Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves was the president of Estonia from 2006 until 2016.

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves: We want an Estonia where people can remain themselves

The former president of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, writes in a Facebook post that the Estonia we want should be a country governed by law, a country where people are not judged based on their origins, religion or native language, and a country where people can remain themselves. Four years …

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President Ilves to the European Parliament: don’t cede to the populists

The Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, addressed the European Parliament on 2 February, speaking about the refugee crisis, Russian aggression, the EU’s competitiveness and its place in the digital world, and the rise of populist movements in Europe. Estonian World brings you a slightly shortened version of Ilves’s speech. Ten …

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves: Estonia’s digital dividends

Digital technology dominates our everyday lives, and with each passing day, even more so. How can the global community benefit from the new digital era? The World Bank’s World Development Report 2016 (WDR 2016) provides a useful framework and guidance for harnessing the potential of the internet for development. “To …

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves: Europe must not be afraid

The Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, said in his comments to Estonian daily newspapers Eesti Päevaleht and Postimees that Europe must take care of its security, but Europe must not be afraid, following the Paris terrorist attacks on 13 November 2015. In Paris, on the evening of 13 November, terrorists …

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves: Let us renew Estonia

The Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, said at the opening hearing of the parliament’s autumn session, speaking on the European refugee crisis, that Estonia has to look up from its toes and start seeing the big picture, the European picture. He also hinted that the parliament should deal with the question of …

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves: What kind of Estonia do we want?

How to protect Estonia and its values without xenophobia, fear and intolerance, asked Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in a speech given at Victory Day in Kärdla on 23 June 2015. Ilves also called the nation to show more solidarity with Estonia’s EU partners and for balanced and intelligent discussion …

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The New Year’s Eve speech of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves

The New Year’s Eve speech of Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on 31 December 2014. Good evening, my dear compatriots! I hope you are spending the last evening of this year with the people who are important for you. Even if they’re just in your thoughts. Many things touched us …

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President Ilves: Estonia has a “revanchist and revisionist neighbour”

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’s speech at the Estonian Victory Day celebration on 23 June in Valga. Today ninety-five years ago the Estonian forces, together with Latvian units, defeated our common enemy, known as the Landeswehr, in the Battle of Võnnu. The Cēsu kaujas. But let us call the Landeswehr – …

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