https://spectator.sme.sk/r/24/opinion/atomSpectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectator2829-02-23T15:19:42ZSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.Petit Press, a.s.rss_contact_emailhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20767396/being-young-is-harder-than-it-used-to-be.htmlBeing young is harder than it used to be2018-02-23T15:08:09ZThe failure of older generations to sympathise with youth means politics are primarily a contest of who can hand out more gifts to old people.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765482/blog-foreigners-get-involved.htmlBlog: Foreigners, get involved2018-02-23T08:10:00ZWhat about making our voices heard? And not only in itsy-bitsy interviews about traditional cuisine and the High Tatras.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766543/two-anniversaries-one-enduring-relationship.htmlTwo anniversaries, one enduring relationship2018-02-22T13:51:56ZCountless Slovaks and Americans continue to cultivate and renew the strong bonds of friendship between the US and Slovakia through cooperation in the business, technological, cultural, and educational spheres.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765501/who-will-take-kuzmina-as-a-neighbour.htmlWho will take Kuzmina as a neighbour?2018-02-21T08:41:51ZIn Slovakia, immigrants mostly provoke negative feelings. Not when it comes to the biathlon.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760585/blog-government-affairs-in-slovakia-how-did-this-profession-develop-and-what-is-its-future.htmlBlog: Government Affairs in Slovakia – how did this profession develop and what is its future?2018-02-20T12:30:00ZIt is encouraging that more and more companies based in Slovakia are starting to realize that it is also possible to shape EU policies from a small country like Slovakia and use the services of government affairs specialists for this purpose.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761058/will-kiska-run-for-president.htmlWill Kiska run for president?2018-02-16T00:12:11ZMedia reports suggest that Andrej Kiska will not run again. How does the situation look one year ahead of presidential election?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761460/silence-about-hundreds-of-killed-russian-mercenaries.htmlSilence about hundreds of killed Russian mercenaries2018-02-15T12:54:49ZWhat actually happened and why are both Moscow and Washington silent about the events?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760655/blog-for-the-love-of-knowledge.htmlBlog: For the love of knowledge2018-02-14T12:00:12ZWhen we find “it” for ourselves by putting our hands on the information and looking deep inside, knowledge allows us to make our own decisions.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20758830/tom-nicholson-leaves-slovakia-the-best-thing-about-slovaks.htmlNicholson: The truth about Slovakia2018-02-13T08:35:00ZI leave knowing that I have seen the best of what Slovaks can be.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20758547/Slovakia-hotel-reviews-best-score.htmlBlog: I’m obsessed with review scores!2018-02-12T13:58:46ZWhat confuses me to no end is that guests will come, have a great time, write that “everything was wonderful, just like home,” and then give us a score of 8.5 out of 10.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20748767/brain-power-not-muscle.htmlBrain power, not muscle2018-02-05T06:30:00ZFlexible working conditions and availability of highly qualified domestic and foreign experts will determine how competitive Slovakia’s BSC industry is in the future.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20751813/why-do-czechs-have-a-slovak-for-prime-minister.htmlWhy do Czechs have a Slovak for prime minister?2018-02-03T08:55:00ZWhen things get serious, Slovaks protest, organise and exercise power at the ballot box. Czechs go skiing.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20748775/to-help-and-protect-but-whom.htmlTo Help and Protect – but whom?2018-02-01T12:00:00ZRecent reports from Dunajská Streda suggest that territories assigned to the departments in the regions have only displaced the problem of the long waiting times.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20749266/Czech-presidential-election-Zeman-bad-news.htmlWill Czechs be sorry?2018-01-29T21:07:18ZCzechs have handed their country to Zeman and Babiš. The Czech train is now dashing along the road to who-knows-where.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20748742/we-need-to-speak-up-about-the-success-of-bscs.htmlWe need to speak up about the success of BSCs2018-01-29T13:00:00ZThe sector has the potential for further growth. For instance, the consequences of the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU will occur in the near future.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20746722/what-is-wrong-with-davos.htmlWhat is wrong with Davos?2018-01-27T08:30:00ZWhat do you say we cancel next year’s WEF conference, save the money and redirect it somewhere else?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20745523/putting-the-public-into-public-service-broadcasting.htmlPutting the ‘public’ into public-service broadcasting2018-01-24T17:11:39ZRTVS should not be withdrawing support for investigative journalism.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710756/blog-helping-others-helps-your-company-too.htmlBlog: Helping others helps your company too2018-01-23T12:30:00ZTatiana Čaplová, Program Coordinator for CSR at the Pontis Foundation, offers a very interesting look behind the scenes of the most successful CSR event in Slovakia - Naše Mesto (Our City).https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740756/blog-are-flying-cars-coming-to-the-skies.htmlBlog: Are flying cars coming to the skies?2018-01-21T11:45:00ZAt least 19 companies, including a Slovak one, are currently developing flying car planes, but there are still many issues that must be worked out.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20741724/what-kind-of-expectations-do-some-slovaks-have-for-world-leaders.htmlWhat kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?2018-01-19T20:45:03ZAmong EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740396/press-freedom-is-bleeding-across-our-borders.htmlPress freedom is bleeding across our borders2018-01-18T11:01:58ZCritical media are always the first targets of populists and press freedom enemies.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20737730/giving-a-voice-to-those-unheard.htmlGiving a voice to those unheard2018-01-15T16:25:02ZThe Sme daily celebrates 25 years since its founding. It is of immense importance that it remains independent and free, writes its editor-in-chief.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735169/blog-embrace-2018-with-hope-and-happiness.htmlBlog: Embrace 2018 with hope and happiness2018-01-10T21:48:43ZThe week of Silvester festivities was filled with a dizzying array of foods and activities, while I slept in the basement. The Accidental Hotelier reports about the holiday season in Osturňa.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731832/zeman-is-missing.htmlZeman is missing2018-01-06T16:05:00ZEven if you are someone who liked Zeman for being Zeman, that is not the guy running for president in 2018.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731502/united-we-stand-strong.htmlUnited we stand strong2018-01-05T13:03:22ZWe realise it will not be easy, but we know what we want to achieve and know we can do it, Ambassador Yordanka Chobanova writes as Bulgaria starts its first EU Council Presidency.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730171/the-courage-to-be-free.htmlThe courage to be free2018-01-04T12:00:00ZThe future holds great promise for Slovakia as a secure, sovereign, prosperous member of Europe and of the broader transatlantic community of nations, US Ambassador to Slovakia opines.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710753/blog-businesses-need-independent-transparent-and-expert-regulatory-institutions.htmlBlog: Businesses need independent, transparent and expert regulatory institutions2018-01-02T12:30:00ZRegulatory institutions have a crucial impact on the business environment. What can be done to improve their functioning? Michal Krčméry, AmCham’s Director of Government Affairs, takes a closer look at this issue.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20728222/2018-trump-will-face-impeachment-before-the-years-end.html2018: Trump will face impeachment before the year's end2017-12-31T12:55:00ZKaliňák keeps 1990s hair, Smer appoints his barber to the Constitutional Court. Here are some predictions about the coming year.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20728549/happy-new-year.htmlHappy New Year2017-12-30T17:05:21ZSome glad tidings in 2017: the Mečiar amnesties were scrapped, and extremists lost badly in regional polls.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20719286/in-1993-did-slovaks-overestimate-the-change-to-come.htmlIn 1993, did Slovaks overestimate the change to come?2017-12-27T06:27:56ZThe time is ripe for Slovakia to emerge as a model state in the region, open to engaging with the world economically, in terms of trade and investment, but also culturally.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20726589/to-be-better.htmlTo be better2017-12-26T23:12:31ZGoodness is not exclusive to Christmas.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700132/blog-homecoming.htmlBlog: Homecoming2017-12-21T15:15:00ZTo face change is to deal with the unexpected.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20723086/one-union-two-europes.htmlOne Union, two Europes2017-12-20T08:29:43ZIf Brussels lets the member states do whatever they want, it will harm support for the EU among citizens.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20719240/more-than-just-neighbours.htmlMore than just neighbours2017-12-19T06:15:30ZSlovaks and Czechs still enjoy a special bond.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20721026/parties-only-protect-their-market-share.htmlParties only protect their market share2017-12-17T14:40:38ZRent seeking behavior and a code of loyalty are not the ways to operate a successful democratic political party.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20718042/czechoslovakia-could-have-been-switzerland.htmlCzechoslovakia could have been Switzerland2017-12-14T14:27:00ZIn Hodonín and Holíč, Czechoslovakia still exists.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710717/blog-environmental-sustainability-is-the-future-for-sustainability-in-business.htmlBlog: Environmental sustainability is the future for sustainability in business2017-12-12T12:30:00ZA great example of how you can make a difference by sharing your passion with others: Ivana Maleš, co-founder of the Institute for Circular Economy, describes her journey from a blogger and promoter of the zero waste lifestyle to a sustainability consultant dedicated to spreading the ideas behind the circular economy.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700126/blog-migration-and-equation-of-loss-and-gain.htmlBlog: Migration and equation of loss and gain2017-12-07T10:05:00ZCentral Europeans oppose change while Americans find opportunity in it.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710214/blog-slovak-cuisine-is-boring-and-unimaginative.htmlBlog: Slovak cuisine is boring and unimaginative2017-12-05T09:25:00ZThere, I said it. Now, before you start sending me vitriolic emails, please finish reading this post.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708494/what-kind-of-european-are-you.htmlWhat kind of European are you?2017-12-02T09:40:00ZIf you live in Central and Eastern Europe, chances are high you belong to the "hesitant" tribe.