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Sten Hankewitz: Sputnik is not journalism and its employees are not journalists

According to the International Federation of Journalists, the employees of the Kremlin propaganda channel, Sputnik Estonia, have received a warning from the Estonian Police and Border Guard to stop cooperating with the International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya by 1 January 2020; the federation condemned the threats, but without realising Sputnik …

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László Bruszt: Hungary’s authoritarian leader and the EU’s first university in exile

The forced departure of the Central European University from Hungary is a sad and dangerous episode; unless the EU starts standing up to autocrats like Viktor Orbán and protecting citizens’ rights better, it won’t be the last, László Bruszt, a professor of political science at Central European University, writes. On …

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Sławomir Sierakowski: Macron risks alienating Germany and other key EU players

Since taking office in 2017, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, has cultivated an image as a champion of the European Union at a time of shifting global power balances and resurgent populism; but his latest diplomatic efforts risk alienating Germany and other key EU players, Sławomir Sierakowski, the founder of …

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Adam Rang: Why does the Mall of Tallinn get a free pass from Estonian language rules?

The Estonian authorities are keen to protect the Estonian language, although one glaring use of English in Tallinn seems to have been given a free pass; Adam Rang questions whether there is a deeper problem behind this. I love flying into Tallinn Airport, but there’s one thing about it now …

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Eva-Maria Merjel: Novel techniques to improve internal communication and build a strong company culture

Eva-Maria Merjel, the CCO at Thorgate, an Estonian software company, highlights the ways to create a working culture that makes people thrive. As the Chief Culture Officer at Thorgate, I am responsible for a variety of areas from hiring and peoples’ development, internal communication as well as taking care of …

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Ambroise Fayolle: Disrupting climate change through innovation

The only way to get ahead of a crisis as large as climate change is through groundbreaking technological innovation in clean energy and low-carbon technologies, writes Ambroise Fayolle, the Vice President of the European Investment Bank. Because it poses an existential threat to humanity, climate change represents the bad kind …

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