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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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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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