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: The biggest challenge of the OSCE presidency is to find consensus and dialogueInclusion, transparency and cooperation are the three main requirements to implement dialogue, which have become the main characteristics of Slovakia’s presidency of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation (FSC).Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:40:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740387/slovakia-the-biggest-challenge-of-the-osce-presidency-is-to-find-consensus-and-dialogue.htmlCentre for Roma Rights sues Slovak interior minister over discriminationAfter Slovak Roma proxy and Justice Minister expressed worries and dissatisfaction with the draft bill on suppressing criminality in Roma settlements by Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is taking the ministry to court over discrimination.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:48:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739861/centre-for-roma-rights-sues-slovak-interior-minister-over-discrimination.htmlSlovaks in the UK do not have to fear BrexitBrexit itself should not impact the position of Slovaks in the UK, an interim agreement between the European Union and Great Britain suggests.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:47:47 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739060/slovaks-in-the-uk-do-not-have-to-fear-brexit.htmlDrahoš beat Zeman, according to Czech voters living in SlovakiaCzech voters living in Slovakia voted differently than those in the Czech Republic during the Czech Presidential Election.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:21:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738075/drahos-beat-zeman-according-to-czech-voters-living-in-slovakia.htmlSlovakia declared safe for US touristsThe US Department of State wants to provide travellers with clear, timely, and reliable information.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:31:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735936/slovakia-declared-safe-for-us-tourists.htmlCzech President Zeman attacks DubčekThe statements were condemned by both Slovak culture minister and the Foreign Affairs Ministry.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:40:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735446/czech-president-zeman-attacks-dubcek.htmlSlovakia will support further European integrationAt the same time, graft scandals will continue to erode approval ratings for conventional parties, paving the way for fringe parties and protest groups to gain influence, according to the BMI Research analysis.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:35:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735437/slovakia-will-support-further-european-integration.htmlGovernment approves changes in Slovakia’s policy towards foreignersAmong other things, conditions for third-country nationals will change to comply with the 2016 EU directive.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:25:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735164/government-approves-changes-in-slovakias-policy-towards-foreigners.htmlInvalids abused and forced to begThe human traffickers responsible may spend up to 12 years in prison.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:06:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734330/invalids-abused-and-forced-to-beg.htmlSlovakia saw highest ever number of illegal migrants in 2017Most of the cases were, however, people who did not leave after their legal stay permit expired.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:54:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734305/police-report-that-slovakia-saw-highest-ever-number-of-illegal-migrants-in-2017.htmlUS President Wilson’s 14 Points an important milestone in Slovak-US relationsSlovakia and the United States share several anniversaries in 2018.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:19:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733534/us-president-wilsons-14-points-an-important-milestone-in-slovak-us-relations.htmlNew head of EC Representation to Slovakia takes up his postLadislav Miko is replacing Dušan Chrenek.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:44:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733548/new-head-of-ec-representation-to-slovakia-takes-up-his-post.htmlBabiš visits Slovakia, meets FicoNew Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš visited Bratislava and was “welcomed home” by his Slovak counterpart.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:05:48 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733128/babis-visits-slovakia-meets-fico.htmlŠefčovič: I have not considered running for president yetVice-president of the European Commission discusses presidential run, Brexit, and the new gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:28:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731690/sefcovic-i-have-not-considered-running-for-president-yet.htmlAsylum seekers will get new guide about SlovakiaThey should learn more about cultural specifics of the country.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:09:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731301/asylum-seekers-will-get-new-guide-about-slovakia.htmlCritic of the Foreign Ministry quits diplomatic service in protestFormer deputy ambassador of the Slovak Embassy in Budapest, Rastislav Mojto, did not have his contract prolonged due to an open conflict with the ministry leadership.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:55:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731009/critic-of-the-foreign-ministry-quits-diplomatic-service-in-protest.htmlIOM launches free Slovak language courses for foreignersThe international centre will again open in 2018 free Slovak courses for foreigners outside the EU, both for beginners and advanced learners.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:16:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730274/iom-free-slovak-language-courses-for-foreigners-starting-in-mid-january.htmlThe Guardian calls Bratislava “a pulsing and charming city”British newspaper hailed the capital of the country that gained sovereignty on January 1, 1993.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:12:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730215/the-guardian-praises-bratislava-in-its-story-marking-the-25th-anniversary-of-the-countrys-independence.htmlKažimír is the 2018 European Finance Minister of the YearThe Slovak Finance Minister was recognized by the specialised monthly magazine.Tue, 02 Jan 2018 21:53:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729939/kazimir-is-the-2018-european-finance-minister-of-the-year.htmlSlovakia becomes UNHRC member for three yearsIt is an international reward for its former and current human rights activities, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:54:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729528/slovakia-becomes-unhrc-member-for-three-years.htmlAmerican hotelier discovered a hidden gem in Slovakia: Top stories of 2017Slovak extremists went for a hike but made an error on the way, amusing the internet. Their story, as well as Slovakia's best hiking trails, are among The Slovak Spectator’s 10 most popular in 2017.Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:05:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20727374/american-hotelier-discovered-a-hidden-gem-in-slovakia-top-stories-of-2017.htmlPolitico: Slovakia is among this year's losersSlovakia is a case in point of how the prospects of Central and Eastern European countries fell within the EU.Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:00:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20727391/politico-slovakia-is-among-this-years-losers.htmlFAQ: EU Citizens - dealing with immigration authoritiesWondering about dealing with the Border and Alien Police (official name) also known as the Foreigner Police? We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions with regard to dealing with immigration authorities.Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20150684/faq-eu-citizens-dealing-with-immigration-authorities.htmlAudit Office found no crime, but flaws in Slovakia’s EU Council’s presidencyNKÚ announced that there were no crimes committed by the Slovak organisers of the country’s presidency of EU Council, but added mistakes were made, including incomplete invoices, flawed accountancy and a formal financial inspection.Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:59:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20722483/audit-office-found-no-crime-but-flaws-in-slovakias-eu-councils-presidency.htmlV4 countries agreed on aid for LibyaSlovak PM Robert Fico reiterated that refugee quotas are nonsensical and aren’t workingMon, 18 Dec 2017 16:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20721325/v4-countries-agreed-on-aid-for-libya.htmlUN committee: Slovakia still discriminates against RomaGovernment should adopt measures to remove discrimination and segregation of the minority.Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:04:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20719261/un-committee-slovakia-still-discriminates-against-roma.htmlSlovak becomes hero of DublinVideo captures a 30-year-old man chasing a thief on a bike.Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:10:44 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20718773/slovak-becomes-hero-of-dublin.htmlCustoms officials discovered thousands of imitations among goods from ChinaNearly 45,000 fake products found by customs officials in Dunajská Streda that violated the intellectual property rights were meant for the Czech market.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:33:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717902/customs-officials-discovered-thousands-of-imitations-among-goods-from-china.htmlThe fight against discrimination of minorities failsA recent survey confirms the intolerance towards various groups across the EU.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:15:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717568/the-fight-against-discrimination-of-minorities-fails.htmlAustrian natural gas station close to Slovak border explodedThe incident, which claimed one fatality and at least 18 injuries, also created an emergency in a Slovak village close to the Austrian border.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:59:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717043/austrian-natural-gas-station-close-to-slovak-border-exploded.htmlEx-PM Radičová praised as influential female leaderFormer Slovak PM, Iveta Radičová, receives her second international award.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:50:35 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716230/ex-pm-radicova-received-another-award.htmlSlovaks are unsatisfied with police uncovering corruptionFive embassies in Slovakia call on Slovak government to continue fighting against corruption, promising further support.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:23:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716114/five-embassies-call-on-slovak-cabinet-to-further-combat-corruption.htmlEU takes Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to court for refusing refugee quotas but not SlovakiaSlovak minister points out that the latest proposals by the Estonian presidency resemble Slovakia’s proposals from the Bratislava summit.Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:13:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713885/eu-takes-poland-hungary-and-the-czech-republic-to-court-for-refusing-refugee-quotas-but-not-slovakia.htmlSlovakia is often disregarded when it comes to EU postsBut the countries of Central Europe need to look for reasons at home, and double their efforts, analyst says.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:57:47 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713516/slovakia-is-often-disregarded-when-it-comes-to-eu-posts.htmlCuba shows interest in Slovakia’s client centresThe two countries want to develop mutual cooperation.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:24:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712046/cuba-shows-interest-in-slovakias-client-centres.htmlSlovak finance chief fails to become new head of the EurogroupPortuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno has won the race and become the head of the 19-country eurozoneMon, 04 Dec 2017 21:56:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711013/slovak-finance-chief-fails-to-become-new-head-of-the-eurogroup.htmlBritish police detain Slovak who made bomb threat onboard a planePassengers describe the panic that erupted on the Bratislava to London-Stansted flight when a man proclaimed he had a bomb.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:25:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710603/british-police-detain-slovak-who-made-bomb-threat-onboard-a-plane.htmlSlovakia promotes the benefits of its membership in NATO and the EUThe first series of videos are available on the internet as of Thursday.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:48:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708269/slovakia-launches-campaign-pointing-to-the-benefits-of-slovakias-membership-in-nato-and-the-eu.htmlKažimír: I see the eurozone as the driving force of European integrationSlovak finance minister submits his official application for head of the EurogroupThu, 30 Nov 2017 20:43:17 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708257/kazimir-i-see-the-eurozone-as-the-driving-force-of-european-integration.htmlFAQ: Health care treatment in SlovakiaThe Slovak Spectator brings you the set of the most frequently asked questions with regard to health care treatment.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20222935/faq-health-care-treatment-in-slovakia.html