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_emailskProtest is worthwhile, but only as an initial tactic“Get rid of Fico” must become “Replace Fico with X”.Fri, 11 Jan 2019 18:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22026726/protest-is-worthwhile-but-only-as-an-initial-tactic.htmlBlog: Don't resolve to keep your kid thin in 2019New Year's resolutions are often about healthy habits - but the right reason for trying to keep them makes all the difference, especially for our kids.Mon, 07 Jan 2019 19:15:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22021061/blog-dont-resolve-to-keep-your-kid-thin-in-2019.htmlThe importance of finding the best in othersHow we think of each other is the greatest difference between Slovakia and Canada.Mon, 07 Jan 2019 07:32:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22022435/the-importance-of-finding-the-best-in-others.htmlPoliticians will not make our decisions for usOur power to influence the new year go far beyond applause and booing.Wed, 02 Jan 2019 14:07:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22019051/politicians-will-not-make-our-decisions-for-us.htmlBlog: If we do not lift ourselves, who will?In 2019, we should stop yelling at each other and possibly even enjoy each other's company.Mon, 31 Dec 2018 12:42:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22018496/blog-if-we-do-not-lift-ourselves-who-will.html2019: Kaliňák gets a haircut and runs for presidentApple buys Tesla and Corbyn wins the election in the UK. Some predictions for 2019.Sun, 30 Dec 2018 19:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22018272/2019-kalinak-gets-a-haircut-and-runs-for-president.htmlBlog: And what a year it wasIt is this closed-circle mentality that is the biggest challenge in Slovakia and the question of how much the events of this year have pushed for more openness is the most difficult one.Thu, 27 Dec 2018 07:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22012245/blog-and-what-a-year-it-was.htmlTragedy, but not despairFebruary witnessed a dismal first for Slovakia, but the public did not lose hope in 2018.Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22012164/tragedy-but-not-despair.htmlA different kind of courageA Slovak in the New World, an outdoorsman with scars to prove it, it was his first love that still made him weep.Wed, 19 Dec 2018 06:50:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22011002/a-different-kind-of-courage.htmlEverybody wants to be home for Christmas, even migrantsFlight and train tickets are hopelessly sold out by now. But what about those who cannot make it?Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:26:17 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22011299/everybody-wants-to-be-home-for-christmas-even-migrants.htmlBlog: Public procurement needs to be not only efficient but also transparentMichal Krčméry, AmCham’s Director of Government Affairs, explains the impact of the new Public Procurement Act on SMEs and points out why these changes bring less transparency into the public procurement process.Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22000205/blog-public-procurement-needs-to-be-not-only-efficient-but-also-transparent.htmlBlog: Life is easier in SlovakiaThat is why I am here, says a Polish woman living in Bratislava.Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22008603/blog-life-is-easier-in-slovakia.htmlThe UK must hold a general election or another Brexit referendumThere is no other way out of these absurd Brexit negotiations.Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:23:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22009326/the-uk-must-hold-a-general-election-or-another-brexit-referendum.htmlShared Service Centres are an important pillar of the Slovak economyLocal sector leaders have to constantly fight to keep their branches globally cost competitive, always deliver service to their customers at the requested quality and embrace new technologies.Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:27:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22006808/shared-service-centres-are-an-important-pillar-of-the-slovak-economy.htmlFinding meaning in the Gorila audioEven though it won’t lead to charges, new evidence will make political choices starker.Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:00:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22004862/finding-meaning-in-the-gorila-audio.htmlEmbassies welcome recent convictions in some high-level corruption casesThey can strengthen public trust in state institutions and in democratic government, embassies claim in a joint statement.Sun, 09 Dec 2018 10:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22003458/embassies-welcome-recent-convictions-in-some-high-level-corruption-cases.htmlThe world cannot afford cheap petrolThe fuel tax was the first thing that Macron sacrificed in an attempt to calm protests.Sat, 08 Dec 2018 09:13:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22003624/the-world-cannot-afford-cheap-petrol.htmlBlog: Taking responsibility for our work...Monika Filipová describes the numerous challenges civil servants in Slovakia have to face and explains what fueled her desire to change things from the inside through the Good Civil Servant initiative.Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22000184/blog-taking-responsibility-for-our-work.htmlWe are sorry about Babiš. We aren't all like himWhat has 2018 been like for Slovakia and the Czech Republic? Poor.Mon, 03 Dec 2018 13:12:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20975922/we-are-sorry-for-babis-we-arent-all-like-him.htmlCar industry presents a clear warning of an economic downturnIt sure seems like there is plenty for the G20 to talk about.Sun, 02 Dec 2018 19:25:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20974270/no-industry-presents-clearer-warning-of-an-economic-downturn-as-automobiles.htmlOn the borders of schizophreniaThe debate over migration has reached an absurd new level.Wed, 28 Nov 2018 09:17:57 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20972056/on-the-borders-of-schizophrenia.htmlFrom Slovakia to the streets of KenyaThe feature I didn't write, though it deserved to be.Tue, 27 Nov 2018 17:07:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20970206/by-losing-his-life-has-he-found-it.htmlA great SlovakAnna Jurová, one of the most fascinating Slovak social scientists I have ever met and talked to in this country, died on November 13.Mon, 26 Nov 2018 00:10:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20967618/a-great-slovak.htmlWhat does Lajčák really believe in?The time to speak up was in 2015 and 2016. Lajčák didn’t, because it wasn’t career-friendly.Fri, 23 Nov 2018 16:07:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20968809/what-does-lajcak-really-believe-in.htmlEurope might not be just an innocent victimWhile real estate bubbles in the US, Greece and Spain were partial causes of global crisis, irresponsible lending was also rife in places you hear little about.Mon, 19 Nov 2018 11:05:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20964095/europe-might-not-be-just-an-innocent-victim.htmlHow to elect your mayorWhen you live in a small village, you don't care about Bratislava. At home, everything is at stake.Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962466/municipal-elections-in-Slovak-village.htmlHome (for a rest)Returning from exile is a fine thing, but no one talks about how exhausting it is.Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20964093/home-for-a-rest.htmlThe courage to fight for democracyAuthoritarian societies squander the possibilities of human achievement, of lives lived to their fullest, writes the US ambassador to Slovakia.Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20963168/the-courage-to-fight-for-democracy.htmlWhat we didn't know about our freedomIn 1989, we thought that once the job was done, we would only go out to the squares for Sunday walks.Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:51:08 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20963217/what-we-didnt-know-about-our-freedom.htmlFico sticks with his old-style politicsOnly the former PM knows whether the inspiration for his latest stunt was the success of the For A Decent Slovakia-supported candidates in the municipal elections.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:30:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962504/big-cities-chose-new-way-of-doing-politics.htmlWe refuse Fico's attacks against journalistsMore than 520 journalists have signed a statement condemning the most recent verbal attacks of the former prime minister against journalists.Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:50:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20961312/we-refuse-ficos-attacks-against-journalists.htmlWhy do they let nobodies lead key EU institutions?Quite a lot of the conventional wisdom about the European Union is simply wrong, yet political leaders across the continent continue to reinforce the public’s worst impressions.Fri, 09 Nov 2018 12:54:26 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20956952/why-do-they-let-nobodies-lead-key-eu-institutions.htmlSigns of life on Day of the DeadSalmon were once a hundred times more populous on Canada’s Western coast.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 06:32:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20953617/signs-of-life-on-day-of-the-dead.htmlThe sinking Trump ship could drag the rest of the world down with itOnce association with Donald Trump is proven to be a risk for reelection rather than an asset, it is the beginning of his end.Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:21:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20953241/the-sinking-trump-ship-could-drag-the-rest-of-the-world-down-with-it.htmlBlog: It took me half a year to get used to haluškyHow do you regonise the moment when a foreign country becomes your home? Billy Altansukh, a Mongolian who now calls Slovakia home, describes it in this podcast.Fri, 02 Nov 2018 13:50:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20949372/blog-it-took-me-half-a-year-to-get-used-to-halusky.htmlSmother impunity before it can breatheThe IPI Executive Board chose to meet here, in Bratislava, to raise its collective voice to demand justice for Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová.Thu, 01 Nov 2018 21:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20948765/smother-impunity-before-it-can-breathe.htmlThe Canada I looked forward to no longer existsThere was something in the vet’s bedside manner that evoked in me a longing for the doctor I longed for.Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:09:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20948774/the-canada-i-looked-forward-to-no-longer-exists.htmlWhat would Štefánik say?In just 100 years, Slovaks went from being a largely illiterate people with little political consciousness to a nation ready to take to the streets to defend democracy.Sun, 28 Oct 2018 05:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946515/what-would-stefanik-say.htmlIcelandic musicians named their songs after GPS coordinates. Where do they lead?Slovak journalist followed the Route One by Sigur Rós to find out.Mon, 22 Oct 2018 23:31:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20943961/in-iceland-you-can-chase-a-reindeer-to-the-end-of-the-earth.htmlOur tax rules are stuck in the 20th centuryWeb giants have taken advantage of our failure to act.Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:40:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20943534/our-tax-rules-are-stuck-in-the-20th-century.html