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Grass-root democracy: What is the power of democracy festivals?

Estonians are gathering in Paide for the fifth time for a real grass-root democracy building event – the Opinion Festival that has also been called “a rock festival of words” unites Estonians, but not only – this time it also brings together organisers of similar festivals in the region. Something …

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Taavet Hinrikus.

The power of asking “what if?”: five ways to encourage innovation in Europe – Taavet Hinrikus

Taavet Hinrikus, a co-founder of the Estonian startup, TransferWise, proposed five ways to encourage innovation in Europe in a speech at the EU informal meeting of ministers responsible for competitiveness in Tallinn, Estonia, on 25 July 2017. I’m here to give you the view from on the ground as a …

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Three challenges to Estonia’s development at the age of migration – Tiit Tammaru

Tiit Tammaru, the editor-in-chief of the Estonian human development report, “Estonia at the Age of Migration”, writes that Estonia’s three main challenges are coping with migration dependence, adaptation to multi-nationality and an increase in social cohesion. The theme of the Estonian human development report 2016/2017 is “Estonia at the Age …

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Businesses should not be afraid to work with cryptocurrency – Nikolay Demchuk

How secure and anonymous bitcoin really is? What are the legal challenges in operating with bitcoins? What are the possible solutions and predictions? Nikolay Demchuk explains. Cryptocurrency is virtual money which is not backed by fiat currency and has a decentralised system. Among cryptocurrencies nowadays, Bitcoin (technology, network) is the …

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Foreign embassies’ common declaration in support of Baltic Pride 2017

A number of foreign embassies and representations in Estonia have issued a declaration in support of Baltic Pride 2017, saying that everybody needs to keep working towards an environment free from discrimination. On the occasion of Baltic Pride 2017, taking place in Tallinn from 6-9 July, we express our support …

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Why the relationship between the US and Estonia matters

As the United States celebrates Independence Day, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776, the date on which the country formally separated from the British Empire, it’s timely to send good wishes from Estonia and be grateful for the American support throughout the years. On …

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Smart countries take advantage of the cyber revolution – Marina Kaljurand

The former Estonian foreign minister, Marina Kaljurand, writes that regardless of the doubts – as is the case against online voting in Estonia – smart countries take advantage of the digital world and don’t step back when facing the challenges caused by the use of information and communication technology. Safety …

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Kauksi, Peipsi. Summertime by the freshwater sea of Peipsi. There’s no mist, but the color palette and overwhelming emptiness are similar. The shores of this huge lake that disconnects Estonia from Russia, have been more densely populated than our seashores. The weather here is calmer, less hostile than by the sea in general.

It is in Estonia’s national interest to enter into a border treaty with Russia – Marko Mihkelson

A grey area on the eastern border is not in Estonia’s interests, writes Marko Mihkelson, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Estonian parliament. A grey area on our eastern border is just like an open invitation for provocations, as we unfortunately experienced in 2014 when Eston Kohver …

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Ideals are defining the attitudes of people in Europe – Kersti Kaljulaid

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, addressed the State of the Union Conference 2017 in Florence, Italy, on 5 May 2017, speaking about the future of Europe and the impending Estonian presidency of the EU Council. Estonian World publishes Kaljulaid’s speech in a slightly shortened and edited form. I am honoured …

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Support the ban on fur farming in Estonia – Mena Suvari

The Estonian-American actress, Mena Suvari, known for her role in “American Beauty” and other films, has sent an open letter to the Estonian prime minister, Jüri Ratas, expressing her support for a bill introduced by parliament members in February to ban fur farming in the country by 2028. Suvari’s letter follows a recent …

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