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_emailskRobert Fico is not Saddam HusseinIt would take too long to list all the crazy distortions the international media presented about Central Europe and the Czech election campaign this week.Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:27:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20677770/robert-fico-is-not-saddam-hussein.htmlBritish PM: We are not treating EU nationals as bargaining chipsOpen letter of Theresa May to EU citizens in the UK.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:22:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676425/british-pm-we-are-not-treating-eu-nationals-as-bargaining-chips.htmlSentenced!It is definitely good news that at least one emblematic scandal did not end in vain.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:28:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676250/sentenced.htmlWe should not wait until we start lowering our voices when talking about the mightyThe girl with seven names saw the first public execution in Korea aged seven.Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:25:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674840/we-should-not-wait-until-we-start-lowering-our-voices-when-talking-about-the-mighty.htmlCo-founder and co-owner of Sme daily diesA 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.Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:14:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673493/co-founder-and-co-owner-of-sme-daily-dies.htmlDefense commitments and defense cooperationNATO membership brings solemn responsibilities as well as benefits, especially today, writes US ambassador to Slovakia.Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:45:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671951/defense-commitments-and-defense-cooperation.htmlThe countless habits of the successfulWho 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.Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:41:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670615/the-countless-habits-of-the-successful.htmlBlog: Work to live, or live to work?How to make the most out of the time you have to spend at work.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669097/how-to-make-the-most-out-of-the-time-you-have-to-spend-at-work.htmlBlog: We are building an alliance of honest and fair digital companies"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.Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668817/blog-we-are-building-an-alliance-of-honest-and-fair-digital-companies.htmlJockeying for position: but which position?Who will benefit from the Fico-Kiska conflict? Neither of the men involved.Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:57:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20666094/fico-kiska-conflict-who-will-benefit.htmlBlog: Paper, paper, everywhere!There are many points of contention I have with the state regarding regulations. But the most egregious is the paper burden placed on companies.Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:56:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20664772/blog-paper-paper-everywhere.htmlBlog: Slovakia changes its tax policy: Sportsmen in Monaco will be taxed tooThe Amendment to the Income Tax Act applicable from January 1, 2018 will introduce far-reaching changes.Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20663055/slovakia-changes-its-tax-policy-sportsmen-in-monaco-will-be-taxed-too.htmlWho will fill the void after Merkel is gone?The story in Germany, as it is in most places including Slovakia, is that voters are increasingly shunning traditional mass political parties of all types.Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:10:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20663296/who-will-fill-the-void-after-merkel-is-gone.htmlMay to Slovaks: We want you to stay"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.Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:20:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20658720/may-to-slovaks-we-want-you-to-stay.htmlBlog: In Slovakia, tradition is keyThe year round, the calendar is filled to the brim with traditional habits, happenings that seem to go back centuries.Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:52:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20657913/blog-in-slovakia-tradition-is-key.htmlBlog: Why did I come here?A 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.Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:04:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20656789/blog-why-did-i-come-here.htmlForeign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?For Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:53:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20654382/foreign-rocket-engines-for-north-korea-why.htmlWhen the state can’t keep a secretA selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:29:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20654642/when-the-state-cant-keep-a-secret.htmlKiska: Even Europe has its aggressive neighbourPresident Andrej Kiska addressed UN commenting poverty, instability and climate change.Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:50:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20652745/kiska-UN-address-poverty-instability-climatechange.htmlWinter is coming. It's time to celebrateIt’s not just in Central Europe that people notice the sun going down earlier and the wind getting stronger.Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:14:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20650187/winter-is-coming-its-time-to-celebrate.htmlWhat to do with hammers and sickles?Ľuboš Lorenz has reminded Slovakia and its citizens that fascist symbols are not the only ones that they need to reject.Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:53:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20643874/what-to-do-with-hammers-and-sickles.htmlBlog: Running a business in Slovakia is not for the faint of heartIf you are a foreigner with limited Slovak proficiency, limited knowledge of Slovak law, and want to run a business, you should consider following my lead.Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:46:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20641906/blog-running-a-business-in-slovakia-is-not-for-the-faint-of-heart.htmlBlog: My wife is in love with an alienI have recently changed employer and met foreigners who still have to go through the torturous ordeal of dealing with the Foreigners’ Police, which has convinced me to write about it now.Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:28:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20639106/blog-my-wife-is-in-love-with-an-alien.htmlBlog: The Dark side of the CloudIs the one-size-fits-all approach to Cloud suitable and does it meet everyone’s requirements?Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20624021/blog-the-dark-side-of-the-cloud.htmlSix graphs that show a gloomy future for SlovakiaWhen top ranking is not a reason to celebrate.Thu, 24 Aug 2017 18:11:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20612929/six-graphs-that-show-a-gloomy-future-for-slovakia.htmlIt’s not easy to be friends with FicoWill Andrej Danko take the government down with him?Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:48:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20632937/its-not-easy-to-be-friends-with-fico.htmlYou do not need to sympathise with LGBTI to support their rightsThe lawmakers need to act before the next Oliari comes to the Strasbourg court to sue Slovakia.Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:21:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20632039/you-do-not-need-to-sympathise-with-lgbti-to-support-their-rights.htmlThings 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.html