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_emailskLast Week in Slovakia: Farmers staged a protest by driving across the countryListen to all the headlines from The Slovak Spectator's news podcast.Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:49:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20854034/last-week-in-slovakia-farmers-staged-a-protest-by-driving-across-the-country.htmlDigital News Report: What are the biggest challenges of Slovak journalism?Trust in the media slightly increased following the murder of journalist but it may not last.Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:43:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853746/political-crisis-institutional-independence-and-fake-news-the-biggest-challenges-of-slovak-journalism.htmlOncology register will get an update after 10 yearsScreening, prevention and registering of incidences can help reduce risk of cancer – which is supposed to become the most frequent cause of death in a few years. HPV vaccination to be introduced has provoked protest emails.Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:55:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853846/after-ten-years-the-national-oncology-register-will-be-re-activated.htmlMeasles continue spreading in the eastFrom the original source of infection, the village of Drahňov, the infected who violated quarantine rules have spread measles to other places. Six cases also involve medical staffers.Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:20:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853762/the-measles-epidemic-in-eastern-slovakia-has-registered-38-cases.htmlParliamentary committee disagrees over President Kiska’s campaign financingSome members believe Kiska clearly violated the law while others are criticising the committee for acting outside of its jurisdiction.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:07:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853506/parliamentary-committee-disagrees-over-president-kiskas-campaign-financing.htmlSlovak women scientists prove that science is not just for menI grew up with the conviction that science belongs to men, said one awarded Slovak scientist.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:07:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20850709/slovak-women-scientists-prove-that-science-is-not-just-for-men.htmlFive years after the Moldava raid, the victims have turned into perpetratorsJune 19 marks the fifth anniversary of the brutal and much-discussed raid in the Roma settlement; and it points to five of those beaten being charged with perjury.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:41:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853115/five-years-after-the-moldava-raid-the-victims-have-turned-into-perpetrators.htmlMurdered Filipino taken home by Slovak government planeThe body of expat killed in a violent street incident in downtown Bratislava at end of May has been transported to his homeland.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:29:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853031/murdered-filipino-taken-home-by-slovak-government-plane.htmlHoax: Beware of HIV-infected orangesOne joke got out of hand while a false declaration was used to promote the anti-immigrant agenda. Here are some recent hoaxes spreading on social media.Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:53:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852608/hoax-beware-of-hiv-infected-oranges.htmlTwo cops charged with corruption in case allegedly involving illegal dumpThe illegal dump represents a risk to drinking water in the Žitný Ostrov area.Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:50:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852609/two-cops-charged-with-corruption-in-case-allegedly-involving-illegal-dump.htmlFor a Decent Slovakia organise another protest for June 22At the same time, they are suing ex-PM Robert Fico, in response to his statements made during the protest rallies in February, citing fear-mongering and defamation.Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:36:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20852133/for-a-decent-slovakia-organise-another-protest-for-june-22-as-they-sue-ex-pm-fico.htmlYoungest Slovak village is like New YorkDedina Mládeže (The Youth Village) was a mere experiment during the communist era. Now, the still inhabited village has morphed into an open-air museum.Sat, 16 Jun 2018 17:39:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20850770/youngest-slovak-village-is-a-communist-dream-come-true.htmlTop 3 news from Last Week in SlovakiaPresident Andrej Kiska delivered a harsh state of the republic address in parliament.Fri, 15 Jun 2018 07:40:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849912/top-3-news-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlPoliceman from anti-corruption unit arrested for corruptionThe case might be linked to illegal waste dump.Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:07:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20850118/policeman-from-anti-corruption-unit-arrested-for-corruption.htmlHead of the Sýkorovci group sentenced to lifeApart from Róbert Lališ, other members of this organised crime group were given sentences.Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:12:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849780/head-of-the-sykorovci-group-sentenced-to-life.htmlJournalist Petková: It is terrible to read that we ordered Ján’s murderThe Trend weekly’s reporter Zuzana Petková no longer takes her phone to police interrogations.Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:09:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849291/journalist-petkova-it-is-terrible-to-read-that-we-ordered-jans-murder.htmlCoalition politicians slam Kiska for his State of Republic AddressThe Smer chairman accuses him of becoming an opposition politician while PM Pellegrini suggests Kiska is no longer a non-partisan head of state.Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:14:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849389/coalition-politicians-slam-kiska-for-his-state-of-republic-address.htmlSmer improves slightly in polls, Progressive Slovakia on the riseIn the beginning of June, the ruling party would have garnered 21.7 of the public vote.Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:02:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849381/smer-improves-slightly-in-polls-progressive-slovakia-on-the-rise.htmlThe Handmaid’s Tale in parliamentFeminist activists dressed in costumes from the TV series to protest a proposed law banning abortions.Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:52:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849369/the-handmaids-tale-in-parliament.htmlLast Week in Slovakia: Kiska gave a harsh state of the republic addressListen to all the headlines from The Slovak Spectator's news podcast.Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:40:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849300/last-week-in-slovakia-kiska-gave-a-harsh-state-of-the-republic-address.html10 quotes from the president’s speechPresident Andrej Kiska gave his state of the republic address to the parliament. What did he tell the MPs?Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:18:50 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20849144/10-quotes-from-the-presidents-speech.htmlWanted Brtva testified in court, nobody arrested himThe man for whom a European arrest warrant has allegedly been issued testified and even gave media interviews, while walking away free afterwards. His lawyer claims they appealed and so the warrant is suspended.Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:17:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20848868/wanted-brtva-testified-in-court-nobody-arrested-him.htmlProfessionals warn of storms in all SlovakiaA first-degree warning has been issued for June 12 and the night of June 13, with supercells being expected in some parts of eastern Slovakia.Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20847980/professionals-warn-of-storms-in-the-whole-of-slovakia.htmlSlovak high-tech fortress hosts cryptominersA Slovak cryptofarm using actors and a data centre for promotion caught the eye of the worldwide IT community.Tue, 12 Jun 2018 15:41:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20848211/slovak-high-tech-fortress-hosts-cryptominers.htmlWhat are the key events in modern Slovak (and Czech) history?Czechs and Slovaks have rated the key events in domestic modern history, picking a wartime uprising, an anti-communist revolt and the rise of independent Slovakia. They also ranked top important personalities.Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:51:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20847956/which-are-the-key-events-in-modern-slovak-and-czech-history.htmlSmall child dies after being left in overheated carParamedics warn that a child’s body overheats up to five times more rapidly than that of an adult.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:36:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20847560/small-child-dies-after-being-left-in-overheated-car.htmlMore than 10,000 volunteers went on dates with their citiesCleaning castles and painting fences. This is how people participated in the biggest volunteering event in central Europe.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:18:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20847545/volunteers-went-on-a-date-with-their-cities.htmlPoison that killed birds of prey found in hunter’s houseSomeone in the vicinity of the village of Tvrdošovce has killed at least 24 birds of prey this year.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:36:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20847071/poison-that-killed-birds-of-prey-found-in-hunters-house.htmlProsecutor Špirko found guilty of disciplinary transgression but not punished“In light of the nature of the transgression, it is reasonable to expect that having the disciplinary committee deliberate on the matter is sufficient,” says committee chair.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:06:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20846966/prosecutor-spirko-found-guilty-of-disciplinary-transgression-by-committee-but-no-punishment-imposed.htmlMost-Híd’s Béla Bugar to run for Slovak presidentHis party argues that “the time is ripe for a member of an ethnic minority to run for president”. Political analysts see it as Most-Híd’s effort to draw attention before the general election.Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:53:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20846932/most-hids-bela-bugar-to-run-for-slovak-president.htmlBratislava called for justice for Henry Acorda and an end to violenceThe organisers of the commemorative gathering expressed their sympathy for the family of the killed Filipino expat and called for an end to violence against women and foreigners in society.Fri, 08 Jun 2018 20:12:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20845803/bratislava-called-for-an-end-to-violence-and-justice-for-henry-acorda.htmlAmCham: Attacks like the one on Henry Acorda have no place in civilised societyBusinesses employing foreigners speak up against violence and racism in the wake of the brutal attack.Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:06:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20845065/amcham-attacks-like-the-one-on-henry-acorda-have-no-place-in-civilised-society.htmlBratislava gathering for murdered Filipino expat moved to FridayThe funeral will take place the day after.Thu, 07 Jun 2018 23:53:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844944/bratislava-gathering-for-murdered-filipino-expat-moved-to-friday.htmlTop 3 news from Last Week in SlovakiaThe killing of Filipino expat in Bratislava prompts protests against violence.Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:51:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20845048/top-3-news-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlDo you already have your volunteer T-shirt?Volunteers across Slovakia will help improve their environment as part of the traditional Our City event.Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:40:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844488/do-you-already-have-your-volunteer-t-shirt.htmlWhat share of Slovaks prefers nature protection to economic growth?Slovakia participates in the European Values StudyThu, 07 Jun 2018 13:35:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20843970/what-share-of-slovaks-prefers-nature-protection-to-economic-growth.htmlHeavy rain caused troubles in the westThe weather paralysed transport and caused power failures. Some flights from Bratislava had to be cancelled.Wed, 06 Jun 2018 21:57:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844201/heavy-rain-caused-troubles-in-the-west.htmlSlovak cities paid tribute to killed Filipino expatThe gathering in Bratislava was cancelled, but in other Slovak cities people met to light candles in remembrance of Henry Acorda.Wed, 06 Jun 2018 21:51:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844190/slovak-cities-paid-tribute-to-killed-filipino-expat.htmlLast Week in Slovakia: Expat killed in a street attackListen to all the headlines from The Slovak Spectator's news podcast.Wed, 06 Jun 2018 21:50:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844220/last-week-in-slovakia-expat-killed-in-a-street-attack.htmlFrantišek Mikloško to run for president a record third timeThe former parliamentary speaker and communist-time dissident was called on by more than 35 personages to run for president as an independent candidate.Wed, 06 Jun 2018 21:40:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844202/frantisek-miklosko-to-run-for-president-a-record-third-time.html