Opinion

Is more flexibility a response to the post COVID-19 Europe?

It is way too early to try to predict which way things will go, but it is useful to start thinking about the potential implications of various directions.Kinga Brudzinska29. May 2020, at 6:30

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The sad reality behind the masks

When the coronavirus epidemic is gone, we will have to deal with an epidemic of obesity and dementia.Anca Dragu, 27. May 2020, at 11:55

Face masks are obligatory in Slovakia.

Blog: We can't close our eyes to the inequality accentuated by COVID-19

Walk in the shoes of Arantxa Ferrer, a physiotherapist volunteering for a Slovak NGO in Albania during the coronavirus pandemic.Arantxa Ferrer25. May 2020, at 15:25

Tirana, Albania
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Homecomers sing angry blues for Matovič

Smart quarantine off to a rocky start as general prosecutor election kicks into high gear.Michaela Terenzani, 25. May 2020, at 14:17

Berg border crossing to Slovakia on Friday, May 22 afternoon.

Austrian chancellor sees summer tourism as a zero-sum game

Perhaps not wealthy enough for his liking, Kurz declined to invite his so-called “safe” neighbours in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.Benjamin Cunningham, 24. May 2020, at 15:23

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Most of Europe opened schools much earlier

It is five minutes after 12.Peter Schutz19. May 2020, at 13:29

Schools are currently empty.
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Battle against coronavirus almost over, a different kind of “war” about to break out

It has been an eventful week for the judiciary and for the human rights defender.Michaela Terenzani, 18. May 2020, at 12:33

PM Igor Matovič
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Transformative technologies and Slovakia’s path towards an innovative economy

Experts from the private and public sphere share their thoughts.Connections team18. May 2020, at 11:35

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This may be the collapse of nationalism

The distance between people living in the same countries has increased.Benjamin Cunningham, 17. May 2020, at 21:55

The photograph of Girl Scout Lucie Myslíková, aged 16, confronting an extremist was taken in the Czech city of Brno, during the May 1 protest called Those Who Play Do Not Salute the Nazi Way. The participants tried to block a neo-Nazi march, in a light-hearted way.
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Europe Day celebrated amid discussions of a “mini-Schengen”

Borders and schools remain closed as the rest of the country opens up.Michaela Terenzani, 11. May 2020, at 13:58

Top three constitutional officials sign a joint declaration on foreign policy orientation on May 9.

This is not a war

The anniversary of the end of World War II is an appropriate time for perspective.Benjamin Cunningham, 10. May 2020, at 17:38

Outdoor terraces in Košice.
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Green light for Matovič as pressure to reopen country mounts

The government got the MPs' confidence to carry out its plan. Experts say that if it does well, it can avert the threat of the further rise of extremism in the country.Michaela Terenzani, 4. May 2020, at 14:03

The government of Igor Matovič got its plan approved by the parliament on April 30.
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Slovakia tries to take a deeper breath as measures ease

The country embarks on its way out of the anti coronavirus measures, Matovič government embarks on its way to restore the judiciary with a stumble.Michaela Terenzani, 27. Apr 2020, at 13:35

Bookshops were among the ones that opened again on April 22.
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For Slovak journalists, borders started reappearing long before the virus

The news industry has long resisted globalisation, not only in Slovakia, writes Lukáš Fila of Denník N.Lukáš Fila24. Apr 2020, at 7:00

Lukáš Fila
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Autocrats feel a chance against media once again

Small media can make contributions that far exceed their circulation number, writes Beata Balogová.Beata Balogová, 24. Apr 2020, at 7:00

Beata Balogová speaks to one of the For a Decent Slovakia protests in 2018 on behalf of Slovakia's journalists. Balogová also serves as the vice-chair of the executive board of the International Press Institute.
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The virtue of knowing too little

As it turns out, liberal democracy is not the highest form of political evolution, in Slovakia as elsewhere, writes Tom Nicholson.Tom Nicholson, 24. Apr 2020, at 7:00

After his time with the Spectator, Tom Nicholson went on to write for the Trend weekly and the Sme daily and became one of Slovakia's most respected investigative reporters before he returned to Canada in 2018.
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Smoke still filled Manhattan when I met the Spectator founders in New York

Petit Press CEO Alexej Fulmek recalls how The Slovak Spectator joined his media house.Alexej Fulmek, 24. Apr 2020, at 7:00

Alexej Fulmek
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25 years on, our assignment continues: to report

The Spectator was born in a moment of political crisis and it is in its DNA to be able to deal with such situations, and work under pressure.Michaela Terenzani, 24. Apr 2020, at 7:00

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Publisher's word: Bratislava's Kamzík is not the only thing we see clearer now

The number of readers who turn to us in a time of crisis is the best gift we could get on our anniversary.Ján Pallo, 24. Apr 2020, at 7:00

At the Baťa Canal everybody can become a captain.

Mama Mia

A farewell to the woman who sabotaged Communism by knitting sweaters.Anca Dragu, 22. Apr 2020, at 14:10