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 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.htmlEuropean Parliament held moment of silence for Ján KuciakEP President Antonio Tajani made a statement in parliament on murdered Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak, followed by a minute of silence.Wed, 28 Feb 2018 22:41:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20771045/european-parliament-held-moment-of-silence-for-jan-kuciak.htmlRTVS: Slovak forced from a plane in Belgium diesA man who tried to board a plane last Friday was led away by police. Now, the force of the airport guards' intervention will be checked.Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:00:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20770580/rtvs-slovak-forced-from-a-plane-in-belgium-dies.htmlSlovakia has lost one of its best investigative journalists, foreign media reportInternational press react to the murder of investigative reporter, Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová.Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:30:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20770584/slovakia-has-lost-one-of-its-best-investigative-journalists-foreign-media-report.htmlDiplomats in Slovakia shocked over murder of journalistSeveral embassies have extended condolences to the families of the two murdered young people.Tue, 27 Feb 2018 22:14:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20770122/diplomats-in-slovakia-shocked-over-murder-of-journalist.htmlPoll: Slovaks trust EP and EC more than national institutionsAs many as 75 percent of Slovaks feel like citizens of the European Union.Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:37:36 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20769737/poll-slovaks-trust-ep-and-ec-more-than-national-institutions.htmlMore than 500 Slovaks asked for their citizenship to be returnedA total of 410 applicants got their passports back.Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:26:26 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20769778/more-than-500-slovaks-asked-for-their-citizenship-to-be-returned.htmlDiscrimination 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.html