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The Chicago Bears sign Estonian Margus Hunt to their practice squad

The Chicago Bears, a football team in the National Football League in the US, has signed Estonian defensive tackle Margus Hunt to their practice squad. The Bears announced the move on Twitter on 8 September. Hunt was signed by the Arizona Cardinals in the pre-season, but was cut after the …

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Kristel Kont: The words remain ‒ in memory of writer Vahur Afanasjev

The acclaimed Estonian author, Vahur Afanasjev, would have turned 42 on 24 August; Kristel Kont recalls him as a writer and a friend. I first met Vahur in 2008 when we were both working as EU officials in Brussels. Three years my senior, both in age and in Brussels tenure, …

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Mart Laar voted the most “influential” Estonian prime minister of the last 30 years

On the 30th anniversary of the restoration of Estonia’s independence, the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s radio station, Vikerraadio, called upon people to pick the most influential prime minister of the last 30 years. Since Estonia restored its independence on 20 August 1991, eleven different prime ministers have governed the coalition governments. …

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Estonian author and Nobel prize nominee Jaan Kaplinski has died. He was 80

The renowned Estonian poet, philosopher and culture critic, Jaan Kaplinski, died on 8 August at the age of 80 after a long illness. Jaan Kaplinski, who in 2016 was named the Laureate of the European Literature Prize (Prix Européen de Littérature) and in the same year, was nominated for the Nobel …

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Estonian freedom fighter and politician Enn Tarto, who spent altogether 14 years in Soviet prison camps, died on 18 July at the age of 82. Photo by the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory.

Estonian freedom fighter Enn Tarto has died. He was 82

Estonian freedom fighter and politician Enn Tarto, who spent altogether 14 years in Soviet prison camps, died on 18 July at the age of 82. Tarto, who already from his early youth dedicated his life to restoring Estonia’s independence during the Soviet occupation, was sent to Soviet prison camps three …

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Estonian cyber expert Merle Maigre awarded the French National Order of Merit

The Estonian cyber security expert, Merle Maigre, has been awarded the French National Order of Merit by the government of France. The award was presented to Maigre, currently working as a senior cyber security expert at the Estonian e-Governance Academy, by the French ambassador to Estonia, Éric Lamouroux. “The National …

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Estonian Anne Burghardt elected the general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation

The Estonian theologian, Anne Burghardt, has been elected the general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation; the election marks the first woman and the first Central and Eastern European pastor to head the global communion of Lutheran churches. “Burghardt will take over as LWF’s new general secretary at the beginning …

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