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/20852820/signs-of-danger-averted.htmlSigns of danger averted2018-06-20T12:40:00ZThe world has never been this safe, and may never be again.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853205/the-uk-is-not-cutting-off-its-own-hand-it-is-holding-it-out.htmlThe UK is not cutting off its own hand, it is holding it out2018-06-19T14:30:35ZIt is not rational to behave towards the UK as if it posed a security risk to the EU.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852807/welcome-to-slovakia.htmlWelcome to Slovakia?2018-06-19T08:42:25ZFollowing Henry Acorda’s horrific killing, businesses need to stand up.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20850561/how-to-keep-politics-and-sports-separate.htmlHow to keep politics and sports separate2018-06-15T16:20:00ZFIFA, may not be a government, but they and the events they put on are undeniably political and embody all the worst things about globalisation.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849192/blog-cutting-another-ribbon.htmlBlog: Cutting another ribbon2018-06-14T12:03:40ZWhy is a hospital's new cover photo on Facebook a revolution in Slovak health care?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836446/blog-a-long-term-journey.htmlBlog: A long-term journey2018-06-11T12:30:00ZAmCham’s departing Executive Director Jake Slegers reflects on his beginnings in Slovakia and in the position of the Executive Director as well as on the crucial moments which shaped AmCham during the 17 years of his tenure.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20846473/liberal-excesses-make-even-trump-sound-normal.htmlLiberal excesses make even Trump sound normal2018-06-11T08:10:00ZIn Slovakia, I was seen as a dewy-eyed liberal. Back home, I am a stick-in-the-mud conservative without even a tattoo to mark him as chill.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20846467/liberals-go-on-the-offensive.htmlLiberals go on the offensive2018-06-10T20:08:06ZA counterrevolution against illiberal populism is underway in parts of Europe.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20842309/murder-of-jan-and-martina-did-not-wake-them-up-and-we-do-not-know-if-the-killing-of-henry-will.htmlMurder of Ján and Martina did not wake them up, and we do not know if the killing of Henry will2018-06-05T14:22:29ZIn Slovakia, we have not managed to build our collective feeling of national pride on positive emotions.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20841322/lack-of-political-courage-cost-us-money-last-week.htmlLack of political courage cost us money last week2018-06-04T09:44:23ZThree years after the worst of the Greek crisis, Europe has done little to address the roots of eurozone problems.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20838787/building-on-our-predecessors-courage-to-be-free.htmlBuilding on our predecessors’ courage to be free2018-05-31T09:50:47ZThe Pittsburgh Agreement teaches us that for at least one hundred years, Slovaks have sought to fully participate in and contribute to the transatlantic community of western democracies.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836645/the-bewitching-power-of-kittens.htmlThe bewitching power of kittens2018-05-28T17:24:58ZThe arrow of history points towards greater respect for other life.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805656/blog-brands-as-new-cultural-institutions.htmlBlog: Brands as new cultural institutions2018-05-28T12:30:00ZPavol Minár describes how the role of brands has changed and how this process brings new opportunities as well as responsibilities.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20834579/pro-eu-voters-vote-for-anti-eu-governments.htmlPro-EU voters vote for anti-EU governments2018-05-25T17:30:00ZThis phenomenon is no longer limited to Central Europe.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20829098/a-happy-marriage-both-simpler-and-tougher-than-we-realize.htmlA happy marriage? Both simpler, and tougher, than we realize2018-05-21T10:59:03ZIf experience is the mother of wisdom, why aren’t second and third marriages more successful?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20830369/marching-in-step.htmlMarching in step2018-05-21T08:10:00ZSome Slovak conservatives have shown that they cannot resist fascist bait.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20829133/we-are-in-for-a-hot-summer.htmlWe are in for a hot summer2018-05-18T16:35:00ZEurope has done very little to prepare for a reprise of mass refugee flows.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20827589/blog-i-want-to-ride-my-bicycle.htmlBlog: I want to ride my bicycle2018-05-17T16:17:32ZWe will soon have the opportunity to let authorities know loud and clear that cyclists do not want to be pushed out of Bratislava's forests.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20824244/democratic-election-under-digital-fire.htmlDemocratic election under digital fire2018-05-16T11:30:00ZPolitical interference and the spread of fake news not only influences election results but also jeopardises democracy.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20825059/blog-science-in-slovakia-needs-to-be-more-focused.htmlBlog: Science in Slovakia needs to be more focused2018-05-14T13:42:15ZIs it justifiable to ask young students in Slovakia to dedicate their lives to science, when we cannot even support our current scientists and we do not value the complexity of scientific endeavour?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20823605/rtvs-a-clear-and-familiar-pattern.htmlConsequences of a politically compromised RTVS are worse than you think2018-05-12T14:20:00ZAmid falling poll numbers and regular street demonstrations there is little doubt parties like Smer and SNS hope to use this channel to implement the most classic of political campaign tactics.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822391/blog-meet-the-good-clerks.htmlBlog: Meet the good clerk(s)2018-05-10T08:57:15ZAllegations of nepotism, corruption and strong political interference have affected the image of Slovak public servants for years. The good news is that inside this huge body there are people determined to change it and unafraid to speak their minds.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805628/blog-future-of-retail-technology-to-accelerate-change-and-the-way-we-shop.htmlBlog: Future of retail: technology to accelerate change and the way we shop2018-05-07T12:30:00ZInteresting insights on how technology accelerates change, transforms the way we shop and shapes the future of retail.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20818739/the-rites-of-spring.htmlThe rites of spring2018-05-04T12:16:17ZAs a trivial world turns, we lose what cannot be replaced.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20816006/being-a-journalist-in-slovakia-in-2018.htmlBeing a journalist in Slovakia in 20182018-05-03T07:00:00ZThe murder of Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, prompted journalists to try and explain to the public what their job really means.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20815672/who-will-come-to-power-if-the-corruption-issues-dominate.htmlWho will come to power if the corruption issues dominate2018-04-30T11:45:37ZPeople who perceive corruption to be high are more willing to take risks at the ballot box.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20813528/ten-dead-but-it-could-have-been-worse.htmlTen dead – but it could have been worse2018-04-27T13:35:00ZMonday’s attack in Toronto was not, as many feared, related to religious or political terrorism.https://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.