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_emailskKiska vetoes bill which would weaken himThe amendment transfers powers to appoint and remove the ÚRSO chair, from the president to the government.Thu, 25 May 2017 23:01:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20542587/kiska-vetoes-bill-which-would-weaken-him.htmlThe Slovak population is ageing at an ever faster paceThis is creating one of the biggest demographic challenges in society today.Thu, 25 May 2017 22:58:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20542503/the-slovak-population-is-ageing-at-an-ever-faster-pace.htmlKaliňák: Slovakia helps foil terror attack in DenmarkSlovakia is in the middle of a very safe space, Interior Minister said.Thu, 25 May 2017 22:34:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20542529/kalinak-slovakia-helps-foil-terror-attack-in-denmark.htmlBell Helicopter expressed regret following crashApart from the condolences and assurance of cooperation with Slovak authorities, the official stance of the company producing the Bell 429 helicopters also points out that “it is not possible to rule in or out any cause of the accident at this stage of the investigation”.Thu, 25 May 2017 13:55:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20542014/bell-helicopter-expressed-regret-following-crash.htmlResults of Judicial Council election announcedThe main election committee selected eight members of the Judicial Council on May 23.Thu, 25 May 2017 13:51:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20541978/results-of-judicial-council-election-announced.htmlČižnár filed a motion for the dissolution of the Kotleba-ĽSNS partyThe Slovak Supreme Court received a motion to dissolve the extreme right ĽSNS party founded and led by Marian Kotleba.Thu, 25 May 2017 13:40:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20541993/ciznar-filed-a-motion-for-the-dissolution-of-the-kotleba-lsns-party.htmlArmed forces need new armour, and moreSlovakia's armed forces need to modernise their military technology, but also improve infrastructure and make soldiers' salaries more competitive.Thu, 25 May 2017 09:27:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20541503/armed-forces-need-new-armour-and-more.htmlThe academy of sciences is closer to transformationIt may change the form of its operations as of July 2018.Thu, 25 May 2017 06:15:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20541494/the-academy-of-sciences-is-closer-to-transformation.htmlCabinet fails to select ÚVO head, vote to be repeated soonThe much debated selection of the head of the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO) that oversees the state’s tenders ended without a winner.Thu, 25 May 2017 06:07:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20541427/cabinet-fails-to-select-uvo-head-vote-to-be-repeated-soon.htmlVote-buying scandal lands village mayor in courtSome Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.Wed, 24 May 2017 14:37:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540566/vote-buying-scandal-lands-village-mayor-in-court.htmlPolice president refuses the proposals of studentsHe turned down their suggestions for a public debate but invites them to talk about corruption at the Police Corps Presidium.Wed, 24 May 2017 13:58:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540973/police-president-refuses-the-proposals-of-students.htmlUNESCO and WWF concerned about protection of Primeval Beech ForestsThe Slovak ministry response says that the protection of the area is one of its priorities.Tue, 23 May 2017 21:56:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540536/unesco-and-wwf-concerned-about-protection-of-primeval-beech-forests.htmlForeign soldiers to move across SlovakiaThey will attend several international exercises.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:35:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540013/foreign-soldiers-to-move-across-slovakia.htmlThe launch of the first Slovak satellite setAfter several problems with the American Falcon 9 rocket, the satellite is now expected to be sent into orbit from India.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:29:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540006/the-launch-of-the-first-slovak-satellite-set.htmlIt's not your Slovakia, Bystrica protesters told KotlebaPresident Andrej Kiska spoke to the crowd at the protest gathering, asking Slovaks what kind of country they want to have.Tue, 23 May 2017 00:11:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20539578/its-not-your-slovakia-bystrica-protesters-told-kotleba.htmlLajčák gives two versions of the Evka storyThe Foreign Ministry gives opposing statements about suspicious procurement related to the Slovak Presidency over the EU Council.Mon, 22 May 2017 23:19:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20539565/lajcak-gives-two-versions-of-the-evka-story.htmlTechnical failure seems to be behind police helicopter crashBlack boxes will be sent to the US for examination in a thorough investigation.Mon, 22 May 2017 14:06:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20539068/technical-failure-seems-to-be-behind-police-helicopter-crash.htmlSlovak climber dies on Mount EverestVladimír Štrba managed to climb the southern subsidiary peak of the tallest mountain in the world but did not have strength enough to return.Mon, 22 May 2017 13:39:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20538948/slovak-climber-dies-on-mount-everest.htmlSavchenko is a traitor and people have extraterrestrial blood are hoaxesThe Slovak Spectator brings a selection of hoaxes that appeared on the internet in Slovakia over the past week.Mon, 22 May 2017 13:18:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20536366/savchenko-is-a-traitor-and-people-have-extraterrestrial-blood-are-hoaxes.htmlQuote of the week“You will never make me say it was a black hole.”Fri, 19 May 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20536469/quote-of-the-week.htmlSlovakia wants to ban pesticides only in partThe Agricultural Ministry will not support the absolute ban of pesticides, thinks Greenpeace.Thu, 18 May 2017 23:21:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20536552/slovakia-wants-to-ban-pesticides-only-in-part.htmlKaliňák allegedly involved in another real estate scandalInterior Ministry bought two buildings for €2 million more than their real value, opposition party OĽaNO claims.Thu, 18 May 2017 22:50:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20536412/kalinak-allegedly-involved-in-another-real-estate-scandal.htmlIsraelis to educate Slovak teachers about holocaustThe Ministry of Education agrees cooperation with Yad Vashem.Thu, 18 May 2017 22:37:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20536549/israelis-to-educate-slovak-teachers-about-holocaust.htmlAnother fatal crash for Interior MinistryA week after a helicopter crash, an accident involving a ministry car coming back from the funeral claimed another life.Thu, 18 May 2017 12:47:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20536010/another-fatal-crash-for-interior-ministry.htmlWitness describes 1997 murder of gang leader SýkoraThe principal witness of the prosecution, Róbert Tóth testified at court in an example of the gang underworld and struggle for power.Thu, 18 May 2017 12:39:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535995/witness-describes-1997-murder-of-gang-leader-sykora.htmlArmy to buy new armoured vehiclesThe price tag of the project is nearly €1.2 billion.Wed, 17 May 2017 22:04:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535579/army-to-buy-new-armoured-vehicles.htmlExtremists thrive on Facebook, despite recent shut-downsA number of Facebook pages linked to the Slovak far right have been blocked; dozens of others flourish.Wed, 17 May 2017 20:38:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20534719/extremists-thrive-on-facebook-despite-recent-shut-downs.htmlCourt again frees policemen charged with bullying Roma boysIn the protracted case – lasting for seven years – the criminal panel of the Košice II District Court acquitted all ten defendants in the case of abused Roma children from the Lunik IX borough.Wed, 17 May 2017 20:32:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535570/court-again-frees-policemen-charged-with-bullying-roma-boys.htmlHandicapped children want to feel equalThe unlimited and unselfish love children give you cannot be found anywhere else, says Zdenka Zámečníková, the chief nurse at the Home of Social Services (DSS) for Children and Adults in Galanta, when explaining the reasons for doing her job.Wed, 17 May 2017 16:42:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20534895/handicapped-children-want-to-feel-equal.htmlSlovakia will seek new Homophobe of the YearThe title was granted to extremist Marian Kotleba last year.Wed, 17 May 2017 14:00:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535145/slovakia-will-seek-new-homophobe-of-the-year.htmlMPs halt proceedings against KiskaThe scrutiny concerns the use of the government-funded plane.Tue, 16 May 2017 22:10:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20534701/mps-halt-proceedings-against-kiska.htmlCandidate for Governor of Banská Bystrica Region calls for democrats to join forcesJoining forces is not a sign of weakness but a chance for democracy in Slovakia, says SNP Museum head Stanislav Mičev.Tue, 16 May 2017 22:04:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20534697/candidate-for-governor-of-banska-bystrica-region-calls-for-democrats-to-join-forces.htmlUPDATED: Interior Minister refuses to leave after avoiding competitionOffice for Public Procurement may impose a €260,000 fine on the Interior Ministry for avoiding public procurement when acquiring client centre.Tue, 16 May 2017 16:05:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20532454/interior-minister-refuses-to-leave-after-avoiding-competition.htmlExperts will seek ways to improve criminal liability preventionThe European Compliance Forum 2017 should offer space to seek for ways to make compliance programmes more effective.Tue, 16 May 2017 14:07:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20534112/experts-will-seek-ways-to-improve-criminal-liability-prevention.htmlBugár: If we wanted to read any letters you wouldn't even know they had been openedThe affair has led to increased tensions.Mon, 15 May 2017 21:42:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20533583/bugar-if-we-wanted-to-read-any-letters-you-wouldnt-even-know-they-had-been-opened.htmlWannaCry malware attack hit hospital in NitraOnly a few companies were infected by the dangerous ramsonware in Slovakia.Mon, 15 May 2017 21:27:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20533608/wannacry-malware-attack-hit-hospital-in-nitra.htmlDestructive supercell repeated in Prešov after two yearsAfter an extreme thunderstorm and hailstorm hit a huge part of eastern Slovakia in May 2015, a new one hit the city of Prešov recently.Mon, 15 May 2017 14:42:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20533251/destructive-supercell-repeated-in-presov-after-two-years.htmlTest: Lamp could not have killed HarabinWhen ex-minister and ex-judicial official Štefan Harabin claimed someone tried to kill him, a newspaper created an experiment to verify his accusations.Mon, 15 May 2017 14:16:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20533199/test-lamp-could-not-have-killed-harabin.htmlUS dollar is not ending and Le Pen is not a ZionistThese are the hoaxes that appeared on the internet in Slovakia over the past two weeks.Fri, 12 May 2017 11:51:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20531047/us-dollar-is-not-ending-and-le-pen-is-not-a-zionist.htmlE-mail account of head of parliament’s office hackedHacker asks for money via e-mail.Thu, 11 May 2017 22:48:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20530660/e-mail-of-parliaments-office-head-hacked.html