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_emailskWhat Slovakia could teach BritainAs the Brexit process lumbers on, the British seem disinclined to take heed of anyone’s views. But Slovakia could offer some advice – and even solace.Sat, 23 Mar 2019 17:10:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22082258/brexit-britain-slovakia-brits-advice.htmlVelvet Revolution: Few expected a smooth and non-violent transfer of power in the countryImages from the history of the Sme daily: The RevolutionThu, 21 Mar 2019 10:29:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22078738/alexej-fulmek-book-sme-daily-velvet-revolution-1989.htmlBlog: Open those windows, pleaseIt can bring about some real changes.Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:59:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22080052/open-those-windows-please.htmlBlog: Join the success story of your favorite local brandCrowd investing - a lesser known path to sources of capital which offers regional businesses the necessary foundation for international growth and innovation.Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22046231/blog-join-the-success-story-of-your-favorite-local-brand.htmlPresidential election: What will the Čaputová vs. Šefčovič duel look like?Votes for the extreme are alarming.Sun, 17 Mar 2019 10:27:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22077177/presidential-election-sefcovic-caputova-second-round-campaign-outlook.htmlA vote for Čaputová and against SmerExtremists are out of the game, but we’re not safe from hearing their ideas.Sun, 17 Mar 2019 10:09:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22077139/presidential-election-caputova-smer-protest-vote.htmlBlog: 10 things I do not miss about AmericaI experienced an interesting liberation from some aspects of American society that I became accustomed to.Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:19:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22075102/andrea-sadlonova-10-things-america.htmlPresidential election: The Church could not have sent a clearer messageEvery five years, Slovakia’s politicians miraculously discover their spiritual side.Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:20:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22073848/presidential-election-catholic-church-campaign.htmlDefense cooperation: Stronger togetherAny agreements will be truly bilateral in nature, and any facilities that receive upgrades will remain sovereign Slovak government property, the US ambassador writes.Sun, 10 Mar 2019 09:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22070179/us-embassy-defence-cooperation.htmlCentral Europe has a branding problemČaputová winning would be a great story, but the odds are it will hardly register internationally.Fri, 08 Mar 2019 19:50:44 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22070626/central-europe-has-a-branding-problem.htmlSmer is leading a proxy campaignBut Čaputová is not Kiska.Thu, 07 Mar 2019 19:03:28 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22069792/smer-is-leading-a-proxy-campaign.htmlEPP should expel OrbánThe EPP argument that the party does not want to punish the Hungarian people simply won’t stand.Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:43:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22068425/why-would-epp-carry-orban-baggage.htmlBlog: How to avoid widening regional differences?Rastislav Trnka, President of the Košice Self-governing Region, addresses the problems associated with the brain drain phenomenon and offers some examples of policy measures introduced in Košice.Mon, 04 Mar 2019 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22046220/blog-how-to-avoid-widening-regional-differences.htmlTo be young in the 1980s. We were a generation of apolitical rebelsImages from the history of the Sme daily: The EightiesThu, 28 Feb 2019 10:27:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22059705/alexej-fulmek-book-sme-daily-eighties.htmlDigital literacy is becoming necessary for most jobsWorking in Slovakia: Situation on the market favours jobseekers, but employers expect them to be ready to learn.Wed, 27 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22057558/working-in-slovakia-requirements-employees-digital-literacy-language-skills.htmlGrandparents have a bigger problem than millenialsOlder people are increasingly likely to use social media daily. They are also less likely to know where their news is coming from.Tue, 26 Feb 2019 19:54:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22059905/grandparents-have-a-bigger-problem-than-millenials.htmlLooking presidentialThe imminence of a presidential election can mean only one thing: the season of cliché and dog-whistles is upon us.Mon, 25 Feb 2019 18:02:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22059911/looking-presidential.htmlBlog: Slovakia would be perfect if only the tortillas were betterPeople back in their home countries see Slovakia through their eyes of foreigners living in Slovakia.Sun, 24 Feb 2019 18:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22059672/foreigners-in-slovakia-mexicans-bratislava-migrants.htmlJournalists one year after the murder: We will not forgetMore than 480 journalists have signed the statement issued exactly one year after the murder of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová.Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22057275/message-from-journalists-we-wont-forget.htmlThe murder of journalist changed Slovakia, but not all of itThere are still people who continue as if it’s business as usual.Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:26:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22057364/kuciak-murder-one-year-fico-journalists.htmlBlog: Feeling at homeSearching for a flat in Bratislava, I was told things I did not expect to hear in 2019 anymore.Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:56:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22057373/bratislava-foreigners-renting-apartment.htmlWhat are the best employee benefits? Ask your employeesSalaries and a good company atmosphere, not benefits, keep people loyal.Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:02:21 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22057548/working-in-slovakia-employee-benefits-changes.htmlBrexit: Fulfilling the wishes of the deadIt is supposed to be honourable to respect the last wishes of the deceased. But is it also reasonable to sacrifice the life perspectives of those remaining?Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:34:55 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22056540/brexit-statistics-remain-leave-lessons.htmlBlog: Regional development as the key to unlock regional potentialA practical overview of the variety of measures, schemes and instruments supporting regional development and the recent changes to the legislative framework.Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22046195/blog-regional-development-as-the-key-to-unlock-regional-potential.htmlThe moment that changed my perception of the mediaOne flew over the newsprint: Images from the history of the Sme dailyThu, 14 Feb 2019 17:02:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22053273/alexej-fulmek-book-prologue.htmlMedia zombies are soft on the powerfulPoliticians again shelter themselves with sinful press code amendment.Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:39:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22051440/press-code-amendment-media-freedom-criticism.htmlFico tears his dignity into pieces during live broadcastThe ex-prime minister is dragging his party into a political sink.Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:43:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22051875/fico-tears-his-dignity-into-pieces-during-live-broadcast.htmlThe “commoner’s” Central Europe is hollowWe have inherited the Habsburg’s conservative worldview along with their hot desserts.Tue, 05 Feb 2019 19:55:54 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22044974/the-commoners-central-europe-is-hollow.htmlMessage to Angela Merkel: Europe can save the worldBut Germany and France must take the lead.Tue, 05 Feb 2019 08:48:48 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22044981/message-to-angela-merkel-europe-can-save-the-world.htmlBlog: The regions need to redefine the way Slovakia is governedAnton Marcinčin shares his opinions on regional policies as well as life in the regions drawing from his experience as the Government Plenipotentiary for Underdeveloped Regions.Mon, 04 Feb 2019 12:15:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22042500/the-regions-need-to-redefine-the-way-slovakia-is-governed.htmlSlovakia’s conflicts are insoluble, while there are no adults to own themConflict solution is a skill that can be applied to both personal and civilizational problems.Sun, 03 Feb 2019 12:01:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22044284/slovakias-conflicts-are-insoluble-while-there-are-no-adults-to-own-them.htmlBrexit has bolstered public support for the EUIreland, the smaller country, now negotiates from a position of strength — because of EU membership.Fri, 01 Feb 2019 17:13:57 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22043486/brexit-has-bolstered-public-support-for-the-eu.htmlBlog: “Who” instead of “where”Why is it that only third-country nationals have to undergo a check for communicable diseases when Slovaks returning from holidays can bring back viruses and bacteria?Thu, 31 Jan 2019 09:13:48 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22041404/who-instead-of-where.htmlPublishers: The amendment to the Press Code displays Smer’s egoismThe Slovak Press Publishers’ Association has taken a critical stance towards the Press Code proposal, trying to reintroduce the right of reply for politicians.Mon, 28 Jan 2019 13:53:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22039489/publishers-the-amendment-to-the-press-code-displays-smers-egoism.htmlBlog: At first, Bratislava was a city I never wanted to live inBefore coming to Slovakia, adventurer Jekaterina Nikolajenko lived in Portugal, guiding tourists around the Porto wine cellars.Fri, 25 Jan 2019 08:35:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22036493/blog-podcast-bratislava-latvian-migrant.htmlToo cool for school?Fico seems to think the rules don’t apply to him. But he wants to judge everyone else.Thu, 24 Jan 2019 07:47:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22036476/too-cool-for-school.htmlWake up, Slovakia!It is time to stop public information from being effectively hidden from public view.Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:36:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22035043/wake-up-slovakia.htmlTheresa May at least has the courage to tryMay keeps her job because nobody else is capable, or willing, to take on the impossible task of Brexit.Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:04:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22032312/theresa-may-at-least-has-the-courage-to-try.html‘All his own work’To preserve their credibility, real academics must call out plagiarism.Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:50:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22031956/all-his-own-work.htmlHome is where the music makes senseWe may share poverty, but never the songs that make us shiver.Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:55:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22030427/home-is-where-the-music-makes-sense.html