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_emailskShe faced Russian tanks in 1968. Today, she protests againThere are no tanks pointing at us today, says Mária Homolková, who joined protests in SNP Square once again in March 2018 to secure a better life for her grandchildren.Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:22:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20787589/she-faced-russian-tanks-in-1968-today-she-protests-again.htmlSwitch to daylight-saving time will “delay” six trainsSlovakia will resume daylight saving time during the night from Saturday to Sunday.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:01:27 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20787517/switch-to-daylight-saving-time-will-delay-six-trains.htmlLast Week in Slovakia: Fico resigns, Slovakia gets a new ruling cabinetPeter Pellegrini is the new prime minister.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:05:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20787418/last-week-in-slovakia-news-podcast-jan-kuciak-political-crisis.htmlOrganisers cancelled the Bratislava protestBut they are ready to monitor the steps of the new government closely and return to streets when necessary.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:35:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20785717/people-will-protest-in-streets-again-on-march-23.htmlThe prosecutor’s office will check police representative’s wifeThe wife of high police official owns a shopping mall worth €45 million.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:57:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786909/the-prosecutors-office-will-check-police-representatives-wife.htmlPresident: Žitňanská set the bar highFormer justice minister stays in parliament as a coalition MP.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:54:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786897/president-zitnanska-set-the-bar-high.htmlKiska appoints Pellegrini cabinetThe president approved the new government, despite some reservations. The new PM promises to investigate the murder of the journalist and his fiancée.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:50:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786891/kiska-appoints-pellegrini-cabinet.htmlItalian journalist: The Courts say that the Vadalas are from ‘Ndrangheta. That’s all there is to itThe annual turnover of ‘Ndrangheta is 60 billion dollars, investigative reporter Albanese says.Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:04:36 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786513/italian-journalist-the-courts-say-that-the-vadalas-are-from-ndrangheta-thats-all-there-is-to-it.htmlSpišská Nová Ves discriminated against a Roma womanIt is one of the first valid rulings issued in such a case.Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:02:26 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786491/spisska-nova-ves-discriminated-against-a-roma-woman.htmlKiska will appoint new government on ThursdayThe president reportedly asked for the dismissal of current Police Corps president; the interior minister nominee is ready to act.Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:55:44 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786488/kiska-will-appoint-new-government-on-thursday.htmlLaššáková talks about "money from overseas" in the third sectorProposed culture minister first said Fico was right about Soros, then apologised for her statement.Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:11:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786024/lassakova-new-culture-minister-pellegrini-cabinet-fico-soros-conspiracy-theories.htmlMan behind bomb explosion jailed for 23 yearsViliam Mišenka will go to jail for a bomb explosion at a Topoľčany-based company; the sentence was reduced by two years against original verdict.Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:56:48 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20786027/man-behind-bomb-explosion-jailed-for-23-years.htmlPellegrini – Smer’s crown prince or Fico’s puppet?Peter Pellegrini will be appointed prime minister. These are the 10 notable moments in his political career.Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:41:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20785378/pellegrini-smers-crown-prince-or-ficos-puppet.htmlTomáš Drucker may become new interior ministerFollowing the president's refusal to appoint the new government, designated PM Peter Pellegrini will submit a new list of candidates on March 21.Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:35:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20785729/tomas-drucker-may-become-new-interior-minister.htmlThe opposition proposes early electionsThe MPs point to the fundamental changes the parliament has undergone since March 2016.Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:29:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20785726/the-opposition-proposes-early-elections.htmlWhat’s new at the Foreigners’ Police in Bratislava?The Slovak Spectator visited the new premises of the Foreigners’ Police department in the Vajnory district, which opened on March 19.Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:37:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20785486/whats-new-at-the-foreigners-police-in-bratislava.htmlPresident will not appoint Pellegrini cabinet as proposedThere should be no people who could raise independence concerns, Kiska suggests. Pellegrini has until Friday to submit a new proposal.Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:17:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20785153/kiska-refuses-pellegrini-cabinet-ministers.htmlGeneral prosecutor sends draft agreement on creating joint investigative team to ItaliansAny progress in the investigation of the double murder has not yet been disclosed.Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:04:44 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20784788/general-prosecutor-sends-draft-agreement-on-creating-joint-investigative-team-to-italians.htmlPellegrini’s cabinet bets on a non-partisan interior ministerNine ministers remain unchanged, the interior to be led by “a man from Drucker’s team”. Here are the names Pellegrini wants in his cabinet.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:21:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20784607/pellegrinis-cabinet-bets-on-a-non-partisan-interior-minister.htmlAppeal by personalities: We want to trust the state againThe signatories of the We Want to Trust appeal have a set of demands, including the removal of the police president and special prosecutor, a credible interior minister and measures to find the murderers of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:41:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20784459/the-we-want-to-trust-appeal-by-145-personalities-wants-more-changes.htmlThe Nitra concert for Ján and Martina was attended by hundreds of peopleOrganisers say they want to continue the concerts to emphasise that music needs freedom and to commemorate those who died for a cause closely connected with freedom, Ján and Martina.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:11:47 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20784386/the-nitra-concert-for-jan-and-martina-was-attended-by-hundreds-of-people.htmlItalian companies in Slovakia drew EU-funds worth €68mAfter the Agriculture Ministry lifted its embargo, it turned out that the companies of Italians suspected of ties with ’Ndrangheta received subsidies worth millions of euros, through the Agricultural Paying Agency.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:02:48 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20784371/italian-companies-in-slovakia-drew-eu-funds-worth-68m.htmlKuciak Sr: I do not believe justice will be servedThe parents of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová are sceptical as to whether the investigation of their children's murder will return results and justice will be served.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:34:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20783696/kuciak-sr-i-do-not-believe-justice-will-be-served.htmlZuzana Kronerová: I would stand for twelve hours in the street with youIn an interview with Sme, Slovak actress Zuzana Kronerová discusses why she stands with the Slovak people and their pursuit for a more decent Slovakia.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:33:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20784081/zuzana-kronerova-i-would-stand-for-twelve-hours-in-the-street-with-you.html€540,000 transaction between Vadala and Trošková raises suspicionsThe bank connected to the former prime minister’s assistant had an account with a company investigated for VAT skulduggery.Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:48:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20782920/540000-transaction-between-vadala-and-troskova-raises-suspicions.htmlEnough of Smer, people chanted in streetsGovernment resignation is not enough, the crowd called for early elections. This is how it looked like in Bratislava on March 16.Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:24:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20782425/enough-of-smer-people-chanted-in-streets.htmlItalian businessman Vadala taken into pre-trial detentionThe decision is still not valid, as he can appeal it.Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:59:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20782084/italian-businessman-vadala-taken-into-pre-trial-detention.htmlMEPs call for investigation into the disappearance of journalistsJournalist Miroslav Pejko disappeared in March 2015. At the time, he was working for Hospodárske Noviny.Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:48:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20782073/meps-call-for-investigation-into-the-disappearance-of-journalists.htmlLast Week in Slovakia: Vadala arrested for drugs, political crisis continuesPeople will protest tomorrow again.Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:40:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781971/last-week-in-slovakia-vadala-arrested-for-drugs-political-crisis-continues.htmlPeter Pellegrini to become new prime minister. Who is he?After two weeks of political crisis, Slovakia will have a new prime minister. Pellegrini came of age in Smer.Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:00:57 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781853/pellegrini-new-prime-minister-slovakia.htmlPellegrini is the new PMRobert Fico and his cabinet submitted their resignation. Kiska authorised Pellegrini to form a new cabinet.Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:51:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781796/pellegrini-is-the-official-candidate-for-the-new-pm.htmlOrganisers of protests call for early electionsAlmost 40 towns in Slovakia and other cities abroad will host protest rallies on Friday, March 16.Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20779601/kalinaks-resignation-is-not-enough-protest-gatherings-will-continue.htmlA journalist banned from writing because of his storyThe ruling is not valid yet. It might become one of the few cases where journalists are punished for their work.Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:05:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781736/a-journalist-banned-from-writing-because-of-his-story.htmlPoll: Most Slovaks don’t trust FicoAnother poll suggests that the current coalition would fail to reach the majority in parliament, with Smer reporting the weakest result over a long period.Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:24:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781406/poll-most-slovaks-dont-trust-fico.htmlCocaine hidden in fruitSuspected ‘Ndrangheta member, Vadala, may have used farms to cover drug trafficking.Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:10:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781343/cocaine-hidden-in-fruit.htmlUPDATED: Fico is ready to resign tomorrowThere will be no early elections, Bugár has agreed with Fico on the PM's resignation. Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská ends too. Peter Pellegrini expected to be the new PM.Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:39:55 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20781295/fico-is-ready-to-resign-tomorrow.htmlCabinet session: Kaliňák is still interior ministerThe Slovak government holding a session despite crisis has recalled the state secretary at the Transport Ministry, Viktor Stromček.Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:33:28 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20780857/cabinet-session-kalinak-is-still-interior-minister.htmlMP of Smer party has power-plants near Italian-run farmsteadThe power plant and the farm share the same access road. Long-time Prešov regional governor claims he does not know owner Diego Roda who was investigated by police in 45 cases.Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:33:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20780368/mp-of-smer-party-has-power-plants-near-italian-run-farmstead.htmlGovernment’s Office won’t say when it was informed about Italian MafiaThe opposition leader wanted the report to reveal whether the government ignored the potential dangers of the Mafia group.Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:08:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20780419/governments-office-wont-say-when-it-was-informed-about-italian-mafia.htmlParliament paid tribute to murdered journalist and his fiancéeThe parliament continued working, but the discussion was hindered by the absence of several MPs.Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:04:35 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20780413/parliament-paid-tribute-to-murdered-journalist-and-his-fiancee.html