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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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Peedu Tuisk: Make Helsinki and Tallinn visible by increasing the height of the TV towers

Designer and developer Peedu Tuisk has come up with the idea of making the Tallinn TV tower and the Helsinki-Espoo TV mast taller so that they could be visible from both capitals. Estonians and Finns are close relatives, we’re both Finnic peoples, speaking Finnic languages. We can almost understand each-other, …

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How to talk about and with Russia? Estonia has a thing or two to learn from Finland

Estonia should consider what it could learn from Finland on how to talk about and with Russia, Kristi Raik, the director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the International Centre for Defence and Security, writes. This article was originally published in the International Centre for Defence and Security’s blog. Estonian-Finnish relations are …

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A free ticket to ride: how Estonia is leading the world in a free transit revolution

The freelance journalist and a member of the Estonian Centre Party, Abdul Turay, asserts that Estonia’s free public transport system, first introduced in Tallinn in 2013, has justified itself and abolishing the project would be an act of folly. The editors of this portal asked me to rewrite this article …

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Second pension pillar reform: the first meaningful campaign promise for 2019

The Estonian parliamentary elections are coming up in March, and the campaign promise season has just geared up with the first policy point worth talking about: the shutdown of the mandatory retirement savings scheme and the return of the money to the citizens – to invest privately or do with …

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Jürgen Ligi: Estonian supervision stopped the Danske case already in 2014

Jürgen Ligi, the current MP and the former minister of finance, writes that the Danske Bank case*, where USD235 billion was moved through the Danish bank’s Estonian branch, was already stopped by Estonian supervision in 2014 – yet, the bank did nothing. The Danske Bank scandal is an Estonian failure …

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Annika Arras: Estonia’s development depends on our readiness for collaboration

Annika Arras, a political and marketing communication expert, writes how to improve the Estonian society through more cooperation between different segments of society. Let me start by explaining why I consider myself an incurable optimist. I recently read an article that talked about the origins of the idiom “black sheep”. …

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