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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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Marleen Allemann: Estonia is showing international students the door

An amendment to the law is maturing in the Estonian interior ministry that reverses the current principles of study mobility by pointing to the questionable risks and as a result of which the state will lose millions in tax revenue; on top of that, this could lead to the abandonment …

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Jacek Rostowski: Lessons from the Polish opposition

After years of misrule under Poland’s Law and Justice party, a candidate representing the mainstream opposition almost managed to wrest back control of the presidency; in fact, anti-populists everywhere should see Rafał Trzaskowski’s near-miss campaign as a model for their own efforts, Jacek Rostowski, a former deputy prime minister of …

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Gregory A. Maniatis: Don’t scapegoat migrants for the pandemic

Fostering a climate of deprivation and fear among migrants will serve only to prolong the COVID-19 crisis and extend the human and economic suffering that come with it; to avoid this scenario, governments urgently need to adopt policies that promote inclusion – as many are already doing, Gregory A. Maniatis, the …

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Alex Soros: A Biden victory could reset transatlantic relations

Many European pundits seem to think that a Democratic administration in the United States wouldn’t change much about how the US has treated Europe since 2017; but if Joe Biden defeats president Donald Trump in November, the sceptics will find themselves pleasantly surprised, Alexander Soros, a deputy chairman of the …

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The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols in Moscow on 23 August 1939.

David Vseviov: The echo of the Hitler-Stalin pact

Estonian historian David Vseviov says the Kremlin’s recent glorification of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact falls in line with Russia’s attitude that justifies the rights of great powers to determine the course of history and the fate of smaller nations. This article is published in collaboration with communistcrimes.org portal. Over the centuries, …

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Jüri Luik: Even after the relocations of US forces in Europe, they will remain committed to our defence

While the US intention to reduce its permanent presence in Europe is not a positive development, the US presence in the continent has increased since 2014 and the US will remain committed to the defence of Eastern Europe in the future, the Estonian minister of defence, Jüri Luik, said in …

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Joonatan Allandi: Studying abroad can change your life – in Estonia, it can also ruin it

Around 300 foreign students have been deprived of opportunity to study at Tallinn University of Technology or as it’s known, TalTech – for reasons still murky and properly unexplained by the university; in explaining the decision, TalTech has been deceptive and uses a discriminatory language, damaging Estonia’s reputation as a …

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Keegan McBride: Why has TalTech chosen money over students?

Tallinn University of Technology’s (TalTech) policy to ban foreign students was more about saving money than protecting public health, argues Dr Keegan McBride, a researcher at the university; the university has not communicated the policy or the reasons behind it transparently or accurately and the students deserve clarity, he writes. …

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Elvin Abbasli: TalTech needs to reassess its decision on foreign students

Elvin Abbasli, a Tallinn-based Azerbaijani expat, writes on behalf of the Azerbaijani Student Community in Estonia that all Estonian universities, including Tallinn University of Technology, should accept admitted students from third countries if the students are willing to follow the procedures aimed against the spread of the novel coronavirus. The …

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