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A Black Lives Matter protest in Washington, DC, on 1 June 2020. Photo by Koshu Kunii on Unsplash.

Sten Hankewitz: Many Estonians don’t understand the tragedy of George Floyd because they’ve never experienced systemic racism

The Estonian people who comment on the social media about the tragic death of George Floyd, an African American man brutally murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis, saying they don’t know what the big deal is and how a criminal has become a national hero – they don’t …

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Abhishek Mathur: Are foreigners welcome in Estonia?

Abhishek Mathur, an Indian expat living and studying in Estonia, writes that the recent talk by the populists in the Estonian government about banning students from non-EU countries on the grounds of health concerns doesn’t make sense as nationality and citizenship do not guarantee prevention or protection from a deadly …

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Seven ways to deal with monuments in Estonia

Monuments commemorate past events and historical figures that are important for the nation’s future – but while doing so, they promote dominant interpretations of the past, defining what and who is to be remembered; Federico Bellentani, a monument expert, presents seven ways to deal with monuments in Estonia. Monuments exist …

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In distance but not apart – the case of COVID-19 crisis management in youth field in Estonia

Ülly Enn, a youth field enthusiast and expert, highlights the approaches undertaken to help young people in Estonia during the coronavirus crisis. On 18 May, the emergency situation declared in Estonia due to the spread of coronavirus, came to an end. As the restrictions ease gradually, all organisations in the fields …

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Sten Hankewitz: Estonia should force people to wear face coverings when distancing is impossible

Sten Hankewitz, the executive editor of Estonian World, writes that the Estonian government should have ordered the people to wear masks in places where they can’t socially distance as covering one’s face is one of the best ways to help slow the novel coronavirus; now, the grocery stores and shopping …

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Marcus Kolga: History, propaganda and Putin’s information warfare

Marcus Kolga, an Estonian-Canadian filmmaker and journalist, who last week came under attack by a group of radicalised Russian-Canadian nationalists, writes that the radicals who deny the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states and glorify the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, have been co-opted as part of the Kremlin’s information warfare …

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Annela Anger-Kraavi: Positive and negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic on climate change

Annela Anger-Kraavi, a senior researcher in climate change policy and economics at the University of Cambridge, highlights three positive and three negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic on climate change. The crisis we are currently facing will not solve the climate crisis by itself. Even if we stopped adding greenhouse …

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Baltic presidents: attempts to misrepresent the events of the Second World War undermine Europe

On 8 May, the world marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe and the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – Kersti Kaljulaid, Egils Levits and Gitanas Nausėda, respectively – have issued a joint statement to mark the occasion, saying that attempts to …

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Philippe Legrain: A COVID-19 Marshall Plan for Europe

The sheer scale of the economic fallout from COVID-19 justifies extraordinary measures, and nowhere more so than in Europe; rather than questioning one another’s motives, EU member states urgently need to unite behind a joint plan to avert economic disaster, Philippe Legrain, a former economic adviser to the president of …

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Adam Rang: Estonia’s e-residency works and the latest data prove it

Statistics Estonia has revealed that Estonia’s e-residents around the world have now generated more than €1 billion of economic activity through their Estonian companies; Adam Rang, who helped develop the e-residency programme, argues that this shows how well the programme is working despite concerns over banking. Amid the doom and …

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