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_emailskBelieve it or not Europe, Trump really does not have a planDid you ever wonder what it would be like for a man with no attention span, who has declared bankruptcy four times, to lead the world’s most powerful country?Sat, 14 Jul 2018 07:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869931/believe-it-or-not-europe-trump-really-does-not-have-a-plan.htmlThis is why I support the Pride marchThere is still a lot of work ahead of us in the United States, in Slovakia, and around the world to fight for equal rights for everyone no matter who they are or who they love, writer US Ambassador to Slovakia.Sat, 14 Jul 2018 06:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20868594/this-is-why-i-support-the-pride-march.htmlEmbassies: Inclusive and diverse society benefits everyoneRepresentatives of international community in Slovakia say no to discrimination and violence in their joint statement on LGBTI rights ahead of the Pride March taking place in Bratislava this Saturday.Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:40:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869691/embassies-inclusive-and-diverse-society-benefits-everyone.htmlOur union is based on joint enlightenment valuesFrance and Slovakia: a centennial union serving the revival of Europe through the path of law and valuesThu, 12 Jul 2018 22:41:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869444/our-union-is-based-on-joint-enlightenment-values.htmlThe sweet sadness of emigrationThe heart wants what it wants, but is oblivious to the pain that comes with getting it.Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:13:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20867146/the-sweet-sadness-of-emigration.htmlBlog: No unicorns but real-life success stories...Jana Trnovská of LEAF on the skills which will be crucial in the near future, about Slovakia’s brain drain, as well as about the importance of communicating Slovakia’s positives.Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836459/blog-no-unicorns-but-real-life-success-stories.htmlWhy should Slovaks support a stronger EU?People like Robert Fico have convinced a fair amount of the population that a weak Brussels is good for a small country like Slovakia. It is not.Fri, 06 Jul 2018 17:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20865172/why-should-slovaks-support-a-stronger-eu.htmlHere's why Robert Fico demonises the For a Decent Slovakia protestsSome fear NGOs just like communists feared the scouts.Tue, 03 Jul 2018 16:33:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20862737/protest-organizer-some-fear-ngos-like-they-do-communists.htmlGetting Personal with Slovakia and CzechiaSometimes, home is the hardest place to adjust to.Mon, 02 Jul 2018 16:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20861462/getting-personal-with-slovakia-and-czechia.htmlHappy boring birthday, CanadaIt turns out that drama and struggle are not essential to the good life.Mon, 02 Jul 2018 07:18:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20861455/happy-boring-birthday-canada.htmlSlovak government lets other national capitals make decisions on its behalfFico's attempt to manufacture panic is even more ridiculous than it was the first time.Sun, 01 Jul 2018 20:02:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20861369/slovak-government-lets-other-national-capitals-make-decisions-on-its-behalf.htmlBlog: Human Capital in Slovakia: Preparing for the next industrial revolutionA closer cooperation between business and academia is of key importance if Slovakia is to strive in the ongoing industrial revolution.Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836412/blog-human-capital-in-slovakia-preparing-for-the-next-industrial-revolution.htmlV4 politicians are not even willing to help fellow EuropeansTo give equal weight to the concerns that a Slovak or Czech feels about migration with that of an Italian or Greek is like having equal sympathy for a hypochondriac and a cancer patient.Sun, 24 Jun 2018 17:46:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20856449/v4-politicians-are-not-even-willing-to-help-fellow-europeans.htmlSigns of danger avertedThe world has never been this safe, and may never be again.Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:40:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852820/signs-of-danger-averted.htmlThe UK is not cutting off its own hand, it is holding it outIt is not rational to behave towards the UK as if it posed a security risk to the EU.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:30:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853205/the-uk-is-not-cutting-off-its-own-hand-it-is-holding-it-out.htmlWelcome to Slovakia?Following Henry Acorda’s horrific killing, businesses need to stand up.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:42:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852807/welcome-to-slovakia.htmlHow to keep politics and sports separateFIFA, may not be a government, but they and the events they put on are undeniably political and embody all the worst things about globalisation.Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:20:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20850561/how-to-keep-politics-and-sports-separate.htmlBlog: Cutting another ribbonWhy is a hospital's new cover photo on Facebook a revolution in Slovak health care?Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:03:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849192/blog-cutting-another-ribbon.htmlBlog: A long-term journeyAmCham’s departing Executive Director Jake Slegers reflects on his beginnings in Slovakia and in the position of the Executive Director as well as on the crucial moments which shaped AmCham during the 17 years of his tenure.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836446/blog-a-long-term-journey.htmlLiberal excesses make even Trump sound normalIn Slovakia, I was seen as a dewy-eyed liberal. Back home, I am a stick-in-the-mud conservative without even a tattoo to mark him as chill.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20846473/liberal-excesses-make-even-trump-sound-normal.htmlLiberals go on the offensiveA counterrevolution against illiberal populism is underway in parts of Europe.Sun, 10 Jun 2018 20:08:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20846467/liberals-go-on-the-offensive.htmlMurder of Ján and Martina did not wake them up, and we do not know if the killing of Henry willIn Slovakia, we have not managed to build our collective feeling of national pride on positive emotions.Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:22:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20842309/murder-of-jan-and-martina-did-not-wake-them-up-and-we-do-not-know-if-the-killing-of-henry-will.htmlLack of political courage cost us money last weekThree years after the worst of the Greek crisis, Europe has done little to address the roots of eurozone problems.Mon, 04 Jun 2018 09:44:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20841322/lack-of-political-courage-cost-us-money-last-week.htmlBuilding on our predecessors’ courage to be freeThe Pittsburgh Agreement teaches us that for at least one hundred years, Slovaks have sought to fully participate in and contribute to the transatlantic community of western democracies.Thu, 31 May 2018 09:50:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20838787/building-on-our-predecessors-courage-to-be-free.htmlThe bewitching power of kittensThe arrow of history points towards greater respect for other life.Mon, 28 May 2018 17:24:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20836645/the-bewitching-power-of-kittens.htmlBlog: Brands as new cultural institutionsPavol Minár describes how the role of brands has changed and how this process brings new opportunities as well as responsibilities.Mon, 28 May 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805656/blog-brands-as-new-cultural-institutions.htmlPro-EU voters vote for anti-EU governmentsThis phenomenon is no longer limited to Central Europe.Fri, 25 May 2018 17:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20834579/pro-eu-voters-vote-for-anti-eu-governments.htmlA happy marriage? Both simpler, and tougher, than we realizeIf experience is the mother of wisdom, why aren’t second and third marriages more successful?Mon, 21 May 2018 10:59:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20829098/a-happy-marriage-both-simpler-and-tougher-than-we-realize.htmlMarching in stepSome Slovak conservatives have shown that they cannot resist fascist bait.Mon, 21 May 2018 08:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20830369/marching-in-step.htmlWe are in for a hot summerEurope has done very little to prepare for a reprise of mass refugee flows.Fri, 18 May 2018 16:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20829133/we-are-in-for-a-hot-summer.htmlBlog: I want to ride my bicycleWe will soon have the opportunity to let authorities know loud and clear that cyclists do not want to be pushed out of Bratislava's forests.Thu, 17 May 2018 16:17:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20827589/blog-i-want-to-ride-my-bicycle.htmlDemocratic election under digital firePolitical interference and the spread of fake news not only influences election results but also jeopardises democracy.Wed, 16 May 2018 11:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20824244/democratic-election-under-digital-fire.htmlBlog: Science in Slovakia needs to be more focusedIs it justifiable to ask young students in Slovakia to dedicate their lives to science, when we cannot even support our current scientists and we do not value the complexity of scientific endeavour?Mon, 14 May 2018 13:42:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20825059/blog-science-in-slovakia-needs-to-be-more-focused.htmlConsequences of a politically compromised RTVS are worse than you thinkAmid falling poll numbers and regular street demonstrations there is little doubt parties like Smer and SNS hope to use this channel to implement the most classic of political campaign tactics.Sat, 12 May 2018 14:20:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20823605/rtvs-a-clear-and-familiar-pattern.htmlBlog: Meet the good clerk(s)Allegations of nepotism, corruption and strong political interference have affected the image of Slovak public servants for years. The good news is that inside this huge body there are people determined to change it and unafraid to speak their minds.Thu, 10 May 2018 08:57:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822391/blog-meet-the-good-clerks.htmlBlog: Future of retail: technology to accelerate change and the way we shopInteresting insights on how technology accelerates change, transforms the way we shop and shapes the future of retail.Mon, 07 May 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805628/blog-future-of-retail-technology-to-accelerate-change-and-the-way-we-shop.htmlThe rites of springAs a trivial world turns, we lose what cannot be replaced.Fri, 04 May 2018 12:16:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20818739/the-rites-of-spring.htmlBeing a journalist in Slovakia in 2018The murder of Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, prompted journalists to try and explain to the public what their job really means.Thu, 03 May 2018 07:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20816006/being-a-journalist-in-slovakia-in-2018.htmlWho will come to power if the corruption issues dominatePeople who perceive corruption to be high are more willing to take risks at the ballot box.Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:45:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20815672/who-will-come-to-power-if-the-corruption-issues-dominate.htmlTen dead – but it could have been worseMonday’s attack in Toronto was not, as many feared, related to religious or political terrorism.Fri, 27 Apr 2018 13:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20813528/ten-dead-but-it-could-have-been-worse.html