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_emailskBlog: Are flying cars coming to the skies?At least 19 companies, including a Slovak one, are currently developing flying car planes, but there are still many issues that must be worked out.Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:45:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740756/blog-are-flying-cars-coming-to-the-skies.htmlWhat kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?Among EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:45:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20741724/what-kind-of-expectations-do-some-slovaks-have-for-world-leaders.htmlPress freedom is bleeding across our bordersCritical media are always the first targets of populists and press freedom enemies.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:01:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740396/press-freedom-is-bleeding-across-our-borders.htmlGiving a voice to those unheardThe Sme daily celebrates 25 years since its founding. It is of immense importance that it remains independent and free, writes its editor-in-chief.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:25:02 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20737730/giving-a-voice-to-those-unheard.htmlBlog: Embrace 2018 with hope and happinessThe week of Silvester festivities was filled with a dizzying array of foods and activities, while I slept in the basement. The Accidental Hotelier reports about the holiday season in Osturňa.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:48:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735169/blog-embrace-2018-with-hope-and-happiness.htmlZeman is missingEven if you are someone who liked Zeman for being Zeman, that is not the guy running for president in 2018.Sat, 06 Jan 2018 16:05:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731832/zeman-is-missing.htmlUnited we stand strongWe realise it will not be easy, but we know what we want to achieve and know we can do it, Ambassador Yordanka Chobanova writes as Bulgaria starts its first EU Council Presidency.Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:03:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731502/united-we-stand-strong.htmlThe courage to be freeThe future holds great promise for Slovakia as a secure, sovereign, prosperous member of Europe and of the broader transatlantic community of nations, US Ambassador to Slovakia opines.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 12:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730171/the-courage-to-be-free.htmlBlog: Businesses need independent, transparent and expert regulatory institutionsRegulatory institutions have a crucial impact on the business environment. What can be done to improve their functioning? Michal Krčméry, AmCham’s Director of Government Affairs, takes a closer look at this issue.Tue, 02 Jan 2018 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710753/blog-businesses-need-independent-transparent-and-expert-regulatory-institutions.html2018: Trump will face impeachment before the year's endKaliňák keeps 1990s hair, Smer appoints his barber to the Constitutional Court. Here are some predictions about the coming year.Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:55:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20728222/2018-trump-will-face-impeachment-before-the-years-end.htmlHappy New YearSome glad tidings in 2017: the Mečiar amnesties were scrapped, and extremists lost badly in regional polls.Sat, 30 Dec 2017 17:05:21 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20728549/happy-new-year.htmlIn 1993, did Slovaks overestimate the change to come?The time is ripe for Slovakia to emerge as a model state in the region, open to engaging with the world economically, in terms of trade and investment, but also culturally.Wed, 27 Dec 2017 06:27:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20719286/in-1993-did-slovaks-overestimate-the-change-to-come.htmlTo be betterGoodness is not exclusive to Christmas.Tue, 26 Dec 2017 23:12:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20726589/to-be-better.htmlBlog: HomecomingTo face change is to deal with the unexpected.Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:15:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700132/blog-homecoming.htmlOne Union, two EuropesIf Brussels lets the member states do whatever they want, it will harm support for the EU among citizens.Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:29:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20723086/one-union-two-europes.htmlMore than just neighboursSlovaks and Czechs still enjoy a special bond.Tue, 19 Dec 2017 06:15:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20719240/more-than-just-neighbours.htmlParties only protect their market shareRent seeking behavior and a code of loyalty are not the ways to operate a successful democratic political party.Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:40:38 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20721026/parties-only-protect-their-market-share.htmlCzechoslovakia could have been SwitzerlandIn Hodonín and Holíč, Czechoslovakia still exists.Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:27:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20718042/czechoslovakia-could-have-been-switzerland.htmlBlog: Environmental sustainability is the future for sustainability in businessA great example of how you can make a difference by sharing your passion with others: Ivana Maleš, co-founder of the Institute for Circular Economy, describes her journey from a blogger and promoter of the zero waste lifestyle to a sustainability consultant dedicated to spreading the ideas behind the circular economy.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710717/blog-environmental-sustainability-is-the-future-for-sustainability-in-business.htmlBlog: Migration and equation of loss and gainCentral Europeans oppose change while Americans find opportunity in it.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:05:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700126/blog-migration-and-equation-of-loss-and-gain.htmlBlog: Slovak cuisine is boring and unimaginativeThere, I said it. Now, before you start sending me vitriolic emails, please finish reading this post.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:25:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710214/blog-slovak-cuisine-is-boring-and-unimaginative.htmlWhat kind of European are you?If you live in Central and Eastern Europe, chances are high you belong to the "hesitant" tribe.Sat, 02 Dec 2017 09:40:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708494/what-kind-of-european-are-you.htmlBratislava, it turns out, is not LondonLocating an EU agency in the east would have been a positive signal to the eastern member states.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:01:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708329/bratislava-it-turns-out-is-not-london.htmlBlog: The wanderer returns homeThe places you visit, people you befriend, experiences that leave their mark, they all become a part of you.Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700090/blog-the-wanderer-returns-home.htmlThe ongoing struggle for a free and democratic SlovakiaThe people of Slovakia deserve the credit for the remarkable progress that this country has made over the past twenty-five years, US ambassador writes.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:55:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701491/the-ongoing-struggle-for-a-free-and-democratic-slovakia.htmlBlog: How long until a robot takes your job?Are robots really taking over? What are the benefits and what are the risks?Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668842/blog-how-long-until-a-robot-takes-your-job.htmlBlog: Slovakia’s time to shine is nowPeople may be able to recognise Slovakia’s neighbouring countries through associations with food, drinks, beautiful cities or well-known political events. But Slovakia remains very much "hidden".Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700052/slovakias-time-to-shine-is-now.htmlMy five-year-old daughter will almost certainly encounter a Weinstein tooIt’s not that I thought sexually harassing women was okay, it’s more that I accepted that was just part of how things worked. Unfortunate, yes, but also standard.Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:10:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20698686/my-five-year-old-daughter-will-almost-certainly-encounter-a-weinstein-too.htmlKotleba and Trump may lead us back to being better citizensThere is no mystery to defeating populism, extremism and stupidity. Democratic systems have built in solutions to people like Kotleba and Trump — elections.Sun, 12 Nov 2017 18:15:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693811/kotleba-and-trump-may-lead-us-back-to-being-better-citizens.htmlGraver threat than the fascistsThe paths to an illiberal democracy are manifold. One of them is also through the victory of “moral hipsterism”.Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:16:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693280/graver-threat-than-the-fascists.htmlGood news: democracy does have an anti-fascist immune responseThere are still reasons to worry, but something has changed in Slovakia now that elections have wiped the fascists out at regional level.Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:06:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691345/good-news-democracy-does-have-an-anti-fascist-immune-response.htmlFive big things that we’ve learned from the regional election resultsElection night on November 4 produced some real upsets: here’s what you need to knowSun, 05 Nov 2017 14:06:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20689151/five-big-things-that-weve-learned-from-the-regional-election-results.htmlTrump as dead man walking: Beware the contagionFirst charges from special prosecutor show collusion with Russia, and cooperating witnesses.Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:19:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20686414/trump-russia-probe-manafort-papadopoulos.htmlVoting is an act of integrationMunicipal and regional polls are the only chance for those who live and work in Slovakia but do not have a Slovak passport to influence how things develop around them.Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:55:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20685135/voting-is-an-act-of-integration.htmlBlog: Sustainability needs will drive future disruptive innovationsThe question of sustainability can no longer be ignored. Creative minds are discovering disruptive innovations that tackle these challenges and transform entire business segments.Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668831/blog-sustainability-needs-will-drive-future-disruptive-innovations.htmlGo West…to Parndorf!Does it make you feel better when your boss wears an original expensive and elegant designer label suit and you also wear a suit from the same label, bought in an outlet for half that price?Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:40:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20677054/go-westto-parndorf.htmlThe day Prague fellIt is pointless to talk about the wins and losses of Czech political parties - the one who lost is the Czech Republic.Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:04:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20678691/the-day-prague-fell.htmlRobert Fico is not Saddam HusseinIt would take too long to list all the crazy distortions the international media presented about Central Europe and the Czech election campaign this week.Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:27:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20677770/robert-fico-is-not-saddam-hussein.htmlBritish PM: We are not treating EU nationals as bargaining chipsOpen letter of Theresa May to EU citizens in the UK.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:22:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676425/british-pm-we-are-not-treating-eu-nationals-as-bargaining-chips.htmlSentenced!It is definitely good news that at least one emblematic scandal did not end in vain.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:28:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676250/sentenced.html