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Timothy Snyder: We should not fall into politics that are only about “us and them”

Estonian World interviewed Timothy Snyder, a renowned American academic, historian and an author of many globally influential books, such as “Bloodlands. Europe between Hitler and Stalin”, “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning”, “On Tyranny. Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” and “The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America”. …

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The newly renovated Estonian Maritime Museum shows off a 700-year-old shipwreck

The newly renovated Estonian Maritime Museum is now housing a 700-year-old shipwreck that, according to the museum, is unique to all Europe. The museum reopened on 29 November after a two-year renovation programme and is now housing a new permanent exhibition at the Great Coastal Gate and the Fat Margaret …

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Zaha Hadid Architects to design the Ülemiste Rail Baltic terminal in Tallinn

The British architecture firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, working together with Estonia’s Esplan, have been awarded the first place in the design competition for the new terminal of the Rail Baltic railway at Ülemiste, Tallinn. Rail Baltic is a planned 870 km electrified railway from Tallinn in Estonia to the Lithuanian-Polish …

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Estonian town of Tartu to open a “Christmas village”

Tartu, Estonia’s second largest town, aspires to create the country’s most beautiful Christmas market. Called “Village of Light”, this year’s Christmas market in Tartu will cover half of the Town Hall Square and visitors can expect “exciting programmes” and lighting solutions, the town’s local government said in a statement. The …

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Estonian town Viljandi is designated as a “creative city” by UNESCO

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has designated 66 new “creative cities” around the world; among them is the sixth largest town in Estonia, Viljandi. The Paris-based organisation said in a statement that as “laboratories of ideas and innovative practices”, the UNESCO Creative Cities “bring a tangible …

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The Estonian church near Gleason, WI, in the woods. Photo by Sten Hankewitz.

Restoring an old Estonian church depends on volunteers and donations

In the middle of the US state of Wisconsin, in the outskirts of a town named Gleason, almost in the middle of nowhere, stands a piece of history: a small Estonian Lutheran church that has been there over a century; now, it’s in the process of restoration, but that takes …

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Riina Kionka at her desk in Brussels. © European Union

Estonian Riina Kionka becomes the EU’s ambassador to South Africa

Estonian diplomat Riina Kionka has assumed her new post as the European Union’s ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. Kionka presented her credentials to the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, on 15 October. Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, appointed her to the post on 9 …

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