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 did Communism happen in Czechoslovakia?For the 40 years, Czechs and Slovaks would celebrate February 25 as Victorious February, even though the enthusiasm of most of those who supported Communists in 1948 would very quickly evaporate.Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:45:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766143/how-did-communism-happen-in-czechoslovakia.htmlHistorian: After 1948, Czechoslovakia was paralysed with fearOn February 25, Czechs and Slovaks mark 70 years since the rise of Communism in their common state. Historian Jan Pešek talks about the coup and its aftermath.Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:45:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766124/historian-after-1948-czechoslovakia-was-paralysed-with-fear.htmlForeigners' Police finally move to VajnoryThe new offices will open on March 19. Read more about the limitations at the department in Bratislava's Petržalka between March 14 and March 16.Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:36:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20767092/foreigners-police-finally-move-to-vajnory.htmlFico: Women need protection, especially as more migrants arrive in EuropeThe prime minister repeated that he refuses to allow the emergence of "compact Muslim communities in Slovakia" as he announced Slovakia will not ratify the Istanbul Convention as a whole.Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:55:48 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766767/fico-women-need-protection-especially-as-more-migrants-arrive-in-europe.htmlTop 3 stories from Last Week in SlovakiaKuzmina is the most successful Slovak Olympian.Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:38:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766404/top-3-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlPopulists are more creative than liberalsThe essence of creativity and good governance is about finding a coherent story. When every city gets smart, being a stupid city will be an advantage, says a strategic management expert.Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766146/populists-are-more-creative-than-liberals.htmlPolice investigate illegal employment of foreignersTwo cases in Bratislava and Michalovce, both of which occurred this week, suggest that police will continue to crack down on illegal employment.Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:07:27 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766136/police-investigate-illegal-employment-of-foreigners.htmlTIS: In fight against corruption, Slovakia continues to stagnateThe corruption watchdog says that by 2020, the country may even be ranked among the four worst EU member states.Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:01:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766111/tis-in-fight-against-corruption-slovakia-continues-to-stagnate.htmlGovernment withdrew from drug policy agenda changeMainly the SNS party junior coalition partner was against the bill decriminalising drugs; the ruling Smer party also had a lukewarm stance.Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:34:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765790/government-withdrew-from-drug-policy-agenda-change-thus-delaying-the-issue.htmlIn ambulances, doctors have become more scarceDoctors are replaced by rescuers with lower education instead.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:00:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765413/in-ambulances-doctors-have-become-more-scarce.htmlA girl suffering from swine flu hospitalised in KramáreThe kindergarten’s headmistress says she may have the H1N1 type.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:23:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765384/a-girl-suffering-from-swine-flu-hospitalised-in-kramare.htmlSuspicious "rural entrepreneurs" involved with Smer emerge in NitraSuccessful businesspeople from the village of Babindol who have received subsidies from EU funds worth millions have connections to the ruling Smer party.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:52:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765004/the-investigation-of-suspicious-eu-subsidies-for-rural-entrepreneurs-close-to-smer-got-stuck.htmlFico: I want to win another parliamentary election in 2020PM would like to see the minimum wage climbing to €600 over the next few years.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:28:24 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764675/fico-i-want-to-win-another-parliamentary-election-in-2020.htmlAudit authority found violations of law at Foreign MinistryIn general, Slovakia handled the EU Presidency well, assessed the Supreme Audit Office.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:24:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764676/audit-authority-found-violations-of-law-at-foreign-ministry.htmlSlovakia to slacken drug legislationPossession of a small amount of narcotics may become a minor offense under certain conditions.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:16:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764674/slovakia-to-slacken-drug-legislation.htmlAvalanche in High Tatras claims the life of a Polish hikerOn Sunday, February 18, an avalanche buried two Polish tourists of whom one did not survive.Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:35:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764197/avalanche-in-high-tatras-claims-the-life-of-a-polish-hiker.htmlFlu epidemic claims its first victimType B influenza is responsible for the death of a man, aged 35, from the Bratislava Region.Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:25:13 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764189/flu-epidemic-claims-its-first-victim.htmlPolice recommend that Bašternák faces chargesThe Special Prosecutor’s Office will decide on further moves after examining the investigation file.Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:18:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764136/police-recommend-that-basternak-faces-charges.htmlMigration activist flees Germany, Swedish attack ascribed to migrantsThese are the hoaxes that appeared on the internet in the past two weeks.Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:45:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20763846/migration-activist-flees-germany-swedish-attack-ascribed-to-migrants.htmlWhen will elk return to Slovak wilderness?Elks once populated Slovak forests in abundance. Now, there are hardly any left in Slovakia.Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:19:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20763256/plans-to-return-elks-to-slovak-wilderness-suspended.htmlMore employees probably involved in dubious plastic surgery in KošiceThe hospital is currently analysing discussions with its employees.Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:02:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761962/more-employees-probably-involved-in-dubious-plastic-surgery-in-kosice.htmlTop 3 stories from Last Week in SlovakiaSlovakia won its first Olympic medal in PyeongChang.Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:40:19 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761578/top-3-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlSlovakia has a university with the same accreditation as CambridgeThe Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies of STU offers much to students, but it should focus more on teachers.Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:41:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761412/slovakia-has-a-university-with-the-same-accreditation-as-cambridge.htmlSoltész will not be prosecuted for Facebook statusNAKA will not succeed in their prosecution of Arpád Soltész for defamation of nation, race, and belief.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:26:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761142/journalist-soltesz-will-not-be-prosecuted.htmlControversial resocialisation centre loses accreditationOpposition MPs say the decision was made too late.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:32:13 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761074/controversial-resocialisation-centre-loses-accreditation.htmlDoes Slovakia need schools for the elite?The results of international tests support the critics of schools created to take the most talented pupils.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760933/does-slovakia-need-eight-year-grammar-schools.htmlFake news: Do young Slovaks believe what they read?Fact-checking does not suffice and it is necessary to work with values young people believe in, says analyst.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:30:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760334/fake-news-hoax-young-Slovaks-media.htmlSpecial prosecutor involved in Bašternák case acquitted of chargesThe prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, Vasil Špirko, will be subject to a proceeding before a disciplinary committee.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:02:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760681/special-prosecutor-involved-in-basternak-case-acquitted-of-charges.htmlBratislava has its first candidate for mayoral postThe architect, urban activist and musician of the popular band Para Matús Vallo will run as a civic candidate, with the support of an expert team.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:52:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760600/architect-matus-vallo-is-first-official-candidate-for-bratislava-mayor.htmlUNESCO inscription of primeval forests in Poloniny may be threatenedThe Carpathian Beech Forests, a UNESCO world heritage site, are not properly protected according to WWF and the Supreme Audit Office.Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:15:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760326/flaws-found-in-protection-plan-of-primeval-forests-in-poloniny.htmlJournalist prosecuted for Facebook statusArpád Soltész's statements about “white trash” are deemed racist by far-right extremists.Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:12:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760309/journalist-prosecuted-for-facebook-status.htmlBabiš loses dispute over his collaboration with the communist secret policeAfter a six-year long dispute, the verdict was issued by the regional court.Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:59:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760307/babis-loses-dispute-over-his-collaboration-with-the-communist-secret-police.htmlStolen national treasure case stoppedThe alleged theft of a “national treasure” – when a collection of jewelry, gold and money was collected among Slovaks back in the 1990s – from the Matica Slovenská cultural institution was not a theft.Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:56:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20759887/stolen-national-treasure-case-stopped.htmlFlu epidemic hits SlovakiaEven those vaccinated are not fully immune.Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:39:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20759503/flu-epidemic-hits-slovakia.htmlCelebrate Valentine's day in a worthy but less traditional wayDuring the Valentine’s Blood Drop people can donate blood for those less fortunate.Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:22:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20759504/celebrate-valentines-day-in-a-worthy-but-less-traditional-way.htmlPoll: how much trust do you place in politicians?Fico fared poorly when his name was taken from a list but was voted second most-trusted politician in a parallel poll, when respondents were asked to spontaneously name the three most trustworthy.Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:48:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20758897/poll-how-much-trust-do-you-place-in-politicians.htmlMinister Gajdoš defends state of military procurement at special parliamentary sessionThe fact that the extraordinary session concerning the delayed modernisation of the Slovak military even took place implies dissatisfaction and disagreements in the ruling coalition.Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:24:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20758859/minister-gajdos-of-the-sns-defends-state-of-military-procurement-at-special-parliamentary-session.htmlTop 3 news from Last Week in SlovakiaKiska and Fico are most trustworthy.Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:25:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756876/top-3-news-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTax fraud suspect Bašternák returns millions to the stateThe prosecutor will have the final say as to whether this is valid.Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:14:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756532/tax-fraud-suspect-basternak-returns-millions-to-the-state-on-the-active-repentance-principle.htmlOrdinary People loses another memberRichard Vašečka plans to get the top post in the non-parliamentary Christian Democratic Movement; Hlina welcomes him to the party.Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:56:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756111/ordinary-people-loses-another-member.html