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_emailskMan who abducted the president’s son speaks outThe testimony of the former secret service agent could be of importance in a court process against the ex-spy boss.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:02:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20741003/man-who-abducted-the-presidents-son-points-at-lexa.htmlEconomic competition was not distorted during EU Council’s presidencyDespite suggestions of media reports, rules of economic competition were not distorted in Foreign Ministry’s orders during Slovakia’s presidency of the EU Council, the Anti-trust Office finds.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:48:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740841/economic-competition-was-not-distorted-during-eu-councils-presidency.htmlEducation Ministry wants to double quotas for eight-year secondary grammar schoolsThe draft amendment aimed at simplifying red tape in schools and introducing electronisation of the system opened the issue of quotas for secondary grammar schools and alleged discrimination.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:20:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740418/education-ministry-wants-to-double-quotas-for-8-year-secondary-grammar-schools.htmlI have met dozens of people possessed by Satan, exorcist claimsAn exorcist can help a believer to escape their problems but not to solve them, psychiatrist Hunčík says.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:31:08 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740113/i-have-met-dozens-of-people-possessed-by-satan-exorcist-claims.htmlEnd of investigative show a cause for concernMedia freedom watchdogs believe the scrapping of the only investigative show on public-service television is a threat to its independence.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:37:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740227/end-of-investigative-show-a-cause-for-concern.htmlFour people end in hospital after night fire in TrnavaOne room inside a residential building was completely damaged by fire, while almost 50 people were evacuated and four hospitalised.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:00:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739958/four-people-end-in-hospital-after-night-fire-in-trnava.htmlProxy for Roma criticises minister Kaliňák for ethnical and group discriminationThe government proxy slammed Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák for the draft law on repressing criminality in Roma settlements, for populist discrimination and preferring repression to prevention.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:59:38 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739044/proxy-for-roma-criticises-minister-kalinak-for-ethnical-and-group-discrimination.htmlCoalition Council discusses issue of distrainment amnestyThe ruling coalition, which turned down the opposition’s proposal to grant amnesty on distrainment orders where debtors are tax offices, social insurer and health insurers, has now opened this issue based on its own proposal.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:44:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738983/coalition-council-discusses-issue-of-distrainment-amnesty.htmlSlovak police recorded 66,215 crimes last year; they cleared almost 59 percent of themAmong the biggest successes was solving the murder of prominent lawyer Ernest Valko.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:07:29 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738378/slovak-police-recorded-66215-crimes-last-year-they-cleared-almost-59-percent-of-them.htmlThe Sme daily celebrates 25th anniversaryThe newspaper, which was established as a protest against autocratic power, has been published for 25 years.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:18:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738034/the-sme-daily-celebrates-25th-anniversary.htmlBrussels has banned waterproof jackets, Slovakia stops gas supplies to UkraineTwo recent examples of hoaxes show how “alternative media” manipulate and chase likes on old and distorted stories.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:15:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20736318/brussels-has-banned-waterproof-jackets-slovakia-stops-gas-supplies-to-ukraine.htmlNew prison planned to help ease the shortfall of prison places in SlovakiaThe project will be a public-private partnership.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:13:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735840/new-prison-planned-to-help-ease-the-shortfall-of-prison-places-in-slovakia.htmlTop 3 stories from Last Week in SlovakiaTension between Kiska and Smer continues.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:48:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735857/top-3-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlLexa directed the abduction. A full statement by Ľuboš Kosík from AfricaFormer SIS member Kosík confirmed for the Sme daily in December that he was a member of the commando that kidnapped the president’s son.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:35:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735838/lexa-directed-the-abduction-a-full-statement-by-lubos-kosik-from-africa.htmlNew Year’s changes at the ministry raise questionsInstead of adopting “the largest education reform in the past 25 years”, the Education Ministry quickly made several changes to its operation in late 2017.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:04:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735360/the-steps-of-the-education-ministry-spark-controversy.htmlHuba: Most people in top positions are environmentally ignorant and illiterateEnvironmentalist Mikuláš Huba received the Ľudovít Štúr Order 1st class for his work from President Andrej Kiska.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:53:55 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735079/huba-most-people-in-top-positions-are-environmentally-ignorant-and-illiterate.htmlNo more fees for epidurals or the presence of the father at birthSeveral changes in hospital fees are planned for this year.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:32:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735175/no-more-fees-for-epidurals-or-the-presence-of-the-father-at-birth.htmlPolice hunt for Bratislava ram-raidersThe robbery in Bratislava of jewellery worth almost €900,000 – not €500,000 as originally calculated – probably involves foreigners.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:15:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735140/police-hunt-for-bratislava-ram-raiders.htmlForeigners have to wait even outside BratislavaThe queue machine stops issuing tickets due to a high number of applicants at the Foreigners’ Police Department in Dunajská Streda.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:39:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734887/foreigners-have-to-wait-even-outside-bratislava.htmlOutbreak of measles may bring new vaccination calendarSix recent cases of measles reported in Bratislava has made health authorities prepare an immunology report – the first in 15 years.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:23:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734610/outbreak-of-measles-has-brought-about-immunology-report-new-vaccination-calendar.htmlEx intelligence employee: Lexa oversaw the 1995 abductionFormer Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) member, from the task force that abducted the son of then-president, revealed to Sme that the kidnapping was overseen by then-SIS head.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:16:54 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734685/former-intelligence-employee-claims-ex-sis-head-oversaw-the-abduction-of-the-presidents-son.htmlŽilina Region might have bought overpriced CT scannersThe current representatives accuse the former governor of purchasing the devices for too much, but he rejects this.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:26:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734336/zilina-region-might-have-bought-overpriced-ct-scanners.htmlReportéri TV investigative show scrappedReporters Without Borders (RWB) warn that media independence in Slovakia could be threatened by this step.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:06:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733845/reporteri-tv-investigative-show-scrapped.htmlRam-raid in BratislavaThief takes luxurious watches worth €0.5 million from jeweller's shop.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:49:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733490/jewellers-shop-ram-raided-in-bratislava.htmlA two-month-old baby died of meningococcus infectionA five-year-old child from Upper Hron (Horehronie) recovered from meningococcus while a small baby from the very south of central Slovakia died.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:00:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733158/a-two-month-old-baby-died-of-meningococcus-infection-in-southern-slovakia.htmlHow to get rid of your Christmas tree in BratislavaThe collection and removal will last three months.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:04:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730896/how-to-get-rid-of-your-christmas-tree-in-bratislava.htmlPresident: Interior minister has abused his powerAndrej Kiska criticised Smer in an interview. The prime minister is silent, the interior minister refuting any wrongdoing.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:57:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730887/president-interior-minister-has-abused-his-power.html2018: Municipal elections and gearing up for the presidential votePolitical analysts offer their expectations for the starting year and sum up 2017.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:28:35 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730911/2018-municipal-elections-and-gearing-up-for-the-presidential-vote.htmlTragic car crash united caregiversCaregivers met with the president and demanded the increase of their wages.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:13:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730707/tragic-car-crash-united-caregivers.htmlPoll: Nearly 40 percent of Slovaks expect 2018 to be betterAlmost 90 percent of respondents expect this new year to be the same or better than 2017.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:35:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730606/poll-nearly-40-percent-of-slovaks-expect-2018-to-be-better.htmlForesters counter the campaign on forestsTitled “The truth about a forest”, foresters aim to protect themselves against untrue information.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:03:17 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730590/foresters-counter-the-campaign-on-forests.htmlMountain guide: Taking children on some mountain climbs calls for social workersClimbing irons enable people to climb steep, icy mountains but they will not protect them from falling, mountain guide Tibor Hromádka claims.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:19:17 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730415/mountain-guide-taking-children-on-some-mountain-climbs-calls-for-social-workers.htmlThe education minister unexpectedly dissolved analytical instituteDespite analytical institutes saving public money and scrutinising the best operation methods, the Education Ministry abruptly scrapped the one falling under its authority.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:06:24 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730245/lubyova-unexpectedly-dissolved-analytical-institute.htmlSlovakia saved money on late Spartan aircraftThe Defence Ministry received a discount because of late delivery in the end of December and has already returned part of it to the state budget.Tue, 02 Jan 2018 21:39:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729938/slovakia-saved-money-on-late-spartan-aircraft.htmlSlovakia launches online health careBut some doctors warn against the problems the system might cause.Tue, 02 Jan 2018 21:31:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729936/slovakia-launches-online-health-care.htmlSlovak towns are not ready for climate changeWhile most towns and communities tackle negative effects caused by climate change spontaneously, some have already begun using a more efficient approach.Tue, 02 Jan 2018 21:02:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729933/slovak-towns-are-not-ready-for-climate-change.htmlPresident awards 25 personages, marking 25 years of independencePresident Andrej Kiska symbolically awarded 25 personalities of not just Slovak but from Czech political, cultural and scientific life.Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:52:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729514/president-awards-25-personages-marking-25-years-of-independence.htmlWe have to see Slovakia as a success story: PM Fico on the 25th anniversaryOn the occasion of the 25th anniversary of sovereign Slovakia, Prime Minister Robert Fico stressed the special relation between Slovakia and the Czech Republic.Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:44:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729480/we-have-to-see-slovakia-as-a-success-story-pm-fico-on-the-25th-anniversary.htmlPresident Kiska: We must be proud of Slovakia’s storyTop Slovak constitutional officials agree on the need to be proud in their New Year’s addresses. Apart from naming achievements in the first 25 years of sovereign Slovakia, President Andrej Kiska pointed to petty wrangles in politics and insufficient recent results.Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:33:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729462/president-kiska-we-must-be-proud-of-slovakias-story.htmlIcy Tatra ground claims lives of chamoisThe national park administration asks tourists to behave responsibly.Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:27:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20727907/icy-tatra-ground-claims-lives-of-chamois.html