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_emailskPresident Kiska calls for discussion on the rights of same-sex couplesThe current legal system does not recognise same-sex couples in practical issues related to housing, health or inheritance.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:02:04 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716746/president-kiska-calls-for-discussion-on-the-rights-of-same-sex-couples.htmlPM Fico before Smer congress: I don’t want to run for presidentAt the party congress, vice-chairman of the ruling party, Marek Maďarič, has been replaced by Richard Raši. Otherwise, no major changes have taken place.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:46:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716196/smer-congress-witnessed-criticism-but-applauds-it.htmlComprehensive stock-taking finds missing ammunition and grenadesWeapons should be guarded by professionals but new security measures are only being implemented gradually.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:33:50 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716163/comprehensive-stock-taking-finds-missing-ammunition-and-grenades.htmlThe increasingly rare wood grouse is being driven out of Slovakia's forestsForesters plant too many trees in bare areas destroying the natural habitat of western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus).Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:04:08 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20714764/how-we-drive-rare-wood-grouse-out-of-forests.htmlKiska must select constitutional judges but he has run out of optionsThe President has no deadline for appointing judges but the parliament could force him to make one through a lawsuit.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:56:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20714100/kiska-must-select-constitutional-judges-but-he-has-run-out-of-options.htmlCulture minister resigns from post as deputy chair of SmerHis replacement is expected to be elected at the December party congress.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:07:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713811/culture-minister-resigns-from-post-as-deputy-chair-of-smer.htmlDoctors will offer specific time appointmentsBut only on a voluntary basis.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:24:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713248/doctors-will-offer-specific-time-appointments.htmlThe army showcases the vehicles it plans to buyThey were similar to the Finnish originals, observer pointed out.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:19:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713225/the-army-showcased-the-vehicles-it-plans-to-buy.htmlFrequently asked questions: Studying in SlovakiaThe Slovak Spectator offers the basic information a foreigner needs to know about education possibilities in Slovakia.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 01:24:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20128113/frequently-asked-questions-studying-in-slovakia.htmlKaliňák’s property portfolio under scrutiny due to his transactions with a tax fraud suspectFollowing the order of the general prosecutor, the police will also check the property of ex-minister Ján Počiatek.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:08:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712942/kalinaks-property-portfolio-under-scrutiny-due-to-his-transactions-with-a-tax-fraud-suspect.htmlComenius University ranks among the best schools for natural sciencesThe Round University Ranking gave the Bratislava-based university high ranking in other spheres as well.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:40:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712918/comenius-university-ranks-among-the-best-schools-for-natural-sciences-according-to-round-university-ranking.htmlPoland pursues communist-era criminals while in Slovakia this is allegedly impossibleFormer interior minister of the communist-era Czechoslovakia, Lubomír Štrougal, is being prosecuted for dozens of killings on the country's borders.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:24:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712664/poland-pursues-communist-era-criminals-while-in-slovakia-this-is-allegedly-impossible.htmlSeven homeless people have perished in Bratislava already this winterNon-governmental organisations urge for actionWed, 06 Dec 2017 17:42:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712674/seven-homeless-people-have-perished-in-bratislava-already-this-winter.htmlConstitutional Court gave right to judges whom president Kiska refused to appointKiska should act so that he appoints three out of a sufficient number of candidates for Constitutional Court judges.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:52:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712375/constitutional-court-gave-right-to-judges-whom-president-kiska-refused-to-appoint.htmlKaliňák survives a no-confidence vote, remains interior ministerOut of 128 MPs present in parliament, 53 voted to oust him, while 76 votes were necessary to recall him.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:42:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712342/kalinak-survives-a-no-confidence-vote-remains-interior-minister.htmlCoalition solves salary disputeMPs’ salaries will increase by €1, while the final solution to the problem will be introduced next year.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:02:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712034/coalition-solves-salary-dispute.htmlBusinessman Lunter has taken over from Kotleba in Banská BystricaThe new regional governors took over their positions on December 4.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:44:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711562/businessman-lunter-has-taken-over-from-kotleba-in-banska-bystrica.htmlSlovak celebrations of Schengen anniversary to cost €120,000By the time the opposition tries to recall Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák through a no-confidence vote, his ministry will organise a posh, overpriced celebration of Slovakia joining the Schengen Area.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:36:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711529/slovak-celebrations-of-schengen-anniversary-to-cost-120000.htmlMP for far-right party is accused of defamation of raceMilan Mazurek in a live radio broadcast accused the Roma, amongst other things, of draining the country’s social system.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:41:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710939/member-of-parliament-for-far-right-party-is-accused-of-defamation-of-race.htmlBratislava department of Foreigners’ Police may move to new premises in early 2018The police are considering a booking system for applicants.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:37:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711113/bratislava-department-of-foreigners-police-may-move-to-new-premises-in-early-2018.htmlAuthorities did not approve double cross logos for the extremistsThe double cross, once the symbol of Fascist Hlinka’s Guard during the World War II, has been found to be extremist in a recent ruling.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:11:21 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710573/authorities-did-not-approve-double-cross-logos-for-the-lsns.htmlWhy Fico is threatening the fall of the cabinetPrime Minister Robert Fico of Smer could respond to the vote on freezing salaries with a no-confidence vote in his cabinet.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:49:08 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710086/why-pm-fico-threatens-a-fall-of-cabinet.htmlHavel's speech, Kundera's death, and Zvolen immigration center all a hoaxThese are the hoaxes that appeared on the internet in past three weeks.Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:37:57 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708835/havels-speech-kunderas-death-and-zvolen-immigration-center-all-a-hoax.htmlTop stories from Last Week in SlovakiaTraffic jams on the D1 highway will continue - Households will pay more for electricity - Bratislava ranks number one in Europe for creative peopleFri, 01 Dec 2017 09:30:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708489/top-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlCoalition MPs will support salary freezeAt the same time, the ruling parties are ready prepare new law concerning future hikes.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:24:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708286/coalition-mps-will-support-salary-freeze.htmlSnow has paralysed transportIt caused various problems across Slovakia.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:43:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707786/snowing-has-paralysed-transport.htmlPM threatens the government’s fallRobert Fico wants to connect the vote on freezing salaries with a no-confidence vote in the government, but some MPs do not think the cabinet will fall.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:37:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707780/pm-threatens-the-governments-fall.htmlThey tamed the weather: Slovak meteorological software used by the whole worldThe British air force, Australian government as well as US air force all use Slovak meteorological software. Bratislava-based design developers claim, nevertheless, that meteorology is in crisis.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 23:30:46 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707101/they-tamed-the-weather-slovak-meteorological-software-used-by-the-whole-world.htmlBratislava faced traffic jams, the rest of Slovakia snowfall and accidentsThe snow started falling resulting in traffic jams for Bratislava while roads around Slovakia, including highways, saw many accidents. Meteorologists issue a second-degree warning for Thursday.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:42:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707191/bratislava-faces-traffic-jams-the-rest-of-slovakia-snowfall-and-accidents.htmlSmer declines in popularity, opposition OĽaNO improves the mostFocus agency poll shows decrease in popularity for the ruling coalition led by majority partner, Smer, and the extremists while also suggesting rising support for the opposition parties, mostly for OĽaNO.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:31:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707144/focus-poll-smer-and-coalition-decline-in-popularity-while-opposition-olano-has-improved-the-most.htmlChildren's rights expert Richardson warns against new rules for FacebookSocial networks in the EU will require parent's approval when registering children from 13 to 16-years-old.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:24:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706825/childrens-rights-expert-richardson-warns-against-new-rules-for-facebook.htmlNumber of hepatitis incidences growing in SlovakiaPublic Health Authority warned of the increased occurrence of hepatitis in Slovakia and reminded people of the importance of washing hands and general hygiene.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:59:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706763/number-of-hepatitis-incidences-growing-in-slovakia.htmlInterior Ministry registers new political party: Progressive SlovakiaThe new political movement claims it offers an alternative for people across the political scene, which lacks a progressive, liberal, pro-European force.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:36:08 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706608/interior-ministry-registers-new-political-party-progressive-slovakia.htmlSlovakia will be hit by a wave of snow on WednesdayIn central Slovakia, snow is expected by noon.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:26:35 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706243/slovakia-will-be-hit-by-a-wave-of-snow-on-wednesday.htmlMany young Slovaks attracted to extremismMore Slovaks stress the protection of national sovereignty, patriotism and Christianity against Islam than those focused on support for a liberal democracy, European integration, multiculturalism and diversity.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:15:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705808/ivo-study-many-young-slovaks-attracted-to-extremism.htmlActivists: Doctors rude towards Roma womenRoma women living in Slovakia have reported discrimination, segregation and abuse connected with reproductive health services.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:09:44 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705784/activists-doctors-rude-towards-roma-women.htmlTwo Czech Alpine-skiers die in Low TatrasThey did not survive a night in the mountainsMon, 27 Nov 2017 21:42:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705394/two-czech-alpinie-skiers-die-in-low-tatras.htmlChanges in Smer will probably involve two politiciansCulture and labour minister are the most probable to resign or swap functions.Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:25:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20704956/changes-in-smer-will-probably-involve-two-politicians.htmlPM Fico after a night shift: Some businesses will hate bonusesAfter working a night shift, the prime minister expects opposition concerning night shift bonuses.Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:16:19 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20704933/pm-fico-after-a-night-shift-some-businesses-will-hate-bonuses.htmlPropaganda targets Czechs, Slovaks and Hungarians differentlyIn the Czech Republic, cheap formulas work well while nationalism appeals to the Polish and falsified history to the Hungarians.Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:07:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20704641/propaganda-targets-czechs-slovaks-and-hungarians-differently.html