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_emailskHome (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.htmlMarijuana is legal and I've got a new roofThanks to legalisation, the price of illegally-grown marijuana has tumbled, and my friends had lost their incomes.Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:02:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20943025/marijuana-is-legal-and-ive-got-a-new-roof.htmlCanada did it, so should everybody elseThe burden of proof must now shift to those who oppose legalisation of marijuana.Fri, 19 Oct 2018 18:33:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20941976/canada-did-it-so-should-everybody-else.htmlAll for Jan: The year of magical thinking in SlovakiaOrbán used Soros as a powerful container for everything he stood against. Fico borrowed the ready-made narrative.Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:45:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20941311/all-for-jan-magical-thinking-slovakia-2018.htmlBlog: Beyond “The Invisible”Journalist Anca Dragu urges foreigners to make politicians care by casting their votes in the upcoming municipal elections on November 10.Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20938872/blog-beyond-the-invisible.htmlWe protect ourselves from chemical and digital attacksCalling out perpetrators of cyber-attacks is an important first step, but we must go further, writes British Minister for Europe.Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:42:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20940009/we-protect-ourselves-from-chemical-and-digital-attacks.htmlThe silo effectThere is still diversity in the folly on display on Facebook, even among ‘friends’ who aren’t overtly racist, crude or stupid.Tue, 16 Oct 2018 08:15:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20938437/social-networks-facebook-silo-effect.htmlThe courage to be free lives onMemories from a Tour of Slovakia.Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:30:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20937881/the-courage-to-be-free-lives-on.htmlWhy nationalists cannot have a policy for global warmingThe dynamic that emerges looks almost exactly like a classic problem in game theory.Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:30:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20936316/why-nationalists-cannot-have-a-policy-for-global-warming.htmlThe Spitzenkandidat process is nonsensical and dishonestElecting at least some MEPs on a cross-border basis, for example, would force candidates to articulate a vision for Europe, rather than count on preexisting party loyalties, to get elected.Fri, 05 Oct 2018 19:59:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20930753/the-spitzenkandidat-process-is-nonsensical-and-dishonest.htmlBlog: Slovakia is a country of womenThey rule the country behind the scenes, says Anca Dragu, a Romanian journalist living in Bratislava.Fri, 05 Oct 2018 07:20:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20929022/blog-slovakia-is-a-country-of-women.htmlWill we learn from our collective failure?Kuciak’s last, unfinished, story is not dead. Robert Fico has forgotten this, but we should not.Thu, 04 Oct 2018 11:23:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20929297/when-will-we-learn.htmlCyber incidents and attacks threaten our modern economiesWhile Slovakia is yet to experience a full-scale cyber incident, we are not and will not be immune to them, writes the executive director of AmCham Slovakia.Wed, 03 Oct 2018 15:57:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20928803/cyber-incidents-and-attacks-threaten-our-modern-economies.htmlJudges are more powerful than ever beforeThe current Supreme Court battle in the US is a display of politics corrupting judicial independence, but it also shows how democracies are changing.Sun, 30 Sep 2018 09:02:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20925105/judges-are-more-powerful-than-ever-before.htmlThis is a test of how the state worksIn the investigation of the murder of journalist, much more is at stake than just the good name of the police.Thu, 27 Sep 2018 13:32:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20924148/this-is-a-test-of-how-the-state-works.htmlNews isn’t negative because journalists are cynicalThe problem is caused by the demand side.Sun, 23 Sep 2018 09:09:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20920327/news-isnt-negative-because-journalists-are-cynical.htmlBlog: No bubble on Slovak or Czech residential real estate marketThe current state of the Slovak and Czech residential real estate market - what are the risks?Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20895781/blog-no-bubble-on-slovak-or-czech-residential-real-estate-market.htmlWhere Europeans want to be buriedWhat does the place we choose to be buried in say about our identity?Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:21:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20914282/where-europeans-want-to-be-buried.htmlDaylight saving time? We need a second referendumAre you with Winston Churchill, beer gardens, freedom and French fries? Or do you prefer Putin, commuting to work in an icy black abyss and tyranny?Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:32:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20914383/daylight-saving-time-we-need-a-second-referendum.htmlHave your sayThe municipal election campaign has begun. Foreign residents can – and should – vote.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 07:15:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20909824/have-your-say.htmlBlog: Slovakia is the "I don't care" countryIranian stand-up comedian Nasi arrived with her family when she was 15. In this podcast interview she talks about how Slovakia became her home and also why she likes borovička.Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:28:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20910804/blog-slovakia-is-the-i-dont-care-country.htmlTrump was, is and will continue to be a buffoonHow long will it go on and how can we limit the damage?Fri, 07 Sep 2018 17:27:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20908801/trump-was-is-and-will-continue-to-be-a-buffoon.htmlI’ve given two years to the EU presidency scandal. I’m leaving.Whistleblower Hlávková to Foreign Minister Lajčák: You can still tell the truth.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:21:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20906290/ive-given-two-years-to-the-eu-presidency-scandal-im-leaving.htmlOnly in CanadaExaggerated obligingness is one aspect of life here.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 11:30:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20906997/only-in-canada.htmlBlog: From junior generalists to senior versatilistsThe evolution of shared service centers in Slovakia - are they ready for another upgrade?Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20895776/blog-from-junior-generalists-to-senior-versatilists.htmlBound by courage: The United States of America and SlovakiaOur shared history and courage, grounded in common values, span over one hundred years, US Ambassador to Slovakia writes.Mon, 03 Sep 2018 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20901015/bound-by-courage-the-united-states-of-america-and-slovakia.htmlBlog: Bratislava is great if you give it a chanceEcuadorian Diego Loyola has lived in Slovakia since 2010. He talks about his Slovak experience in this podcast interview.Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20900403/blog-bratislava-is-great-if-you-give-it-a-chance.html