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: HR Marketing: Not everybody can be Google!It is important to know who your target audience is and the position you aspire to achieve as an employer on the market.Mon, 22 May 2017 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20504562/blog-hr-marketing-not-everybody-can-be-google.htmlThe idea of SlovakiaWhat does this country stand for? Slovaks could – and should – shout a little louder about what they have achieved, and where they want to go.Mon, 22 May 2017 08:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535620/the-idea-of-slovakia.htmlTesting the TeflonA year after the Bašternák case began, nothing seem to be sticking to the interior minister. Yet.Thu, 18 May 2017 16:09:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20536308/testing-the-teflon.htmlBlog: Here comes my permit, at lastA foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Mon, 08 May 2017 13:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20507662/blog-here-comes-my-permit-at-last.htmlBlog: Companies need not be perfect, but they must be ready to admit a mistakeCompanies must learn to empathize with their target group – with their needs and expectations.Mon, 08 May 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20504561/blog-companies-need-not-be-perfect-but-they-must-be-ready-to-admit-a-mistake.htmlI am a foreigner and I typically eat...How can you get to know other people when all you ask is if they married a Slovak and what do they eat (typical food) with maybe an eventual bonus question on alcohol?Fri, 05 May 2017 13:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20524032/i-am-a-foreigner-and-i-typically-eat.htmlVictim or clown?In characteristic fashion, Igor Matovič may be felled by his own hubris - but still manage to make himself look like the victim.Thu, 04 May 2017 15:05:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20525044/victim-or-clown.htmlWhere Fico ends and Orbán beginsFico did not get the idea to monitor NGOs from his Hungarian counterpart. But if he proceeds this way, he will turn into Orbán.Thu, 04 May 2017 14:49:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20524043/where-fico-ends-and-orban-begins.htmlBlog: Success, 96 hours laterA foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Thu, 04 May 2017 10:20:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20507659/blog-success-96-hours-later.htmlBlog: The peculiar order of numbersA foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Mon, 01 May 2017 12:50:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20507608/blog-the-peculiar-order-of-numbers.htmlBlog: A line does not always formA foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20507599/blog-a-line-does-not-always-form.htmlBlog: We can always count on the nerds…Brands need to focus on doing good and that this approach is the only option if they want to stay relevant, credible and even profitable, says Thomas Kolster.Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:40:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20504560/blog-we-can-always-count-on-the-nerds.htmlLegitimising fake newsOne of Slovakia’s media schools has invited a well-known conspiracy theorist to an academic conference. What does this say about the state of the Slovak media?Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:46:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20516596/legitimising-fake-news.htmlBlog: Underground economy flourishes in the queuesA foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:40:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20507586/blog-underground-economy-flourishes-in-the-queues.htmlThe fightback starts hereVoters and consumers feel powerless and angry. But sometimes the system does actually work, after a fashion.Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:15:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20511740/the-fightback-starts-here.htmlThis is not a game, and these are not childrenIf politicians care about the future of the country, they need to offer young protesters with specific demands more than the just same old vague assurances.Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:25:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20513548/this-is-not-a-game-and-these-are-not-children.htmlBlog: Tuesday is better than FridayA foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20507571/blog-tuesday-is-better-than-friday.htmlBlog: Automotive sector in Slovakia: a blessing, which might (soon) turn to a curseAutomotive industry struggles by lack of labour force and rigid legislature.Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:50:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20510360/blog-automotive-sector-in-slovakia-a-blessing-which-might-soon-turn-to-a-curse.htmlBlog: Find the last personA foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20507554/blog-find-the-last-person.htmlBlog: What I know about "the list"A foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:35:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20505015/blog-what-i-know-about-the-list.htmlBlog: Generation Z as a factor in shaping the futureGeneration Z is changing the consumer behavior quite significantly, it may be argued that they are one of the key indicators of what marketing will look like in the next few years.Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20504549/blog-generation-z-as-a-factor-in-shaping-the-future.htmlOrbán is busy creating his own migration crisisPushing CEU out of Hungary would not only mean fewer smart people from abroad would pass through Budapest, but that bright Hungarian students who would otherwise study at home will now most likely seek higher education elsewhere.Sun, 09 Apr 2017 21:15:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20503774/orban-is-busy-creating-his-own-migration-crisis.htmlThere are efforts for positive changes in Roma communityThe many active Slovak citizens we met – of both Roma and non-Roma heritages – give me optimism that future International Roma Days will give us more to celebrate, US envoy writes.Sat, 08 Apr 2017 08:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20503104/there-are-efforts-for-positive-changes-in-roma-community.htmlBlog: Building new identities: communist-era landmarks of BratislavaThe era when communism dominated the national political landscape, resulted in dramatic changes in the panorama of Bratislava, contributing to the creation of many of the city’s modern landmarks, including the inverted pyramid.Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:43:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20503449/blog-building-new-identities-communist-era-landmarks-of-bratislava.htmlBlog: Return to innocenceNever leave your drink unattended, you never know how fast it can become the perfect medium for disguising a few drops of love potion.Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20502807/blog-return-to-innocence.htmlNo place for hoaxesFor a newswire to seek to broaden its range of sources is understandable. But to do so with no regard for their accuracy or reliability is not.Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:42:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20502831/no-place-for-hoaxes.htmlHow the world lost the story of old KóhnLet us seek stories in our families too, because one day those who could tell them will no longer be with us.Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:37:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20500516/how-the-world-lost-the-story-of-old-kohn.htmlScrapping the Mečiar amnesties is similar to the Watergate scandalBack in the 1970s, US President Richard Nixon, among other things, ordered a gang of thugs to break into the political opposition’s headquarters and then used the state security services to help cover it up.Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:21:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20498848/scrapping-the-meciar-amnesties-is-similar-to-the-watergate-scandal.htmlNot now, Scots told by UKScotland's pro-independence leader may secretly be relieved not to have to stage referendum while Brexit underwayWed, 29 Mar 2017 16:26:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20495858/not-now-scots-told-by-uk.htmlBlog: How can the international community help national parks in Slovakia?The current system of conservation with rapid habitat losses inside national parks is insufficient to sustain biodiversity and protect our biological heritage.Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:34:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20495626/blog-how-can-the-international-community-help-national-parks-in-slovakia.htmlYou don’t bring me flowersAs Mrs Dubovcová has discovered, there is scant political passion when it comes to abuses of human rights – that is, the rights of each and every one of usFri, 24 Mar 2017 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20491000/you-dont-bring-me-flowers.htmlHostages to fortuneBritain will trigger Article 50 to leave the EU on 29 March. She and her EU partners could, and should, guarantee the rights of their citizens living abroad – including tens of thousands of Slovaks in the UK. That they have not is a disgrace.Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:10:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20490989/hostages-to-fortune.htmlWords cannot cure cancerThere is corruption in the highest places after all, general prosecutor admits.Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:31:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20485432/words-cannot-cure-cancer.htmlAmnesty verdict could lead to early Slovak springIf parliament upholds cabinet decision and unblocks Kováč Jr. case, more than justice will be served.Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:50:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20484490/amnesty-verdict-could-lead-to-early-slovak-spring.htmlIs Visegrad on its way out of Europe?The V4 project has veered from its original purpose, never mind the positive, if idealized, concept of Central Europe.Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20483131/is-visegrad-on-its-way-out-of-europe.htmlSystematic murders were not “the lesser evil”People who adore Hitler and his ally now sit in the parliament.Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:38:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20483007/systematic-murders-were-not-the-lesser-evil.htmlAn account long overdueScrapping the Mečiar amnesties would go some way towards restoring trust in the system.Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:54:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20479099/an-account-long-overdue.htmlHeight of hypocrisyIt is not Coca-Cola’s fault that Central Europeans — as they often do in politics — passively accept cheap imitations.Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:53:48 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20474490/height-of-hypocrisy.htmlStopping extremism before it startsSchools in Slovakia must do a better job of developing their students’ critical thinking skills from an early age, US envoy says.Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:29:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20471056/stopping-extremism-before-it-starts.htmlBlog: Exploring 20th century military sites in BratislavaIt seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft missile base from the Cold War could never test their prowess.Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:10:24 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20467982/blog-exploring-20th-century-military-sites-in-bratislava.html