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Eoin Micheál McNamara: Estonia’s next president must give top priority to foreign affairs

On 29 August 2016, the Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) will vote on the country’s next president. At a time of uncertainty in international affairs, an Estonian president that is firmly focussed on foreign policy will certainly remain an unwavering asset in the effort to maintain Estonia’s national security, writes Eoin Micheál McNamara. …

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Silver Tambur: Non-native residents benefit Estonia

High rewards with almost zero problems: Estonia’s experience with its non-native resident population in the last 25 years has been extremely positive. Residents of the non-native community of Estonia participated for the first time in the Opinion Festival, reflecting on their life in the country. Co-hosted by the Estonian World …

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Karoli Hindriks: When the tanks have passed your playground

Karoli Hindriks, the CEO and founder of the Estonian startup, Jobbatical, writes about her personal not-so-pleasant experiences of growing up in the Soviet-occupied Estonia. This week my native country, nestled in a remote corner of the Earth about 500 miles from Santa’s village, celebrates 25 years since the restoration of …

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Marina Kaljurand: Estonians living abroad are our greatest potential

On the occasion of 25 anniversary of Estonia restoring its independence, the country’s foreign minister, Marina Kaljurand, sent a video message to Estonian expatriates around the world. Estonian World publishes Kaljurand’s message in a slightly amended version. On 20 August 2016, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the restoration of …

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This year’s Opinion Festival in Estonia looks beyond language

This year’s Opinion Festival will host more English-language discussion forums than ever before in the event’s four-year history. This comes part and parcel with the festival’s aim to create an inclusive space for addressing some of society’s biggest issues and welcome multilingual participants and speakers from Estonia and beyond. By …

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Kristjan Lepik: How British companies can manage their EU business with Estonian e-residency

There seems to be some angst and uncertainty in London about what is going to happen in the post-Brexit world. What will be the conditions of Brexit? How many smart people will leave? How much will the economy be affected? Let’s talk about how the Estonian e-residency can help. When …

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JBANC: the ironclad leadership of the US in NATO is critically important

The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) is very concerned with recent misguided statements related to the United States’ commitment to upholding NATO treaty agreements. As a nonpartisan organisation, JBANC believes in and advocates for robust transatlantic relations between the United States and the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia …

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Edward Lucas: the Warsaw Summit – good but not yet enough

Warsaw was the best NATO summit since the end of the Cold War. Serious people made serious decisions about serious problems. Taboos tumbled. Russia is a threat to the frontline states (saying that loudly at previous summits would have been controversial). The European Union is a vital partner (time was …

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Justin Zehmke: Move to Estonia, they said. It will be easy, they said

Justin Zehmke, who recently moved to Tallinn from Cape Town, South Africa, writes about his rollercoaster experience of settling in Estonia – and has some hard-learned advice for the Estonian government and businesses. The Arrival In early December 2015, while rather casually considering applying for the Estonian e-residency, I came across …

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