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Patrik Maldre: Citizen’s Day – social cohesion is key for national security

26 November is celebrated in Estonia as Citizen’s Day. It commemorates the date of the signing into effect of the first Estonian citizenship law in 1918, and honours all Estonian citizens as well as those who are aspiring to become citizens, regardless of ethnicity. It is also a day that …

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Andres Simonson: What if Putin were my neighbour?

Countries neighboring Vladimir Putin are rightfully nervous about current geopolitical affairs. However, countries not sharing a border with Vladimir Putin should be nervous as well.     I live in the United States and my neighbours are ethnic Russians. Nice folks, and the type of neighbours you’d choose if it weren’t for …

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Editorial: It is time for Estonia to pass the Civil Partnership Act – UPDATED!

On Thursday, the Estonian parliament, Riigikogu, is to vote on the Civil Partnership Bill that would grant same-sex couples rights and responsibilities similar to a marriage between a heterosexual couple. By passing this law, Estonia would become the first former Soviet republic to do so, and take another step towards …

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Tanel Altmets: The Scottish independence referendum: a decision made by economic uncertainty

As an Estonian, I would firstly like to bring attention to the name of the referendum – the “Scottish independence referendum”. It is important not read too much into the word “independence”, as this referendum had crucial differences to the independence movement that took place in Estonia and many other …

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The Red Army entering Estonia in October 1939, effectively occupying the country. Today's Russia behaves frighteningly similarly to the Soviet Union in the thirties.

Sten Hankewitz: Kidnapping of Estonian officer is political – as is everything related to Russia

On 5 September, operatives of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) illegally entered the territory of the Republic of Estonia, a member of NATO and the European Union, and kidnapped by force an officer of the Internal Security Service (ISS) of Estonia. The facts we know today tell us the …

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Oliver Bowers: Estonia’s difficult relationship with feminism

Oliver Bowers addresses Estonia’s public misconception of feminism and gender issues, and argues why Estonia does in fact need feminism. In his opinion, rather than cancelling each other out, feminism is a tool with which to achieve equality. Pille Gerhold, a researcher at the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences …

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200 Baltic public figures ask for permanent NATO bases in an open letter to Obama

In an open letter to US President Barack Obama, 200 public figures from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania ask for permanent presence of NATO troops in the Baltic states. I Address to Barack Obama, President of the United States of America Twenty-five years have passed since the three Baltic nations joined hands to demonstrate to the …

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Claire Millard: Customer is king – lessons for the Estonian supermarket sector

Having worked in retail leadership positions in the UK for ten years, Claire Millard is used to helping store colleagues and managers refine their customer service skills. Since arriving in Estonia she has been observing the supermarket sector with interest; and trying to raise a smile from the colleagues on …

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