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_emailskNews isn’t negative because journalists are cynicalThe problem is caused by the demand side.Sun, 23 Sep 2018 09:09:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20920327/news-isnt-negative-because-journalists-are-cynical.htmlBlog: No bubble on Slovak or Czech residential real estate marketThe current state of the Slovak and Czech residential real estate market - what are the risks?Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20895781/blog-no-bubble-on-slovak-or-czech-residential-real-estate-market.htmlWhere Europeans want to be buriedWhat does the place we choose to be buried in say about our identity?Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:21:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20914282/where-europeans-want-to-be-buried.htmlDaylight saving time? We need a second referendumAre you with Winston Churchill, beer gardens, freedom and French fries? Or do you prefer Putin, commuting to work in an icy black abyss and tyranny?Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:32:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20914383/daylight-saving-time-we-need-a-second-referendum.htmlHave your sayThe municipal election campaign has begun. Foreign residents can – and should – vote.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 07:15:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20909824/have-your-say.htmlBlog: Slovakia is the "I don't care" countryIranian stand-up comedian Nasi arrived with her family when she was 15. In this podcast interview she talks about how Slovakia became her home and also why she likes borovička.Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:28:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20910804/blog-slovakia-is-the-i-dont-care-country.htmlTrump was, is and will continue to be a buffoonHow long will it go on and how can we limit the damage?Fri, 07 Sep 2018 17:27:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20908801/trump-was-is-and-will-continue-to-be-a-buffoon.htmlI’ve given two years to the EU presidency scandal. I’m leaving.Whistleblower Hlávková to Foreign Minister Lajčák: You can still tell the truth.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:21:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20906290/ive-given-two-years-to-the-eu-presidency-scandal-im-leaving.htmlOnly in CanadaExaggerated obligingness is one aspect of life here.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 11:30:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20906997/only-in-canada.htmlBlog: From junior generalists to senior versatilistsThe evolution of shared service centers in Slovakia - are they ready for another upgrade?Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20895776/blog-from-junior-generalists-to-senior-versatilists.htmlBound by courage: The United States of America and SlovakiaOur shared history and courage, grounded in common values, span over one hundred years, US Ambassador to Slovakia writes.Mon, 03 Sep 2018 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20901015/bound-by-courage-the-united-states-of-america-and-slovakia.htmlBlog: Bratislava is great if you give it a chanceEcuadorian Diego Loyola has lived in Slovakia since 2010. He talks about his Slovak experience in this podcast interview.Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20900403/blog-bratislava-is-great-if-you-give-it-a-chance.htmlSlovakia did not even consider extending a helping hand to ItaliansThere would be no better way to commemorate the historical legacy of the 1968 occupation and the solidarity that refugees from Czechoslovakia received in other countries then.Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:58:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20901851/slovakia-did-not-even-consider-extending-a-helping-hand-to-italians.htmlAre Slovaks too Nordic to chat?It’s not just foreigners that struggle to connect.Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20896783/are-slovaks-too-nordic-to-chat.htmlBlog: Bratislava - the story of an open cityMore than 200 nationalities live in Bratislava today.Tue, 28 Aug 2018 15:45:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20901199/blog-bratislava-the-story-of-an-open-city.htmlThe benign indifference of the universe to our fateThat is what these forest fires felt like.Mon, 27 Aug 2018 16:08:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20901217/the-benign-indifference-of-the-universe-to-our-fate.htmlWhat is the West and why is it good to be part of it?Being a part of the West is our free choice.Mon, 27 Aug 2018 08:18:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20900586/what-is-the-west-and-why-is-it-good-to-be-part-of-it.htmlWhere does the freedom to raise a child how you want end?We don’t allow five-year-olds to smoke cigarettes or juggle knives in their kindergarten. Yet, people are willing to engage in a conspiracy to avoid vaccinating their kids.Sun, 26 Aug 2018 14:39:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20899325/where-does-the-freedom-to-raise-a-child-how-you-want-end.htmlWhen will we take Nagyika out of the coffin? We cannot talk about deathWe intensively prepare for the arrival of a child, but when it comes to dying we hide it as though it were a scandalFri, 24 Aug 2018 10:45:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20898226/when-will-we-take-nagyika-out-of-the-coffin-we-cannot-talk-about-death.htmlTanks rumbled through the streets, crushing everything in their wayTim Wade visited Czechoslovakia in 1968 as a 12-year-old boy. Here are his memories from the invasion in Prague.Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:37:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20896677/tanks-rumbled-through-the-streets-crushing-everything-in-their-way.htmlTanks have stripped the regime nakedCommunist leaders cared little about the ideology. They only wanted power.Mon, 20 Aug 2018 22:51:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20896510/tanks-have-stripped-the-regime-naked.htmlBlog: The economy’s need of Shared Service CentersShared Service Centers - soon the second biggest employer in Slovakia with over 60 thousand people - how did it get there and where is it heading?Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20895772/the-economys-need-of-shared-service-centers.htmlSensible policies would have urged more infrastructure spending in the southWe can not pretend that EU policies addressing southern Europe’s various liquidity and budgetary crises did not contribute to the collapsing infrastructure in southern Europe.Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:18:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20895489/sensible-policies-would-have-urged-more-infrastructure-spending-in-the-south.htmlWe will not allow Ján and Martina to be forgottenStatement from Slovak journalists half a year after the murder of Ján Kuciak and Martina KušnírováFri, 17 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20893599/we-will-not-allow-jan-and-martina-to-be-forgotten.htmlOur emigrants’ stories: lessons in humanitySlovaks who fled the 1968 occupation tell us what it means to be a refugee.Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:01:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20892704/our-emigrants-stories-lessons-in-humanity.htmlThe memory of emigration will survive in our children's childrenDušan Tóth, a noted figure of the Slovak community in Canada remembers 1968 and his emigration.Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20890353/the-memory-of-emigration-will-survive-in-our-childrens-children.htmlAmerica is rolling into a town near youWe want to know what people throughout the country are optimistic about, what concerns them, and how they view the relationship between Slovakia and the United States, US ambassador to Slovakia writes.Mon, 13 Aug 2018 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20888698/america-is-rolling-into-to-a-town-near-you.htmlIf we do not resist evil, we go along with itGas chambers were preceded by eight or so years of seemingly reasonable people trying to rationalise irrational racism.Sat, 11 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20889397/if-we-do-not-resist-evil-we-go-along-with-it.htmlBlog: Need for increased collaboration on human capital challengesIn our fast-changing world, organizations need to reconsider their role in the society to stay relevant.Mon, 06 Aug 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836490/blog-need-for-increased-collaboration-on-human-capital-challenges.htmlFico is only stealing. Ideas from OrbánThe former prime minister is just stealing ideas from Orban, joining the ranks of those who destroy democracy.Thu, 02 Aug 2018 16:01:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20883813/fico-is-only-stealing-ideas-from-orban.htmlUnited Europe is our best chance for a life of freedom and securityOur success goes hand-in-hand with the advancement of European integration. That is what connects us, Germans and Slovaks, the most, writes German ambassador to Slovakia.Thu, 02 Aug 2018 08:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20881367/united-europe-is-our-best-chance-for-a-life-of-freedom-and-security.htmlNeighboursYou don’t choose them, but you rarely want to change them.Sun, 29 Jul 2018 14:25:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20880480/neighbours.htmlNo thanks for daddyTo the uninitiated, a 10-year-old’s birthday party might seem like a tame way to spend the day. Ha!Tue, 24 Jul 2018 09:45:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20876272/no-thanks-for-daddy.htmlWho are the new censors?Censorship is not the same animal that it was in the seventies. There is no censor waving his stamp and diligently adding disobedient authors to the growing list of state enemies.Mon, 23 Jul 2018 19:43:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20876277/who-are-the-new-censors.htmlBlog: How business mentoring can change our schools for the betterBusiness mentoring benefits both involved parties and has the potential to change Slovak schools for the better.Mon, 23 Jul 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836473/blog-how-business-mentoring-can-change-our-schools-for-the-better.htmlHere is how I measure the speed of integrationBabiš proposes to end war, poverty and religious extremism with a snap of our fingers. Why hasn’t anybody else thought of this?Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:55:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20874930/here-is-how-i-measure-the-speed-of-integration.htmlTrump plays with the world like a spoiled childThe White House is now broadcasting its most spectacular soap opera, beating and overcoming those of sundry leaders from different continents and different times.Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:20:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20874228/trump-plays-with-the-world-like-a-spoiled-child.htmlThe better it gets, the worse it getsIn countries like Slovakia, we are in danger of ignoring real progress because we are enraged by the flaws that remain, and altering our standards as time goes by.Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20871657/the-better-it-gets-the-worse-it-gets.htmlMore reasons to stayExcluding people doesn’t just affect those who choose to leave.Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:39:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20873008/more-reasons-to-stay.htmlBegin afreshI’m not sure if there is a typical Canadian way to get married.Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:27:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20871647/begin-afresh.html