rss_title 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 +0200 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 +0200 Underground economy flourishes in the queuesA foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:40:00 +0200 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 +0200 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 +0200 Tuesday is better than FridayA foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:30:00 +0200 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 +0200 Find the last personA foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +0200 What I know about "the list"A foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:35:26 +0200 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 +0200án 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 +0200 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 +0200 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 +0200 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 +0200 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 +0200 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 +0200 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 +0200 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 +0200 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 +0200 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 +0100 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 +0100 cannot cure cancerThere is corruption in the highest places after all, general prosecutor admits.Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:31:09 +0100 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 +0100 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 +0100 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 +0100 account long overdueScrapping the Mečiar amnesties would go some way towards restoring trust in the system.Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:54:06 +0100 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 +0100 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 +0100 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 +0100 praise of concreteIt was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:35:00 +0100 shallow waters, experts are expendableMihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:35:52 +0100 exit from the EU will not weaken our linksThe UK has no intention of undermining the stability of the EU, nor do we want to become more distant to our European neighbours, including those here in Slovakia, the ambassador writes.Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0100 passion for truth we will enter a dark eraFake news opens the door to power for populists and fascists.Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:53:41 +0100 is the real populist?There are two essential elements to defining a populist. In other words, true populists meet both criteria.Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:55:53 +0100 A potter from Potters' StreetIgor Macák has been practicing his trade for almost three decades. While, many of his colleagues gave up the trade long ago, others moved into creating a more commercial type of ceramic for interior design.Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:55:00 +0100 is not the monster you are looking forSlovaks should know better than to trifle with religious freedoms, given their history of totalitarian regimes that have divided citizens into ‘worse’ and ‘better’ categories based on their religious beliefs.Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:08:12 +0100á spoke out even when they refused to listenSlovakia needs someone who will not bend the definition of human rights depending on whom Robert Fico or Richard Sulík want to please.Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:34:38 +0100 to defeat populism?The recipe for defeating the emotionally driven, but empty, populism now trending in Europe is the same as it has always been: Offer a better idea, actually believe it is better, and then take the time to explain to people why it is.Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:30:00 +0100 again; and not this time eitherHolocaust anniversary assumes troubling relevance at this moment of political upheaval.Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:53:57 +0100 to celebrate?Religious upheaval, violent revolution or the power of peaceful protest? Take your pick: 2017 offers the opportunity to remember them all.Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:55:00 +0100 step forward, two steps backRoma patrols were one of the few examples that brought actual results for the minority and the majority. But at some point the project was allowed to drown during the change in governments.Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:18:14 +0100 shame, Mr GašparPolice president's signature on uncivilized petition signals new low for nation's leadershipTue, 24 Jan 2017 15:56:57 +0100 Bratislava goes post-industrialThe nickname 'Manchester' was sometimes used to describe Bratislava by the late 19th and early 20th century because of its rapidly booming industry.Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:45:00 +0100 back at the Obama presidencyIn spite of accomplishments, many challenges remain.Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:30:00 +0100 How/where are you, doctor?Not only higher salaries motivate doctors to move abroad. Many are pushed away by the mentality in the Slovak healthcare where being an active and progressive doctor is not always welcome.Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +0100 corruption, no problemThe interior minister says there is no corruption in the highest places in Slovakia. How could citizens not feel offended by his words?Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:20:35 +0100 Kaliňák loses his job but keeps his 1990-style haircutIt would be a shame to start the New Year with an entirely negative outlook, so here are some positive predictions.Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:01:48 +0100 to find out what worries us?To see what worries Americans the most, look at how they interpret images from Europe, and vice versa.Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:49:54 +0100 wishes in complicated timesThe rage, the disappointment and the fear linger. How are we to cope with them in the new year?Thu, 22 Dec 2016 07:50:00 +0100 Where is the TV camera?With Christmas fast approaching, the inflation of charitable events has been taking over Slovakia. Yes, it’s that time of the year when I wish people noticed that children’s hospitals have more wards than the “oncology” one.Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:20:00 +0100 is out of ideasWith Slovaks concerned about other, real things, Fico has set about inventing fake problems and enemies.Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:30:00 +0100 is revolting, againWith much of Europe in a funk, Austrian voters’ choice of a civilized candidate for president on December 4 gives some grounds for hope, at the end of what has been a wretched year.Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:10:00 +0100 Exploring socialist housing estatesPetržalka, one of the largest prefabricated housing estate areas in Central Europe, became a legend.Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:10:00 +0100 do not need gala events to make a good name for SlovakiaWe need to work to be exemplar and excellent, we must become an exemplary country, clearly anchored in values, with clear rules, a community faithful to justice and lawfulness, a paranoia-free society.Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:10:00 +0100 looking the other wayWere all these controversies worth it for Lajčák, a man who could have made a career in any top diplomatic body in Europe and beyond, and need never have sullied himself with party politics?Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:35:00 +0100 vulgar Slovak rulesPM Fico’s “prostitutes” was intended to demoralize progressive part of countryTue, 29 Nov 2016 09:55:00 +0100 I Am Because We AreToday, Slovaks have a lot more power than they had at any other point in history. Perhaps the time has come to look at corruption differently and stop seeing it as something we are passive victims of?Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0100 lyricist wants to oust Czech President Zeman from the CastleThere are many similarities between the Czech presidential candidate Michal Horáček and Slovak President Andrej Kiska.Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:35:00 +0100 is comingAmerica elects Donald Trump, Slovakia’s top sportswoman endorses quack medicine, and the king of ‘New Age conspiracism’ is to visit Bratislava. Are we nearing the end times?Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:35:00 +0100 prostitution in a post-truth eraNobody is asking for any profound mutual love between the prime minister and the media. In fact, there is no room in this relationship for any kind of passion; love would be just as dangerous as the hate that burst out at Wednesday’s press conference.Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:37:15 +0100 The battle of stories: East versus WestIf Slovakia is to present itself on a global stage, it must learn to communicate its story to people who know nothing about our country.Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:45:00 +0100 bubble, your bubble, our bubbleLike in the pre-1989 times, people seem to have returned to their bubbles, seeking a safe place to share their real thoughts and leave the world outside.Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:25:00 +0100 Pressburg, Pozsony or Post-communism - what is Bratislava?The story of Bratislava is peculiar, but not because of our history connected to Austria-Hungarian empire and Habsburgs but because Bratislava can amaze visitors by its growth and changes it experienced during 20th century.Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:10:00 +0100 hopesTrump is the symbol of a loss of trust in institutions. The fact that he will now sit at the helm of one of the most powerful institutions in the world is a sad paradox.Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:54:34 +0100’s embarrassing Trump clubBoth government and opposition leaders channel support for billionaire American xenophobeWed, 09 Nov 2016 12:45:37 +0100 is America's realityAmerica has nothing to celebrate today, they elected the parody of the American dream.Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:41:32 +0100 Trump means for SlovakiaThe vitriolic rhetoric that Donald Trump and his like have been engaging in over the past months is not going to go away once the election booths close, regardless of the result.Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:00:00 +0100 to recalibrate?The idea that Slovakia is not a rich country is deeply ingrained in the Slovak psyche. But is it true?Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:10:00 +0200 Panama, Slovak styleEven if Žitňanská’s law were to cut the plundering by just by a small fraction, we are still talking about some tens of millions of euros.Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:55:00 +0200 Na Slovensku po slovenskySlovaks are a small nation, international languages are a currency they must acquire.Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:30:00 +0200 Global markets at our doorstepIn Slovakia, entrepreneurialism is still stigmatized. Historical legacies frame the entrepreneur as a parasite. Forever greedy, the speculative business owner takes, rather than gives to a vulnerable society.Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:30:00 +0200 Bratislava be a "24-hour city"?There is good reason for the Slovak capital to think about nightlife as a legitimate contributor to the economic and cultural health of the city.Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:45:00 +0200 Na zdravie!To have alcohol producers among the sponsors of a health conference organised by the Health Ministry is a faux pas, as the French would say (with or without a glass of champagne in hand).Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:03:43 +0200 Don’t call me an Eastern European!What to do with our ‘Eastern Europe’ label? Keep it or ditch it?Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:25:00 +0200áč passes, but his struggle continuesIf we think the ways of the 1990s are behind us we are mistaken.Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:57:31 +0200 end of a newspaperThe downing of Népszabadság is another blow for media freedom in Hungary, where things that are incompatible with democracy have been happening for a long time.Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:44:50 +0200 Kováč chose courageHe said no in the times when it was easier to say yes to the machinery of mečiarism.Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:33:53 +0200 to medicines: Solutions may not lie where you thinkAccess to healthcare is a fundamental right and yet it is being denied to some EU citizens on an almost daily basis across the bloc.Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:35:00 +0200 directionThe beginning of the end: Even Smer’s greatest strategic asset, unity, is splintered as MEPs openly criticise the party’s direction — or lack thereof.Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +0200čák a relevant UN candidate with little chanceThe only thing that Fico could have done for Lajčák in Kremlin is the promise that Russia will not veto him.Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:59:12 +0200 circlesAs the ruling party sheds a senior member, the question of what it stands for remains unanswered.Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:24:41 +0200 International Migration: A Driver of Human Evolution?From departure to return, we are witnessing the birth of new global Slovakia. One Slovak at a time.Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:30:00 +0200 Another day with empty streetsI arrived in Slovakia on January 6, 2000, after a whole night spent in the famous “Dacia” express train from Bucharest to Vienna. The streets were quite empty and most shops were closed.Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:25:00 +0200 are the last defenders of Europe?The European dream has always been most threatened by politicians who got stuck halfway from autocracy to democracy.Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:00:00 +0200 there is to know about goodbye sexIn Slovak, ‘goodbye sex’ is now what a client-turned-employee of a drug rehabilitation centre does to a 14-year-old girl in his care.Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:43:18 +0200 instead of protectionThe suspicions of sexual and mental abuse suggest this was not an isolated case.Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:40:00 +0200 in SlovakiaWhite majority remains indifferent to horrific experiences of non-white visitors.Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +0200 ‘The Kiss Of Judas’: Will the heart of Europe be sacrificed once more?Slovakia has been recently tipped off as a country to watch by George Friedman, a geopolitical forecaster.Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:42:25 +0200 a black hole - againIt gives no one who loves this country any pleasure to see a Slovak leader lumped together with bug-eyed bigots like Wilders and Trump.Wed, 07 Sep 2016 07:15:11 +0200 are still friends after BrexitThe UK will continue to work with its partners overseas to tackle the most important issues of the day.Tue, 06 Sep 2016 06:30:00 +0200 sort of statemanshipPoliticians from Central Europe led opposition to the quota policy, which was approved at the European Union level, and now like to point to its failure as proof of their own wisdom. In fact their refusal to implement the plan sabotaged it before it began.Sat, 03 Sep 2016 17:00:24 +0200 to nowhere?Bratislava should be a great place to cycle around, and maybe one day it will be. But for now, there are still a few obstacles for the urban cyclist.Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:15:00 +0200 not to celebrate the SNPThere had been a lot of talk about increased focus on preventing extremism when the current ruling coalition was put together.Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:25:08 +0200 1944 thousands of people made a heroic gesture. And today?The Slovak National Uprising was successful morally rather than in military terms. People understood that in a certain moment one can no longer just watch and wait for a satisfactory resolution, that others will do it for us.Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:21:25 +0200 Slovakia is not easyCanadian diplomat leaves Slovakia after five years, sums up her impressions.Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:05:00 +0200 was a significant moment in historyThe story of US-Slovak military cooperation began with the Slovak National Uprising.Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:30:00 +0200 Slniečkars from all Slovakia, unite!“How do you translate slniečkar in English?” I ask my Slovak colleague. “Ha! I don’t know what it exactly means in Slovak either.”Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:30:00 +0200’s problemWhile Slovak politics do not match this larger model exactly, the current apolitical government certainly does and the recent collapse of Sieť is playing into the trend, while fuelling anger at politics generally.Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:30:00 +0200 Can small Slovak NGOs help solving global challenges?A small gesture in the beginning can have a huge impact in the end, especially when workshops and educative tools are used on a weekly basis.Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:30:00 +0200 from SieťParty's breakup offers textbook example of how not to do things.Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:30:50 +0200