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/20874930/here-is-how-i-measure-the-speed-of-integration.htmlHere is how I measure the speed of integration2018-07-20T17:55:00ZBabiš proposes to end war, poverty and religious extremism with a snap of our fingers. Why hasn’t anybody else thought of this?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20874228/trump-plays-with-the-world-like-a-spoiled-child.htmlTrump plays with the world like a spoiled child2018-07-19T15:20:29ZThe White House is now broadcasting its most spectacular soap opera, beating and overcoming those of sundry leaders from different continents and different times.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20871657/the-better-it-gets-the-worse-it-gets.htmlThe better it gets, the worse it gets2018-07-19T13:30:00ZIn countries like Slovakia, we are in danger of ignoring real progress because we are enraged by the flaws that remain, and altering our standards as time goes by.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20873008/more-reasons-to-stay.htmlMore reasons to stay2018-07-18T09:39:06ZExcluding people doesn’t just affect those who choose to leave.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20871647/begin-afresh.htmlBegin afresh2018-07-16T13:27:49ZI’m not sure if there is a typical Canadian way to get married.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20870006/blog-skills-shortage-makes-us-rethink-patterns-in-education.htmlBlog: Skills shortage makes us rethink patterns in education2018-07-16T08:25:00ZSlovakia must be able to attract and retain the skilled experts, but also grow domestic talents and leaders.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869931/believe-it-or-not-europe-trump-really-does-not-have-a-plan.htmlBelieve it or not Europe, Trump really does not have a plan2018-07-14T07:30:00ZDid you ever wonder what it would be like for a man with no attention span, who has declared bankruptcy four times, to lead the world’s most powerful country?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20868594/this-is-why-i-support-the-pride-march.htmlThis is why I support the Pride march2018-07-14T06:05:00ZThere is still a lot of work ahead of us in the United States, in Slovakia, and around the world to fight for equal rights for everyone no matter who they are or who they love, writer US Ambassador to Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869691/embassies-inclusive-and-diverse-society-benefits-everyone.htmlEmbassies: Inclusive and diverse society benefits everyone2018-07-13T10:40:58ZRepresentatives of international community in Slovakia say no to discrimination and violence in their joint statement on LGBTI rights ahead of the Pride March taking place in Bratislava this Saturday.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869444/our-union-is-based-on-joint-enlightenment-values.htmlOur union is based on joint enlightenment values2018-07-12T22:41:26ZFrance and Slovakia: a centennial union serving the revival of Europe through the path of law and valueshttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20867146/the-sweet-sadness-of-emigration.htmlThe sweet sadness of emigration2018-07-10T08:13:31ZThe heart wants what it wants, but is oblivious to the pain that comes with getting it.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836459/blog-no-unicorns-but-real-life-success-stories.htmlBlog: No unicorns but real-life success stories...2018-07-09T12:30:00ZJana Trnovská of LEAF on the skills which will be crucial in the near future, about Slovakia’s brain drain, as well as about the importance of communicating Slovakia’s positives.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20865172/why-should-slovaks-support-a-stronger-eu.htmlWhy should Slovaks support a stronger EU?2018-07-06T17:00:00ZPeople like Robert Fico have convinced a fair amount of the population that a weak Brussels is good for a small country like Slovakia. It is not.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20862737/protest-organizer-some-fear-ngos-like-they-do-communists.htmlHere's why Robert Fico demonises the For a Decent Slovakia protests2018-07-03T16:33:27ZSome fear NGOs just like communists feared the scouts.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20861462/getting-personal-with-slovakia-and-czechia.htmlGetting Personal with Slovakia and Czechia2018-07-02T16:25:00ZSometimes, home is the hardest place to adjust to.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20861455/happy-boring-birthday-canada.htmlHappy boring birthday, Canada2018-07-02T07:18:34ZIt turns out that drama and struggle are not essential to the good life.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20861369/slovak-government-lets-other-national-capitals-make-decisions-on-its-behalf.htmlSlovak government lets other national capitals make decisions on its behalf2018-07-01T20:02:06ZFico's attempt to manufacture panic is even more ridiculous than it was the first time.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836412/blog-human-capital-in-slovakia-preparing-for-the-next-industrial-revolution.htmlBlog: Human Capital in Slovakia: Preparing for the next industrial revolution2018-06-25T12:30:00ZA closer cooperation between business and academia is of key importance if Slovakia is to strive in the ongoing industrial revolution.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20856449/v4-politicians-are-not-even-willing-to-help-fellow-europeans.htmlV4 politicians are not even willing to help fellow Europeans2018-06-24T17:46:37ZTo give equal weight to the concerns that a Slovak or Czech feels about migration with that of an Italian or Greek is like having equal sympathy for a hypochondriac and a cancer patient.https://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.