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/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.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20571928/blog-why-diversity-matters-in-times-of-conflict.htmlBlog: Why diversity matters in times of conflict2017-07-11T08:10:00ZI recently signed the Slovak Diversity Charter, because we need to recognise that the way we behave towards each other matters just as much as the things that we hear about in the news.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20573879/blog-building-brighter-tomorrows-the-buildings-of-the-youth-in-slovakia.htmlBlog: Building Brighter Tomorrows: the Buildings of the Youth in Slovakia2017-07-07T12:00:00ZCommunal brigades, where young people were supposed to prove their enthusiasm in creation of a new equal society, was also a significant instrument to influence the youth.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20573860/the-spirit-of-the-velvet-revolution-as-an-impetus-for-the-relaunch-of-europe.htmlThe spirit of the Velvet Revolution as an impetus for the relaunch of Europe2017-07-04T06:30:00ZCentral Europe has a pivotal role to play in this great task of relaunching the EU.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562358/blog-business-and-education-a-cocktail-called-future.htmlBlog: Business and education: a cocktail called future2017-07-03T12:00:00ZEvery community, society and region encounters challenges that could either seriously limit its growth potential or send the region into a downward spiral of civil and economic regression.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20569849/how-i-became-a-guesthouse-hotelier.htmlBlog: How I became a guesthouse hotelier2017-06-30T10:25:00ZI first visited the most beautiful place in the world in 1980s, today I run its only hotel.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20569369/brexit-is-a-new-chapter-not-an-end.htmlBrexit is a new chapter, not an end2017-06-27T15:00:22ZWe hope that the deal the UK is offering will be reciprocated for Britons living in Slovakia, who have also made important contributions.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565122/the-politics-of-a-police-shooting.htmlThe politics of a police shooting2017-06-22T08:31:17ZCynicism bred by a generation of injustice leads us to mistrust even a routine police action.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564686/why-not-reznik.htmlWhy (not) Rezník?2017-06-21T14:46:17ZThe top job at RTVS is too important to hand to a deeply compromised candidate.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20561924/is-democracy-losing-support.htmlIs democracy losing support?2017-06-19T12:30:00ZThe sense of crisis is felt in established democracies, developing democracies and even authoritarian regimes feel like like they are becoming more authoritarian.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20561938/blog-millennials-through-the-eyes-of-leaders.htmlBlog: Millennials through the eyes of leaders2017-06-19T08:30:00ZWhat motivates millennials and what are their strengths and weaknesses?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559917/do-we-really-want-vaccination-from-hope.htmlDo we really want vaccination from hope?2017-06-15T16:30:56ZMaybe the country would benefit from a dose of youthful enthusiasm.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20550794/footprints-of-swiss-contributions-in-slovakia.htmlFootprints of Swiss Contributions in Slovakia2017-06-14T08:30:00ZThe Stratená settlement may seem lost in the vast forest of the Slovak Paradise. But its mayor had a clear vision, to bring more tourists, and more jobs. His vision received the support from the Swiss-Slovak Cooperation Programme as one of the almost 60 such projects over the past 10 years.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20551775/what-connects-americans-and-slovaks.htmlWhat connects Americans and Slovaks2017-06-13T06:30:00ZThe USA and Slovakia face similar challenges, and when they tackle them together they can be more effective.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20556740/why-young-people-havent-changed-the-world.htmlWhy young people haven't changed the world2017-06-12T12:46:26ZToday’s young people can make a lot of noise, but on their own they just don’t have big enough numbers to drive changes.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20551764/one-more-reason-not-to-smoke.htmlOne more reason not to smoke2017-06-06T12:32:52ZSmoking caused 7 million deaths last year. That means cigarettes kill people at a rate about twice as fast as the First World War.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20504565/blog-machines-can-understand-the-emotion-of-slovak-language.htmlBlog: Machines can understand the emotion of Slovak language2017-06-05T12:00:00ZWhy is it so important for people, especially those representing the communication sector, that search engines or machines understand the emotions hidden within words?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20547757/blog-a-generation-after-the-iron-curtain.htmlBlog: A generation after the Iron Curtain2017-06-02T11:55:00ZThe secret engine behind Slovakia’s remarkable success, of transitioning from an idea to a world-class country and from communism to democracy in a blink of an eye, are her outstanding people.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20546506/who-wants-to-live-forever.htmlWho wants to live forever?2017-06-02T08:15:00ZAround three quarters of doctors and nurses find it difficult to talk about death with their patients.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20548271/when-will-we-learn.htmlWhen will we learn?2017-06-01T17:50:44ZOnly when the institutions that report on and interpret the nation’s collective memory are free from political interference can the country come to terms with its past.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20547592/why-the-war-between-facebook-and-brussels-is-inevitable.htmlWhy the war between Facebook and Brussels is inevitable2017-06-01T09:53:43ZThe first shot has been fired in the regulation war that will shape the future of Europe.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20547078/amnesties-have-been-scrapped-will-the-kidnappers-be-punished.htmlAmnesties have been scrapped, will the kidnappers be punished?2017-06-01T09:22:52ZCourts still might rule the guilty innocent.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20545018/kotleba-should-be-defeated-in-election-not-banned.htmlKotleba should be defeated in election, not banned2017-05-29T12:30:00ZMore constitutional can be less democratic, and it is not clear that it always has the intended result. Perhaps the clearest historical case came with the rise of the Nazis in Germany.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20504562/blog-hr-marketing-not-everybody-can-be-google.htmlBlog: HR Marketing: Not everybody can be Google!2017-05-22T12:00:00ZIt is important to know who your target audience is and the position you aspire to achieve as an employer on the market.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535620/the-idea-of-slovakia.htmlThe idea of Slovakia2017-05-22T08:05:00ZWhat does this country stand for? Slovaks could – and should – shout a little louder about what they have achieved, and where they want to go.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20536308/testing-the-teflon.htmlTesting the Teflon2017-05-18T16:09:03ZA year after the Bašternák case began, nothing seem to be sticking to the interior minister. Yet.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20507662/blog-here-comes-my-permit-at-last.htmlBlog: Here comes my permit, at last2017-05-08T13:25:00ZA foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20504561/blog-companies-need-not-be-perfect-but-they-must-be-ready-to-admit-a-mistake.htmlBlog: Companies need not be perfect, but they must be ready to admit a mistake2017-05-08T06:30:00ZCompanies must learn to empathize with their target group – with their needs and expectations.