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_emailskBrexit is a new chapter, not an endWe hope that the deal the UK is offering will be reciprocated for Britons living in Slovakia, who have also made important contributions.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20569369/brexit-is-a-new-chapter-not-an-end.htmlThe politics of a police shootingCynicism bred by a generation of injustice leads us to mistrust even a routine police action.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:31:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565122/the-politics-of-a-police-shooting.htmlWhy (not) Rezník?The top job at RTVS is too important to hand to a deeply compromised candidate.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:46:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564686/why-not-reznik.htmlIs democracy losing support?The sense of crisis is felt in established democracies, developing democracies and even authoritarian regimes feel like like they are becoming more authoritarian.Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20561924/is-democracy-losing-support.htmlBlog: Millennials through the eyes of leadersWhat motivates millennials and what are their strengths and weaknesses?Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20561938/blog-millennials-through-the-eyes-of-leaders.htmlDo we really want vaccination from hope?Maybe the country would benefit from a dose of youthful enthusiasm.Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:30:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559917/do-we-really-want-vaccination-from-hope.htmlFootprints of Swiss Contributions in SlovakiaThe Stratená settlement may seem lost in the vast forest of the Slovak Paradise. But its mayor had a clear vision, to bring more tourists, and more jobs. His vision received the support from the Swiss-Slovak Cooperation Programme as one of the almost 60 such projects over the past 10 years.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20550794/footprints-of-swiss-contributions-in-slovakia.htmlWhat connects Americans and SlovaksThe USA and Slovakia face similar challenges, and when they tackle them together they can be more effective.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20551775/what-connects-americans-and-slovaks.htmlWhy young people haven't changed the worldToday’s young people can make a lot of noise, but on their own they just don’t have big enough numbers to drive changes.Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:46:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20556740/why-young-people-havent-changed-the-world.htmlOne more reason not to smokeSmoking caused 7 million deaths last year. That means cigarettes kill people at a rate about twice as fast as the First World War.Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:32:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20551764/one-more-reason-not-to-smoke.htmlBlog: Machines can understand the emotion of Slovak languageWhy is it so important for people, especially those representing the communication sector, that search engines or machines understand the emotions hidden within words?Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20504565/blog-machines-can-understand-the-emotion-of-slovak-language.htmlBlog: A generation after the Iron CurtainThe secret engine behind Slovakia’s remarkable success, of transitioning from an idea to a world-class country and from communism to democracy in a blink of an eye, are her outstanding people.Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:55:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20547757/blog-a-generation-after-the-iron-curtain.htmlWho wants to live forever?Around three quarters of doctors and nurses find it difficult to talk about death with their patients.Fri, 02 Jun 2017 08:15:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20546506/who-wants-to-live-forever.htmlWhen will we learn?Only when the institutions that report on and interpret the nation’s collective memory are free from political interference can the country come to terms with its past.Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:50:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20548271/when-will-we-learn.htmlWhy the war between Facebook and Brussels is inevitableThe first shot has been fired in the regulation war that will shape the future of Europe.Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:53:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20547592/why-the-war-between-facebook-and-brussels-is-inevitable.htmlAmnesties have been scrapped, will the kidnappers be punished?Courts still might rule the guilty innocent.Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:22:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20547078/amnesties-have-been-scrapped-will-the-kidnappers-be-punished.htmlKotleba should be defeated in election, not bannedMore constitutional can be less democratic, and it is not clear that it always has the intended result. Perhaps the clearest historical case came with the rise of the Nazis in Germany.Mon, 29 May 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20545018/kotleba-should-be-defeated-in-election-not-banned.htmlBlog: 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.html