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_emailskStandard of living in Belarus is better than in Slovakia is a hoaxHoaxes that have appeared on the Internet in Slovak over the past monthFri, 22 Sep 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20655172/standard-of-living-in-belarus-is-better-than-in-slovakia-is-a-hoax.htmlQuote of the week“We are one of the few states in Europe that does not have an air connection like Košice-Poprad-Bratislava.”Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20654722/quote-of-the-week.htmlMore than 200 foreigners sit in Slovak prisonsMajority are Czechs.Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:41:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20654802/more-than-200-foreigners-sit-in-slovak-prisons.htmlFocus Poll: Government loses supportExtremist party led by Marian Kotleba would have come thirdFri, 22 Sep 2017 01:21:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20654875/focus-poll-government-loses-support.htmlEx-mining inspector Tejbus to receive award for civic courageThe man who was sacked for pointing out the stalled investigation of the gravest mining tragedy in modern Slovakia as well as member of the involved expert department, will be awarded for his courage and determination.Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:16:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20654356/ex-mining-inspector-tejbus-to-receive-award-for-civic-courage.htmlBike or electric car: ministers joined mobility weekThey have been participating in the event since 2012.Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:10:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20653937/bike-or-electric-car-ministers-joined-mobility-week.htmlCoalition only agrees on how to talk. But what will they talk about?Budget talks to decide on concrete policies. Danko wants airplanes, Fico wants better pay for nights and weekends.Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:20:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20653914/coalition-only-agrees-on-how-to-talk-but-what-will-they-talk-about.htmlRussian MiGs bring tension to the coalitionBut the defence minister denies any crisis.Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:56:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20653443/russian-migs-bring-tension-to-the-coalition.htmlTeachers and scientist support anti-corruption marchThey praise the activities of students who may change the current state of corruption.Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:52:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20653433/teachers-and-scientist-support-anti-corruption-march.htmlPeople may lose money in fake competitions on FacebookThe attackers often try to obtain information necessary for online transactions.Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:37:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20653016/people-may-lose-money-in-fake-competitions-on-facebook.htmlSlovaks drink less and lessBehind the decline in alcohol consumption is, for example, the abandoning of the habit of drinking at work – typical especially during communism, according to an expert.Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:08:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20652838/slovaks-drink-less-and-less.htmlNew education minister cancels controversial EU-fund call for researchThe new education minister scrapped the dubious legacy of her predecessor, the call for proposals to support research and development.Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:18:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20652893/lubyova-cancels-controversial-eu-fund-call-for-research.htmlChemists from 10 countries training in SlovakiaThe exercise will last until September 29.Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:21:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20652661/chemists-from-10-countries-training-in-slovakia.htmlShop in Bratislava's Old Town sold fake clothes and accessoriesThe owner now faces a fine of €67,000Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:55:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20652101/shop-in-bratislavas-old-town-sold-fake-clothes-and-accessories.htmlPolice president files charges due to information leak on Kiska’s companyTibor Gašpar filed a criminal motion concerning the information leak on president Andrej Kiska’s alleged tax fraud, so that an internal police investigation can be conducted.Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:52:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20651801/police-president-files-charges-due-to-information-leak-on-kiskas-company.htmlČmelák aircraft crashes in Prievidza, one person killedA biplane crash during an airport’s Open House Day resulted in a dead pilot and two injured people.Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:45:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20651770/cmelak-aircraft-crashes-in-prievidza-one-person-killed.htmlSlovaks top EU ranking in preferring partners with the same educationOut of all EU countries, Slovaks are most likely to find a partner at university or work.Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:49:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20649628/slovaks-prefer-partners-with-the-same-education.htmlCold front claims one lifeFirefighters take action in all Bratislava regions due to fallen trees and damaged roofs.Thu, 14 Sep 2017 22:50:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20649787/cold-front-claims-one-life.htmlPresident Kiska talks about transparency, hides documentsPresident Andrej Kiska refuses to show contracts and invoices related to his pre-election campaign expenditures.Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:26:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20649535/kiska-faces-more-documents.htmlNew RTVS head replaces news teamIn the wake of Jaroslav Rezník replacing Václav Mika as head of public television and radio – RTVS, the head of the news team as well as some of its members are being replaced as well.Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:04:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20649485/new-rtvs-head-replaces-news-team.htmlLawyer to supervise public procurementsNew ÚVO head Miroslav Hlivák described as a new blood for the institution.Wed, 13 Sep 2017 22:11:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20648906/lawyer-to-supervise-public-procurements.htmlReconstruction works at Špitálska interrupted for two months at leastWorks were temporarily halted due to dispute over the permission processWed, 13 Sep 2017 21:41:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20648043/reconstruction-works-at-spitalska-interrupted-for-two-months-at-least.htmlWho is the new education minister? The successful academician is unknown in regional educationThe new education minister is Martina Lubyová of the Academy of Sciences. Some of her friends were surprised by her connection to SNS.Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:32:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20648792/who-is-the-new-education-minister-the-successful-academician-is-unknown-in-regional-education.htmlPoliticians reveal their propertyBut observers consider the property disclosures rather vague.Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:07:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20648467/politicians-reveal-their-property.htmlRichter prepares general pardon for unreported employmentThe Labour Minister wants to pardon employers for not registering workers with the social insurer on time but does not support the state re-payment of fines.Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:12:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20648017/richter-prepares-general-pardon-for-unreported-employment.htmlSlovakia needs to respond to current security threatsThe country’s strategy must be updated due to the change in the security situation.Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:35:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20647996/slovakia-needs-to-respond-to-current-security-threats.htmlPlastics found in drinking water in SlovakiaAuthorities say they will check the problemTue, 12 Sep 2017 17:03:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20647766/plastics-found-in-drinking-water-in-slovakia.htmlPresident’s company investigated for taxesThe company belonging to Andrej Kiska and his brother had to pay an additional €27,000 for unjustified expenditures.Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:15:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20647553/presidents-company-investigated-for-taxes.htmlSlovak soldiers to go to IraqProposal still needs to approval by the government.Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:10:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20647551/slovak-soldiers-to-go-to-iraq.htmlDanko announces name of new education ministerMartina Lubyová from Slovak Academy of Sciences to become new education ministerMon, 11 Sep 2017 20:17:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20646880/danko-announces-name-of-new-education-minister.htmlFico, Bugár and Danko ink amendment to Coalition AgreementThe leaders agreed on new communications rulesMon, 11 Sep 2017 20:13:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20646911/fico-bugar-and-danko-ink-amendment-to-coalition-agreement.htmlSlovakia commemorated Holocaust Victims and Racial Hatred DaySeveral events took place around Slovakia, mostly at former Jewish religious or memorial sites.Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:12:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20646547/slovakia-commemorated-holocaust-victims-and-racial-hatred-day.htmlQuote of the week“Since they were made of plywood, which is not part of the cultural memorial, it is similar to posting a flyer for a Desmod concert.”Fri, 08 Sep 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20644036/quote-of-the-week.htmlLabour Minister Richter survies no-confidence voteThe SNS chose not to vote in a way to cause the coalition government to fall so the opposition failed to find enough MPs to oust Richter.Thu, 07 Sep 2017 22:47:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20644159/no-confidence-vote-against-labour-minister-jan-richter-fails.htmlSlovakia's second nomination for EU General Court failsRadoslav Procházka has canceled his application for judge of the EU General Court in Luxembourg.Thu, 07 Sep 2017 22:28:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20644028/slovakias-second-nomination-for-eu-general-court-fails.htmlCoalition could end on RichterThe parliament is debating the future of Ján Richter as labour minister. If he goes, coalition fails.Thu, 07 Sep 2017 18:25:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20644013/coalition-could-end-on-richter.htmlIn H1 2017, record number of new HIV cases reportedThe highest increase in the number of new HIV infections in one calendar year over the past few years was reported in the first half of the year.Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:10:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20643898/in-h1-2017-record-number-of-new-hiv-cases-reported.htmlBusinessman Kočner sold his flat in BonaparteA businessman whose name appeared on the so-called mafia lists sold his flat in the disputed residential complex of Bonaparte where PM Robert Fico also lives.Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:08:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20643892/businessman-kocner-sold-his-flat-in-bonaparte.htmlDetained for removing communist symbolsThe recent detention of an artist for disposing the sickles and hammers from a memorial opened a discussion about the attitude towards characteristic symbols of totalitarian regimes.Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:48:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20643866/detained-for-removing-communist-symbols.htmlTheologian who attended Pride prevented from teachingThe Evangelical bishops say Ondrej Prostredník outraged many believers with his speech at the Dúhový Pride event.Wed, 06 Sep 2017 23:35:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20643290/theologian-who-attended-pride-prevented-from-teaching.html