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_emailskPolitics is not filth, it concerns all of usWho falls asleep in democracy, wakes up in totalitarianism.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:24:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20783589/politics-is-not-filth-it-concerns-all-of-us.htmlBlog: Should foreigners in Slovakia care about today's crisis?Collectively, we are responsible for the future of our children, whether you are Slovak, Italian, German or, in my case, Dutch.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20783580/blog-should-foreigners-in-slovakia-care-about-todays-crisis.htmlBlog: Slovakia needs its Macron"For a Decent Slovakia", where next ? Reflections from a Brit living in Slovakia.Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:42:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20783572/blog-slovakia-needs-its-macron.htmlFico fell. These are good, not perfect, developmentsUnlike Kaczyński’s case there are two other parties in the coalition with Smer who can still bring the government down at any time.Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:04:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20782732/slovakia-fico-prime-minister-resignation-enough-for-now.htmlMedia are the ultimate frontiers in defending freedom in society todayMiklós Haraszti’s keynote speech at the Budapest award ceremony of the European Press Prize, March 14, 2018.Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:54:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20782739/media-are-the-ultimate-frontiers-in-defending-freedom-in-society-today.htmlBlog: The emotions behind Slovakia's public outcryDemonstrating peacefully, ringing their keys, Slovaks today are fighting for their past, their present, and their future.Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781061/blog-the-emotions-behind-slovakias-public-outcry.htmlFico is going. So why does the crisis continue?These 10 answers will help you understand why the coalition’s decision to rebuild the government from scratch does not satisfy the critics and protesting masses.Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:32:17 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781686/fico-is-going-so-why-does-the-crisis-continue.htmlFico ends exactly the way he ruled - without self-reflectionHe has been determined to survive everything in politics. Is he really leaving?Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:13:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781332/fico-ends-exactly-the-way-he-ruled-without-self-reflection.htmlAmerica takes another step toward the abyssUS President Trump fires foreign minister Tillerson to defend Moscow’s lies.Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:00:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781087/america-takes-another-step-toward-the-abyss.htmlThis is not where it endsSlovakia’s current government will collapse, but that should not distract us from focusing on the murder investigation.Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:46:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20779931/this-is-not-where-it-ends.htmlBlog: How Slovaks realized they could…Slovakia marks several important milestones and anniversaries in 2018.Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760597/blog-how-slovaks-realized-they-could.htmlGenetic trashWhat has happened to PM Fico to leave him so indifferent to right and wrong?Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:15:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20774153/genetic-trash.htmlBlog: The value of scientific endeavourWhat is really needed for success in the scientific world is imagination, passion for knowledge and discovery, and practical ability to implement our findings.Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:11:29 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20773832/blog-the-value-of-scientific-endeavour.htmlLike boxers, politicians like Fico always believe they can win one last fightWith his political career in danger, and no substantive punches left to throw, Fico is flailing about in an attempt convince people that all this alarm about the ‘Ndrangheta mafia infiltrating his own office is the work of foreigners and George Soros.Sat, 10 Mar 2018 13:45:55 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20777988/like-boxers-politicians-like-fico-always-believe-they-can-win-one-last-fight.htmlWho is George Soros and why is Fico’s mention of him a problem?Fico uses the language of Orbán and Trump.Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:50:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20774961/who-is-george-soros-and-why-is-ficos-mention-of-him-a-problem.htmlRobert Fico enters the ranks of the conspiracy theoristsThis a good moment to ask those people in his government who still enjoy some modicum of international credit, like Lucia Žitňanská or Miroslav Lajčák, if they are still ready to be part of Fico’s show.Mon, 05 Mar 2018 17:45:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20774329/fico-joined-forces-with-conspirators.htmlIt is no news journalists in Central Europe face hostilityThe consistency and accumulation of the incidents when politicians verbally attack journalists shows a clear trend in Central Europe, and slowly makes it acceptable to make ever more serious threats, or worse.Sat, 03 Mar 2018 20:56:02 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20772153/it-is-no-news-journalists-in-central-europe-face-hostility.htmlThe sorrow and opportunity of 2018 in SlovakiaWe have become a place where justice evaporates, and we feel helpless, as when we watch the huge number of lumber trucks that are now stripping our forests.Thu, 01 Mar 2018 18:00:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20771417/the-sorrow-and-opportunity-of-2018-in-slovakia.htmlA journalist is murdered: Where do we go from here?Slovakia feels like it has arrived to a breaking point brought about by the unthinkable that has happened.Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:54:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20770765/a-journalist-is-murdered-where-do-we-go-from-here.htmlThe murder of a journalist concerns us allIt is an attack on all citizens of this country, because journalists are the eyes, the ears, and the mouth of the public.Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:10:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20769482/the-murder-of-a-journalist-concerns-us-all.htmlBeing 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.html