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Estonian digital signing future: how the government can profit more

In Estonia, every citizen has their own ID card and digital identity. These can be used for digital signing, which is becoming more and more popular all over the world. How can even country-founded projects think as private corporations and have a similar business mindset? Can the Estonian digital signing solution …

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Paul Goble: Ten reasons why we must remain anti-communists

The American analyst and expert on Russia, Paul Goble, delivered the following speech at the Triumph of Liberty reception and dinner on 9 June 2016 in Washington, DC, after receiving the annual Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a non-profit educational and human rights organisation. …

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Adam Garrie: Nordic by Nordic East: Estonia’s regional identity

In terms of both historical accuracy and political strategy, more and more Estonians are turning to the concept of a Nordic political identity. Shaking the toxic “Eastern European” label could only be politically beneficial to Estonia. National identity has always been and always will be a controversial subject, but what …

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US election: Trump, Cruz, Clinton, Sanders – who would suit the Baltics best?

Linas Jegelevicius, Estonian World’s new contributor from Lithuania, asked Baltic scholars and security experts, which US presidential candidate would suit the Baltics best. On the Republican side, they are dropping out of the race one after another, but those left in it are clashing mercilessly one against the other. Importantly …

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Nordic-Baltic foreign ministers: Russia needs to be held accountable for Crimea

The foreign ministers of Nordic and Baltic countries have issued a powerful statement on the second anniversary of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, confirming their support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and saying that Russia needs to be held accountable for its crimes. The statement by the foreign ministers: “Today, two …

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Kalle Palling: Why Estonia introduced a bill on ridesharing

Estonia has introduced a draft legislation that would regulate ridesharing platforms, such as Uber, for the first time in Europe. Kalle Palling, the head of the EU Affairs Committee at the Estonian Parliament, explains the motive behind the draft bill. Political leaders from across Europe have great things to say …

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President Ilves on Independence Day: 20 remarkable quotes

The Estonian head of state, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, gave his last Independence Day speech as president. In many ways, it was his most profound yet. Estonian World compiled the most significant quotes from the speech. In his last Independence Day speech as the president, Ilves was at his most candid …

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