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/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.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708329/bratislava-it-turns-out-is-not-london.htmlBratislava, it turns out, is not London2017-11-30T21:01:56ZLocating an EU agency in the east would have been a positive signal to the eastern member states.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700090/blog-the-wanderer-returns-home.htmlBlog: The wanderer returns home2017-11-23T10:00:00ZThe places you visit, people you befriend, experiences that leave their mark, they all become a part of you.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701491/the-ongoing-struggle-for-a-free-and-democratic-slovakia.htmlThe ongoing struggle for a free and democratic Slovakia2017-11-22T10:55:34ZThe people of Slovakia deserve the credit for the remarkable progress that this country has made over the past twenty-five years, US ambassador writes.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668842/blog-how-long-until-a-robot-takes-your-job.htmlBlog: How long until a robot takes your job?2017-11-21T12:30:00ZAre robots really taking over? What are the benefits and what are the risks?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700052/slovakias-time-to-shine-is-now.htmlBlog: Slovakia’s time to shine is now2017-11-20T16:05:00ZPeople may be able to recognise Slovakia’s neighbouring countries through associations with food, drinks, beautiful cities or well-known political events. But Slovakia remains very much "hidden".https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20698686/my-five-year-old-daughter-will-almost-certainly-encounter-a-weinstein-too.htmlMy five-year-old daughter will almost certainly encounter a Weinstein too2017-11-18T12:10:30ZIt’s not that I thought sexually harassing women was okay, it’s more that I accepted that was just part of how things worked. Unfortunate, yes, but also standard.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693811/kotleba-and-trump-may-lead-us-back-to-being-better-citizens.htmlKotleba and Trump may lead us back to being better citizens2017-11-12T18:15:00ZThere is no mystery to defeating populism, extremism and stupidity. Democratic systems have built in solutions to people like Kotleba and Trump — elections.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693280/graver-threat-than-the-fascists.htmlGraver threat than the fascists2017-11-10T10:16:22ZThe paths to an illiberal democracy are manifold. One of them is also through the victory of “moral hipsterism”.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691345/good-news-democracy-does-have-an-anti-fascist-immune-response.htmlGood news: democracy does have an anti-fascist immune response2017-11-07T21:06:05ZThere are still reasons to worry, but something has changed in Slovakia now that elections have wiped the fascists out at regional level.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20689151/five-big-things-that-weve-learned-from-the-regional-election-results.htmlFive big things that we’ve learned from the regional election results2017-11-05T14:06:23ZElection night on November 4 produced some real upsets: here’s what you need to knowhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20686414/trump-russia-probe-manafort-papadopoulos.htmlTrump as dead man walking: Beware the contagion2017-11-02T08:19:30ZFirst charges from special prosecutor show collusion with Russia, and cooperating witnesses.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20685135/voting-is-an-act-of-integration.htmlVoting is an act of integration2017-11-01T16:55:00ZMunicipal and regional polls are the only chance for those who live and work in Slovakia but do not have a Slovak passport to influence how things develop around them.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668831/blog-sustainability-needs-will-drive-future-disruptive-innovations.htmlBlog: Sustainability needs will drive future disruptive innovations2017-10-30T12:30:00ZThe question of sustainability can no longer be ignored. Creative minds are discovering disruptive innovations that tackle these challenges and transform entire business segments.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20677054/go-westto-parndorf.htmlGo West…to Parndorf!2017-10-27T12:40:00ZDoes it make you feel better when your boss wears an original expensive and elegant designer label suit and you also wear a suit from the same label, bought in an outlet for half that price?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20678691/the-day-prague-fell.htmlThe day Prague fell2017-10-23T11:04:51ZIt is pointless to talk about the wins and losses of Czech political parties - the one who lost is the Czech Republic.https://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.