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/20677770/robert-fico-is-not-saddam-hussein.htmlRobert Fico is not Saddam Hussein2017-10-21T16:27:21ZIt would take too long to list all the crazy distortions the international media presented about Central Europe and the Czech election campaign this week.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676425/british-pm-we-are-not-treating-eu-nationals-as-bargaining-chips.htmlBritish PM: We are not treating EU nationals as bargaining chips2017-10-19T16:22:38ZOpen letter of Theresa May to EU citizens in the UK.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676250/sentenced.htmlSentenced!2017-10-19T14:28:22ZIt is definitely good news that at least one emblematic scandal did not end in vain.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674840/we-should-not-wait-until-we-start-lowering-our-voices-when-talking-about-the-mighty.htmlWe should not wait until we start lowering our voices when talking about the mighty2017-10-17T23:25:23ZThe girl with seven names saw the first public execution in Korea aged seven.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673493/co-founder-and-co-owner-of-sme-daily-dies.htmlCo-founder and co-owner of Sme daily dies2017-10-16T13:14:00ZA major Slovak entrepreneur, Peter Vajda, died in Prague on October 15. He was exceptional for his innate sense of democracy and believing in equal opportunities for all.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671951/defense-commitments-and-defense-cooperation.htmlDefense commitments and defense cooperation2017-10-16T08:45:00ZNATO membership brings solemn responsibilities as well as benefits, especially today, writes US ambassador to Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670615/the-countless-habits-of-the-successful.htmlThe countless habits of the successful2017-10-12T11:41:44ZWho should work on defining success when it comes to a whole country? Slovakia’s misfortune is that it has never fully developed an intellectual elite.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669097/how-to-make-the-most-out-of-the-time-you-have-to-spend-at-work.htmlBlog: Work to live, or live to work?2017-10-11T10:30:00ZHow to make the most out of the time you have to spend at work.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668817/blog-we-are-building-an-alliance-of-honest-and-fair-digital-companies.htmlBlog: We are building an alliance of honest and fair digital companies2017-10-10T12:30:00Z"We need to abandon large scale IT projects which are too big to fail and too big to succeed. Those days in IT are gone." Ján Hargaš of Slovensko.Digital explains why a reform of the state IT sector is more than needed.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20666094/fico-kiska-conflict-who-will-benefit.htmlJockeying for position: but which position?2017-10-06T10:57:56ZWho will benefit from the Fico-Kiska conflict? Neither of the men involved.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20664772/blog-paper-paper-everywhere.htmlBlog: Paper, paper, everywhere!2017-10-04T15:56:51ZThere are many points of contention I have with the state regarding regulations. But the most egregious is the paper burden placed on companies.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20663055/slovakia-changes-its-tax-policy-sportsmen-in-monaco-will-be-taxed-too.htmlBlog: Slovakia changes its tax policy: Sportsmen in Monaco will be taxed too2017-10-03T12:00:00ZThe Amendment to the Income Tax Act applicable from January 1, 2018 will introduce far-reaching changes.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20663296/who-will-fill-the-void-after-merkel-is-gone.htmlWho will fill the void after Merkel is gone?2017-10-03T08:10:58ZThe story in Germany, as it is in most places including Slovakia, is that voters are increasingly shunning traditional mass political parties of all types.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20658720/may-to-slovaks-we-want-you-to-stay.htmlMay to Slovaks: We want you to stay2017-09-27T09:20:15Z"One of my first goals in these negotiations is to ensure that you can carry on living your lives here as before," May says to EU citizens living in the UK.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20657913/blog-in-slovakia-tradition-is-key.htmlBlog: In Slovakia, tradition is key2017-09-26T10:52:21ZThe year round, the calendar is filled to the brim with traditional habits, happenings that seem to go back centuries.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20656789/blog-why-did-i-come-here.htmlBlog: Why did I come here?2017-09-25T09:04:36ZA 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, without success.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20654382/foreign-rocket-engines-for-north-korea-why.htmlForeign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?2017-09-22T10:53:25ZFor Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20654642/when-the-state-cant-keep-a-secret.htmlWhen the state can’t keep a secret2017-09-21T16:29:14ZA selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20652745/kiska-UN-address-poverty-instability-climatechange.htmlKiska: Even Europe has its aggressive neighbour2017-09-19T17:50:04ZPresident Andrej Kiska addressed UN commenting poverty, instability and climate change.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20650187/winter-is-coming-its-time-to-celebrate.htmlWinter is coming. It's time to celebrate2017-09-15T20:14:34ZIt’s not just in Central Europe that people notice the sun going down earlier and the wind getting stronger.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20643874/what-to-do-with-hammers-and-sickles.htmlWhat to do with hammers and sickles?2017-09-07T15:53:40ZĽuboš Lorenz has reminded Slovakia and its citizens that fascist symbols are not the only ones that they need to reject.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20641906/blog-running-a-business-in-slovakia-is-not-for-the-faint-of-heart.htmlBlog: Running a business in Slovakia is not for the faint of heart2017-09-05T13:46:43ZIf 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.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20639106/blog-my-wife-is-in-love-with-an-alien.htmlBlog: My wife is in love with an alien2017-09-01T09:28:42ZI 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.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20624021/blog-the-dark-side-of-the-cloud.htmlBlog: The Dark side of the Cloud2017-08-28T12:30:00ZIs the one-size-fits-all approach to Cloud suitable and does it meet everyone’s requirements?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20612929/six-graphs-that-show-a-gloomy-future-for-slovakia.htmlSix graphs that show a gloomy future for Slovakia2017-08-24T18:11:09ZWhen top ranking is not a reason to celebrate.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20632937/its-not-easy-to-be-friends-with-fico.htmlIt’s not easy to be friends with Fico2017-08-23T13:48:23ZWill Andrej Danko take the government down with him?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20632039/you-do-not-need-to-sympathise-with-lgbti-to-support-their-rights.htmlYou do not need to sympathise with LGBTI to support their rights2017-08-23T01:21:56ZThe lawmakers need to act before the next Oliari comes to the Strasbourg court to sue Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20627522/things-that-make-us-different-also-make-us-stronger.htmlThings that make us different also make us stronger2017-08-16T12:00:00ZOn 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.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20624015/blog-moving-beyond-moderate-innovator.htmlBlog: Moving beyond “moderate innovator”2017-08-14T12:30:00ZPeter 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.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623151/the-season-to-be-silly.htmlThe season to be silly2017-08-10T08:57:28ZAndrej Danko says he has had enough of the coalition agreement. The question of the week is: why?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20622231/trump-criticised-obama-now-he-takes-a-17-day-vacation.htmlTrump criticised Obama. Now he takes a 17-day vacation2017-08-08T21:59:02ZYou can tell a lot about a world leader based on how they spend their free time.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611103/blog-striving-for-great-customer-service.htmlBlog: Striving for great customer service2017-08-04T09:45:00ZThere are no readily available tools to teach good customer service. So instead, I’ve tried to mentor my staff with real situations.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20616469/in-defence-of-institutions.htmlIn defence of institutions2017-08-01T11:43:30ZTill 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.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20613351/scaring-off-the-aliens.htmlScaring off the aliens2017-07-31T08:00:00ZHow much longer can Slovakia afford to deter would-be foreign residents?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20614571/luxembourg-responded-to-ficos-and-orbans-lawsuit.htmlLuxembourg responded to Fico's and Orbán's lawsuit2017-07-29T12:56:14ZSolving difficult problems in cooperation with your neighbors is what leaders are supposed to do. The leaders of Slovakia and Hungary were not even willing to try.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20612734/who-will-stand-up-for-journalists-in-turkish-prisons.htmlWho will stand up for journalists in Turkish prisons?2017-07-26T21:07:29ZJournalists living in countries where politicians (for now) do not send people to prison for their opinions, who only sigh in relief that they are lucky this story does not concern them, are deeply mistaken.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611147/liberation-of-mosul-and-the-fight-against-isis.htmlLiberation of Mosul and the fight against ISIS2017-07-25T07:24:06ZThe United States, Slovakia, and the entire Global Coalition will continue to support our regional partners until ISIS has been defeated and the suffering ends.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20609442/fico-for-better-fish-fingers.htmlFico for better fish fingers2017-07-24T08:00:00ZIt’s true that in the past four months, Mr Fico has been comparatively less busy than his Visegrad Group partners.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562386/blog-building-the-organization-of-the-future.htmlBlog: Building the organization of the future2017-07-17T12:00:00ZOrganizations should shift their entire mind-set and behaviors to ensure they can lead, organize, motivate, manage and engage the 21st century workforce, or risk being left behind.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20603276/hello-from-devin.htmlHello from Devín2017-07-13T18:00:56ZSmer has once again proved that (mis)using history is its forte.