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_emailskHow to keep politics and sports separateFIFA, may not be a government, but they and the events they put on are undeniably political and embody all the worst things about globalisation.Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:20:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20850561/how-to-keep-politics-and-sports-separate.htmlBlog: Cutting another ribbonWhy is a hospital's new cover photo on Facebook a revolution in Slovak health care?Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:03:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849192/blog-cutting-another-ribbon.htmlBlog: A long-term journeyAmCham’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.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836446/blog-a-long-term-journey.htmlLiberal excesses make even Trump sound normalIn 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.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20846473/liberal-excesses-make-even-trump-sound-normal.htmlLiberals go on the offensiveA counterrevolution against illiberal populism is underway in parts of Europe.Sun, 10 Jun 2018 20:08:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20846467/liberals-go-on-the-offensive.htmlMurder of Ján and Martina did not wake them up, and we do not know if the killing of Henry willIn Slovakia, we have not managed to build our collective feeling of national pride on positive emotions.Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:22:29 +0200https://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.htmlLack of political courage cost us money last weekThree years after the worst of the Greek crisis, Europe has done little to address the roots of eurozone problems.Mon, 04 Jun 2018 09:44:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20841322/lack-of-political-courage-cost-us-money-last-week.htmlBuilding on our predecessors’ courage to be freeThe 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.Thu, 31 May 2018 09:50:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20838787/building-on-our-predecessors-courage-to-be-free.htmlThe bewitching power of kittensThe arrow of history points towards greater respect for other life.Mon, 28 May 2018 17:24:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836645/the-bewitching-power-of-kittens.htmlBlog: Brands as new cultural institutionsPavol Minár describes how the role of brands has changed and how this process brings new opportunities as well as responsibilities.Mon, 28 May 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805656/blog-brands-as-new-cultural-institutions.htmlPro-EU voters vote for anti-EU governmentsThis phenomenon is no longer limited to Central Europe.Fri, 25 May 2018 17:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20834579/pro-eu-voters-vote-for-anti-eu-governments.htmlA happy marriage? Both simpler, and tougher, than we realizeIf experience is the mother of wisdom, why aren’t second and third marriages more successful?Mon, 21 May 2018 10:59:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20829098/a-happy-marriage-both-simpler-and-tougher-than-we-realize.htmlMarching in stepSome Slovak conservatives have shown that they cannot resist fascist bait.Mon, 21 May 2018 08:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20830369/marching-in-step.htmlWe are in for a hot summerEurope has done very little to prepare for a reprise of mass refugee flows.Fri, 18 May 2018 16:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20829133/we-are-in-for-a-hot-summer.htmlBlog: I want to ride my bicycleWe 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.Thu, 17 May 2018 16:17:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20827589/blog-i-want-to-ride-my-bicycle.htmlDemocratic election under digital firePolitical interference and the spread of fake news not only influences election results but also jeopardises democracy.Wed, 16 May 2018 11:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20824244/democratic-election-under-digital-fire.htmlBlog: Science in Slovakia needs to be more focusedIs 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?Mon, 14 May 2018 13:42:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20825059/blog-science-in-slovakia-needs-to-be-more-focused.htmlConsequences of a politically compromised RTVS are worse than you thinkAmid 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.Sat, 12 May 2018 14:20:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20823605/rtvs-a-clear-and-familiar-pattern.htmlBlog: Meet the good clerk(s)Allegations of nepotism, corruption and strong political interference have affected the image of Slovak public servants for years. The good news is that inside this huge body there are people determined to change it and unafraid to speak their minds.Thu, 10 May 2018 08:57:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822391/blog-meet-the-good-clerks.htmlBlog: Future of retail: technology to accelerate change and the way we shopInteresting insights on how technology accelerates change, transforms the way we shop and shapes the future of retail.Mon, 07 May 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805628/blog-future-of-retail-technology-to-accelerate-change-and-the-way-we-shop.htmlThe rites of springAs a trivial world turns, we lose what cannot be replaced.Fri, 04 May 2018 12:16:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20818739/the-rites-of-spring.htmlBeing a journalist in Slovakia in 2018The murder of Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, prompted journalists to try and explain to the public what their job really means.Thu, 03 May 2018 07:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20816006/being-a-journalist-in-slovakia-in-2018.htmlWho will come to power if the corruption issues dominatePeople who perceive corruption to be high are more willing to take risks at the ballot box.Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:45:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20815672/who-will-come-to-power-if-the-corruption-issues-dominate.htmlTen dead – but it could have been worseMonday’s attack in Toronto was not, as many feared, related to religious or political terrorism.Fri, 27 Apr 2018 13:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20813528/ten-dead-but-it-could-have-been-worse.htmlI have never seen a France like thisUnlike the populists Macron offers a positive vision of where politics and Europe can go.Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:55:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20808493/i-have-never-seen-a-france-like-this.htmlOn killing a crabIf you eat animal flesh, you should not be squeamish about slaughtering your dinner.Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:23:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20808104/on-killing-a-crab.htmlBack to square one?Tomáš Drucker leaves after 25 days as interior minister while Tibor Gašpar stays put.Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:10:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805922/why-is-drucker-stepping-down-gaspar-kalinak.htmlBlog: There is only one boss – the customerOn the importance of customer experience in an era when the customer is always right.Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805115/blog-there-is-only-one-boss-the-customer.htmlBlog: Corruption - there is a way but it takes twoReflections from a Brit living in Slovakia.Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:08:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805225/blog-corruption-there-is-a-way-but-it-takes-two.htmlPaul Ryan is quitting like a cowardOn his way out the door, with his life’s work totally destroyed, Mr Ryan is still unwilling to speak out against Trump.Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:55:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20803185/paul-ryan-is-quitting-like-a-coward.htmlOrbán's victory is toxic for VisegradOrbán might inspire the buds of autocracy in other politicians who also dream about ruling without end and without political scruples.Tue, 10 Apr 2018 05:50:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20799907/orbans-victory-is-toxic-for-visegrad.htmlBlog: Complexity in ScienceEven the best-controlled experiment cannot capture all variables and angles.Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:09:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20799214/blog-complexity-in-science.htmlLife of Brian, Slovak styleSlovakia’s political opposition has been losing for years due to the "narcissism of small differences".Sun, 08 Apr 2018 21:40:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20797684/life-of-brian-slovak-style.htmlBlog: Osturňa under siegeWhy a group of people would try to loot an entire village of its charm and beauty is simply mindboggling.Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:18:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20797220/blog-osturna-under-siege.htmlOur shared values are the cement of the European Union. Let us defend them!Political evolutions in our countries have shown than we need more than ever to reassert our shared commitment to the respect for rule of law and of human rights, writes Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.Wed, 04 Apr 2018 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20794849/our-shared-values-are-the-cement-of-the-european-union-let-us-defend-them.htmlTechnology is a poor substitute for moralityIn the real world, there are limits on free speech. Online, anything goes.Tue, 03 Apr 2018 10:13:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20794568/technology-is-a-poor-substitute-for-morality.htmlThe courage to be free is the courage to speak outUS Ambassador to Slovakia salutes the courage of journalists like Ján Kuciak, their dedication, and their craft, and repeats that it is unacceptable for them to face violence or intimidation anywhere in the world.Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20792306/the-courage-to-be-free-is-the-courage-to-speak-out.htmlThirty days that shook SlovakiaThe Visegrad Group, the US, and even the EU will no longer provide a support for liberal democracy. We're on our own.Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:09:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20792122/thirty-days-that-shook-slovakia.htmlIn Canada, lucky is not just about the beerMP Peter Marček and his Internet troll brethren are right – I didn’t come home because I missed Canadian beer.Thu, 29 Mar 2018 12:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20791760/in-canada-lucky-is-not-just-about-the-beer.htmlBlog: Sleepwalking away from a decent SlovakiaThe mood of agency and urgency seems to have drifted. Reflections from a Brit living in Slovakia.Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:36:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20791300/blog-sleepwalking-away-from-a-decent-slovakia.html