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_emailskEU court’s advocate general proposes to dismiss quota lawsuitsYves Bot rejects arguments from Slovakia and Hungary on the legality of the relocation plan.Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:55:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20612339/eu-courts-advocate-general-proposes-to-dismiss-quota-lawsuits.htmlChanged testimony in Pandur case claims Fico’s friend asked for moneyThe defence lawyers wanted to use the change to repeat the whole hearing concerning the purchase of army vehicles, but did not succeed.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:44:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611997/changed-testimony-in-pandur-case-claims-ficos-friend-asked-for-money.htmlPolice join fight against online sexual extortionThe global initiative is coordinated by Europol.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:31:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611528/police-join-fight-against-online-sexual-extortion.htmlOver 100 foreign students receive diplomas in medicineMost of the graduating students were GreeksTue, 25 Jul 2017 06:18:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20610982/over-100-foreign-students-receive-diplomas-in-medicine.htmlAustrian Ambassador: I like almost everything about SlovakiaMost people want the EU to exist in the future – we just have to mobilise this majority and not take things for granted, says Austrian Ambassador to Slovakia Helfried Carl in an interview with The Slovak Spectator.Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607010/the-normalisation-of-our-relations-has-grown.htmlAustrian church representatives receive medalsThey received commemorative medals awarded on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the reformation.Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607076/austrian-church-representatives-receive-medals.htmlWelcome of Slovak apostolic administrator to be broadcast onlineLiturgy takes place in Parma, Ohio.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:37:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20608355/welcome-of-slovak-apostolic-administrator-to-be-broadcast-online.htmlSlovak children are lagging behind in British schoolsSome Polish children at British schools have better results than the British.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:28:50 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606613/slovak-children-are-lagging-behind-in-british-schools.htmlSlovaks and a Pole injured on Mont BlancThey were all on one rope, when the ledge they were standing on broke away.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:06:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606709/slovaks-and-a-pole-injured-on-mont-blanc.htmlSNS will not support Istanbul ConventionJustice Ministry suggests postponement to ratification of the convention.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:18:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20603393/sns-will-not-support-istanbul-convention.htmlScientists have probably discovered the weirdest organism in the worldA small cockroach belongs amongst the strangest creatures people have ever found.Wed, 12 Jul 2017 22:59:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20602522/scientists-have-probably-discovered-the-weirdest-organism-in-the-world.htmlSlovak ambassador receives Monaco’s state awardMarek Eštok was decorated for his contribution in developing the relations between the two countries.Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:09:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20601983/slovak-ambassador-receives-monacos-state-award.htmlTTIP talks are not deadDespite positive declarations from the government, the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia is still waiting for significant, tangible results in the areas of the legislative process, corruption and efficient judiciary, said its executive director, Jake Slegers, in an interview with The Slovak Spectator.Mon, 10 Jul 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20576461/ttip-talks-are-not-dead.htmlUS students will visit Kežmarok hospital every two yearsOne of the aims of the visit was a mutual exchange of experiences in educating nurses.Sun, 09 Jul 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20576854/us-students-will-visit-kezmarok-hospital-every-two-years.htmlUS Ambassador awards a special tasks regiment soldierA member of the 5th Special Operations Regiment directly contributed to preserving the security and safety of hundreds of soldiers from a number of countries stationed at Camp Integrity in Afghanistan.Sat, 08 Jul 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20576851/us-ambassador-awards-a-special-tasks-regiment-soldier.htmlHate movements have never done any goodFighting extremism gets to the essence of the US-Slovak relationship, says US Ambassador to Slovakia, Adam Sterling, in an interview with The Slovak Spectator about hate movements, the Paris Agreement, TTIP talks, and defence spending, among others.Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20576456/hate-movements-have-never-done-any-good.htmlAmbassadors unveil plaque for soldiers killed in SNPThe main task of the US-British unit that was deployed in Slovakia in 1944 was to evacuate downed US and British pilots back to their airbase in Bari, Italy.Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20576852/ambassadors-unveil-plaque-for-soldiers-killed-in-snp.htmlFlexi Cards program tries to help Roma find employmentSlovakia is one of eight central and eastern European countries participating in an international project to reduce barriers to work.Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:26:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20574782/flexi-cards-program-tries-to-help-roma-find-employment.htmlManager of one of the biggest refugee camps will lead discussion in BratislavaKilian Klenschmidt will talk about dire conditions in the Za’atari camp in Jordan, situated close to the Syrian border.Mon, 03 Jul 2017 22:55:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20574265/manager-of-one-of-the-biggest-refugee-camps-will-lead-discussion-in-bratislava.htmlParliament Speaker says he feels nostalgic about totalitarian regimeAndrej Danko, the head of SNS, is known for numerous slips of the tongue.Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:15:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20571541/parliament-speaker-feels-nostalgic-about-totalitarian-regime.htmlPolitics and businesses endanger the freedom of mediaLess than one-third of Slovaks believe the media outlets in the country.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:36:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20568685/politics-and-businesses-endanger-the-freedom-of-media.htmlPoll: Slovaks want to be at the core of the EUSlovaks see the EU advantages of a higher living standard, a developed economy and the possibilities for self-realisation.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:27:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20568671/poll-slovaks-want-to-be-at-the-core-of-the-eu.htmlKiska opens Slovak honorary consulate in SplitSlovak President Andrej Kiska opened the country’s Honorary Consulate in Split, Croatia – which is a popular holiday destination for his compatriots.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:14:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564996/kiska-opens-slovak-honorary-consulate-in-split.htmlCuban minister: We don’t care what the US thinks about ties with SlovakiaBruno Rodriguez Parilla is the first Cuban foreign affairs minister to make an official visit to the independent Slovakia.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:32:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564122/cuban-minister-we-dont-care-what-the-us-thinks-about-ties-with-slovakia.htmlUPDATED: Antimonopoly Office stops investigation of presidency ordersThe Foreign Affairs Ministry welcomes the decision, but the ethics watchdog says the scrutiny lacked depth.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:30:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563580/antimonopoly-office-stops-investigation-of-presidency-orders.htmlIcelandic Catholics receive a wooden church from SlovakiaThe bishop of Reykjavík who is also the top representative of the Catholic Church in Iceland, comes from SlovakiaMon, 19 Jun 2017 22:39:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563147/icelandic-catholics-receive-a-wooden-church-from-slovakia.htmlGangland boss Yegorov has been detained in UkraineThe gang leader who had been charged with five murders in Slovakia has been detained in Ukraine.Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:44:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559565/gangland-boss-yegorov-has-been-detained-in-ukraine.htmlConditions for temporary stay for third country students get stricterThe coalition SNS party pushed through changes to prevent alleged abuse of temporary residence by foreign students.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:49:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559196/conditions-for-temporary-stay-for-third-country-students-get-stricter.htmlAl-Jazeera reports on Slovak fascist-buster and also on KotlebaThe Arabian TV network has followed the operation of the Slovak extreme right and also how local activists oppose it.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:31:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559055/al-jazeera-reports-on-slovak-fascist-buster-and-also-on-kotleba.htmlBlogger Benčík awarded European citizen's prize for 2017He will be honoured for his fight against extremist forces in society.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:08:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20558131/blogger-bencik-awarded-european-citizens-prize-for-2017.htmlKaliňak: voluntary quota system has failedOnly 12 percent of a total of 160,000 migrants have been relocated so far.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:28:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20557710/kalinak-voluntary-quota-system-has-failed.htmlUS army will convoy across SlovakiaDrivers should prepare for increased traffic on June 13 and 14.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:09:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20557717/us-army-will-convoy-across-slovakia.htmlKiska voices support for Ukraine as visa-free travel launchedSlovak President Andrej Kiska offered encouragement to Ukraine on the June 11 introduction of visa-free travel between the EU and Ukraine.Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:47:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20556723/kiska-voices-support-for-ukraine-as-visa-free-travel-launched.htmlBratislava hosts the biggest polyglot gathering in the worldParticipants at the gathering created a new Slovak record.Thu, 08 Jun 2017 23:50:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20554214/bratislava-hosts-the-biggest-polyglot-gathering-in-the-world.htmlSlovaks mostly work in the service sector in BritainSlovak ambassador to UK sees Brexit as an impetus for Slovaks living there to reconsider whether to stay or return to Slovakia.Thu, 08 Jun 2017 23:23:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20554157/slovaks-mostly-work-in-the-service-sector-in-britain.htmlCelebrated Cobb K-9 was born in SlovakiaGerman shepherd Bady had an immeasurable impact on the community, said the police department in the US state of Georgia.Wed, 07 Jun 2017 14:42:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20552911/celebrated-cobb-k-9-was-born-in-slovakia.htmlFT: Bratislava described as Danube ValleyFlying cars, cyber security and mobile apps from Slovakia are winning global recognition, according to the financial daily.Wed, 07 Jun 2017 14:25:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20552909/ft-bratislava-described-as-danube-valley.htmlCzech president refuses proposal to honour WWII paratroopersSlovak President Andrej Kiska later promoted Slovak to higher rank in memoriam.Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:45:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20551739/czech-president-refuses-proposal-to-honour-wwii-paratroopers.htmlSlovak politicians, diplomats react to terrorist attack in LondonThe Slovak president, prime minister, and foreign ministry expressed grief to the UK and offered recommendations for Slovaks.Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:29:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20550806/slovak-politicians-diplomats-react-to-terrorist-attack-in-london.htmlSlovakia's rank in Global Peace Index falls by two spotsThe 2017 Global Peace Index finds that the world has became more peaceful in the past year, although the entire decade has been less so.Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:14:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20550760/slovakias-rank-in-global-peace-index-falls-by-two-spots.html