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_emailskOn 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.htmlWe need to take the protection of journalists seriouslyThe current case of a convicted journalist shows where to start: decriminalising the work of journalists.Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:15:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20789534/we-need-to-take-the-protection-of-journalists-seriously.htmlThere is still work to be done2018 is not a re-run of 1989, but there is a connection.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:37:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20787254/march-2018-protests-velvet-revolution-1989-slovakia.htmlWhat is one life worth?Have Canadians, insulated from the cruelty of life elsewhere, become too sentimental? Or have Slovaks been made callous to the fate of others by decades of cynical misrule?Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:45:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786422/what-is-one-life-worth.htmlBlog: The promise we must makeWhile covering this month’s protests in Bratislava, I had a feeling of déjà vu. They reminded me of last year’s protests in Romania.Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:58:26 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786023/blog-the-promise-we-must-make.htmlPolitics 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.html