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Keit Spiegel: Estonians abroad should feel they matter to Estonia

Every Estonian should feel they matter to Estonia and are a part of their country – regardless of their location in the world, Keit Spiegel, an adviser on diaspora affairs at the Estonian foreign ministry, writes. To achieve that Estonians abroad feel connected and included, it is vital to enhance …

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Antonieta Cendoya: Five suggestions on how to beat anxiety

Antonieta Cendoya, a Tallinn, Estonia-based Spanish clinical psychologist, offers suggestions that can help you deal with anxiety about the crisis we are going through. We have lost the plot Anguish, anxiety, stress and depression are neither really feelings nor emotions – they are effects – painful and unpleasant. These are …

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Kristi Raik: Liberal Estonia is back – but mainstream parties need to learn their lessons

During the past year and eight months, Estonia experimented with a coalition including radical right-wing populists; the coalition collapsed on 13 January and the new liberal government is taking over, but mainstream parties need to solve the problems that explain the rise of populists – such as alienation and bitterness …

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Natalie Mets: Why does Tallinn need a night mayor?

Natalie Mets, the Social Democrats’ candidate for “night mayor”, writes why the position she’s running for (but doesn’t exist yet) is necessary in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. The main task of a night mayor is to promote a safe, an economically successful and a culturally diverse nightlife. Equally important is …

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Egert Rünne: Human rights in a changed Estonia

Under the current populist government, the human rights have started to deteriorate in Estonia – and everyone must ask whether they have done enough to stand up for those rights, writes Egert Rünne, the executive director of the Estonian Human Rights Centre. The Estonian version of this article was published …

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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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