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Kristi Raik: The rise of Estonia’s radical right

The rise of the right-wing party, EKRE – an intolerant, xenophobic, populist and Eurosceptic party – in Estonia is putting in question the country’s political landscape ahead of the parliamentary election in March. The rise of the populist radical right is reshaping the political landscape across Europe. Estonia, which is preparing for …

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Marcus Kolga: Canadians can learn from the Estonian-Canadian experience

Marcus Kolga, the current president of the Estonian Central Council in Canada, said at the Estonian independence day flag-raising ceremony in Toronto that all Canadians should know why the Estonian community came to Canada and take a note of the wonderful things they have achieved in the country. Our families …

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Holocaust Remembrance Day: the Nazis murdered, among others, a promising Estonian painter

Among the 7,000 Estonians murdered by the Nazis was a promising Fauvist painter Karl Pärsimägi. Education is lacking in some compartments in Estonia. While there’s plenty of information about the Soviet crimes committed during the occupation of Estonia – and justifiably so – there are sadly still many people who …

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Taavi Toom: It’s a good idea to host NATO summit in Estonia

Estonian diplomats have discussed since 2015 the idea to host a high-profile NATO summit that includes the premiers in Tallinn; the idea was again reiterated by the current prime minister, Jüri Ratas, and Taavi Toom, a former Estonian diplomat, highlights why Estonia would be the ideal place for the summit. …

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Manan Anwar: Is living in Estonia more expensive than Western Europe?

Manan Anwar, a Tallinn-based expat, is concerned about the rising cost of living in Estonia – so much so that he shared his experience from visiting various cities in Europe and then comparing the living costs there with Tallinn in the “Expats in Tallinn/Estonia” Facebook group to initiate a discussion; …

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Eerik-Niiles Kross: the idea to declare Russian Orthodox Christmas a national holiday is more dangerous than it seems

The mayor of Tallinn, Taavi Aas (the Centre Party), has come up with the idea to declare the Russian Orthodox Christmas (celebrated according to the Julian calendar on 7 January) a national holiday in Estonia; security expert and a former MP Eerik-Niiles Kross (Reform) writes that the idea is more …

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President Kersti Kaljulaid with a Christmas tree.

Kaljulaid: Estonia is more prosperous than ever before, but is everyone included?

President Kersti Kaljulaid said in her New Year’s speech on 31 December that it was gratifying to see Estonia being more prosperous than ever before, but raised the concern whether everyone has the same perception and whether everyone feels included. Dear residents of Pärnu, beloved people of Estonia! Long live …

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Kristina Kallas: Estonia’s second silent surrender

Kristina Kallas, the chairwoman of Estonia 200, a new political party aiming to get elected to the Estonian parliament on 3 March 2019, writes that, contrary to what some political forces preach, Estonia’s independence is guaranteed by its membership in the EU and NATO, and fearmongering will lead to a …

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