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_emailskUnderground resistance fighter and political prisoner awardedThe prizes awarded to Czech and Slovaks whose lives were impacted by totalitarian regimes and non-democracy were given at a ceremony in the Prague National Theatre.Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:04:08 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699871/this-years-nations-memory-awards-went-to-slovaks-matejcikova-and-simko.htmlPeople fight for vanishing national park forestsThe My Sme Les (We Are Wood) initiative was signed by more than 25,000 peopleMon, 20 Nov 2017 13:48:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699965/people-fight-for-vanishing-national-park-forests.htmlThe day that changed the Tatra mountains for goodThe windstorm damaged 12,000 hectares of woods on November 19, 2004.Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:35:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699948/the-day-that-changed-the-tatra-mountains-for-good.htmlThe environmentalist that took on foresters and the stateEnvironmentalist and documentary film-maker Erik Baláž awarded White Crow for fighting for the survival of the Tichá and Kôprová valleysMon, 20 Nov 2017 11:34:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699573/the-environmentalist-that-took-on-foresters-and-the-state.htmlThey reported corruption at the Foreign Ministry. Now they receive an awardThe tenth year of the White Crow award, celebrating young people and activists who break prejudices and go against the tide.Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:48:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699553/hlavkova-and-szalai-win-white-crow-award-an-environmentalist-and-a-psychologist-were-awarded-too.htmlSmer follows a downward trend but may escape oblivionWhat does the defeat in regional elections mean for the future of Slovakia’s strongest party?Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:05:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699076/smer-follows-a-downward-trend-but-may-escape-oblivion.htmlSlovakia commemorates the fall of communismSeveral events mark the 28th anniversary of the November protests.Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:05:29 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20698005/slovakia-commemorates-the-fall-of-communism.htmlFico calls on Kiska to pay €1 million for use of government planeKiska responded by saying that he understands Fico’s frustration after regional election lossThu, 16 Nov 2017 20:29:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20698081/fico-calls-on-kiska-to-pay-1-million-for-use-of-government-plane.htmlSocialism elections were parody of free voteAfter the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent.Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:57:38 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20698052/socialism-elections-were-parody-of-free-vote.htmlPolice dissolve a group robbing the state through food importsThe accused group members can spend up to 12 years in prison.Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:45:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697715/police-dissolve-a-group-robbing-the-state-through-food-imports.htmlDanko criticised for friendly speech to Russian MPsWhile the speaker of parliament spoke in Moscow, President Kiska delivered a speech in the European Parliament. Lajčák says both should have consulted him.Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:42:27 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697706/danko-criticised-for-friendly-speech-to-russian-mps.htmlTop 3 stories from Last Week in SlovakiaChinese could produce e-cars in Slovakia - PM Robert Fico does not see election defeat - Poliačik leaves the strongest opposition partyThu, 16 Nov 2017 12:41:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697669/top-3-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlEcocide! How Slovakia destroys its national parksOfficially, the number of forests in Slovakia keeps growing but satellite shots of the national parks evoke horrors.Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:08:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697303/ecocide-how-slovakia-destroys-its-national-parks.htmlSlovak firms to be involved in armoured vehicles' developmentThe Defence Ministry wants most of the new vehicles to be produced by Slovak companies.Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:21:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697324/slovak-firms-to-be-involved-in-armoured-vehicles-development.htmlOpposition wants to topple Kaliňák as Interior MinisterThe opposition seeks to oust Kaliňák, as his ministry must pay fines amounting to €10-million for botched public procurement.Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:05:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697337/opposition-wants-to-topple-kalinak-as-interior-minister.htmlMost people perceive the Velvet Revolution positivelyThe 1989 revolution, which toppled communism in Czechoslovakia, is perceived positively by 53 percent of people, while 19 percent see it negatively, according to a poll.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:58:21 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696835/ivo-the-velvet-revolution-perceived-positively-by-slightly-more-than-half-the-population.htmlAcademy of Sciences succeeds in luring smart peopleSAV’s special programme effectively lures researchers from abroad to Slovakia, both expats and foreigners.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:48:36 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696763/academy-of-sciences-succeeds-in-luring-smart-people.htmlCulture minister offers to resign from his Smer postOther deputy chairs reportedly said they would also resign due to regional election results.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:08:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696445/culture-minister-offers-to-resign-from-his-smer-post.htmlPresident requires transparency in army modernisationAndrej Kiska was critical of the non-disclosure of the information about the planned purchase of armoured vehicles.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:04:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696440/president-requires-transparency-in-army-modernisation.htmlDuke of Edinburgh's awardee: I learned to meet my own goals, despite handicapAn example of a young participant in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme who was left nearly blind shows how one can push their limits.Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:59:17 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696367/international-award-laureate-i-learned-to-meet-my-own-goals.htmlTIS: Despite progress, Slovakia still fails to catch corrupt “big fish”The country has improved the fight against corruption in the past years, but keeps failing in terms of prosecuting people at top levels, transparency watchdog finds.Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:29:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695881/tis-despite-progress-slovakia-still-fails-to-catch-corrupt-big-fish.htmlPolice block disputed amount on lawyer Bžán’s accountThe company that signed a contract with Lawyer Radomír Bžán regarding state representation in international arbitration has asked the court to block the remuneration on his account.Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:29:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695149/police-block-disputed-amount-on-lawyer-bzans-account.htmlPM Fico does not admit defeat in regional electionAfter almost a week, Robert Fico comments on the results of his party in regional elections, claiming it as a success.Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:17:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695121/pm-fico-does-not-admit-defeat-in-regional-election.htmlCourt denies custody of child to Muslim father over Christmas periodThe verdict of Trenčín Regional Court cites the Convention on the Rights of the Child but the argument based on religious belief surprises experts.Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:11:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20694445/court-denies-custody-of-child-to-muslim-father-over-christmas-period.htmlThe inventor of water-propelled car was not poisoned, and yes, eliminating genders in the EU is a hoaxDisinformers dusted off the old myth about alternative car propulsion and the death of its inventor, while others spread the rumour of human genders being eliminated.Sun, 12 Nov 2017 01:25:19 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693688/the-inventor-of-water-propelled-car-was-not-poisoned-and-yes-eliminating-genders-in-the-eu-is-a-hoax.htmlTop 3 stories from Last Week in SlovakiaRegional elections show the door to the far right - Smer loses four governor chairs - Kažimír may become Eurogroup presidentFri, 10 Nov 2017 12:14:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693415/top-3-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlEC: Funds for education still lowA recent report criticises the financing of education, salaries for teachers and also large regional disparities.Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:38:21 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693003/ec-funds-for-education-still-low.htmlPolice did not confirm foreign funds for ĽSNSAllegations that the extremist party had received money from a pro-Kremlin businessman were not confirmed.Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:50:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20692404/police-did-not-confirm-foreign-funds-for-lsns.htmlGovernment suspends talks on military vehicles purchaseThe ministers first need to learn more about the proposal.Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:41:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20692403/government-suspends-talks-on-military-vehicles-purchase.htmlConspiracy theorist leaves high Education Ministry postLukáš Machala returns to his original post advising SNS chair Danko.Wed, 08 Nov 2017 20:55:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20692204/conspiracy-theorist-leaves-high-education-ministry-post.htmlSaS loses another founding memberAmong the reasons for Martin Poliačik’s decision are different opinions on certain issues to the rest of the party.Wed, 08 Nov 2017 20:42:47 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20692198/sas-loses-another-founding-member.htmlLearning to speak can become a hobbyCommunication and organisational skills can be mastered even if you’re not born with them. There is a worldwide club that teaches people how.Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:04:36 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691815/learning-to-speak-can-become-a-hobby.htmlState will pay €17.6 million to lawyer but will immediately sue his firmThe management of state company HM Invest was sacked over this scandal but they can still receive a generous "golden handshake".Wed, 08 Nov 2017 03:34:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691387/state-will-pay-17-6-million-to-lawyer-but-will-immediately-sue-his-firm.htmlPolice return backpack with €300,000 to railway officialThe money police found in the backpack of long-time railway official, Štefan Hlinka, is allegedly “clean”.Wed, 08 Nov 2017 03:06:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691376/police-return-backpack-with-300000-to-railway-official.htmlPoll: Slovaks fear terrorism and social differences the mostMore than half of respondents saw the possible victory of Marian Kotleba and his extremist ĽSNS party in the regional elections as a threat.Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:21:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20690806/poll-slovaks-fear-terrorism-and-social-differences-the-most.htmlFico is determined to carry on, but is dissatisfied with his peoplePM Fico gave his first response to the election results on MondayMon, 06 Nov 2017 22:09:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20690337/fico-is-determined-to-carry-on-but-is-dissatisfied-with-his-people.htmlElection geographer: People voted out Smer in protestTibor Madleňák, a political analyst specialising in election geography, says in an interview with The Slovak Spectator that Kotleba had to defend his performance in a political post for the first time - and failed.Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:48:08 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20689131/election-geographer-people-voted-out-smer-in-protest.htmlSmer: We will draw conclusions, replace old and burnt-out peopleSome top politicians in the ruling Smer party comment on the regional election results, admitting some unexpected flops and possible changes in their party.Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:49:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20689914/glvac-pellegrini-and-madaric-we-will-draw-consequences-replace-old-and-burnout-people-in-smer.htmlKiska: A self-confident Slovakia wonSlovak President Andrej Kiska thanked voters, and commented on the outcome of the country’s regional election.Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:39:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20689871/kiska-a-self-confident-slovakia-won.htmlPolice investigate regional election’s vote-buying in eastern SlovakiaIn some eastern municipalities, suspicions of vote-buying have been reported; while in several villages in western Slovakia, a power blackout caused the closing of election rooms and the postponing of the deadline.Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:34:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20689863/police-investigate-regional-elections-vote-buying-in-eastern-slovakia.html