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/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.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.