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_emailskUrgent care units will close earlierBut the Health Ministry claims the patients do not have to fear the changes.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:45:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676667/urgent-care-units-will-close-earlier.htmlBabiš did not re-write the pastConstitutional Court decided in favour of National Memory Institute which included Andrej Babiš in its list of communist secret service confindants.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:41:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676515/babis-did-not-re-write-the-past.htmlTop stories from Last Week in SlovakiaVoters’ indifference affects regional votes - Can Slovaks be lured back from Britain? - Petit Press majority owner diesThu, 19 Oct 2017 15:51:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675759/top-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlOnly 55 people applied for active reserves trainingThe Defence Ministry considering a change of law.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:01:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676213/only-55-people-applied-for-active-reserves-training.htmlHospital dismisses doctor from childbirth documentaryDoctor boasted about slapping a mother-to-be to calm her down, now losing his job.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:56:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676207/hospital-dismisses-doctor-from-childbirth-documentary.htmlWhy did we have to wait ten years for the verdict in the bulletin-board case?The case is still not concluded. The Supreme Court will have to deal with the appeal of ex-ministers; the case of embezzlement by the non-licensed banking institution of Jozef Majský has also become protracted.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:25:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675861/why-did-we-have-to-wait-ten-years-for-the-verdict-in-the-bulletin-board-case.htmlBratislava gets electric busesEighteen electric buses will be deployed by next June at the latestThu, 19 Oct 2017 10:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673751/bratislava-gets-electric-buses.htmlJustice Ministry to prepare rules for state’s use of legal servicesState administration bodies should observe certain principles when closing deals with lawyers, parliament agreed.Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:08:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675751/justice-ministry-to-prepare-rules-for-states-use-of-legal-services.htmlSNS nominees choose Finnish transporters without consultationThe engineering plant from Krupina, which until recently has been controlled by the Slavia Capital financial group, may be involved in the trade.Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:54:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675738/sns-nominees-choose-finnish-transporters-without-consultation.htmlHistorically first ex-ministers were sentenced for the bulletin-board tenderFormer construction ministers of the SNS party have received years in prison for the scandal surrounding the infamous bulletin-board tender. The other three defendants, ministry officers, have been acquitted.Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:05:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675424/historically-first-ex-ministers-were-sentenced-for-the-bulletin-board-tender.htmlThe chairman of the committee tasked to improve tax returns has problems himselfThe newly set-up committee meant to prepare a law on the more detailed property disclosures of politicians is headed by ex-minister Martin Glváč from Smer, who is refusing to publish details of his assets.Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:52:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675412/the-chairman-of-the-committee-tasked-to-improve-tax-returns-has-problems-himself.htmlPolice: Suspects from the Shark operation defrauded almost €28 million from the stateThe record fraud was based on fictitious high expenses for advertising; they divided the differences among themselves in cash.Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:47:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674896/police-suspects-from-the-shark-operation-defrauded-almost-28-million-from-the-state.htmlE-ID cards have serious problemSome signature codes could potentially be abused, but the Interior Ministry stresses the risk is still only theoretical.Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:45:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674746/e-id-cards-have-serious-problem.htmlSoldier detained for theft in the ammunition depotThe theft in the ammunition depot was not used for arming extremists or terrorism.Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:57:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674612/soldier-detained-for-theft-in-the-ammunition-depot.htmlComenius University is among the bestThe Bratislava-based university ranks among 2.4 % of worldwide best universities, according to the Centre for World University Rankings.Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:43:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674588/comenius-university-is-among-2-4-of-worldwide-best-universities.htmlJustice Ministry prepares completely new legislation on illegal drugsThe current legislation with severe punishments fulfils neither preventive nor deterrent purposesMon, 16 Oct 2017 23:15:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673904/justice-ministry-prepares-completely-new-legislation-on-illegal-drugs.htmlThirteen people detained during a vast raid, accused of financial crime as an organised groupIn the biggest operation of recent years carried out by several units of armed forces, hundreds of officers raided several companies in four Slovak regions on October 13, while detaining 13 people.Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:36:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673650/thirteen-people-detained-during-a-vast-raid-accused-of-financial-crime-as-an-organised-group.htmlRoad accident claims lives of eight peopleOne of the most tragic road accidents in recent years saw seven caregivers and a van driver die in a truck crash.Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:29:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673625/road-accident-claims-lives-of-eight-people.htmlEU lawyers claiming the Russian annexation of Crimea as legal is a hoaxOne lawyer does not mean all EU lawyers; immigrants attacking a shepherd dog and HAARP causing hurricanes in the US are hoaxes, too.Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671752/eu-lawyers-claim-that-russian-annexation-of-crimea-being-legal-is-a-hoax.htmlSchool in Lučenec focuses more on German languageAfter the change of the administrator, the studies at the school will still be free.Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665601/school-in-lucenec-focuses-more-on-german-language.htmlNitra fails to pick a strong candidate against extremistThe coalition and opposition dispute over choosing a single person who could defeat Milan Uhrík of the ĽSNS.Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:02:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671227/nitra-fails-to-pick-a-strong-candidate-against-extremist.htmlTrade unions will march for earlier retirement on SaturdaySlovakia’s population is ageing intensively. Later retirement is one solutionThu, 12 Oct 2017 21:10:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671232/trade-unions-will-march-for-earlier-retirement-on-saturday.htmlTop 3 stories from Last Week in SlovakiaBratislava prepares for food quality summit. Regional elections campaign takes shape. State budget is out now - what will it bring?Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:40:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671068/top-3-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlMP accuses the president, but is lobbying for familySNS deputy chair Jaroslav Paška is accusing President Kiska of having fraudulently acquired land. It turns out Paška’s relative is interested in acquiring it.Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:57:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670825/mp-accuses-the-president-but-is-lobbying-for-family.htmlBabiš case will be reviewedThe Constitutional Court returns the years-long dispute between the Nation’s Memory Institute and Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babiš to the regional court.Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:50:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670815/babis-case-will-be-reviewed.htmlIf you want to vote in the regional election, you have to stay at homeIn the elections for the self-governing regions, people can cast their votes only at their permanent residence. The Interior Ministry is planning no change to this rule.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:50:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670091/if-you-want-to-vote-in-the-regional-election-you-have-to-stay-at-home.htmlBratislava: Ftáčnik leads the battle for regional governorFormer mayor of the Slovak capital leads with 25.5 percent in the campaign.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:14:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669926/poll-m-ftacnik-leads-the-battle-for-regional-governor.htmlŠpitálska may be completed by November 15The reconstruction of the tram track in downtown Bratislava may finish as soon as mid-November; ultimately, the Bratislava Region’s office agreed with local inhabitants.Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:33:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669483/spitalska-may-be-completed-by-november-15.htmlPolice solve the murder of prominent lawyerTwo suspects have been charged: one for murder, the other one for robbery.Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:43:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669443/police-reportedly-solve-the-murder-of-prominent-lawyer.htmlLipšic: Prosecutors have double measure for coalition and oppositionWhile one investigation for the alleged violation of bank privacy was stopped, the other may result in laying charges.Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:27:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669203/lipsic-prosecutors-have-double-measure-for-coalition-and-opposition.htmlKotleba seems to connect sport and politicsAs part of their regional elections campaign, chair of the far-right ĽSNS party handed out cheques with a symbolic sum again, as well as opening an ice-hockey match to the huge surprise of players and audiences.Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:23:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669193/kotleba-seems-to-connect-sport-and-politics.htmlGun amnesty turns up legendary rifle, the same model used by T. RooseveltThe value of similar, new, rifles is between $80,000-$140,000Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:34:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668288/gun-amnesty-turns-up-legendary-rifle-the-same-model-used-by-t-roosevelt.htmlSummer climate highly above normal; 62 tropical days and 29 tropical nightsThe temperature in Slovakia has increased by 1.73 degrees Celsius on average since 1881Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:13:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668344/summer-climate-highly-above-normal-it-brought-62-tropical-days-and-29-tropical-nights.htmlMičev gave up candidacy to the benefit of LunterIn the race for the Banská Bystrica regional governor, Stanislav Mičev resigned and encouraged his voters to support the strongest candidate, Ján Lunter, against Marian Kotleba. Here are his main reasons for doing so.Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:30:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668317/micev-gave-up-candidacy-to-the-benefit-of-lunter.htmlPolice promptly clarified night murder in BratislavaThe knife attack by a Slovak citizen of Indian origin on a local man and a Ukrainian sparked unjustified hatred towards immigrants; it was also fanned by some media.Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:57:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668282/police-promptly-clarified-night-murder-in-bratislava.htmlKotle-bye, bye, protesters chanted at the Banská Bystrica Region officeThe anti-fascist march in Banská Bystrica attracted about 300 to 350 participants.Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:50:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668258/kotle-bye-bye-protesters-chanted-at-the-banska-bystrica-region-residence.htmlRegional elections will be a power test for the far right in SlovakiaWhat are the prospects of extremists around Kotleba in the upcoming vote?Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665530/far-right-extremists-2017-regional-elections-Slovakia.htmlHow IT teacher brought extremists to parliamentMarian Kotleba criticised parliamentary democracy ten years ago. Now he has become a part of it.Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20664391/how-it-teacher-brought-extremists-to-parliament.htmlCoca-cola as detergent or a battery filling is a hoaxHoaxes that have appeared on the Internet in Slovak over the past monthMon, 09 Oct 2017 06:59:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20666439/coca-cola-as-detergent-or-a-battery-filling-is-a-hoax.htmlNew project to boost learning GermanThere is a shortage of German speakers on the Slovak labour market.Sun, 08 Oct 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665578/new-project-to-boost-learning-german.html