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_emailskEP calls for thorough investigation of Kuciak’s murderIt has raised an alarm about the potential infiltration of organised crime in the Slovak economy and politics at all levels.Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:13:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20808004/ep-calls-for-thorough-investigation-of-kuciaks-murder.htmlUS may contribute to modernising Slovak airbasesThe aid is not an attempt to build any US base in Slovakia, the Defence Ministry stressed.Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:38:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20807516/us-may-contribute-to-modernising-slovak-airbases.htmlNearly 2,500 companies relocated from SlovakiaMost of them moved to neighbouring countries, consultancy company finds.Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:45:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20806572/last-year-nearly-2500-companies-relocated-from-slovakia.htmlWeapons are smuggled through Slovakia, Czech journalists revealThey reportedly end up in Azerbaijan, which is banned from weapons exports.Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:42:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20806221/weapons-are-smuggled-through-slovakia-czech-journalists-reveal.htmlHungarian MEP: Without the protests, nothing would have changedEP delegation member Benedek Jávor was frightened when Robert Fico, then still prime minister, started making allegations concerning George Soros in their conversation.Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:58:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805682/hungarian-mep-there-is-no-democracy-without-independent-public-service-media.htmlSlovak protest organisers send open letter to the EPThey are calling on the European Parliament to send an investigative team to look into the double murder, to check on the steps of the new Slovak government and approve the investigation of the abuse of EU funds in the country.Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:39:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801981/slovak-protest-organisers-send-open-letter-to-the-ep.htmlSlovak family in UK enslaved Czechs and SlovaksThis case has been deemed one of the worst examples of human trafficking and modern slavery by regional daily The Northern Echo.Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:11:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801667/slovak-family-in-uk-enslaved-czechs-and-slovaks.htmlKiska’s visit to South Korea is the first one in history by a Slovak presidentThe country’s economic success depends on investment in education, young people and innovation, Andrej Kiska said during the very first visit of a Slovak president to South Korea, where he met with his counterpart.Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:03:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801180/kiskas-visit-to-south-korea-is-the-first-one-in-history-by-a-slovak-president.htmlLegal conditions for asylum and subsidiary protection to changeThe time limit for decision-making in asylum proceedings is to be extended, according to the draft of Interior Ministry, not approved yet by the cabinet or parliament.Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:53:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801138/legal-conditions-for-asylum-and-subsidiary-protection-to-change.htmlOrbán will now create a system where there is no more need to win an electionLessons from the Hungarian elections: Stick with a proportional electoral system, says leading Hungarian intellectual.Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:23:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20800649/hungary-election-orban-victory-aftermath-haraszti.htmlUS presents F-16 aircraft in BratislavaIf the offer is accepted, the first fighter planes should arrive in Slovakia by the end of 2022.Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:33:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20800805/us-presents-f-16-aircraft-in-bratislava.htmlComenius University improved its ranking, ending among 400 bestThe Bratislava-based university improved its ranking by 42 positions.Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:36:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20800286/comenius-university-improved-its-ranking-ending-among-400-best.htmlUS Congress will deal with F-16 purchase offerHowever, it does not automatically mean that the Slovak Defence Ministry will purchase the aircraft from the Americans.Tue, 03 Apr 2018 21:38:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20795249/us-congress-will-deal-with-f-16-purchase-offer.htmlMedia in USA continues to closely watch SlovakiaSlovaks are an inspiration for the next generation - and not just in Slovakia, they wrote.Thu, 29 Mar 2018 20:49:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20792600/media-in-usa-continues-to-closely-watch-slovakia.htmlSlovak intelligence agency monitors Russian diplomatsRussian diplomats have increased their intelligence activities as well according to Czechs.Wed, 28 Mar 2018 20:23:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20791862/sis-monitors-russian-diplomats-slovak-reaction-to-skripal-poisoning-is-not-enough-for-kiska.htmlSlovak Ambassador to Russia summoned home for consultationsSlovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák: Slovakia’s steps in Skripal case depend on Russia.Wed, 28 Mar 2018 13:33:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20791526/minister-lajcak-slovakias-steps-in-skripal-case-depend-on-russia.htmlPresident criticises Slovakia’s stance towards Russian diplomatsThe situation following the decision of several countries to expel Russian diplomats will be discussed by the Security Council.Tue, 27 Mar 2018 23:10:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20791035/president-criticises-slovakias-stance-towards-russian-diplomats.htmlAnalyst: There are at least 10 Russian spies in SlovakiaOne third of Russian diplomats are in fact spies, security analyst Jaroslav Naď told Sme.Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:04:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20790506/analyst-there-are-too-many-russians-at-the-embassy-they-have-at-least-10-spies-in-slovakia.htmlSlovakia will not expel Russian diplomatsThe country is the only one among its Visegrad Group neighbours not to join the international initiative supporting the UK after the Salisbury attack.Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:18:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20790104/slovakia-will-not-expel-russian-diplomats.htmlSlovakia struggles with the segregation of Roma and disabled childrenSegregation deprives Roma and disabled children of the chance to interact with their peers, while majority children miss the opportunity to learn about diversity, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights stressed.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:47:27 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20787506/slovakia-struggles-with-the-segregation-of-roma-and-disabled-children.htmlForeigners also want a decent SlovakiaThe Slovak Spectator asked foreigners living in Slovakia how they see the murder of the journalist and his fiancee as well as the political upheaval it has provoked.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:55:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786531/foreigners-also-want-a-decent-slovakia.htmlSlovakia lost 12 cases at ECHR in StrasbourgFrom the total number of cases lost last year, five involved restituted flats.Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:38:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20785241/slovakia-lost-12-cases-at-echr-in-strasbourg.htmlBratislava is 80th best city to live inThe chart ranking cities as the best and worst to live in has been put together by the Mercer company a ninth time, comparing 231 cities worldwide.Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:20:47 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20785169/bratislava-is-80th-best-city-to-live-in.htmlKorčok: Slovakia refutes Russia’s allegations that Bratislava stores NovichokThe Novichok nerve agent was allegedly used to poison Sergei Skripal, a former spy, and his daughter Yulia on British soil.Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:29:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20784831/korcok-slovakia-refutes-russias-allegations-that-bratislava-stores-novichok.htmlSome Slovak media witnessed “the Trump effect”Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks talks about the atmosphere in society following the double murder of journalist and his fiancée, and steps to be taken.Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20783042/some-slovak-media-witnessed-the-trump-effect.htmlPrestigious foreign website notes architectonic value of SNP MemorialThe portal archdaily.com ranked the SNP Memorial among remarkable buildings such as the Slovak Radio building in Bratislava and Bridge SNP.Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20782228/prestigious-foreign-portal-notes-architectonic-value-of-snp-memorial.htmlFAQ: State citizenship of the Slovak RepublicThe Slovak Spectator brings you the set of the most frequently asked questions with regard to acquiring and losing Slovak state citizenship.Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20485820/faq-state-citizenship-of-the-slovak-republic.htmlFico: There is no mafia in eastern SlovakiaThe EP delegation voiced concerns over the trust of institutions, mafia ties with Slovakia’s representatives, and unfriendliness towards journalists.Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:41:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781384/fico-there-is-no-mafia-in-eastern-slovakia.htmlWorld media: Kaliňák’s resignation is the worst blow yet to FicoMedia outlets remind that the decision came after the biggest public protests and pressure from the junior coalition party.Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:10:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20779597/world-media-kalinaks-resignation-is-the-worst-blow-yet-to-fico.htmlEP delegation: Slovak authorities have trust issuesMEPs have revealed some irregularities concerning the subsidies for agriculture, with the Agricultural Paying Agency being problematical.Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:28:24 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20779234/ep-delegation-slovak-authorities-have-trust-issues.htmlSlovakia warned against using conspiracy theoriesThe foreign media have already noticed PM Robert Fico’s attacks on President Andrej Kiska.Fri, 09 Mar 2018 01:21:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20776899/slovakia-warned-of-using-conspiracy-theories.htmlMurder investigation: What powers do foreign investigators have in Slovakia?Prime Minister Robert Fico has repeatedly referred to the involvement of foreign police teams in the murder investigation of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová, but what can they actually do?Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20776734/what-are-the-powers-of-foreign-investigators-in-slovakia.htmlDelegation from Brussels arrives to SlovakiaThe murder of a Slovak investigative journalist and his fiancée will be discussed at the European Parliament’s session next week.Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:00:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20776464/delegation-from-brussels-arrives-to-slovakia.htmlSlovakia made no palpable progress in fighting corruptionDespite improving in some aspects, Slovakia has not made any visible progress in the fight against corruption over the past year.Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:18:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20776102/slovakia-made-no-palpable-progress-in-fighting-corruption.htmlUPDATED: PM: I will not allow anyone to badmouth SlovakiaPrime Minister Robert Fico repeated his assault on Kiska after his lunch with ambassadors of EU countries and the US.Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:23:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20774829/pm-i-will-not-allow-anyone-to-badmouth-slovakia.htmlSoros: I am not behind Kiska’ speech, nor behind protestsUS financier's reaction to claims of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:27:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20774817/soros-i-am-not-behind-kiska-speech-nor-behind-protests.htmlAfghani helicopter pilots will train in KošiceThe Slovak Training Academy (STA) will train future helicopter pilots from across the globe. They have a US Black Hawk simulator too.Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:13:54 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20773928/afghani-helicopter-pilots-will-train-in-kosice.htmlHead of Reporters Without Borders: We will monitor if the investigation is independentChristophe Deloire of Reporters Without Borders says leaders who have insulted journalists in the past need to apologise and commit to protecting journalists in the future.Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:29:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20772637/fico-is-shocked-but-needs-to-take-action-to-protect-journalists.htmlBrussels to look into suspicious agricultural subsidiesThe Slovak Interior Ministry says help has been offered by international investigative institutions like Europol, the FBI and Scotland Yard.Fri, 02 Mar 2018 06:47:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20771727/brussels-to-look-into-suspicious-agricultural-subsidies.htmlUS State Department calls for swift and determined investigationThe American Chamber of Commerce meanwhile warns that there can be no gambling with public trust in state institutions.Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:53:48 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20771336/us-state-department-calls-for-swift-and-determined-investigation.html