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_emailskMEP delegation uneasy about Kaliňák's alleged involvement in scandalsSix months have passed since the murder of the journalist and his fiancée.Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:02:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20917588/mep-delegation-uneasy-about-kalinaks-alleged-involvement-in-scandals.htmlAmerican tank crashed in Lešť, three soldiers injuredTwo of them taken to hospital by helicopter.Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:53:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20917584/american-tank-crashed-in-lest-three-soldiers-injured.htmlMan from Russian sanction list trained president’s and PM’s bodyguardsDenis Riauzov is on the sanctions list and the secret services believe he is a Russian agent.Wed, 19 Sep 2018 01:16:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20916756/man-from-russian-sanction-list-trained-presidents-and-pms-bodyguards.htmlHe survived the Paris attacks: Slovakia healed me, he saysI stepped back into life and learned to live again here. I don’t think I could have done it in Paris, says Thomas Tran Dinh.Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:22:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20916292/he-survived-the-paris-attacks-slovakia-healed-me-he-says.htmlI am not afraid, I do not work like KuciakSometimes trolls burst into our office and shout at us until we convince them to leave, but they never sue us, says David Crawford from the newsgroup Correctiv who were the first to discover who downed MH17 over Donetsk.Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:39:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20915871/i-am-not-afraid-i-do-not-work-like-kuciak.htmlSlovakia’s Šefčovič will run for Commission's top jobHe vows to tackle the “barbed-wire” mentality.Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:02:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20916133/slovakias-sefcovic-will-run-for-commissions-top-job.htmlSlovak detained due to attempted bomb attack suspicionHe reportedly has never hidden his beliefs.Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:09:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20915847/slovak-detained-due-to-attempted-bomb-attack-suspicion.htmlSecurity analyst: People from central Europe also join JihadistsV4 countries are not a target for terrorists, nor a significant source of fighters, but they serve for logistic purposes.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:56:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20913064/security-analyst-people-from-central-europe-also-join-jihadists.htmlLithuanian minister: If the EU wants to progress, it cannot start with a debate on ethicsLithuania has discovered new markets after adopting sanctions.Mon, 10 Sep 2018 22:07:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20910684/lithuanian-minister-if-the-eu-wants-to-progress-it-cannot-start-with-a-debate-on-ethics.htmlHungarian MP: We have saved Europe once, we are protecting it againSchengen was discussed in the Polish town of Krynica.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 23:10:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20908023/hungarian-mp-we-have-saved-europe-once-we-are-protecting-it-again.htmlWWII fighter pilot's legacy still has impact todayEthan Allen Smith crashed above Sliač. The stories of such veterans create a tradition worthy of the democratic development of our country.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:00:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20907601/wwii-fighter-pilots-legacy-still-has-impact-today.htmlSlovak Night Wolves returned historical equipmentThe civic association “Museum of Historical Vehicles” has been sharing a venue with the Slovak branch of Night Wolves.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 21:53:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20907471/slovak-night-wolves-returned-historical-equipment.htmlSlovak military police officer saved life of US citizenA member of the Slovak contingent with the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan saved the life of a US civilian contractor last week.Mon, 03 Sep 2018 13:54:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20905332/slovak-military-police-officer-saved-life-of-us-citizen.htmlSlovakia widens competencies of Slovak soldiers in Bosnia and HerzegovinaThe decision was adopted during the non-formal meeting of Defence Ministries.Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:18:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20903359/slovakia-widens-competencies-of-slovak-soldiers-in-bosnia-and-herzegovina.htmlSlovak teacher: Our language is not as difficult as we make it out to beWhat's the best way to make learning Slovak fun for foreigners?Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:07:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20901514/slovak-teacher-our-language-is-not-as-difficult-as-we-make-it-out-to-be.htmlRussian activists commemorating the August 1968 invasion arrestedSlovak diplomatic channels promised to follow their situation in Russia; in the meantime, the protesters detained in Moscow have been released.Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:33:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20900992/russian-activists-commemorating-the-august-1968-invasion-of-czechoslovakia-arrested.htmlSlovak personalities demand freedom for Oleh SentsovSlovak celebrities and outstanding personages in art, culture, science and public life have called on politicians to act in the case of the Ukrainian director imprisoned by Russian authorities.Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:16:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20900957/slovak-personalities-demand-freedom-for-ukrainian-film-director-oleh-sentsov.htmlA Slovak smuggled 29 Vietnamese in a MercedesThe Košice native was sentenced to 56 months in prison for people smuggling, but he appealed the verdict.Wed, 22 Aug 2018 23:13:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20898276/a-slovak-smuggled-29-vietnamese-in-a-mercedes.htmlPolitical scientist: Vietnamese kidnappers maybe did not care about being exposedTrinh Xuan Thanh was a typical Vietnamese red prince.Wed, 22 Aug 2018 15:22:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20897969/political-scientist-vu-kidnapped-thanh-openly-challenged-the-regime.htmlThe USA imposed sanctions on a Slovak companyUS Department of Treasury imposed sanctions in response to the attempts of the company– and two Russian citizens and one Russian company - to help another Russian company evade penalties.Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:16:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20897784/the-usa-imposed-sanctions-on-a-slovak-company.htmlReporters Without Borders concerned about situation in SlovakiaThe international organisation expressed concerns about the events in Slovakia, especially the murder of reporter Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, as its investigation seems to have come to a standstill and previous promises about the protection of journalists forgotten.Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:00:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20897425/reporters-without-borders-concerned-about-situation-in-slovakia.htmlHistorian: 1968 anniversary reminds Austrians of their generosity towards refugeesAustria welcomed tens of thousands of Czechs and Slovaks, but only very few of them remained.Tue, 21 Aug 2018 16:13:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20896351/historian-1968-anniversary-reminds-austrians-of-their-generosity-towards-refugees.htmlAmerican embassy will probably moveThe US Embassy to Slovakia eyes new premises – the current headquarters of the Bratislava Transport company in the wider centre of the capital.Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:07:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20896954/american-embassy-will-probably-move.htmlCzech television heeds viewers’ call to broadcast speech by Slovak presidentPresident Kiska on Tuesday will mark the 50th anniversary of the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops.Mon, 20 Aug 2018 21:59:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20896534/czech-television-heeds-viewers-call-to-broadcast-speech-by-slovak-president.htmlWatchdog points to discrepancies in annual ministry reportAmnesty International Slovensko has highlighted irregular facts in the ministry’s annual report on the export of arms.Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:49:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20896027/watchdog-points-to-discrepancies-in-annual-report-of-economy-ministry.htmlForeign Ministry summons Russia’s representative in SlovakiaThe reason being the status of the Russian Defence Attaché’s Office on Facebook.Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:15:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20895922/foreign-ministry-summons-russian-federations-representative-in-slovakia.htmlDo you know if you can vote in municipal elections?Submit your answers to help research public opinion among foreigners in Slovakia.Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:55:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20892958/do-you-know-if-you-can-vote-in-municipal-elections.htmlJustice Minister sends officials to check whether Yandiyev is not being tortured in RussiaOne month since he was extradited by Slovakia to Russia – where he faces charges of terrorism – the fate and whereabouts of Aslan Yandiyev will be checked by Slovak diplomats; event if they find wrongdoing, however, they can only report it to international institutions.Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:11:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20892696/justice-minister-sends-officials-to-check-whether-yandiyev-is-not-being-tortured-in-russia.htmlNAKA detained Russian businessman VinogradovThe Russian businessman was wanted by an international warrant for real estate fraud.Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:48:50 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20891920/naka-detained-russian-businessman-vinogradov.htmlComenius University now offers law studies in EnglishThe Law Faculty of the university is offering a new study course – focusing on EU and international law.Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:03:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20891134/comenius-university-now-offers-law-studies-in-english.htmlConstitutional court turns down Aslan Yandiyev’s AppealThe Justice Ministry cites security reasons as justification for his extradition to Russia but the decision is opposed by the UN Human Rights Committee.Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:26:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20891005/constitutional-court-turns-down-aslan-yandiyevs-appeal.htmlThe US Embassy will hit the roadIn which towns will the embassy caravan stop?Thu, 09 Aug 2018 22:55:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20888717/the-us-embassy-will-hit-the-road.htmlAbduction: Vietnamese representatives in Slovakia remain silentThe exact whereabouts of Quang Le Hong, former advisor of ex-prime minister Robert Fico, remain unknown.Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:19:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20888222/abduction-vietnamese-representatives-in-slovakia-remain-silent.htmlSNS has started another dispute in coalitionThe junior coalition party, SNS, showed resentment over the committee's decision to condemn legitimisation of the Crimean annexation through visits by Slovak officials.Wed, 08 Aug 2018 23:17:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20888259/foreign-affairs-committee-will-not-legitamise-crimean-annexation.htmlMP Marček’s trip to Crimea has no resultsIndependent MP's alleged private trip to Crimea, which in fact resembled official delegation and included meeting the top representatives of the peninsula now controlled by the Kremlin, has not resulted in any consequences or sanctions.Wed, 08 Aug 2018 13:38:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20887827/mp-marceks-trip-to-crimea-has-no-results.htmlAnnual summer school for Slovak language has openedFor the 54th time, the summer course will teach Slovak to foreigners and expats; this edition focuses on some key years ending with an “eight”.Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:34:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20886897/annual-summer-school-for-slovak-language-has-opened.htmlDenník N: This is what the Vietnamese kidnapping looked likePolice officers who say they witnessed the kidnapping of the Vietnamese businessman describe he was intoxicated and beaten when transported on the government plane.Thu, 02 Aug 2018 22:36:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20884018/dennik-n-this-is-what-the-vietnamese-kidnapping-looked-like.htmlKaliňák: The Vietnamese may have abused our generositySlovakia has done everything it can to help the abduction investigation, says former Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák.Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:03:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20883238/kalinak-the-vietnamese-may-have-abused-our-generosity.html48 students from developing countries will come to Slovak universitiesThese students, who will be joined by 61 Slovak expats, will study at Slovak colleges and universities thanks to government scholarships.Wed, 01 Aug 2018 23:34:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20883127/48-students-from-developing-countries-will-come-to-slovak-universities.htmlForeign Ministry: Crimea is still Ukrainian territoryMeanwhile, a Slovak MP leaves on a previously announced trip to the annexed peninsula.Wed, 01 Aug 2018 13:31:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20882536/foreign-ministry-crimea-is-still-ukrainian-territory.html