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_emailskBeing young is harder than it used to beThe failure of older generations to sympathise with youth means politics are primarily a contest of who can hand out more gifts to old people.Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:08:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20767396/being-young-is-harder-than-it-used-to-be.htmlBlog: Foreigners, get involvedWhat about making our voices heard? And not only in itsy-bitsy interviews about traditional cuisine and the High Tatras.Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:10:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765482/blog-foreigners-get-involved.htmlTwo anniversaries, one enduring relationshipCountless Slovaks and Americans continue to cultivate and renew the strong bonds of friendship between the US and Slovakia through cooperation in the business, technological, cultural, and educational spheres.Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:51:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766543/two-anniversaries-one-enduring-relationship.htmlWho will take Kuzmina as a neighbour?In Slovakia, immigrants mostly provoke negative feelings. Not when it comes to the biathlon.Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:41:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765501/who-will-take-kuzmina-as-a-neighbour.htmlBlog: Government Affairs in Slovakia – how did this profession develop and what is its future?It is encouraging that more and more companies based in Slovakia are starting to realize that it is also possible to shape EU policies from a small country like Slovakia and use the services of government affairs specialists for this purpose.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760585/blog-government-affairs-in-slovakia-how-did-this-profession-develop-and-what-is-its-future.htmlWill Kiska run for president?Media reports suggest that Andrej Kiska will not run again. How does the situation look one year ahead of presidential election?Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:12:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761058/will-kiska-run-for-president.htmlSilence about hundreds of killed Russian mercenariesWhat actually happened and why are both Moscow and Washington silent about the events?Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:54:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761460/silence-about-hundreds-of-killed-russian-mercenaries.htmlBlog: For the love of knowledgeWhen we find “it” for ourselves by putting our hands on the information and looking deep inside, knowledge allows us to make our own decisions.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:00:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760655/blog-for-the-love-of-knowledge.htmlNicholson: The truth about SlovakiaI leave knowing that I have seen the best of what Slovaks can be.Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:35:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20758830/tom-nicholson-leaves-slovakia-the-best-thing-about-slovaks.htmlBlog: I’m obsessed with review scores!What confuses me to no end is that guests will come, have a great time, write that “everything was wonderful, just like home,” and then give us a score of 8.5 out of 10.Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:58:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20758547/Slovakia-hotel-reviews-best-score.htmlBrain power, not muscleFlexible working conditions and availability of highly qualified domestic and foreign experts will determine how competitive Slovakia’s BSC industry is in the future.Mon, 05 Feb 2018 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20748767/brain-power-not-muscle.htmlWhy do Czechs have a Slovak for prime minister?When things get serious, Slovaks protest, organise and exercise power at the ballot box. Czechs go skiing.Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:55:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20751813/why-do-czechs-have-a-slovak-for-prime-minister.htmlTo Help and Protect – but whom?Recent reports from Dunajská Streda suggest that territories assigned to the departments in the regions have only displaced the problem of the long waiting times.Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20748775/to-help-and-protect-but-whom.htmlWill Czechs be sorry?Czechs have handed their country to Zeman and Babiš. The Czech train is now dashing along the road to who-knows-where.Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:07:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20749266/Czech-presidential-election-Zeman-bad-news.htmlWe need to speak up about the success of BSCsThe sector has the potential for further growth. For instance, the consequences of the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU will occur in the near future.Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20748742/we-need-to-speak-up-about-the-success-of-bscs.htmlWhat is wrong with Davos?What do you say we cancel next year’s WEF conference, save the money and redirect it somewhere else?Sat, 27 Jan 2018 08:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20746722/what-is-wrong-with-davos.htmlPutting the ‘public’ into public-service broadcastingRTVS should not be withdrawing support for investigative journalism.Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:11:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20745523/putting-the-public-into-public-service-broadcasting.htmlBlog: Helping others helps your company tooTatiana Čaplová, Program Coordinator for CSR at the Pontis Foundation, offers a very interesting look behind the scenes of the most successful CSR event in Slovakia - Naše Mesto (Our City).Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710756/blog-helping-others-helps-your-company-too.htmlBlog: Are flying cars coming to the skies?At least 19 companies, including a Slovak one, are currently developing flying car planes, but there are still many issues that must be worked out.Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:45:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740756/blog-are-flying-cars-coming-to-the-skies.htmlWhat kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?Among EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:45:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20741724/what-kind-of-expectations-do-some-slovaks-have-for-world-leaders.htmlPress freedom is bleeding across our bordersCritical media are always the first targets of populists and press freedom enemies.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:01:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740396/press-freedom-is-bleeding-across-our-borders.htmlGiving a voice to those unheardThe Sme daily celebrates 25 years since its founding. It is of immense importance that it remains independent and free, writes its editor-in-chief.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:25:02 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20737730/giving-a-voice-to-those-unheard.htmlBlog: Embrace 2018 with hope and happinessThe week of Silvester festivities was filled with a dizzying array of foods and activities, while I slept in the basement. The Accidental Hotelier reports about the holiday season in Osturňa.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:48:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735169/blog-embrace-2018-with-hope-and-happiness.htmlZeman is missingEven if you are someone who liked Zeman for being Zeman, that is not the guy running for president in 2018.Sat, 06 Jan 2018 16:05:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731832/zeman-is-missing.htmlUnited we stand strongWe realise it will not be easy, but we know what we want to achieve and know we can do it, Ambassador Yordanka Chobanova writes as Bulgaria starts its first EU Council Presidency.Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:03:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731502/united-we-stand-strong.htmlThe courage to be freeThe future holds great promise for Slovakia as a secure, sovereign, prosperous member of Europe and of the broader transatlantic community of nations, US Ambassador to Slovakia opines.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 12:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730171/the-courage-to-be-free.htmlBlog: Businesses need independent, transparent and expert regulatory institutionsRegulatory institutions have a crucial impact on the business environment. What can be done to improve their functioning? Michal Krčméry, AmCham’s Director of Government Affairs, takes a closer look at this issue.Tue, 02 Jan 2018 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710753/blog-businesses-need-independent-transparent-and-expert-regulatory-institutions.html2018: Trump will face impeachment before the year's endKaliňák keeps 1990s hair, Smer appoints his barber to the Constitutional Court. Here are some predictions about the coming year.Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:55:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20728222/2018-trump-will-face-impeachment-before-the-years-end.htmlHappy New YearSome glad tidings in 2017: the Mečiar amnesties were scrapped, and extremists lost badly in regional polls.Sat, 30 Dec 2017 17:05:21 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20728549/happy-new-year.htmlIn 1993, did Slovaks overestimate the change to come?The time is ripe for Slovakia to emerge as a model state in the region, open to engaging with the world economically, in terms of trade and investment, but also culturally.Wed, 27 Dec 2017 06:27:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20719286/in-1993-did-slovaks-overestimate-the-change-to-come.htmlTo be betterGoodness is not exclusive to Christmas.Tue, 26 Dec 2017 23:12:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20726589/to-be-better.htmlBlog: HomecomingTo face change is to deal with the unexpected.Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:15:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700132/blog-homecoming.htmlOne Union, two EuropesIf Brussels lets the member states do whatever they want, it will harm support for the EU among citizens.Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:29:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20723086/one-union-two-europes.htmlMore than just neighboursSlovaks and Czechs still enjoy a special bond.Tue, 19 Dec 2017 06:15:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20719240/more-than-just-neighbours.htmlParties only protect their market shareRent seeking behavior and a code of loyalty are not the ways to operate a successful democratic political party.Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:40:38 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20721026/parties-only-protect-their-market-share.htmlCzechoslovakia could have been SwitzerlandIn Hodonín and Holíč, Czechoslovakia still exists.Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:27:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20718042/czechoslovakia-could-have-been-switzerland.htmlBlog: Environmental sustainability is the future for sustainability in businessA great example of how you can make a difference by sharing your passion with others: Ivana Maleš, co-founder of the Institute for Circular Economy, describes her journey from a blogger and promoter of the zero waste lifestyle to a sustainability consultant dedicated to spreading the ideas behind the circular economy.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710717/blog-environmental-sustainability-is-the-future-for-sustainability-in-business.htmlBlog: Migration and equation of loss and gainCentral Europeans oppose change while Americans find opportunity in it.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:05:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700126/blog-migration-and-equation-of-loss-and-gain.htmlBlog: Slovak cuisine is boring and unimaginativeThere, I said it. Now, before you start sending me vitriolic emails, please finish reading this post.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:25:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710214/blog-slovak-cuisine-is-boring-and-unimaginative.htmlWhat kind of European are you?If you live in Central and Eastern Europe, chances are high you belong to the "hesitant" tribe.Sat, 02 Dec 2017 09:40:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708494/what-kind-of-european-are-you.html