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_emailskShip captain awarded in memoriamThe award is not only a big thank you gesture but also a call for everybody to forget about their comfort and think about how they can help the world become a nicer place, said the Slovak president.Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628928/ship-captain-awarded-in-memoriam.htmlNo Slovak injured in BarcelonaPresident Andrej Kiska and Prime Minister Robert Fico offered condolences to victims' families and the country.Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:59:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20629093/no-slovak-injured-in-barcelona.htmlEmbassies support Rainbow PrideSuch events celebrate the contributions to society by LGBTI persons and affirm respect for everyone.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:35:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628683/embassies-support-rainbow-pride.htmlSlovak cabinet postpones ratification of Istanbul ConventionJustice minister is calling for more conversations on the topic.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:20:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628259/slovak-cabinet-postpones-ratification-of-istanbul-convention.html'Firefighter Attaché' to be appointed at Czech Embassy in SlovakiaOnly nine people in the Czech Republic would qualify for the position.Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:34:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623903/firefighter-attache-to-be-appointed-at-czech-embassy-in-slovakia.htmlSlovak EXPO exhibition visited by nearly 150,000 peopleThis year’s focus is on green energy successes.Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:17:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20622605/slovak-expo-exhibition-visited-by-nearly-150000-people.htmlThe UN is calling for more efficiency, says MFA LajčákMiroslav Lajčák will assume the post of UN General Assembly President on September 12.Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:15:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20621497/the-un-is-calling-for-more-efficiency-says-mfa-lajcak.htmlSlovakia and Japan could develop their good chemistryBoth Japanese and Slovaks are hardworking and diligent; good chemistry may exist for cooperation in industry and innovation, says Japanese Ambassador to Slovakia Jun Shimmi.Mon, 07 Aug 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618569/japan-could-set-example-in-promoting-education.htmlSlovakia wants to intensify links with JapanSlovak foreign affairs minister was invited to Tokyo in early July on the occasion of his election as the president of the 72nd UN Assembly.Mon, 07 Aug 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618624/slovakia-wants-to-intensify-links-with-japan.htmlCzechoslovak soldiers rememberedThe event was attended by war veterans from Scotland and Belgium, as well as delegations from Poland and Russia, and ambassadors from the Czech Republic and SlovakiaSun, 06 Aug 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618600/czechoslovak-soldiers-remembered.htmlSlovak and Japanese Olympic committees to work togetherThey are looking forward to more mutual contacts.Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618628/slovak-and-japanese-olympic-committees-to-work-together.htmlSlovakia places second at international CyberExState organisations and members of the private sector collaborated for the cyber-security competition.Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:41:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20617857/slovakia-places-second-at-international-cyberex.htmlLight a symbolical candle to commemorate the Roma Holocaust victimsThe fact that we do not know much about the Roma Holocaust does not mean it did not happen, said the Slovak government’s proxy for Roma communities.Wed, 02 Aug 2017 14:44:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20617553/light-a-symbolical-candle-to-commemorate-the-roma-holocaust-victims.htmlPolice did not make a mistake when stopping Moroccans’ escapeThey now plan on adopting measures to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.Wed, 02 Aug 2017 14:42:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20617551/police-did-not-make-a-mistake-when-stopping-moroccans-escape.html19 cities vie for European Medicines AgencyThe seat will be selected in November.Wed, 02 Aug 2017 05:56:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20617010/19-cities-vie-for-european-medicines-agency.htmlNumber of detained foreigners slightly upMost foreigners in prisons come from the Czech Republic.Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:56:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20616768/number-of-detained-foreigners-slightly-up.htmlSlovakia pledges to host 60 more relocated refugeesInterior Ministry specified that it is not a new move but a commitment from the past.Tue, 01 Aug 2017 04:12:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20616150/slovakia-pledges-to-host-60-more-relocated-refugees.htmlSlovakia applies to be new seat of the European Medicines AgencyThe European Medicines Agency, with more than 900 highly qualified employees, has to leave London.Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:43:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20613609/slovakia-applies-to-be-new-seat-of-the-european-medicines-agency.htmlInterior Minister: Slovakia is ready to help Vietnam with securitySlovak security technology experts may head to Vietnam.Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:34:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20613607/interior-minister-slovakia-is-ready-to-help-vietnam-with-security.htmlUS convoy vehicle crashed near GiraltovceIt was avoiding a Romanian truck in the process.Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:47:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20613099/us-convoy-vehicle-crashed-near-giraltovce.htmlEU 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.html