Opinion

Opinion stories from and about Estonians.

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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Martin Ehala: In search of the true Estonian

The future of being Estonian doesn’t depend solely on demographic trends. Our understanding of the essence of being Estonian is important as well. Martin Ehala, Professor of Literacy Education at the UT Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics, sheds some light on the topic. Not long ago, as I was visiting London, …

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Estonian candidates for the European Parliament: Marianne Mikko (Social Democrats)

This week, in a run-up to the European Parliament election on 25 May, we interview one candidate from each major party in Estonia. Our last interview is with Marianne Mikko, one of the candidates from the Social Democratic Party and currently a member of the Estonian Parliament.   Have you ever …

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