Spectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectatorhttps://spectator.sme.sk/rssSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.rss_contact_emailskThings that make us different also make us strongerOn 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.Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20627522/things-that-make-us-different-also-make-us-stronger.htmlBlog: Moving beyond “moderate innovator”Peter 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.Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20624015/blog-moving-beyond-moderate-innovator.htmlThe season to be sillyAndrej Danko says he has had enough of the coalition agreement. The question of the week is: why?Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:57:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623151/the-season-to-be-silly.htmlTrump criticised Obama. Now he takes a 17-day vacationYou can tell a lot about a world leader based on how they spend their free time.Tue, 08 Aug 2017 21:59:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20622231/trump-criticised-obama-now-he-takes-a-17-day-vacation.htmlBlog: Striving for great customer serviceThere are no readily available tools to teach good customer service. So instead, I’ve tried to mentor my staff with real situations.Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:45:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611103/blog-striving-for-great-customer-service.htmlIn defence of institutionsTill 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.Tue, 01 Aug 2017 11:43:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20616469/in-defence-of-institutions.htmlScaring off the aliensHow much longer can Slovakia afford to deter would-be foreign residents?Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20613351/scaring-off-the-aliens.htmlLuxembourg responded to Fico's and Orbán's lawsuitSolving 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.Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:56:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20614571/luxembourg-responded-to-ficos-and-orbans-lawsuit.htmlWho will stand up for journalists in Turkish prisons?Journalists 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.Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:07:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20612734/who-will-stand-up-for-journalists-in-turkish-prisons.htmlLiberation of Mosul and the fight against ISISThe United States, Slovakia, and the entire Global Coalition will continue to support our regional partners until ISIS has been defeated and the suffering ends.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:24:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611147/liberation-of-mosul-and-the-fight-against-isis.htmlFico for better fish fingersIt’s true that in the past four months, Mr Fico has been comparatively less busy than his Visegrad Group partners.Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20609442/fico-for-better-fish-fingers.htmlBlog: Building the organization of the futureOrganizations 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.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562386/blog-building-the-organization-of-the-future.htmlHello from DevínSmer has once again proved that (mis)using history is its forte.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:00:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20603276/hello-from-devin.htmlBlog: Why diversity matters in times of conflictI 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.Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20571928/blog-why-diversity-matters-in-times-of-conflict.htmlBlog: Building Brighter Tomorrows: the Buildings of the Youth in SlovakiaCommunal 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.Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20573879/blog-building-brighter-tomorrows-the-buildings-of-the-youth-in-slovakia.htmlThe spirit of the Velvet Revolution as an impetus for the relaunch of EuropeCentral Europe has a pivotal role to play in this great task of relaunching the EU.Tue, 04 Jul 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20573860/the-spirit-of-the-velvet-revolution-as-an-impetus-for-the-relaunch-of-europe.htmlBlog: Business and education: a cocktail called futureEvery 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.Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562358/blog-business-and-education-a-cocktail-called-future.htmlBlog: How I became a guesthouse hotelierI first visited the most beautiful place in the world in 1980s, today I run its only hotel.Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20569849/how-i-became-a-guesthouse-hotelier.htmlBrexit is a new chapter, not an endWe hope that the deal the UK is offering will be reciprocated for Britons living in Slovakia, who have also made important contributions.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20569369/brexit-is-a-new-chapter-not-an-end.htmlThe politics of a police shootingCynicism bred by a generation of injustice leads us to mistrust even a routine police action.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:31:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565122/the-politics-of-a-police-shooting.htmlWhy (not) Rezník?The top job at RTVS is too important to hand to a deeply compromised candidate.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:46:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564686/why-not-reznik.htmlIs democracy losing support?The sense of crisis is felt in established democracies, developing democracies and even authoritarian regimes feel like like they are becoming more authoritarian.Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20561924/is-democracy-losing-support.htmlBlog: Millennials through the eyes of leadersWhat motivates millennials and what are their strengths and weaknesses?Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20561938/blog-millennials-through-the-eyes-of-leaders.htmlDo we really want vaccination from hope?Maybe the country would benefit from a dose of youthful enthusiasm.Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:30:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559917/do-we-really-want-vaccination-from-hope.htmlFootprints of Swiss Contributions in SlovakiaThe 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.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20550794/footprints-of-swiss-contributions-in-slovakia.htmlWhat connects Americans and SlovaksThe USA and Slovakia face similar challenges, and when they tackle them together they can be more effective.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20551775/what-connects-americans-and-slovaks.htmlWhy young people haven't changed the worldToday’s young people can make a lot of noise, but on their own they just don’t have big enough numbers to drive changes.Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:46:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20556740/why-young-people-havent-changed-the-world.htmlOne more reason not to smokeSmoking caused 7 million deaths last year. That means cigarettes kill people at a rate about twice as fast as the First World War.Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:32:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20551764/one-more-reason-not-to-smoke.htmlBlog: Machines can understand the emotion of Slovak languageWhy is it so important for people, especially those representing the communication sector, that search engines or machines understand the emotions hidden within words?Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20504565/blog-machines-can-understand-the-emotion-of-slovak-language.htmlBlog: A generation after the Iron CurtainThe 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.Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:55:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20547757/blog-a-generation-after-the-iron-curtain.htmlWho wants to live forever?Around three quarters of doctors and nurses find it difficult to talk about death with their patients.Fri, 02 Jun 2017 08:15:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20546506/who-wants-to-live-forever.htmlWhen will we learn?Only 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.Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:50:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20548271/when-will-we-learn.htmlWhy the war between Facebook and Brussels is inevitableThe first shot has been fired in the regulation war that will shape the future of Europe.Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:53:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20547592/why-the-war-between-facebook-and-brussels-is-inevitable.htmlAmnesties have been scrapped, will the kidnappers be punished?Courts still might rule the guilty innocent.Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:22:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20547078/amnesties-have-been-scrapped-will-the-kidnappers-be-punished.htmlKotleba should be defeated in election, not bannedMore 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.Mon, 29 May 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20545018/kotleba-should-be-defeated-in-election-not-banned.htmlBlog: HR Marketing: Not everybody can be Google!It is important to know who your target audience is and the position you aspire to achieve as an employer on the market.Mon, 22 May 2017 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20504562/blog-hr-marketing-not-everybody-can-be-google.htmlThe idea of SlovakiaWhat does this country stand for? Slovaks could – and should – shout a little louder about what they have achieved, and where they want to go.Mon, 22 May 2017 08:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535620/the-idea-of-slovakia.htmlTesting the TeflonA year after the Bašternák case began, nothing seem to be sticking to the interior minister. Yet.Thu, 18 May 2017 16:09:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20536308/testing-the-teflon.htmlBlog: Here comes my permit, at lastA foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Mon, 08 May 2017 13:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20507662/blog-here-comes-my-permit-at-last.htmlBlog: Companies need not be perfect, but they must be ready to admit a mistakeCompanies must learn to empathize with their target group – with their needs and expectations.Mon, 08 May 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20504561/blog-companies-need-not-be-perfect-but-they-must-be-ready-to-admit-a-mistake.html