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The Curious Dutchman

Blog: In Slovakia, tradition is key

The year round, the calendar is filled to the brim with traditional habits, happenings that seem to go back centuries.Boudewijn Dekker26. Sep 2017, at 10:52

Traditional "vinobranie" event in Pezinok.

Blog: Why did I come here?

A group of teachers and students from the Bratislava-based school gathered to support their friend, colleague, and fellow foreigner, as she had already tried four times just to get in the door of the foreign police,…Sierra Elizabeth Stopper25. Sep 2017, at 9:04

Queue in front of the foreigners' police department in Bratislava.

Foreign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?

For Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.Juraj Mesík22. Sep 2017, at 10:53

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption. Michaela Terenzani ,21. Sep 2017, at 16:29

President Andrej Kiska

Kiska: Even Europe has its aggressive neighbour

President Andrej Kiska addressed UN commenting poverty, instability and climate change. Compiled by Spectator staff ,19. Sep 2017, at 17:50

President Andrej Kiska

Winter is coming. It's time to celebrate

It’s not just in Central Europe that people notice the sun going down earlier and the wind getting stronger. Benjamin Cunningham ,15. Sep 2017, at 20:14

Wine, illustrative stock photo.

What to do with hammers and sickles?

Ľuboš Lorenz has reminded Slovakia and its citizens that fascist symbols are not the only ones that they need to reject. Michaela Terenzani ,7. Sep 2017, at 15:53

Protesting citizens attached hammer and sickle to a police car.
The Accidental Hotelier

Blog: Running a business in Slovakia is not for the faint of heart

If you are a foreigner with limited Slovak proficiency, limited knowledge of Slovak law, and want to run a business, you should consider following my lead.Thom Kolton5. Sep 2017, at 13:46

Running a business in Slovakia is complicated and frustrating.
The Curious Dutchman

Blog: My wife is in love with an alien

I have recently changed employer and met foreigners who still have to go through the torturous ordeal of dealing with the Foreigners’ Police, which has convinced me to write about it now.Boudewijn Dekker1. Sep 2017, at 9:28

The foreigners’ police department in Petržalka
AmCham blog

Blog: The Dark side of the Cloud

Is the one-size-fits-all approach to Cloud suitable and does it meet everyone’s requirements?Jozef Škandera28. Aug 2017, at 12:30

Illustrative stock photo

Six graphs that show a gloomy future for Slovakia

When top ranking is not a reason to celebrate.Ondrej Podstupka24. Aug 2017, at 18:11

Carmakers sometimes resort to emplyoing workers from abroad, illustrative stock photo

It’s not easy to be friends with Fico

Will Andrej Danko take the government down with him? Michaela Terenzani ,23. Aug 2017, at 13:48

Andrej Danko

You do not need to sympathise with LGBTI to support their rights

The lawmakers need to act before the next Oliari comes to the Strasbourg court to sue Slovakia.Zuzana Števulová23. Aug 2017, at 1:21

Ombudswoman Maria Patakyova addresses the Pride participants.

Things that make us different also make us stronger

On August 19, a rainbow flag will fly over the US Embassy in Bratislava to represent the firm commitment of the United States to defending the human rights of LGBTI people, writes Ambassador Sterling.Adam Sterling16. Aug 2017, at 12:00

The rainbow flag flew over the US Embassy in Bratislava in 2016.
AmCham blog

Blog: Moving beyond “moderate innovator”

Peter Kolesár sees all the shortcomings of the current situation in Slovakia, but he remains optimistic about the innovation potential of the country and its future development.Peter Kolesár14. Aug 2017, at 12:30

Peter Kolesár (l) and Ernest de Laminne de Bex of CIDIC (r)

The season to be silly

Andrej Danko says he has had enough of the coalition agreement. The question of the week is: why? Michaela Terenzani ,10. Aug 2017, at 8:57

Andrej Danko arrives to coalition council on August 8.

Trump criticised Obama. Now he takes a 17-day vacation

You can tell a lot about a world leader based on how they spend their free time. Benjamin Cunningham ,8. Aug 2017, at 21:59

Trump waves as he walks down the steps of Air Force One with his grandchildren after arriving at Morristown Municipal Airport to begin his summer vacation at his Bedminster golf club in Morristown, N.J.
The Accidental Hotelier

Blog: Striving for great customer service

There are no readily available tools to teach good customer service. So instead, I’ve tried to mentor my staff with real situations.Thom Kolton4. Aug 2017, at 9:45

The penzión may be elegant, but the key to success is good customer service.

In defence of institutions

Till this day, the trauma of destruction during First World War explains Belgium’s existential attachment to the European Union, as the most successful peace project in modern history.Willem Van de Voorde1. Aug 2017, at 11:43

A monument at "Tyne Cot cemetery" in Passendale, Belgium.

Scaring off the aliens

How much longer can Slovakia afford to deter would-be foreign residents? Michaela Terenzani ,31. Jul 2017, at 8:00

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