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Why do they let nobodies lead key EU institutions?

Quite a lot of the conventional wisdom about the European Union is simply wrong, yet political leaders across the continent continue to reinforce the public’s worst impressions.Benjamin Cunningham, 9. Nov 2018, at 12:54

Manfred Weber of Germany wins the race to lead the European Union's center-right parties into key EU elections in May.

Šefčovič will not run for the top EC post

European Socialists chose Hollander Frans Timmermans as their candidate.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. Nov 2018, at 13:48

Maroš Šefčovič

Macron to Slovaks: Use every opportunity to take part in the European dialogue

The French president visited Slovakia on October 26, repeatedly refused division of Europe into east and west, old and new.Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Oct 2018, at 18:06

When Daylight Saving Time is abolished, Slovakia will keep winter time

The Labour Ministry argues for keeping winter time once Daylight Saving Time is abolished but also points out the need of keep unity within the EU internal market.Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. Oct 2018, at 13:55

Sunrises and sunsets will be more fixed around the year - and years, but maybe not within the EU.

V4 presidents: Nord Stream II is a threat to Europe

Presidents of the Visegrad Group countries discussed, among other things, the rise of xenophobia, extremism and nationalism in Europe.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Oct 2018, at 15:07

Presidents of V4 countries, L-R: Polish President Andrzej Duda, Hungarian President János Áder, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, and Czech President Miloš Zeman at a summit, October 11-12, 2018.

The Spitzenkandidat process is nonsensical and dishonest

Electing at least some MEPs on a cross-border basis, for example, would force candidates to articulate a vision for Europe, rather than count on preexisting party loyalties, to get elected.Benjamin Cunningham, 5. Oct 2018, at 19:59

Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič

Financial Administration to be temporarily headed by Lenka Wittenbergerová

She replaces František Imrecze, who resigned last week following a scandal surrounding Chinese goods processed by Slovak customs.Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Sep 2018, at 23:57

L-R New head of the Tax Administration Lenka Wittenbergerová with the outgoing one, František Imrecze.

Slovakia keeps narrowing its VAT Gap

It still lost €1.872 billion in VAT revenues in 2016, based on the latest report.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Sep 2018, at 21:29

Where Europeans want to be buried

What does the place we choose to be buried in say about our identity?Zuzana Kepplová15. Sep 2018, at 8:21

A European cemetery

Daylight saving time? We need a second referendum

Are you with Winston Churchill, beer gardens, freedom and French fries? Or do you prefer Putin, commuting to work in an icy black abyss and tyranny?Benjamin Cunningham, 14. Sep 2018, at 20:32

Lithuanian minister: If the EU wants to progress, it cannot start with a debate on ethics

Lithuania has discovered new markets after adopting sanctions.Zuzana Kepplová10. Sep 2018, at 22:07

Virginijus Sinkievichus, Lithuanian Economy Minister

Hungarian MP: We have saved Europe once, we are protecting it again

Schengen was discussed in the Polish town of Krynica.Matúš Krčmárik6. Sep 2018, at 23:10

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Spring forward, fall back: Slovaks do not want daylight savings time

Like the majority of Europeans, Slovaks have voted to stop the time change.Nina Francelová, 6. Sep 2018, at 17:59

Slovakia is among the cheapest EU members

But it's also the most expensive among Visegrad Group members.Compiled by Spectator staff, 5. Sep 2018, at 22:00

Food prices and other commodities were compared within EU.

Slovakia widens competencies of Slovak soldiers in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The decision was adopted during the non-formal meeting of Defence Ministries.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Aug 2018, at 0:18

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Slovakia did not even consider extending a helping hand to Italians

There would be no better way to commemorate the historical legacy of the 1968 occupation and the solidarity that refugees from Czechoslovakia received in other countries then.Zuzana Števulová29. Aug 2018, at 15:58

Passengers disembark from the Diciotti ship in Sicily.

Most-Híd wants more rights for foreigners

The junior coalition party wants the right to turn to court for failed visa seekers so that Slovak law complies with that of the EU.Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Aug 2018, at 14:18

Most-Híd MP Peter Kresák (front) with paryt chairman Béla Bugár and ex-justice minister Lucia Žitňanská (also of Most-Híd), illustrative stock photo.

Sensible policies would have urged more infrastructure spending in the south

We can not pretend that EU policies addressing southern Europe’s various liquidity and budgetary crises did not contribute to the collapsing infrastructure in southern Europe.Benjamin Cunningham, 19. Aug 2018, at 20:18

The collapsed bridge in Genoa

Slovakia welcomes the halt in the escalation of US-EU trade war

Possible increase of tariffs on European cars imported to the US would hurt SlovakiaJana Liptáková, 3. Aug 2018, at 15:30

Slovakia is the seventh cheapest country in the EU

People pay the most for goods and services in northern European countries.Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Jul 2018, at 15:37

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