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_emailskWe want a decent Slovakia, people chanted in squaresOn the eve of the Velvet Revolution anniversary, people protested in the thousands, calling for a decent Slovakia.Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:37:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20963805/we-want-a-decent-slovakia-people-chanted-in-squares.htmlPolice again investigate President Kiska's companyThe president's case is being scrutinised for the third time.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:48:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962837/police-again-investigate-president-kiskas-company.htmlBulletin-board ministers go to prisonFormer SNS politician Marian Janušek and Igor Štefanov got 11 and 9 years behind bars respectively.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:42:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962740/bulletin-board-ministers-go-to-prison.htmlVallo: I will face up to the people no matter whatThe new Bratislava mayor has four broad priorities to accomplish.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962569/vallo-i-will-face-up-to-the-people-no-matter-what.htmlFair-Play Alliance watchdog submits a criminal complaint against FicoMeanwhile, the police cancel planned hearings of people behind For a Decent Slovakia initiative.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:02:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962556/fair-play-alliance-watchdog-submits-a-criminal-complaint-against-fico.htmlUPDATED: Denník N: Danko is a plagiaristThe daily analysed the thesis identical to that of Parliament's Speaker Andrej Danko to find it was copied from textbooks. Danko does not plan to resign, he wants to wait for the stance of a special commission.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:56:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962333/dennik-n-danko-is-a-plagiarist.htmlNew car park makes travelling from Devínska Nová Ves to city centre easierThe railway company ŽSR is leasing land next to railway stations for low rents to support the use of public transport.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:22:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962155/new-car-park-makes-travelling-from-devinska-nova-ves-to-city-centre-easier.htmlSlovakia has many skilful people. Students should meet themThe new project by the Pontis Foundation tries to motivate young people through stories of successful business people.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962256/slovakia-has-many-skilful-people-students-should-meet-them.htmlChangemakers from 1989 embrace ČaputováPresidential candidate Čaputová wants to stand up for decency, humanity, and justice.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:39:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962242/changemakers-from-1989-embrace-caputova.htmlComenius University in Bratislava will have a new rectorMarek Števček will replace Karol Mičieta, who has served as the rector two terms. The University of Economics has re-elected the incumbent rector.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:35:21 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20962200/comenius-university-in-bratislava-will-have-a-new-rector.htmlPolice will not investigate Kaliňák and Počiatek on suspicion of corruptionA criminal complaint has been rejected, the Let Us Stop Corruption foundation wrote on its blog.Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:20:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20961687/police-will-not-investigate-kalinak-and-pociatek-on-suspicion-of-corruption.htmlJennifer from Florida searches for her Slovak half-brotherShe has been trying to find him the moment she learnt about his existence a few months ago.Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:16:08 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20961485/jennifer-searches-for-her-slovak-half-brother.htmlFor a Decent Slovakia gatherings return to streetsProtest gatherings will be held in several cities in Slovakia and abroad.Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:20:24 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20961317/for-a-decent-slovakia-gatherings-return-to-streets.htmlBratislava saw a campaign of unprecedented dimensionsMunicipal elections in the capital and elsewhere were also marked by a smear campaign. It does not seem to have worked.Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:29:02 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20960733/bratislava-saw-a-campaign-of-unprecedented-dimensions.htmlHow do foreigners perceive health care in Slovakia?The Health Ministry conducts survey with the aim of providing foreigners with a better healthcare service.Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:09:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20960516/how-do-foreigners-perceive-healthcare-in-slovakia.htmlUPDATED: Police investigate protest organisers over Soros allegationsThe National Criminal Agency wants to see the accounts of the protest organisers due to a criminal complaint alleging they are paid by George Soros.Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:04:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20960772/police-investigate-protest-organisers-over-soros-allegations.htmlAll eyes on Humenné: The symbol of Smer's declineThe loss of Smer's Jana Vaľová in the mayoral race has become symbolic of the 2018 municipal vote.Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:29:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20959949/all-eyes-on-humenne-the-symbol-of-smers-decline.htmlThe bells of St Martin’s Cathedral rang to commemorate the end of WWISlovakia commemorated the centenary of the end of WWI with several events.Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:03:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20959840/kiska-wwi-was-caused-by-nationalism-and-politicians-desire-for-power.htmlPolice charge Slovak for fighting in the UkraineThis is the first time such charges have been brought.Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:38:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20959824/police-charge-slovak-for-fighting-in-the-ukraine.html5 most significant results of the municipal electionsA slightly higher turnout and more independent candidates. Some results in the municipal elections came as a surprise.Sun, 11 Nov 2018 16:09:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20958942/5-things-you-should-know-about-the-municipal-elections.htmlAnother regional capital gets a "hipster mayor"Smer lost all the regional capitals.Sun, 11 Nov 2018 12:18:57 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20958990/slovakia-protest-moods-municipal-election-results.htmlBratislavans chose Vallo's planArchitect Matúš Vallo won the election following an unprecedented campaign in the capital.Sun, 11 Nov 2018 11:54:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20958795/bratislavans-chose-vallos-plan.htmlMunicipal vote: Independent candidates dominateInhabitants of Slovak towns and villages have elected their new mayors.Sat, 10 Nov 2018 07:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20957235/slovaks-vote-in-municipal-elections.htmlDanko’s doctoral dissertation has a twinLecturers are calling for the creation of an independent commission to investigate Danko’s degree.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 22:31:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20956575/dankos-doctoral-dissertation-has-a-twin.htmlPark benches turn into bedsSlovak NGO wants to draw attention to the criminalisation of the homeless in Hungary.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 21:58:36 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20956479/park-benches-turn-into-beds.htmlOwner of “singing house” ends up in psychiatryAfter playing opera songs for several years, the woman was detained in early August.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:02:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20956124/owner-of-singing-house-ends-up-in-psychiatry.htmlIPI’s Spillmann: Slovaks sent promising message to EuropeIPI representatives honoured the memory of Ján Kuciak.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:21:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955993/ipis-spillmann-slovaks-sent-promising-message-to-europe.htmlWho is Bašternák and why do they call him "our man"?We answer the basic questions about the businessman who was sentenced for tax fraud on November 7, and his relationship with former ruling politicians.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:03:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955732/who-is-basternak-and-why-do-they-call-him-our-man.htmlMunicipal elections: Moratorium has begunPolitical campaigning on the internet and social media is banned as well.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 07:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955714/municipal-elections-moratorium-has-begun.htmlSlovakia will elect the next mayors and councillors on SaturdayForeigners with permanent residence can cast their vote as well.Wed, 07 Nov 2018 22:32:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955531/slovakia-election-mayors-councillors-2018.htmlTax fraud suspect Bašternák sentenced to five yearsBusinessman pleaded guilty. His lawyer appealed the verdict.Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:03:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955218/tax-fraud-suspect-basternak-sentenced-to-five-years.htmlDanko pledged to make his dissertation publicAt the same time, he accused some media of pursuing his media death.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 23:44:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20954743/danko-pledged-to-make-his-dissertation-public.htmlWe want foreigners to integrate but we do everything to see them failIf foreigners feel left out, it will become more and more complicated for them in the future but also for common coexistence, researcher says.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 17:05:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20954108/we-want-foreigners-to-integrate-but-we-do-everything-to-see-them-fail.htmlKuciak receives press freedom prize in memoriam in BerlinMurdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was also awarded.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:49:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20954207/kuciak-receives-press-freedom-prize-in-memoriam-in-berlin.htmlTrees in the Low Tatras felled without permissionThe Environment Ministry wants to toughen up conditions to prevent similar situations.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 04:54:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20953557/trees-in-the-low-tatras-felled-without-permission.htmlPolice fail to deal with information leaks in Kuciak caseInvestigators agree that the leaks can be dangerous.Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:49:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20953148/police-fail-to-deal-with-information-leak-in-kuciak-case.htmlThe murder of Filipino expat Henry Acorda has not made Bratislava a less safe cityIncumbent Bratislava Mayor Ivo Nesrovnal running for re-election does not agree with the opinion that some parts of Bratislava are turning into no-go zones.Fri, 02 Nov 2018 14:53:36 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20950665/the-murder-of-filipino-expat-henry-acorda-has-not-made-bratislava-a-less-safe-city.htmlMan who bashed ex-girlfriend’s head fined with €1,500Prosecutor agreed with the fine for the man who broke the nose of his ex-girlfriend.Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:36:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20951244/man-who-bashed-ex-girlfriends-head-fined-with-1500.htmlCzechoslovakia was progressive about women's voting rightsBut first Slovak feminist Hana Gregorová described the establishment of Czechoslovakia as an act from which women were expelled.Fri, 02 Nov 2018 08:40:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20950280/was-czechoslovakia-progressive-about-womens-rights.htmlTrading votes for permanent residence - election corruption á la SlovakiaVotes have been traded for a variety of things, including ski lift-passes.Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:38:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20950482/trading-votes-for-permanent-residence-election-corruption-a-la-slovakia.html