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_emailskSlovakia supports US President Trump’s opinion on North Stream 2The government does not see any benefit in the project with regard to the reduction of dependence on a single gas supply route.Thu, 12 Jul 2018 22:34:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869229/slovakia-supports-us-president-trumps-opinion-on-north-stream-2.htmlEP monitoring group expresses concern that there is no progress in the cases of two murdered jounalistsFrench investigative film-maker, Laurent Richard, says that journalists in Malta and Slovakia should not feel alone. Freedom of the press is the base for democracy.Thu, 12 Jul 2018 22:29:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869468/ep-monitoring-group-expresses-concern-that-there-is-no-progress-being-made-in-the-cases-of-two-murdered-jounalists.htmlSlovak diplomat did not pay rent in New ZealandAfter initial success, the owner of the house lost to Eva Tvarožková in court under the pretense of diplomatic immunity.Tue, 10 Jul 2018 23:34:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20867878/slovak-diplomat-did-not-pay-rent-in-new-zealand.htmlSlovakia leads among EU member states in mistrust in policeThe police opine that this is the result of the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová.Tue, 10 Jul 2018 23:12:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20867855/slovakia-leads-among-eu-member-states-in-mistrust-in-police.htmlPellegrini: Slovakia wants to extend broad-gauge track to BratislavaAfter meeting his Chinese counterpart in Sofia, Slovak PM Peter Pellegrini stressed his country wants to continue playing a strategic role in transport, as well as becoming the gate for Chinese investment in Europe.Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:31:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20866611/pellegrini-slovakia-wants-to-extend-broad-gauge-track-to-bratislava.htmlSlovakia fined with €1 million for landfillThe operation of the disputed landfill in Považský Chlmec has been extended despite polluting leaks.Thu, 05 Jul 2018 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20864312/slovakia-fined-with-1-million-for-landfill.htmlBratislava Old-Town’s mayor orders fence around US Embassy removedThe embassy refuses to comply, citing security concerns and the Vienna Convention.Wed, 04 Jul 2018 14:48:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20863792/bratislava-old-towns-mayor-orders-fence-around-us-embassy-removed.htmlFee and loan rates for EU students guaranteed after BrexitHowever, no decision has been made yet about the long-term status of EU students.Tue, 03 Jul 2018 22:27:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20863297/fee-and-loan-rates-for-eu-students-guaranteed-after-brexit.htmlPM Pellegrini: Slovakia will accept migrants but nobody will come here without our consentThe EU summit brought agreement on the re-distribution of migrants; Slovakia will accept as many as 1,200 migrants to help neighbouring countries, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said.Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:45:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20861852/pm-pellegrini-slovakia-will-accept-migrants-but-nobody-will-come-here-without-our-consent.htmlWill Slovakia be part of the "new Schengen"?If leaders in Brussels failed to agree on immigration, we would also feel it, says analyst Milan Nič.Mon, 02 Jul 2018 00:06:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20861422/will-slovakia-be-part-of-the-new-schengen.htmlPM Pellegrini: lack of dialogue and tolerance threatens multilateralismAt the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, he also answered questiones about migrants, Ján Kuciak and the resignations of RTVS reporters.Wed, 27 Jun 2018 23:11:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20858980/pm-pellegrini-lack-of-dialogue-and-tolerance-threatens-multilateralism.htmlOrbán warns Slovakia against George Soros on a TV talk showThe Hungarian PM labelled Soros “a dangerous financial speculator”.Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:54:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20856988/orban-warns-slovakia-against-george-soros-on-a-tv-talk-show.htmlŠkripek alleges Maltese government sold 88,000 Schengen visas in LibyaThis case could also be behind last year’s murder of an investigative Maltese journalist, indicates Škripek.Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:24:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20855057/skripek-maltese-government-sold-88000-schengen-visas-in-libya.htmlSlovak activist invited to the House of LordsWorld-renowned expert Michal Kravčík talked about water solutions created in Slovakia.Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:59:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20854576/slovak-activist-presented-in-the-house-of-lords.htmlReport: Slovak-made arms could end up in terrorist handsA report published at GLOBSEC points out that arms coming form Slovakia were used in Charlie Hebdo and Munich mall attacks.Thu, 21 Jun 2018 05:43:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20854253/report-slovak-made-arms-could-end-up-in-terrorist-hands.htmlTeam of US military experts to arrive in SlovakiaA small American team will come to Slovakia on July 1 and stay for 18 months to train and consult local armed forces.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:48:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853496/team-of-us-military-experts-to-arrive-in-slovakia.htmlVerdicts passed in the case of 71 migrants found dead in a truckThe four main defendants heard their verdicts in the case of the refrigeration car in which 71 dead migrants were found.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:47:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853128/verdicts-passed-in-the-case-of-71-migrants-found-dead-in-a-truck.htmlInternational gang manufactured fake Marlboro cigarettes in SlovakiaPolice uncover the largest illegal manufacturer of cigarettes in Slovak history.Mon, 18 Jun 2018 20:28:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852535/international-gang-manufactured-fake-marlboro-cigarettes-in-slovakia.htmlCzech PM files lawsuit against Slovakia at ECHRCzech Premier Andrej Babiš sues his homeland in the European Court for Human Rights in connection with records proving his collaboration with the communist-era secret police.Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:09:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852090/czech-pm-files-lawsuit-against-slovakia-at-echr.htmlBratislava still among the world’s best cities for freelancersThe capitals of the Czech Republic and Slovakia attract freelancers, the recent survey suggests.Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:09:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849770/bratislava-still-among-the-worlds-best-cities-for-freelancers.htmlBBC is surprised by obsolete Slovak MIG fighter planesThe British BBC TV also wonders why Russian engineers maintain the fighter planes at a NATO base.Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:08:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20848445/bbc-is-surprised-by-obsolete-slovak-mig-fighter-planes.htmlSlovak teenager left her baby in the UK shortly after giving birthThe Slovak rape victim travelled to Derby to give birth.Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:01:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20848427/slovak-teenager-travelled-to-derby-to-give-birth.htmlGerman ministry advises tourists to be cautious in BratislavaApart from the capital – where recently a street conflict ended fatally – other places with recorded criminality are the High Tatras and spas.Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:47:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20847934/german-ministry-warns-tourists-against-slovakia.htmlTwitter blocks Slovak and Czech disinformation websThe social network is blocking more than 30 webs spreading hoaxes, hatred and medical nonsense.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:54:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20847475/twitter-blocks-slovak-and-czech-disinformation-webs.htmlThe bus line to continue connecting Bratislava and HainburgAt the very last moment, the city public transport company managed to extend the license.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:15:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20846998/the-bus-line-901-to-continue-connecting-bratislava-and-hainburg.htmlMore Slovak expatriates interested in expat certificateThe certificate brings several advantages for the holder.Thu, 07 Jun 2018 23:40:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20845028/more-slovak-expatriates-interested-in-expat-certificate.htmlThree Slovak universities ranked among 1,000 bestThe recent QS World University Rankings were published on June 6.Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:43:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844493/three-slovak-universities-ranked-among-1000-best.htmlFrontex liaison officer will be placed in BratislavaThe officer is expected to have regular access to information about the situation on external borders, terrorism and return policy.Wed, 06 Jun 2018 21:43:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844026/frontex-liaison-officer-will-be-placed-in-bratislava.htmlEP to monitor corruption, media freedom – Slovakia among targetsThe European Parliament established a monitoring group to continue the activities of ad hoc inspections scrutinising the murders of one Maltese and one Slovak journalist.Wed, 06 Jun 2018 13:55:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20843589/ep-to-monitor-corruption-media-freedom-slovakia-among-targets.htmlSame-sex married couples have the right to stay in SlovakiaSlovak authorities respond to the latest judgement issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union.Tue, 05 Jun 2018 21:37:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20843250/same-sex-married-couples-have-the-right-to-stay-in-slovakia.htmlBus line 901 to Hainburg will stop operatingOriginal license of the Bratislava public transport company has expired, now waiting for its renewal.Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:07:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20842727/bus-line-901-to-hainburg-will-stop-operating.htmlSlovakia will preside over the OECD ministerial council meeting next yearThe country will lead a group of the 37 strongest and most developed nations in the world.Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:56:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20842037/slovakia-will-preside-over-the-oecd-ministerial-council-meeting-next-year.htmlSlovak EU commissioner enters race to become EC presidentThe ambition of Maroš Šefčovič is to try to ease tensions between old and new member states.Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:31:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20842253/slovak-eu-commissioner-enters-race-to-become-ec-president.htmlSlovakia's bathing water lacks in qualityOnly slightly more than half of bathing sites are of excellent quality.Thu, 31 May 2018 13:27:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20838824/luxembourg-has-the-best-bathing-water-unlike-slovakia.htmlEP group awards murdered journalist Kuciak in memoriamHe was recognised for his investigative work on tax fraud among businessmen with links to top Slovak politicians.Wed, 30 May 2018 22:37:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20838575/ep-group-awards-murdered-journalist-kuciak-in-memoriam.html6 percent of Slovaks lived in another EU countryAccording to a recent Eurostat data release, the number of EU citizens at a productive age living in another member state has been growing.Tue, 29 May 2018 13:57:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20837196/last-year-6-percent-of-slovaks-lived-in-another-eu-country.htmlSlovakia supports EU stance on latest findings on MH17 flightFAM: Slovakia supports the EU’s stance on the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over the Ukraine in 2014, asking Russia for cooperation and to accept responsibility.Mon, 28 May 2018 13:31:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836165/slovakia-supports-eu-stance-on-latest-findings-on-mh17-flight.htmlCzech Minister: We cannot automatically rule out extremist proposalsPoliticians only pretend to solve citizens’ problems and I cannot do this, outgoing Czech Foreign Minister Martin Stropnický tells Sme.Mon, 28 May 2018 10:45:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20835311/czech-minister-we-cannot-automatically-rule-out-extremist-proposals.htmlSlovaks not interested in EP electionsBut support for the EU is on the rise.Thu, 24 May 2018 23:32:50 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20834143/slovaks-not-interested-in-ep-elections.htmlSlovak woman receives St Rita international awardA mother of five from Košice, founder of the Maják (Lighthouse) association to help families in emergency situations, receives award in a pilgrimage town in Italy.Wed, 23 May 2018 14:05:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20832772/slovak-woman-receives-st-rita-international-award.html