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_emailskCzech PM files lawsuit against Slovakia at ECHRCzech Premier Andrej Babiš sues his homeland in connection with records proving his collaboration with the communist-era secret police at the European Court for Human Rights.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 warns tourists against SlovakiaApart 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.htmlNumber of foreigners in Slovakia increasing slower than in other EU statesSlovakia needs migrants, especially in the labour market, migration organisation points out.Wed, 23 May 2018 13:54:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20832730/iom-number-of-foreigners-in-slovakia-keeps-growing-but-at-a-slower-pace-than-in-other-eu-states.htmlEC halted proceedings against Slovakia in re-export of medicamentsIt basically acknowledged medicaments are not common goods, and new rules determining their trading should be found.Tue, 22 May 2018 14:09:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20831770/european-commission-halted-proceedings-against-slovakia-in-re-export-of-medicaments.htmlEcuador sends ministers to Slovakia to resolve a child abduction caseThe father has ignored the verdicts of the courts ordering that the child should return to Ecuador.Tue, 22 May 2018 06:19:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20831437/ecuador-sends-ministers-to-slovakia-to-resolve-a-child-abduction-case.htmlBust of Woodrow Wilson unveiled at Slovak Foreign MinistryWilson was a visionary, a peacemaker and a friend of Czechoslovakia, so much so that the Slovak capital came close to being renamed Wilson City 100 years ago.Mon, 21 May 2018 14:22:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20830945/bust-of-woodrow-wilson-unveiled-at-slovak-foreign-ministry.htmlWashington Post reporter outraged that journalist’s phone was seized by Slovak policeThe US daily says that seizing her phone was merely the latest attempt by Slovak authorities to harass those close to a reporter who was killed for doing his job.Mon, 21 May 2018 13:34:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20830709/washington-post-reporter-outraged-that-journalists-phone-was-seized-by-slovak-police.htmlBabiš at Globsec: Immigration quotas will not protect our continentImmigration, innovation and security were some of the topics discussed during a panel discussion at the 2018 Globsec conference.Sun, 20 May 2018 23:16:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20829310/babis-at-globsec-immigration-quotas-will-not-protect-our-continent.htmlKiska: The arrogance of politicians prevails over democratic valuesThe president stressed the role of independent media and journalism in a democratic society at the security conference GLOBSEC.Thu, 17 May 2018 22:35:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20828689/kiska-the-arrogance-of-politicians-prevails-over-democratic-values.htmlEuropean Commission takes Slovakia to court over visa appeals procedureThe country has failed to provide judicial remedies to its visa politics.Thu, 17 May 2018 22:27:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20828688/european-commission-takes-slovakia-to-court-over-visa-appeals-procedure.htmlVietnamese Ambassador: Abducted entrepreneur had never been to SlovakiaSlovakia was in no way involved in kidnapping Vietnamese entrepreneur Trinh Xuan Thanh, claims PM Pellegrini.Thu, 17 May 2018 22:21:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20828705/vietnamese-ambassador-abducted-entrepreneur-had-never-been-to-slovakia.htmlMore than 50 percent of Slovaks believe in conspiracy theoriesCentral Europe is at the most vulnerable since 1989.Wed, 16 May 2018 12:30:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20827018/more-than-50-percent-of-slovaks-believe-in-conspiracy-theories.htmlVietnamese ambassador should offer an explanation of the alleged abductionIn the international case of Vietnamese officials abducting their countryman-dissident for a home trial, Slovakia insists its government plane was not involved.Wed, 16 May 2018 12:22:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20827006/fam-the-vietnamese-ambassador-should-offer-an-explanation-in-the-case-of-alleged-abduction.htmlAmnesty International: Stop arms deliveries to IsraelMore than one-quarter of Slovak exports went to Israel last year, the organisation claimed.Tue, 15 May 2018 22:13:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20826716/amnesty-international-stop-arms-deliveries-to-israel.htmlThe world will come to Bratislava againToday, our security depends on the stability of institutions, both national and international, which guarantee the values our society is based on, says Globsec president.Tue, 15 May 2018 13:44:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20826022/robert-vass-interview-globsec-2018-security-conference.htmlFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Saková is lying about the abduction of a Vietnamese citizenThe Interior Minister insists Slovak authorities did not cooperate in the kidnapping of a Vietnamese dissident by the Vietnamese delegation but admits the video evidence is no longer available.Mon, 14 May 2018 13:39:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20825255/frankfurter-allgemeine-zeitung-sakova-is-lying-about-the-abduction-of-a-vietnamese-citizen.htmlSlovak woman on Arctic mammoth expeditionMammoths on Wrangler Island in Siberia were the object of Pečnerová’s research.Sat, 12 May 2018 07:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822296/slovak-woman-on-arctic-mammoth-expedition.htmlGlobsec 2018 will cover security topics, artificial Intelligence and cyberspaceThe conference will no longer be just a platform for exchanging opinions.Thu, 10 May 2018 22:49:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20823055/globsec-2018-will-cover-security-topics-artificial-intelligence-and-cyberspace.htmlMore free Slovak language courses for non-EU foreignersThe courses are for beginners and pre-intermediate speakers.Thu, 10 May 2018 22:12:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20823104/more-free-slovak-language-courses-for-non-eu-foreigners.htmlDocuments from Finland prove Defence Ministry made secret military trade dealsFinnish investigative reporter sees similarities between the Slovak-Finnish deal and a Finnish-Slovene corruption scandal.Thu, 10 May 2018 16:46:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822702/documents-from-finland-prove-defence-ministry-made-secret-military-trade-deals.html