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_emailskBlog: The wanderer returns homeThe places you visit, people you befriend, experiences that leave their mark, they all become a part of you.Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700090/blog-the-wanderer-returns-home.htmlThe ongoing struggle for a free and democratic SlovakiaThe people of Slovakia deserve the credit for the remarkable progress that this country has made over the past twenty-five years, US ambassador writes.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:55:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701491/the-ongoing-struggle-for-a-free-and-democratic-slovakia.htmlBlog: How long until a robot takes your job?Are robots really taking over? What are the benefits and what are the risks?Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668842/blog-how-long-until-a-robot-takes-your-job.htmlBlog: Slovakia’s time to shine is nowPeople may be able to recognise Slovakia’s neighbouring countries through associations with food, drinks, beautiful cities or well-known political events. But Slovakia remains very much "hidden".Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700052/slovakias-time-to-shine-is-now.htmlMy five-year-old daughter will almost certainly encounter a Weinstein tooIt’s not that I thought sexually harassing women was okay, it’s more that I accepted that was just part of how things worked. Unfortunate, yes, but also standard.Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:10:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20698686/my-five-year-old-daughter-will-almost-certainly-encounter-a-weinstein-too.htmlKotleba and Trump may lead us back to being better citizensThere is no mystery to defeating populism, extremism and stupidity. Democratic systems have built in solutions to people like Kotleba and Trump — elections.Sun, 12 Nov 2017 18:15:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693811/kotleba-and-trump-may-lead-us-back-to-being-better-citizens.htmlGraver threat than the fascistsThe paths to an illiberal democracy are manifold. One of them is also through the victory of “moral hipsterism”.Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:16:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693280/graver-threat-than-the-fascists.htmlGood news: democracy does have an anti-fascist immune responseThere are still reasons to worry, but something has changed in Slovakia now that elections have wiped the fascists out at regional level.Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:06:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691345/good-news-democracy-does-have-an-anti-fascist-immune-response.htmlFive big things that we’ve learned from the regional election resultsElection night on November 4 produced some real upsets: here’s what you need to knowSun, 05 Nov 2017 14:06:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20689151/five-big-things-that-weve-learned-from-the-regional-election-results.htmlTrump as dead man walking: Beware the contagionFirst charges from special prosecutor show collusion with Russia, and cooperating witnesses.Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:19:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20686414/trump-russia-probe-manafort-papadopoulos.htmlVoting is an act of integrationMunicipal and regional polls are the only chance for those who live and work in Slovakia but do not have a Slovak passport to influence how things develop around them.Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:55:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20685135/voting-is-an-act-of-integration.htmlBlog: Sustainability needs will drive future disruptive innovationsThe question of sustainability can no longer be ignored. Creative minds are discovering disruptive innovations that tackle these challenges and transform entire business segments.Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668831/blog-sustainability-needs-will-drive-future-disruptive-innovations.htmlGo West…to Parndorf!Does it make you feel better when your boss wears an original expensive and elegant designer label suit and you also wear a suit from the same label, bought in an outlet for half that price?Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:40:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20677054/go-westto-parndorf.htmlThe day Prague fellIt is pointless to talk about the wins and losses of Czech political parties - the one who lost is the Czech Republic.Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:04:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20678691/the-day-prague-fell.htmlRobert 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.html