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_emailskHow can artificial intelligence help save the planet?These are the three most possible applications of AI in the battle against climate change.Wed, 09 Oct 2019 12:04:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22232111/how-can-artificial-intelligence-help-save-the-planet.htmlBlog: Digital trends in the hospitality sectorMartin Slivka, Director of Sales and Marketing, Wellness Hotel Patince, takes a closer look at how digital trends are transforming the hospitality sector.Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22208834/blog-digital-trends-in-the-hospitality-sector.htmlBuying timeOne third of jobs in Slovakia are at risk of being lost due to automation.Wed, 02 Oct 2019 20:40:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22227085/buying-time.htmlBy their parking policy shall ye know themWith the city preparing to impose city-wide car parking restrictions, the character of Bratislava is about to change.Tue, 24 Sep 2019 15:05:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22220342/by-their-parking-policy-shall-ye-know-them.htmlWhat’s the cause?Pro-life and pro-climate action marches attracted large but differing numbers last weekend. Why?Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:13:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22219440/protest-climate-strike-pro-life-march-bratislava-september-2019.htmlBlog: Collaboration is the key to everythingAmCham’s Executive Director Ronald Blaško offers his view of Slovakia’s innovation potential in the European and global context, identifying the main obstacles that prevent its full realization.Mon, 23 Sep 2019 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22208822/blog-collaboration-is-the-key-to-everything.htmlGrandparents are the most important audience of the climate strikeWhile older people are the least willing to change their habits, they are also most likely to vote.Sat, 21 Sep 2019 06:16:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22217681/grandparents-are-the-most-important-audience-of-the-climate-strike.htmlRight of reply changes send wrong message on press freedomHow can a government that spends time looking for new ways to harass the press be trusted to secure accountability for the state’s failure to protect journalists?Wed, 18 Sep 2019 20:40:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22215839/right-of-reply-sends-the-wrong-message-on-press-freedom.htmlWhy are they passing a law for politicians instead of protecting journalists?Right of reply was introduced out of the wrong motivation with wrong timing.Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:01:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22215019/right-of-reply-instead-of-protecting-journalists-press-code-balogova.htmlBlog: The innovation imperativeThe time for a radical change is now! Peter Kolesár, Partner, Civitta Slovakia, maps out the necessary steps on the path to an innovative economy, Slovakia's chance to remain competitive and mitigate a looming structural crisis.Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22184618/blog-the-innovation-imperative.htmlWhat are we protecting Europe from?The European Commission does not want to protect us from the sushi that Commissioners have for lunch. They mean migrants.Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:43:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22211776/what-are-we-protecting-europe-from-european-way-of-life-commissioner.htmlAmbassador Brink: A new chapter in our story of freedomSlovakia enjoys an unprecedented era of security, sovereignty, and prosperity with membership in NATO and the EU guaranteeing your hard-won freedoms, new US ambassador to Slovakia wrote.Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:42:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22210843/ambassador-brink-a-new-chapter-in-our-story-of-freedom.htmlWhen bryndza is over… reality sinks inForeigners cannot avoid paying higher kindergarten fees. Where's the justice in that?Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:51:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22208798/when-bryndza-is-over-reality-sinks-in.htmlA proposal to help foreigners in less traditional familiesBut many problems related to foreigners asking for permanent residence left out.Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:38:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22208708/foreigners-in-Slovakia-couples-permanent-residence-proposal.htmlBlog: Looking for firm ground in our turbulent timesRonald Blaško, Executive Director, AmCham Slovakia describes three megatrends resulting from the ongoing 4th industrial revolution which are likely to shape our future.Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22184611/blog-looking-for-firm-ground-in-our-turbulent-times.htmlBlog: Labor code for the 21st centuryPeter Rusiňák, Policy Officer, AmCham Slovakia, explains why Slovakia's Labor Code urgently needs changes reflecting the reality of Industry 4.0 and the effects of digitalization and automated processes.Mon, 02 Sep 2019 12:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22184584/blog-labor-code-for-the-21st-century.htmlDoing the right thingThis week, Slovakia marks 75 years since the Slovak National Uprising. But what was the SNP, and what is its significance?Wed, 28 Aug 2019 09:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22199025/doing-the-right-thing.htmlWhat we have learned this summerDepressingly, it is not just the fashion of the 1990s that is making a comeback in Slovakia.Wed, 21 Aug 2019 08:28:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22194607/what-we-have-learned-this-summer.htmlWhat to ask politicians about drugsSlovak politics has entered a sort of time machine as it debates the meaning of Michal Truban admitting he used drugs in the pastMon, 19 Aug 2019 15:00:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22193334/what-to-ask-politicians-about-drugs.htmlBlog: EU takes timid steps toward a circular economyMonika Junicke from Komerční Banka describes the main challenges complicating the implementation of European Union’s Circular Economy Action Plan.Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22158379/blog-eu-takes-timid-steps-toward-a-circular-economy.htmlAnd the winner goes… into politics?!?What would happen if math Olympic medalists used their bright minds to try to lead local and central state institutions?Tue, 13 Aug 2019 21:26:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22187691/and-the-winner-goes-into-politics.htmlBlog: From farm to fork: Future outlook for the EU agri-food sectorThe EU agri-food sector is likely to undergo dramatic changes in the years to come. David Bielik, Account Executive at Fipra Slovakia, identifies the main challenges and offers various possible developments.Mon, 05 Aug 2019 12:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22158374/blog-from-farm-to-fork-future-outlook-for-the-eu-agri-food-sector.htmlYou can’t win if you don’t loseSocial media has fueled a desire to appear successful at all times.Mon, 05 Aug 2019 07:09:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22182248/you-cant-win-if-you-dont-lose.htmlWhat kind of people actually become politicians?Politicians really are different from the rest of us — and not in a good way.Mon, 29 Jul 2019 06:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22176269/what-kind-of-people-actually-become-politicians.htmlThe door with no handleGetting treated in the Slovak public health care system is never less than an adventure. Some of the surprises are tiresome; many are just odd.Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22174852/getting-treated-in-the-slovak-public-health-care-system.htmlEurope united – strength in unity to face global challengesEurope is getting a fresh start with a new EU Commission and European Parliament.Wed, 24 Jul 2019 15:02:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22174765/europe-united-strength-in-unity-to-face-global-challenges.htmlBattling for a sense of pridePride wants politicians not to abuse LGBTI rights in their campaigns. Fat chance.Wed, 24 Jul 2019 07:32:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22174264/lgbti-in-slovakia-battling-for-a-sense-of-pride.htmlBlog: Slovakia needs crucial reforms to enhance R&DSilvia Hallová, Tax Partner at Grant Thornton Slovakia, explains why Slovakia continues to lag behind in R&D and what can be done to improve it.Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22158339/blog-slovakia-needs-crucial-reforms-to-enhance-rd.htmlEveryone deserves a safe environment free from harrassmentEmbassies support LGBTI Pride Marches around Slovakia.Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:54:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22170527/embassies-support-the-rainbow-pride-joint-statement.htmlWhat about regional disparities in air quality?The European market for dirty diesel will increasingly concentrate on Central and Eastern Europe.Tue, 09 Jul 2019 18:11:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22164343/diesel-cars-germany-central-eastern-europe-air-quality.htmlWhy we didn't want the breakup of CzechoslovakiaImages from the history of the Sme daily: After the 1992 elections.Thu, 04 Jul 2019 10:28:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22160632/why-we-did-not-want-the-breakup-of-czechoslovakia.htmlThree years of courage and freedomThe shared love of freedom, and the shared courage to defend and nurture it, will continue to sustain the relationship between the US and Slovakia for generations to come, US ambassador writes.Thu, 04 Jul 2019 09:29:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22160633/three-years-of-courage-and-freedom-oped-sterling.htmlVisegrad won nothing, only helped Orbán flex his muscleThe region has not managed to win any key EU post.Wed, 03 Jul 2019 23:04:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22159984/visegrad-won-nothing-only-helped-orban-flex-his-muscle.htmlBlog: Slovakia through the European lensesHead of Economic Analyses Section at EC Representation shares interesting insights from the 2019 edition of EC’s Country Report on Slovakia and highlights the priorities of EU’s upcoming budgeting period.Tue, 02 Jul 2019 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22158261/blog-slovakia-through-the-european-lenses.htmlIn praise of the jedáleňSome level of disbelief greets my reports that Slovaks typically dine out on a hearty two-course meal every weekday lunchtime.Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:54:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22153801/in-praise-of-the-jedalen.htmlGeneral Ripper might be rightTrump provides another apex example of life imitating art.Fri, 21 Jun 2019 13:48:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22151025/trump-provides-another-apex-example-of-life-imitating-art-iraq.htmlČaputová says "inhabitants". What does that say about her?Politicians set the tone of the conversation for good or for worse.Wed, 19 Jun 2019 14:30:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22149243/caputova-says-inhabitants-what-does-that-say-about-her.htmlČaputová is green, and none the worse for thatSlovakia’s new president confirms in her inaugural address that she’ll focus on the environment.Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:02:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22146114/caputova-is-green-and-none-the-worse-for-that.htmlMost of us want the best possible SlovakiaRead the full inauguration speech of Slovakia’s fifth president, Zuzana Čaputová.Sat, 15 Jun 2019 12:28:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22145941/inauguration-speech-of-president-zuzana-caputova.htmlWhy politics resemble Game of ThronesPeople don’t trust the media they consume, consume it anyway, are unwilling to pay for something better.Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:26:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22145427/digital-news-report-slovaks-do-not-trust-media.html