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_emailskKočner had Kuciak murdered, then planned to escapeThe controversial businessman admitted to an alleged mafia member that he might not get away with the crime.Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:52:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22081658/kocner-kuciak-murder-order-charges-police-accusation.htmlSlovakia and Switzerland have a similar mental landscapeSlovakia feels younger, Switzerland seems more colourful, says Swiss Ambassador Alexander Hoffet.Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:57:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22081029/ambassador-switzerland-alexander-hoffet-interview.htmlFico threatens media againThe chairman of the strongest ruling party launched another series of attacks against the media.Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:28:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22081108/fico-media-freedom-threats-attack.htmlFirst witnesses heard in the case of Henry Acorda's deathThe attacker, Juraj Hossu, remains in prison.Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:21:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22081093/henry-acorda-murder-juraj-hossu-trial.htmlFollowing his communication with Zsuzsová, Vanek resigns from his post as prosecutorZsuzsová has been charged in connection with the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak.Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:05:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22081084/jan-kuciak-murder-zsuzsova-jan-kuciak-murder.htmlČaputová leads in the poll before the run-offShe is supported mostly by young people and respondents with a university education.Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:41:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22080691/presidential-election-2019-caputova-poll-median-rtvs.htmlWar veteran Milan Píka has diedHe served in the British Royal Air Force during WWII.Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:37:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22080681/brigadier-general-milan-pika-raf-war-veteran.htmlPresident Kiska testified in the case of Fico's intimidationSmer head Robert Fico wants to testify as well.Wed, 20 Mar 2019 22:11:13 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22080275/president-andrej-kiska-fico-threats-ktag-tax-fraud-allegations.htmlFico: I did not speak with Vadala on the phoneA legal team has been created to monitor the behaviour of journalists, Fico also said during his press conference.Wed, 20 Mar 2019 22:05:08 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22080250/robert-fico-antonino-vadala-phone-call.htmlWho may take the post of US Ambassador to Slovakia?Current US Ambassador to Slovakia Adam Sterling has served in Slovakia since 2016.Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:41:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22079782/us-ambassador-slovakia-bridget-brink.htmlPrepare for the shutdown of Slovak WikipediaWikipedia's decision comes a few days before the vote on a new EU Copyright Directive.Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:40:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22079741/slovak-wikipedia-to-shut-down-eu-copyright-directive.htmlSlovakia only granted five people asylum last yearThe number of applications received is one of the lowest since 1993.Tue, 19 Mar 2019 22:03:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22079443/slovakia-asylum-applications-statistics.htmlPolice recommend pre-Brexit registration to British citizensIf UK nationals fail to get registered before Brexit, they will be considered third country nationals, according to the head of the order and Alien Police.Tue, 19 Mar 2019 21:59:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22079404/uk-citizens-slovakia-registration-before-brexit-foreigners-police-recommendation.htmlMorality, decency and change. What do voters want from Zuzana Čaputová?Čaputová offers scarce goods in Slovakia.Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:29:02 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22079138/presidential-candidate-zuzana-caputova-who-are-her-voters.htmlProsecutor requests to extend the custody of suspects in the case of murdered journalistThe proposal comes after the charge was brought against controversial businessman M. Kočner.Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:02:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22079010/jan-kuciak-murder-prosecutor-custody-extension-request.htmlBizarre election day: From lucky winner to drinking first-time votersThe district of Prešov became the centre of this year's election strangeness.Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:59:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22078937/presidential-election-slovakia-2019-bizarre-moments.htmlWill Slovakia's former PM return to politics?Iveta Radičová's government fell because of the bailout mechanism eight years ago.Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:53:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22078818/iveta-radicova-return-to-slovak-politics.htmlSlovaks invested in flight ticket due to elections. Some cost hundreds of eurosThe sale of flight tickets increased 94 percent compared with the same period in 2018.Mon, 18 Mar 2019 21:57:04 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22078545/slovaks-returned-from-abroad-because-of-presidential-election.htmlDrunk man who stole the ballot box on election night has been sentencedAndrej Vaňo, who was also a local councillor, has resigned from his post.Mon, 18 Mar 2019 21:45:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22078453/presidential-election-curious-incident-in-medzany.htmlDefense Cooperation Agreement with the USA, explainedIf Slovakia continues to reject €93 million within the pact, Hungary may get the money.Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:33:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22077737/slovakia-usa-defense-cooperation-agreement-explained.htmlThese election statistics might surprise youWho dominated in Slovakia’s districts in the first round of the presidential elections? Plus figures breaking down how men and women may have voted and which political parties they favour.Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:41:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22078106/presidential-elections-first-round-graphs-caputova-sefcovic.htmlŠefčovič made it to the second round, despite "ball and chain"The candidate of the strongest political party in Slovakia could have achieved a better result without Smer.Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:22:24 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22077313/presidential-election-2019-sefcovic-made-it-to-the-second-round.htmlAnti-system and extremist candidates did not prevail but showed their strengthHarabin did not make it to the second round, but together with Kotleba, they gained 25-percent support.Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:32:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22077287/presidential-election-harabin-kotleba-extremist-support.htmlČaputová represents a rare victory for liberal forces in central EuropeA world media report about the victory of Zuzana Čaputová in the presidential election.Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:15:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22077236/zuzana-caputova-victory-presidential-elections-world-media.htmlČaputová vs. Šefčovič: Presidential election is now narrowed down to two candidatesResults of the first round did not bring any surprises.Sun, 17 Mar 2019 01:34:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22077003/presidential-election-first-round-results-caputova-sefcovic.htmlElection results: Čaputová and Šefčovič will go head-to-head in the second roundThese are the preliminary results of the first round of Slovakia's presidential election.Sat, 16 Mar 2019 23:29:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22076985/presidential-election-first-opinion-poll-still-shows-caputova-in-the-lead.htmlDrunk man stole ballot box and threw it outside the polling stationThe moratorium will be prolonged until 23:16 due to the curious incident.Sat, 16 Mar 2019 22:08:17 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22076948/drunk-man-stole-ballot-box-and-threw-it-outside-the-polling-station.htmlSlovaks elect their new presidentWho will replace Andrej Kiska as the head of state for the next five years?Sat, 16 Mar 2019 07:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22075421/presidential-elections-2019.htmlMore murders, monitoring of journalists and politicians. What else are the police looking into?Kuciak murder investigation throws light onto many other cases.Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:56:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22075535/kocner-investigation-kuciak-murder-cases-murders-trnka.htmlA letter to Tiso: Please, please, dear Mr. President, stop deportations!American researcher Madeline Vadkerty put together stories of the people who pleaded for help from Jozef Tiso, president of the Slovak State, 80 years ago.Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:00:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22075275/jozef-tiso-slovak-state-jews-letters-help-madeline-vadkerty-research-slovakia.htmlKočner allegedly sent a text to Penta’s co-owner before the murderHowever, Jaroslav Haščák claims he did not communicate with the controversial businessman about murdered journalist Ján Kuciak.Thu, 14 Mar 2019 23:34:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22075458/kuciak-kusnirova-murder-marian-kocner-charges-penta.htmlComments on charges against Kočner: A new phase of the investigation has arrivedHow have Slovak personalities responded to the charges against Marian Kočner in the case of the murder of Ján Kuciak?Thu, 14 Mar 2019 23:30:17 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22075388/jan-kuciak-murder-marian-kocner-charges.htmlUS report on human rights: Ján Kuciak, Henry Acorda and Trinh Xuan Thanh mentionedThe report also includes examples of police brutality against Roma citizens.Thu, 14 Mar 2019 23:01:36 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22075369/human-rights-report-us-department-of-state-slovakia.htmlEthiopian crash victim: A Slovakian charity worker dedicated her life to AfricaDanica Olexová wanted people to see the positive side of the Dark Continent.Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:57:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22074547/africa-ethiopian-plane-crash-victim-slovakian-charity-worker-danica-olexova.htmlMarian Kočner has been charged in the case of Kuciak's murderWas Kočner on top of the chain? Prosecutors are declining to answer that question for now.Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:55:57 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22074905/kuciak-kusnirova-murder-kocner-charges.htmlNazi-allied Slovak state emerged 80 years agoHistorian: The perception of the World War II Slovak state is full of contradictions.Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:05:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22074748/anniversary-Slovak-state-Nazi-totalitarian-history-Slovakia.htmlBašternák will go to prison and lose his propertyThe court issued a stricter sentence for the controversial businessman guilty of tax fraud.Thu, 14 Mar 2019 11:54:28 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22074757/ladislav-basternak-tax-fraud-verdict.htmlBratislava railway station gets €0.5 mln facelift prior to hockey championshipA complex refurbishment of the railway station is still out of sight.Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:17:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22073691/bratislava-railway-station-gets-0-5-mln-facelift-prior-to-hockey-championship.htmlInterior Ministry identifies candidates running for police corps presidentA total of eight people will run for the top posts in the Police Corps Presidium and police inspectorate.Wed, 13 Mar 2019 22:40:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22072457/six-applicants-for-police-corps-president-position.htmlZsuzsová denies charges in the Kuciak murder caseShe does not know why Zoltán Andruskó identified her as the person who ordered the murder.Wed, 13 Mar 2019 22:18:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22074519/zsuzsova-denies-charges-in-the-kuciak-murder-case.html