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Estonian scientists: a science-based forest management is Estonia’s key contribution to combating climate change

In a joint statement, 23 Estonian scientists say that a science-based forest management is Estonia’s key contribution to combating climate change; Estonian World publishes the statement in full. In the light of the current public debate in Estonia, scientists stress the importance of adopting science-based forestry policies that take into …

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Canadian and Swedish Estonians condemn EKRE ministers’ comments about US elections

The Estonian Central Council in Canada and the Association of Estonians in Sweden have issued a statement, condemning the comments by the ministers of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party – also known as EKRE – that undermine Estonia’s security and relations with its Western allies. Estonian World publishes the statement …

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The Estonian American National Council: We are dismayed by EKRE ministers’ comments

The Estonian American National Council (EANC), a representative organisation of the Estonian community in the United States, issued a strong statement on 10 November in which they question of whose interests are the Estonian Conservative People’s Party leaders, Mart and Martin Helme, furthering; Estonian World publishes the statement in full. …

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Former leaders: The responsibility for ensuring Estonian national security lies with the prime minister

Politicians who don’t share the United States’ and Estonia’s common understanding of democracy, and who disregard the Estonian people’s determined efforts to maintain the relationship between the two countries, can have no place in the Estonian government, according to a joint statement from five former prime ministers and president Toomas …

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Editorial: A new low in Estonia’s politics as an openly homophobic minister neither apologises nor resigns

The Estonian political culture took many steps back from the Nordic countries and closer to the pariahs of the East on 22 October when prime minister Jüri Ratas – a master demagogue – and his populist Centre Party decided to cling to power by backing up the openly homophobic and …

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Elvin Abbasli: Why are Dr Grigoryan’s demands dangerous for the Estonian state?

In a response to Rafik Grigoryan’s article, “Should Estonia be concerned about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh”, Elvin Abbasli, a Tallinn-based Azerbaijani expat asks, why would NATO members worsen their relations with Turkey, who has the second-biggest military in the alliance, and says that Armenia should find another shoulder to cry …

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Rafik Grigoryan: Should Estonia be concerned about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh?

As the Azerbaijani army has attacked the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory with the support of Turkey, NATO members – including Estonia – should either take full responsibility for Turkey’s actions or must deprive Turkey of the membership in NATO, Rafik Grigoryan, the president of the House of Representatives of the Estonian …

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Rene Rumberg: Introduce cashless payment solutions around the world

Cash does not fit the post-COVID-19 society – instead, smart contactless payment solutions that can help fight diseases while preserving the environment in the process, should be introduced around the world, writes Rene Rumberg, the head of marketing at Ridango, an Estonian IT solution provider for public transport, focusing on …

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Aune Valk: Why on earth are they coming to study in Estonia?

The proposal by the far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party – known as EKRE – to prevent young people from Ukraine, Georgia, Russia or another non-EU country from coming to study in Estonia might give credit to the populist party in the eyes of some voters, but it’s detrimental to the …

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Ivar Värk: The crisis in aviation is here to stay and we must adapt

The coronavirus crisis has also impacted the people and organisations who look after our safety in the air; without the support from national governments or the European Union, the air navigation service providers will be in trouble, writes Ivar Värk, the CEO of Estonian Air Navigation Services. Due to the …

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