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Kristina Kallas: the Estonian government should solve the crisis, not play political games

The Estonian pension reform must be taken off the table, the economy must not only help the people without income, but also the big exporting companies, and all the energy must be put into solving the coronavirus crisis, not into political games, writes Kristina Kallas, the leader of Estonia 200, …

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Chris Glew from London: The only people you encounter are the homeless

Chris Glew, the London editor of Estonian World, writes from what used to be an ever-bustling city that, due to the coronavirus crisis, is deserted, with theatres closed, and the only people you (mostly) meet on the streets are the homeless. In any other circumstances, it would have been annoying. …

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Ten simple ways to support Estonian businesses and jobs during the coronavirus crisis

Kaupo Kalda, an Estonian photographer and designer, highlights ten ways to support local businesses and jobs during the coronavirus crisis. This is a lightly edited version of the article originally published on Reactive design studio’s website. Us, designers, manage well at the moment – we work from home and everything …

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Ian Buruma: The virus of fear

The panic that often occurs during a health crisis or in the aftermath of a natural disaster can – and has – led to spasms of irrational violence; the lack of truthful public information can lead to conspiracy theories, which become lethal when politicians or the media deliberately stir them up, writes …

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Evelin Tamm: To what kind of world will we wake up tomorrow?

Evelin Tamm, a Sweden-based Estonian artist, activist and freelance journalist, writes that amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Estonia and many other European countries are imitating methods typical of totalitarian states – but what about the smart decisions that will help the society as a whole to respond adequately to the …

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David Donnelly: Why every American should learn the story of Estonia

David Donnelly, an American filmmaker and the director of the documentary, “Nordic Pulse”, writes that Americans should learn the story of the Soviet-occupied Estonia where artists suffered under censorship, because Americans have no idea how hard it is to live in a communist country – and “You don’t know what …

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Andrew Martin: Four simple ways on how to avoid coronavirus and not panic

In the light of the news that several people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Estonia, Andrew Martin, a Tallinn-based Australian expat, gives a straightforward advice on how to avoid coronavirus and not panic.* Now that the lovely coronavirus has inevitably crossed the Estonian border, I just wanted to …

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Urmas Reinsalu and Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson: Iceland and Estonia – strong partners

Urmas Reinsalu and Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, the foreign ministers of Estonia and Iceland, respectively, write that the first 100 years of Icelandic-Estonian cooperation have been successful, illustrated not only by digital and security achievements, but also by the growing numbers of tourists and the vigorous cultural connections. Every Estonian is likely …

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