saved people from certain death. These are their stories.Wed, 31 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20750887/righteous-among-the-nations-2018-Slovakia.htmlJudicial Council sends Ivan Rumana to LuxembourgAfter several failed attempts, the Judicial Council wants to send a judge of the Supreme Court who had been an intern at the General Court of the European Union to the vacant Slovak chair in the latter body.Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:52:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20749624/judicial-council-sends-ivan-rumana-to-luxembourg.htmlA suspected terrorist spent two weeks in SlovakiaIt is very worrying that a terrorist stayed for two weeks in the country as a Libyan diplomat, Slovak media write.Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:32:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20748766/a-suspected-terrorist-spent-two-weeks-in-slovakia.htmlFico: I have always perceived Zeman as an intelligent and experienced politicianSlovak politicians congratulate Czech President Miloš Zeman on his re-election.Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:21:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20748741/slovak-politicians-congratulate-czech-president-milos-zeman-on-re-election.htmlCzech campaign uses hoaxes to attack candidatesThe second round of the Czech presidential election has been characterized by manipulated information and hoaxes.Mon, 29 Jan 2018 07:46:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20747052/czech-campaign-uses-hoaxes-to-attack-candidates.htmlFAQ: Non-EU citizens - dealing with immigration authoritiesThe Slovak Spectator brings you the set of the most frequently asked questions with regard to dealing with immigration authorities, in this case with the Slovakia Border and Alien Police (official name) also known as the Foreigner Police.Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20180270/faq-non-eu-citizens-dealing-with-immigration-authorities.htmlSlovakia faces sanctions for polluted airIf member states do not demonstrate sufficient effort in solving the issue of air pollution, the European Commission will sue them in the Court of Justice of the European Union.Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:08:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20745078/countries-with-most-polluted-air-including-slovakia-face-sanctions-from-brussels.htmlSlovakia: The biggest challenge of the OSCE presidency is to find consensus and dialogueInclusion, transparency and cooperation are the three main requirements to implement dialogue, which have become the main characteristics of Slovakia’s presidency of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation (FSC).Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:40:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740387/slovakia-the-biggest-challenge-of-the-osce-presidency-is-to-find-consensus-and-dialogue.htmlCentre for Roma Rights sues Slovak interior minister over discriminationAfter Slovak Roma proxy and Justice Minister expressed worries and dissatisfaction with the draft bill on suppressing criminality in Roma settlements by Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is taking the ministry to court over discrimination.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:48:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739861/centre-for-roma-rights-sues-slovak-interior-minister-over-discrimination.htmlSlovaks in the UK do not have to fear BrexitBrexit itself should not impact the position of Slovaks in the UK, an interim agreement between the European Union and Great Britain suggests.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:47:47 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739060/slovaks-in-the-uk-do-not-have-to-fear-brexit.htmlDrahoš beat Zeman, according to Czech voters living in SlovakiaCzech voters living in Slovakia voted differently than those in the Czech Republic during the Czech Presidential Election.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:21:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738075/drahos-beat-zeman-according-to-czech-voters-living-in-slovakia.htmlSlovakia declared safe for US touristsThe US Department of State wants to provide travellers with clear, timely, and reliable information.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:31:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735936/slovakia-declared-safe-for-us-tourists.htmlCzech President Zeman attacks DubčekThe statements were condemned by both Slovak culture minister and the Foreign Affairs Ministry.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:40:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735446/czech-president-zeman-attacks-dubcek.htmlSlovakia will support further European integrationAt the same time, graft scandals will continue to erode approval ratings for conventional parties, paving the way for fringe parties and protest groups to gain influence, according to the BMI Research analysis.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:35:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735437/slovakia-will-support-further-european-integration.htmlGovernment approves changes in Slovakia’s policy towards foreignersAmong other things, conditions for third-country nationals will change to comply with the 2016 EU directive.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:25:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735164/government-approves-changes-in-slovakias-policy-towards-foreigners.htmlInvalids abused and forced to begThe human traffickers responsible may spend up to 12 years in prison.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:06:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734330/invalids-abused-and-forced-to-beg.htmlSlovakia saw highest ever number of illegal migrants in 2017Most of the cases were, however, people who did not leave after their legal stay permit expired.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:54:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734305/police-report-that-slovakia-saw-highest-ever-number-of-illegal-migrants-in-2017.htmlUS President Wilson’s 14 Points an important milestone in Slovak-US relationsSlovakia and the United States share several anniversaries in 2018.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:19:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733534/us-president-wilsons-14-points-an-important-milestone-in-slovak-us-relations.htmlNew head of EC Representation to Slovakia takes up his postLadislav Miko is replacing Dušan Chrenek.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:44:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733548/new-head-of-ec-representation-to-slovakia-takes-up-his-post.htmlBabiš visits Slovakia, meets FicoNew Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš visited Bratislava and was “welcomed home” by his Slovak counterpart.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:05:48 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733128/babis-visits-slovakia-meets-fico.html