https://spectator.sme.sk/r/24/opinion/atomSpectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectator1970-01-01T01:00:00ZSlovakia'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/20808493/i-have-never-seen-a-france-like-this.htmlI have never seen a France like this2018-04-20T18:55:00ZUnlike the populists Macron offers a positive vision of where politics and Europe can go.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20808104/on-killing-a-crab.htmlOn killing a crab2018-04-20T08:23:31ZIf you eat animal flesh, you should not be squeamish about slaughtering your dinner.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805922/why-is-drucker-stepping-down-gaspar-kalinak.htmlBack to square one?2018-04-17T15:10:30ZTomáš Drucker leaves after 25 days as interior minister while Tibor Gašpar stays put.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805115/blog-there-is-only-one-boss-the-customer.htmlBlog: There is only one boss – the customer2018-04-17T11:30:00ZOn the importance of customer experience in an era when the customer is always right.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805225/blog-corruption-there-is-a-way-but-it-takes-two.htmlBlog: Corruption - there is a way but it takes two2018-04-16T18:08:11ZReflections from a Brit living in Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20803185/paul-ryan-is-quitting-like-a-coward.htmlPaul Ryan is quitting like a coward2018-04-13T19:55:22ZOn his way out the door, with his life’s work totally destroyed, Mr Ryan is still unwilling to speak out against Trump.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20799907/orbans-victory-is-toxic-for-visegrad.htmlOrbán's victory is toxic for Visegrad2018-04-10T05:50:57ZOrbán might inspire the buds of autocracy in other politicians who also dream about ruling without end and without political scruples.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20799214/blog-complexity-in-science.htmlBlog: Complexity in Science2018-04-09T12:09:18ZEven the best-controlled experiment cannot capture all variables and angles.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20797684/life-of-brian-slovak-style.htmlLife of Brian, Slovak style2018-04-08T21:40:08ZSlovakia’s political opposition has been losing for years due to the "narcissism of small differences".https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20797220/blog-osturna-under-siege.htmlBlog: Osturňa under siege2018-04-06T15:18:02ZWhy a group of people would try to loot an entire village of its charm and beauty is simply mindboggling.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20794849/our-shared-values-are-the-cement-of-the-european-union-let-us-defend-them.htmlOur shared values are the cement of the European Union. Let us defend them!2018-04-04T06:30:00ZPolitical evolutions in our countries have shown than we need more than ever to reassert our shared commitment to the respect for rule of law and of human rights, writes Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20794568/technology-is-a-poor-substitute-for-morality.htmlTechnology is a poor substitute for morality2018-04-03T10:13:37ZIn the real world, there are limits on free speech. Online, anything goes.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20792306/the-courage-to-be-free-is-the-courage-to-speak-out.htmlThe courage to be free is the courage to speak out2018-03-31T12:00:00ZUS Ambassador to Slovakia salutes the courage of journalists like Ján Kuciak, their dedication, and their craft, and repeats that it is unacceptable for them to face violence or intimidation anywhere in the world.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20792122/thirty-days-that-shook-slovakia.htmlThirty days that shook Slovakia2018-03-30T16:09:12ZThe Visegrad Group, the US, and even the EU will no longer provide a support for liberal democracy. We're on our own.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20791760/in-canada-lucky-is-not-just-about-the-beer.htmlIn Canada, lucky is not just about the beer2018-03-29T12:05:00ZMP Peter Marček and his Internet troll brethren are right – I didn’t come home because I missed Canadian beer.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20791300/blog-sleepwalking-away-from-a-decent-slovakia.htmlBlog: Sleepwalking away from a decent Slovakia2018-03-28T10:36:25ZThe mood of agency and urgency seems to have drifted. Reflections from a Brit living in Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20789534/we-need-to-take-the-protection-of-journalists-seriously.htmlWe need to take the protection of journalists seriously2018-03-26T13:15:44ZThe current case of a convicted journalist shows where to start: decriminalising the work of journalists.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20787254/march-2018-protests-velvet-revolution-1989-slovakia.htmlThere is still work to be done2018-03-22T16:37:40Z2018 is not a re-run of 1989, but there is a connection.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786422/what-is-one-life-worth.htmlWhat is one life worth?2018-03-22T08:45:32ZHave Canadians, insulated from the cruelty of life elsewhere, become too sentimental? Or have Slovaks been made callous to the fate of others by decades of cynical misrule?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786023/blog-the-promise-we-must-make.htmlBlog: The promise we must make2018-03-21T17:58:26ZWhile covering this month’s protests in Bratislava, I had a feeling of déjà vu. They reminded me of last year’s protests in Romania.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20783589/politics-is-not-filth-it-concerns-all-of-us.htmlPolitics is not filth, it concerns all of us2018-03-19T13:24:43ZWho falls asleep in democracy, wakes up in totalitarianism.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20783580/blog-should-foreigners-in-slovakia-care-about-todays-crisis.htmlBlog: Should foreigners in Slovakia care about today's crisis?2018-03-19T07:00:00ZCollectively, we are responsible for the future of our children, whether you are Slovak, Italian, German or, in my case, Dutch.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20783572/blog-slovakia-needs-its-macron.htmlBlog: Slovakia needs its Macron2018-03-18T11:42:22Z"For a Decent Slovakia", where next ? Reflections from a Brit living in Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20782732/slovakia-fico-prime-minister-resignation-enough-for-now.htmlFico fell. These are good, not perfect, developments2018-03-17T09:04:15ZUnlike Kaczyński’s case there are two other parties in the coalition with Smer who can still bring the government down at any time.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20782739/media-are-the-ultimate-frontiers-in-defending-freedom-in-society-today.htmlMedia are the ultimate frontiers in defending freedom in society today2018-03-16T14:54:16ZMiklós Haraszti’s keynote speech at the Budapest award ceremony of the European Press Prize, March 14, 2018.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781061/blog-the-emotions-behind-slovakias-public-outcry.htmlBlog: The emotions behind Slovakia's public outcry2018-03-15T13:00:00ZDemonstrating peacefully, ringing their keys, Slovaks today are fighting for their past, their present, and their future.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781686/fico-is-going-so-why-does-the-crisis-continue.htmlFico is going. So why does the crisis continue?2018-03-15T12:32:17ZThese 10 answers will help you understand why the coalition’s decision to rebuild the government from scratch does not satisfy the critics and protesting masses.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781332/fico-ends-exactly-the-way-he-ruled-without-self-reflection.htmlFico ends exactly the way he ruled - without self-reflection2018-03-14T20:13:16ZHe has been determined to survive everything in politics. Is he really leaving?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781087/america-takes-another-step-toward-the-abyss.htmlAmerica takes another step toward the abyss2018-03-14T19:00:37ZUS President Trump fires foreign minister Tillerson to defend Moscow’s lies.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20779931/this-is-not-where-it-ends.htmlThis is not where it ends2018-03-13T12:46:14ZSlovakia’s current government will collapse, but that should not distract us from focusing on the murder investigation.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760597/blog-how-slovaks-realized-they-could.htmlBlog: How Slovaks realized they could…2018-03-12T12:30:00ZSlovakia marks several important milestones and anniversaries in 2018.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20774153/genetic-trash.htmlGenetic trash2018-03-12T12:15:31ZWhat has happened to PM Fico to leave him so indifferent to right and wrong?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20773832/blog-the-value-of-scientific-endeavour.htmlBlog: The value of scientific endeavour2018-03-12T12:11:29ZWhat is really needed for success in the scientific world is imagination, passion for knowledge and discovery, and practical ability to implement our findings.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20777988/like-boxers-politicians-like-fico-always-believe-they-can-win-one-last-fight.htmlLike boxers, politicians like Fico always believe they can win one last fight2018-03-10T13:45:55ZWith his political career in danger, and no substantive punches left to throw, Fico is flailing about in an attempt convince people that all this alarm about the ‘Ndrangheta mafia infiltrating his own office is the work of foreigners and George Soros.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20774961/who-is-george-soros-and-why-is-ficos-mention-of-him-a-problem.htmlWho is George Soros and why is Fico’s mention of him a problem?2018-03-06T14:50:05ZFico uses the language of Orbán and Trump.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20774329/fico-joined-forces-with-conspirators.htmlRobert Fico enters the ranks of the conspiracy theorists2018-03-05T17:45:34ZThis a good moment to ask those people in his government who still enjoy some modicum of international credit, like Lucia Žitňanská or Miroslav Lajčák, if they are still ready to be part of Fico’s show.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20772153/it-is-no-news-journalists-in-central-europe-face-hostility.htmlIt is no news journalists in Central Europe face hostility2018-03-03T20:56:02ZThe consistency and accumulation of the incidents when politicians verbally attack journalists shows a clear trend in Central Europe, and slowly makes it acceptable to make ever more serious threats, or worse.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20771417/the-sorrow-and-opportunity-of-2018-in-slovakia.htmlThe sorrow and opportunity of 2018 in Slovakia2018-03-01T18:00:41ZWe have become a place where justice evaporates, and we feel helpless, as when we watch the huge number of lumber trucks that are now stripping our forests.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20770765/a-journalist-is-murdered-where-do-we-go-from-here.htmlA journalist is murdered: Where do we go from here?2018-02-28T14:54:51ZSlovakia feels like it has arrived to a breaking point brought about by the unthinkable that has happened.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20769482/the-murder-of-a-journalist-concerns-us-all.htmlThe murder of a journalist concerns us all2018-02-27T08:10:49ZIt is an attack on all citizens of this country, because journalists are the eyes, the ears, and the mouth of the public.