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_emailskFormer general prosecutor Trnka casts doubt on Kočner's recordingA 2014 recording portrays Dobroslav Trnka as Marian Kočner's puppet.Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:37:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22237248/former-gp-trnka-notes-the-call-to-temporarily-withdraw.htmlSlovak band Elán pointed a gun at journalists in a new videoThe Reporters Without Borders organisation has condemned the band’s work.Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:31:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22237214/slovak-band-elan-point-gun-at-journalists-in-their-new-video.htmlMPs and information from secret services were for sale. Recording shows Kočner’s worldKočner and Trnka discussed corruption.Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:14:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22236682/mps-and-information-from-secret-services-were-for-sale-recording-shows-kocners-world.htmlKiska’s party strengthens, Smer would win the electionsThe extremist People’s Party Our Slovakia grew in the October poll.Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:02:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22236752/ako-poll-kiskas-party-strengthens-smer-would-win-the-elections.htmlPolice to question ex-general prosecutor Trnka in the Gorilla CaseCurrent GP Jaromír Čižnár will not suspend his predecessor, who faces grave corruption suspicions, for now.Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:41:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22236636/police-to-question-ex-general-prosecutor-trnka-in-the-gorilla-case.htmlKotleba investigated for possible sexual abuseHis party denies it.Mon, 14 Oct 2019 23:59:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22236311/kotleba-investigated-for-possible-sexual-abuse.htmlČaputová sees worst concerns confirmed, Pellegrini disgustedPoliticians react to published recording of conversation between Trnka and Kočner.Mon, 14 Oct 2019 23:53:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22236316/caputova-sees-worst-concerns-confirmed-pellegrini-disgusted.htmlFocus poll: One-third of voters would support the coalition of PS, Spolu and Za ĽudíThe poll was carried out for the private broadcaster TV Markíza.Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:34:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22235868/focus-poll-one-third-of-voters-would-support-the-coalition-of-ps-spolu-and-za-ludi.htmlKočner allegedly made a death threat against ex-general prosecutor TrnkaThe recently published conversation concerns the Gorilla file, describing corruptive practices.Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:28:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22235858/kocner-allegedly-made-a-death-threat-against-ex-general-prosecutor-trnka.htmlBrussels calls on Slovakia not to segregate Roma at schoolsDespite adopting measures to eliminate segregation, the EC considers the steps insufficient.Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:18:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22235849/brussels-calls-on-slovakia-not-to-segregate-roma-at-schools.htmlVadala sentenced by Italian courts for drug smugglingHis 'Ndrangheta mafia clan smuggled cocaine from South America.Thu, 10 Oct 2019 23:03:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22233627/vadala-sentenced-by-italian-courts-for-drug-smuggling.htmlConstitutional Court finally gets all its judgesCourt working at half-speed for eight months.Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:47:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22233548/constitutional-court-is-complete.htmlPolice cameras and new hardware postponed. The Interior Ministry has to cancel the procurementThe ministry has appealed against the decision.Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:33:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22233072/police-cameras-and-new-hardware-will-be-postponed-the-interior-ministry-has-to-cancel-the-procurement.htmlČaputová on Threema: We should be just when demanding justiceThe president labelled the Threema scandal, if confirmed, “the biggest failure” of the Slovak judiciary.Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:28:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22232949/caputova-on-corruption-at-courts-described-in-threema.htmlParking changes in Bratislava’s Old TownResidential parking cards will be cheaper; paid parking for visitors to the city centre will be extended.Wed, 09 Oct 2019 22:56:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22231814/parking-changes-in-bratislavas-old-town.htmlPolice launch criminal prosecution related to ThreemaThe Judicial Council will question five judges on October 14.Wed, 09 Oct 2019 19:42:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22232687/the-police-have-initiated-a-criminal-prosecution-against-threema-judges.htmlV4 countries reject EU’s plan on the redistribution of migrantsThe plan was drafted by only four EU countries.Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:02:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22232200/v4-countries-reject-eus-plan-on-migrant-boat-plan.htmlSaS maths: 21 renegades out, 23 new members inChairman Richard Sulik says the conflict in the party is over.Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:51:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22232078/kissova-and-other-30-party-members-quit-sas.htmlSlovaks will be able to use their eIDs in other EU countriesThe European Commission has approved Slovakia’s eID scheme.Tue, 08 Oct 2019 22:28:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22231720/slovaks-able-to-use-electronic-ids-within-the-eu.htmlKočner's defence will cast doubts on ThreemaProblems with breaking the encryption on the iPhone X have also been reported abroad.Tue, 08 Oct 2019 14:42:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22231150/threema-as-evidence-in-the-kuciak-murder-case.htmlČaputová signs disputed nature protection lawActivists prepare a lawsuit against the law at the European Court of Justice.Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:54:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22231268/president-caputova-signed-law-nature-protection-activists-discontented-lawsuit-ecj.htmlSpecial prosecutor Kováčik claims no links to Kočner and BödörDušan Kováčik does not plan on leaving the office before 2021.Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:44:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22231147/special-prosecutor-kovacik-claims-no-links-to-kocner-and-bodor.htmlParents will receive higher allowanceThose who worked before becoming parents will be better off.Mon, 07 Oct 2019 21:52:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22230799/parents-will-receive-higher-allowance.htmlJankovská to face discipline proposed by the ministerJudge Maruniaková under check over her ruling in Kočner's favour.Mon, 07 Oct 2019 21:49:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22230792/jankovska-faces-discipline-proposed-by-the-minister.htmlMost people are concerned about Kočner’s communicationAbout one-third of voters do not believe the text messages.Mon, 07 Oct 2019 13:27:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22230323/most-people-are-concerned-about-kocners-communication.htmlSaS approves slate without renegadesHead of parliamentary caucus Natália Blahová has been excluded. Party chair Sulík pushed through his people.Mon, 07 Oct 2019 13:22:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22230314/sas-approves-slate-without-renegades.htmlA. Pižurný on the 1989 Revolution: I did not want the world to be splitAnton Pižurný did not believe the communist regime could fall. Yet, he copied an illegal document that would help to bring about the revolution in his town.Sat, 05 Oct 2019 06:17:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22211078/anton-pizurny-post-bellum-the-1989-velvet-revolution-banska-stiavnica.htmlSmer admits that Jankovská’s nomination was a mistakeIf it is proven that the communication is real, the ex-state secretary should be charged, said Justice Minister Gábor Gál.Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:15:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22228282/smer-admits-that-jankovskas-nomination-was-a-mistake.htmlJankovská had judges on call for KočnerFormer deputy minister who recently returned as a judge has exchanged thousands of messages with Kočner. Denník N has published some of them.Thu, 03 Oct 2019 13:40:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22227698/jankovska-had-judges-on-call-for-kocner.htmlHead of Slovakia's Lynx commando heads association of anti-terrorist unitsŠtefan Hamran was elected in Helsinki.Thu, 03 Oct 2019 13:28:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22227657/head-of-slovakias-lynx-commando-heads-association-of-anti-terrorist-units.htmlChaining dogs could be banned in Slovakia soonA petition was signed by more than 50,000 people in July 2019.Wed, 02 Oct 2019 23:30:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22227373/will-the-chaining-of-dogs-become-illegal-in-slovakia.htmlDedoles will plant trees in the Tatras to tackle climate changeConcerns over the protection of national parks and climate change prompt more initiatives and citizens to help nature in Slovakia.Wed, 02 Oct 2019 15:04:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22227065/dedoles-sadi-les-father-forest-plant-a-forest-climate-change-slovakia.htmlA Slovak heads NATO’s counter-intelligence centreThe Counter-Intelligence Centre of Excellence tackles security threats and issues.Wed, 02 Oct 2019 12:52:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22226837/a-slovak-heads-nato-counter-intelligence-centre-of-excellence.htmlSlovaks can apply for free e-visa to RussiaThe visa is valid for St Petersburg and Leningrad Region only.Wed, 02 Oct 2019 12:50:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22226783/slovaks-can-apply-for-free-visa-to-russia.htmlŠefčovič recommended for EU commissioner postCoordinators have unanimously approved Slovakia's nominee for the post.Tue, 01 Oct 2019 22:08:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22226494/sefcovic-to-be-recommended-for-the-european-commissioner.htmlSupreme Court judge Harabin announces his new partyHarabin’s party may attract the voters of far-right ĽSNS, as well as those of SNS and Smer.Tue, 01 Oct 2019 21:54:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22226459/supreme-court-judge-harabin-announces-a-new-political-party.htmlInvestigation into the recent MiG-29 crash may take weeksA fighter jet crashed on the night of September 28 near Nitra. The wreck has been transported to Sliač.Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:24:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22225947/the-investigation-into-the-recent-mig-29-crash-may-take-weeks.htmlAbortions back in parliament. Danko proposes three measuresOne idea is to make pregnant women listen to the fetus’ heartbeat before they decide.Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:19:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22225888/danko-brings-forward-three-ways-how-to-dissuade-women-from-abortion.htmlPoll: Progressives, Spolu and Kiska are stronger togetherThe former president not rushing to create triple-coalition, though.Mon, 30 Sep 2019 22:54:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22225561/poll-progressives-spolu-and-kiska-are-stronger-together.htmlUPDATED: Strong wind caused problems around SlovakiaA fallen tree killed a schoolboy in Nitra.Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:32:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22225034/strong-wind-complicates-situation-in-bratislava.html