Opinion

Opinion stories from and about Estonians.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves: Europe must not be afraid

The Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, said in his comments to Estonian daily newspapers Eesti Päevaleht and Postimees that Europe must take care of its security, but Europe must not be afraid, following the Paris terrorist attacks on 13 November 2015. In Paris, on the evening of 13 November, terrorists …

Toomas Hendrik Ilves: Europe must not be afraid Read More »

Marina Kaljurand: Migration crisis is a trial by fire for all of Europe

Estonia wants to achieve long-term solutions to the refugee crisis, says the country’s foreign minister, Marina Kaljurand. The migration crisis is a challenge for all of Europe – a test of humanity for Europeans. Whether the European Union will emerge from the crisis stronger or weaker depends mainly on our …

Marina Kaljurand: Migration crisis is a trial by fire for all of Europe Read More »

Estonia – Ultima Thule for the refugees

The European Union does not control all the variables for resolving the refugee problem, which makes this crisis unique. Today’s Europe needs greater mutual trust between the governments of member states and, with that, also a sense of standing for common values, writes migration expert Uku Särekanno. This summer’s refugee …

Estonia – Ultima Thule for the refugees Read More »

Kalle Palling: #NotWelcomeToEstonia attitude will lead to rejecting everyone

The recent public debate around the European refugee crisis, and the letters many voters have sent to the political parties and members of parliament, are more and more resembling the situation in the early autumn of last year when the society debated passing the Cohabitation Act, writes MP and the …

Kalle Palling: #NotWelcomeToEstonia attitude will lead to rejecting everyone Read More »

Toomas Hendrik Ilves: Let us renew Estonia

The Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, said at the opening hearing of the parliament’s autumn session, speaking on the European refugee crisis, that Estonia has to look up from its toes and start seeing the big picture, the European picture. He also hinted that the parliament should deal with the question of …

Toomas Hendrik Ilves: Let us renew Estonia Read More »

Adam Cullen: Estonians, speak up and take away their stick

Intolerance isn’t growing, but it’s getting bolder in Estonia. It’s time for the rest of us to speak up, writes Tallinn-based translator Adam Cullen. You never really know what you’re going to encounter any time you depart the familiar, yet claustrophobic, confines of Edgar’s Dominion and venture into what lies …

Adam Cullen: Estonians, speak up and take away their stick Read More »

Toomas Hendrik Ilves: What kind of Estonia do we want?

How to protect Estonia and its values without xenophobia, fear and intolerance, asked Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in a speech given at Victory Day in Kärdla on 23 June 2015. Ilves also called the nation to show more solidarity with Estonia’s EU partners and for balanced and intelligent discussion …

Toomas Hendrik Ilves: What kind of Estonia do we want? Read More »

Scroll to Top