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_emailskSlovak innovators made the New Europe 100 TeamThe list aims to raise the profile of changemakers in emerging EuropeThu, 23 Nov 2017 22:55:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702811/slovak-innovators-made-the-new-europe-100-team.htmlObchodná Street among the most expensiveWell-known retail street in Bratislava appeared in top 100.Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:45:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702340/obchodna-street-among-the-most-expensive.htmlAd concerning Philippine housewives checked by ethical self-regulation bodyA company promises in its ad to offer household helpers who are hardworking and discreet.Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:38:44 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702320/ad-concerning-philippine-housewives-checked-by-ethical-self-regulation-body.htmlUS Embassy is willing to pay rentHowever, it still hasn't signed a new rental agreement with the city of Bratislava.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:49:19 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702055/us-embassy-is-willing-to-pay-rent.htmlWhy Slovaks should start fearing the CzechsSlovakia will have to display unity and inventiveness for Brussels to recognise it among the cluster of “strange” democracies east of GermanyWed, 22 Nov 2017 22:24:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701966/why-slovaks-should-start-fearing-the-czechs.htmlEuropean institutions agreed to ban on unjustified geo-blockingIn some defined cases, merchants will and online shops will not be allowed to require consumers to pay with a debit or credit card issued in another country; this means discrimination by online shops based on a consumer's location, a practice known as geo-blocking.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:09:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701271/european-institutions-agreed-to-ban-on-unjustified-geo-blocking.htmlEMA will go to Amsterdam, not BratislavaThe Slovak capital finished fourth in first round of vote for the seat of the prestigious European Medicines AgencyTue, 21 Nov 2017 06:27:55 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700396/ema-will-go-to-amsterdam-not-bratislava.html112 Slovak trucks detained in Belgium due to suspicion of driver exploitationThe Association of Road Transport Operators of the Slovak Republic claim a shell company via which a Belgian entrepreneur hires drivers from eastern Europe is behind the caseTue, 21 Nov 2017 06:01:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700436/112-slovak-trucks-detained-in-belgium-due-to-suspicion-of-driver-exploitation.htmlCanadian anthropologist faces charges of sexual abuseThe police seized pictures of underage girls and also a weapon while searching his premises.Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:27:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697330/canadian-anthropologist-faces-charges-of-sexual-abuse.htmlPolice detain 78 illegal migrants in two lorriesIn the city of Žilina, vehicles were stopped with dozens of illegally transported Iraqi, Iranian and Syrian nationals.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:51:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696781/police-detain-78-illegal-migrants-in-two-lorries.htmlPlanning to settle in Slovakia? You will need to speak some SlovakFree language courses available for foreigners living in the capital.Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:56:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696395/planning-to-settle-in-slovakia-you-will-need-to-speak-some-slovak.htmlSlovakia joins PESCO initiativePESCO membership will present an opportunity for Slovakia to bolster its defence capabilitiesMon, 13 Nov 2017 21:40:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695566/slovakia-joins-pesco-initiative.htmlFallen soldiers of World War I remembered in SlovakiaIn the Slovak capital and four other cities, the end of World War I and those killed were commemorated November 11.Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:03:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695083/fallen-soldiers-of-world-war-i-remembered-in-slovakia.htmlBratislava and Milan lead race for EU medicines agency, the Financial Times writesMinisters will vote on a new home for the EMA on November 20Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:05:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693119/bratislava-and-milan-lead-race-for-eu-medicines-agency-the-financial-times-writes.htmlJapanese embassy awards Slovak politicianMP František Šebej contributes to deepening relations with Japan through several activities.Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:16:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691649/japanese-embassy-awards-slovak-politician.htmlSlovaks are mentioned in the Paradise PapersMore information will be published later this week.Wed, 08 Nov 2017 02:29:02 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691317/slovaks-are-mentioned-in-the-paradise-papers.htmlA record number of British companies are locating to SlovakiaThe biggest British investor in the country is the carmaker Jaguar Land Rover.Wed, 08 Nov 2017 02:24:29 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691313/a-record-number-of-companies-are-locating-to-slovakia.htmlSlovak FinMin is interested in becoming Eurogroup headKažimír is waiting for political consensusMon, 06 Nov 2017 21:50:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20690367/slovak-finmin-is-interested-in-becoming-eurogroup-head.htmlA homeless man detained in Vienna, with TNT allegedly originating from SlovakiaA German homeless man detained in Vienna claims he got the TNT from Slovakia; the case is not connected to terrorism.Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:52:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20689940/a-homeless-detained-in-vienna-with-tnt-allegedly-priginating-from-slovakia.htmlCzech election also impacted by hoaxes: Okamura’s disinformation gestureThe anti-Islam party spread disinformation and was supported by conspiracy websites.Sat, 04 Nov 2017 03:31:28 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20687910/czech-election-also-impacted-by-hoaxes-okamuras-disinformation-gesture.htmlSlovaks and Austrians will look at plastics in the DanubeEarlier studies have revealed that the annual flow of plastic amounts to 530-1,550 tonnes.Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:16:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20686750/slovaks-and-austrians-will-look-at-plastics-in-the-danube.htmlTatra Summit: Multi-speed EU is inevitableThe future of Europe lies in a more integrated EU, with the eurozone due to serve as the driving force behind such integration, Finance Minister Peter Kažimír opined at the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2017.Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:59:19 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20685324/tatra-summit-implies-that-multi-speed-eu-is-inevitable.htmlForeign military convoys cross SlovakiaIn total there will be 13 road convoys of foreign armed forcesMon, 30 Oct 2017 21:39:38 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20684935/foreign-military-convoys-cross-slovakia.htmlSocial democrats are in decline, issues involving refugees and extremists have harmed themIn Slovakia, social democracy has continued but in Europe it is in decline. It fails to face extremists, or to talk about refugees.Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:10:04 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20683189/social-democrats-are-in-decline-issues-involving-refugees-and-extremists-have-harmed-them.htmlMigrants should find necessary information on new websiteThe new portal should be launched next summer and run in eight countries.Thu, 26 Oct 2017 23:44:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20681858/migrants-should-find-necessary-information-on-new-website.htmlHave you seen the new Slovak Spartan?Ministry considers fine for delayed delivery of the new plane.Wed, 25 Oct 2017 21:29:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20681098/have-you-seen-the-new-slovak-spartan.htmlCzechs have elected a Slovak-born billionaireObservers do not expect the results of the Czech election to impact Czech-Slovak relations.Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:21:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20679925/czechs-have-elected-a-slovak-born-billionaire.htmlSlovak residence to move to WashingtonThe Slovak Foreign Ministry plans to purchase a building and move the diplomatic residence, now located outside Washington, D. C., to the capital itself.Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:18:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20680046/slovak-residence-to-move-to-washington.htmlFico: Slovakia is a pro-European island in Central EuropeDespite the various differences and disputes, the three top officials of Slovakia signed joint priorities in the NATO and the EU, making it the country with strongest pro-European orientation in the region.Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:00:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20680031/slovak-officials-give-the-signal-that-eu-nato-remain-crucial-for-the-country.htmlSurvey: Support of EU has increased in SlovakiaHalf of Slovaks have positive view of Slovakia’s EU membershipMon, 23 Oct 2017 22:41:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20679363/survey-support-of-eu-has-increased-in-slovakia.htmlVienna City Hall: Illegal clinic from Bratislava advertises in AustriaThe Bratislava regional authority turned its attention to the Adelais Clinique one year ago, following complaints of health complications by some patients.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:24:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676673/vienna-city-hall-illegal-clinic-from-bratislava-advertises-in-austria.htmlBabiš: I am not a crook, read the story of Chirac or BerlusconiDespite a mounting list of scandals Andrej Babiš, the billionaire ex-finance minister of Slovak origin, and his ANO party remain the frontrunners in the Czech Republic’s October 20-21 general election.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:44:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675737/babis-i-am-not-a-crook.htmlKiska ratifies the Kigali amendment on reduction of greenhouse gasesThe adoption of the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol should reduce the global temperature by 0.5 °C.Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:20:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675757/kiska-ratifies-the-kigali-amendment-on-reduction-of-greenhouse-gases.htmlConstruction of bridge connecting Slovakia and Hungary launchedA cross-border bridge connecting these two countries over the Danube River – through the towns of Komárno and Komárom – will fill the gap and insufficient capacity.Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:45:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675400/construction-of-bridge-connecting-slovakia-and-hungary-launched.htmlGovernmental campaign should bring Slovaks home from the UKThe Slovak cabinet plans to persuade its expats living and working in the UK with at least a bachelor degree to return home: a campaign offering specific jobs should help.Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:57:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673660/governmental-campaign-should-bring-slovaks-home-from-the-uk.htmlBlogger Ján Benčík receives the European Citizen's prizeThe brave Slovak blogger and civil activist was nominated by a Slovak MEP.Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:16:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670334/blogger-jan-bencik-receives-the-european-citizens-prize.htmlSlovaks are the friendliest people in the V4 regionThe Visegrad Group countries share their fear of refugees and criticism of their treatment by western European countries.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:34:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670333/slovaks-are-the-friendliest-people-in-the-v4-region.htmlSlovakia is 30th in quality of lifeThe country moved one place up in the chart comparing social progress.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:22:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669940/slovakia-is-30th-in-quality-of-life.htmlLajčák: Germany is crucial for the UNSlovakia and Germany signed a memorandum intended to deepen the cooperation between the two countries.Sat, 07 Oct 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665585/lajcak-germany-is-crucial-for-the-un.htmlAstronaut from NASA: We know things will not workAstronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger tells of training with NASA and how astronauts prepare for failures.Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:59:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665687/astronaut-from-nasa-we-know-things-will-not-work.html