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_emailskPrisoner escaped and caughtHe was back in his cell a few hours later.Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:08:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20629063/prisoner-escaped-and-caught.htmlPeople of Pezinok fighting against landfill againDispute over controversial Pezinok waste dump, which started 18 years ago, continues.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628041/people-of-pezinok-fighting-against-landfill-again.htmlGliders dominate the sky above NitraThe historic planes met for the first time already.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:29:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628658/gliders-dominate-the-sky-above-nitra.htmlRegional authority stops money for school that warned against fascistsThough there is no obvious link between the criticism and the decision to scrap the subsidy, there are some indications.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:20:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628653/regional-authority-stops-money-for-school-that-warned-against-fascists.htmlCrisis ends in Danko’s defeatEducation minister steps down following Fico’s call, Danko not ruling out he might leave politics.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:08:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628635/crisis-ends-in-dankos-defeat.htmlPoprad mayor caught drunk-drivingThe mayor of the eastern-Slovak city could lose his job.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:41:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628271/poprad-mayor-caught-drunk-driving.htmlSecond Airbus joins the government’s fleetIt is the last aircraft purchased as part of the modernisation.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:03:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628232/second-airbus-joins-the-governments-fleet.htmlPM Fico wants Education Minister’s resignationEducation Minister Peter Plavčan has refused to leave, the Prime Minister demanding his resignation.Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:14:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20627915/education-minister-will-depart.htmlEmergency departments will changeThe new network is expected to be finished in three years.Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:11:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20627894/emergency-departments-will-change.htmlMinister Richter to withdraw Čistý Deň accreditationThe Labour Ministry had not withdrawn the accreditation earlier, despite committee recommendations.Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:34:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20627413/minister-richter-to-withdraw-cisty-den-accreditation.htmlInterior minister will not be prosecuted for corruptionThe prosecutor’s office does not find his business with tax fraud suspect suspicious.Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:03:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20627391/interior-minister-will-not-be-prosecuted-for-corruption.htmlSouthern Slovakia will face heat againThe first-level warning is issued for the 16th and 17th.Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:23:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20627384/southern-slovakia-will-face-heat-again.htmlSlovaks are concerned by extremismThe poll showed there are no differences in the perception of extremism among various social environments.Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:49:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20626984/slovaks-are-concerned-by-extremism.htmlMeeting of coalition leaders postponed againMeanwhile the Government Office claims there is no need to organise a meeting.Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:47:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20626972/meeting-of-coalition-leaders-postponed-again.htmlPlavčan announces new call for research proposals and new evaluatorsThe opposition is calling on him to do more.Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:44:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20626490/plavcan-announces-new-call-for-research-proposals-and-new-evaluators.htmlWestern Slovakia shocked by violent stormsAfter past similar events in other regions, now western Slovakia, mostly the Bratislava and Trnava regions, were hit by a storm and whirlwind amounting to a cyclone on the evening of August 10.Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:36:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20626157/western-slovakia-shocked-by-violent-storms.htmlČistý Deň case re-openedOne of the Čistý Deň (i.e. Clean Day) re-socialisation centre’s former employees has been charged with sexual abuse, police confirmed. Also, the ministry has re-opened the issue of accreditation being withdrawn from the centre.Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:59:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20626133/cisty-den-case-re-opened.htmlCoalition council meeting postponed, allegedly due to PM’s healthPrime Minister Robert Fico, who one day earlier held a public talk, cited health issues as the reason for skipping the planned August 11 coalition council meeting.Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:43:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20626129/coalition-council-meeting-postponed-allegedly-due-to-pms-health.htmlTowns and cities battle the heatRegional capitals finance measures to fight climate changes from their own budgets.Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623792/towns-and-cities-battle-the-heat.htmlQuote of the week“You are pathetic, all of you.”Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623828/quote-of-the-week.htmlArmy to get more soldiers and technologySlovakia should be part of defence initiative of Europe, PM Fico says.Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:25:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623906/army-to-get-more-soldiers-and-technology.htmlPolice will not prosecute MečiarThe statute of limitations in the case has expired.Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:13:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623877/police-will-not-prosecute-meciar.htmlWhat is the Plavčan scandal all about?Suspicions about the flawed drawing of EU funds at the Education Ministry have turned into a major scandal for the current government.Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:10:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20622655/what-is-the-plavcan-scandal-all-about.htmlSlovakia had an almost record tropical nightIn the village of Kamanová, on the lee side of the Tríbeč mountain range in western Slovakia, the night of August 10 almost broke temperature records.Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:01:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623387/slovakia-had-an-almost-record-tropical-night.htmlDanko’s letter sends coalition in turmoilSmer, Most-Híd and SNS believe they are the only alternative for government, early elections unlikely.Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:25:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623490/dankos-letter-sends-coalition-in-turmoil.htmlHead of Bratislava Region proposes free public transportExperts warn that free transport may bring over-crowding and other problems.Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:57:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623069/head-of-bratislava-region-proposes-free-public-transport.htmlA member of the Takáčovci gang will remain in custodyThe Supreme Court has turned down the proposal to release Václav K. on bail.Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:20:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20622617/a-member-of-the-takacovci-gang-will-remain-in-custody.htmlLGBTI people in the regions: We change people’s mindsBratislava will dress up in rainbow colours this August again, for the seventh time. This will be for the Bratislava Dúhový Pride diversity festival. But the colours of the rainbow are less bright in the regions, far away from the anonymous environment of the capital.Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:45:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20622347/lgbti-people-in-the-regions-we-change-peoples-minds.htmlFirst sentence in the neo-Nazi attack on the Mariatchi bar is validJán Ďurov will be punished for kicking the owner of the downtown Nitra bar in the head and breaking his leg.Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:26:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20622233/first-sentence-in-the-neo-nazi-attack-on-the-mariatchi-bar-valid.htmlUPDATED: Heat and warnings returnThe temperatures on August 9 and 10 again be very high.Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:24:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20622238/heat-and-warnings-return.htmlThe person who left €300,000 in a backpack was foundThe Prešov man who forgot the backpack was a long-time manager of state railways.Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:44:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20622227/the-person-who-left-300000-in-a-backpack-was-found.html5 things you need to know about the coalition crisisJunior coalition nationalist SNS has withdrawn from the coalition agreement. What comes next?Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:57:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20621873/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-coalition-crisis.htmlMore charges brought against well-known neo-NaziMarián Magát may be punished for his speech at a demonstration in Prague in summer 2015.Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:37:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20621886/more-charges-brought-against-well-known-neo-nazi.htmlSNS leader Danko unexpectedly withdraws from coalition agreementPM Fico finds the Danko’s move absurd and convened a session of the Coalition Council for TuesdayMon, 07 Aug 2017 23:38:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20621476/sns-leader-danko-unexpectedly-withdraws-from-coalition-agreement.htmlExhibition of human bodies draws protestsThe exhibition of human bodies delivered by the Chinese police, which is to take place in Bratislava’s Incheba complex, is drawing protests from various groups even before its opening.Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:29:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20621274/exhibition-of-human-bodies-draws-protests.htmlRussian propaganda spreads hoax about European sanctions against US“Alternative media” produced a variety of hoaxes last week.Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:17:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20620562/russian-propaganda-spreads-hoax-about-european-sanctions-against-us.htmlDefence minister presents new helicopters to Slovak Air ForceThe Defence Ministry is purchasing nine helicopters worth $261 million via a US government programme.Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:51:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618785/defence-minister-presents-new-helicopters-to-slovak-air-force.htmlPolice examination ended with beating of witnessThe case will be addressed by the general prosecutor and a parliament committee.Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:42:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618799/police-examination-ended-with-beating-of-witness.htmlPolice will not charge ĽSNS MP Krupa for statuses on social networkThe extremist MP will not be the fourth deputy of the ĽSNS party to be charged with extremist crime. He claims the outrageous statuses are not his work.Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:54:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618260/police-will-not-charge-lsns-mp-krupa-for-statuses-on-social-network.htmlPoll: Majority wants a candidate against Kotleba’s partyPolitical parties should put up a single candidate for regional governor to challenge the incumbent one.Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:50:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618225/poll-majority-wants-a-candidate-against-kotlebas-party.html