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László Bruszt: Hungary’s authoritarian leader and the EU’s first university in exile

The forced departure of the Central European University from Hungary is a sad and dangerous episode; unless the EU starts standing up to autocrats like Viktor Orbán and protecting citizens’ rights better, it won’t be the last, László Bruszt, a professor of political science at Central European University, writes. On …

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Sławomir Sierakowski: Macron risks alienating Germany and other key EU players

Since taking office in 2017, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, has cultivated an image as a champion of the European Union at a time of shifting global power balances and resurgent populism; but his latest diplomatic efforts risk alienating Germany and other key EU players, Sławomir Sierakowski, the founder of …

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Adam Rang: Why does the Mall of Tallinn get a free pass from Estonian language rules?

The Estonian authorities are keen to protect the Estonian language, although one glaring use of English in Tallinn seems to have been given a free pass; Adam Rang questions whether there is a deeper problem behind this. I love flying into Tallinn Airport, but there’s one thing about it now …

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Eva-Maria Merjel: Novel techniques to improve internal communication and build a strong company culture

Eva-Maria Merjel, the CCO at Thorgate, an Estonian software company, highlights the ways to create a working culture that makes people thrive. As the Chief Culture Officer at Thorgate, I am responsible for a variety of areas from hiring and peoples’ development, internal communication as well as taking care of …

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Ambroise Fayolle: Disrupting climate change through innovation

The only way to get ahead of a crisis as large as climate change is through groundbreaking technological innovation in clean energy and low-carbon technologies, writes Ambroise Fayolle, the Vice President of the European Investment Bank. Because it poses an existential threat to humanity, climate change represents the bad kind …

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Education as a tool to achieve an organic European integration

Europeans should start learning about other European countries, cultures and history from as early age as possible – ie at primary school – to have a better mutual understanding of fellow Europeans later in life, Silver Tambur, the editor-in-chief of Estonian World, writes. In 2016, I joined the IJP – …

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The French president, Emmanuel Macron, with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Photo: the Kremlin.

Christopher R. Hill: Emmanuel Macron’s Balkan betrayal

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, both European and US leaders had recognised that an orderly expansion of the European project is key to European peace and prosperity; French president Emmanuel Macron’s decision to block Albania and North Macedonia’s EU-membership bids has brought a symbolic end to the post-1989 …

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